Congressional Update At-A-Glance

Below is a list of notable legislation impacting drinking water policy introduced during the 116th Congress.  Complete information on all legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill is available at www.congress.gov.

Updated: 
June 21, 2019
Contaminant Regulation
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 535, The PFAS Action Act
Summary: 
Directs EPA to designate, within one year, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Debbie Dingel (D-Mich.)
Status: 
Introduced 1/14/19 and referred to multiple House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R.852, The Get the Lead Out of Schools Act
Summary: 
Requires EPA to set a national primary drinking water regulation for lead in the drinking water of schools while directing local water systems to conduct sampling for lead in the water of schools identified by EPA.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)
Status: 
Introduced 1/29/19; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2377, The Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act
Summary: 
Directs EPA to promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for total PFAS within two years.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.)
Status: 
Introduced 4/29/19; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
S.1251, The Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act
Summary: 
Improves and expands research into the human health effects of unregulated contaminants that may be found in drinking water.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Status: 
Appoved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as part of S. 1507, 6/19/19.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 1473, The Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act
Summary: 
Directs EPA to establish a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS within two years.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/15/19; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 1507, The PFAS Release Disclosure Act
Summary: 
Requires EPA to promulgate national primary drinking water regulations for PFOA and PFOS within two years, and sets up a new process for EPA to follow when regulating other PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Status: 
Amended and approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 6/19/19.
Infrastructure Funding
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R.1162, The Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act
Summary: 
Expands authorized funding for Title XVI water reuse and recycling projects.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)
Status: 
Introduced 2/13/19; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1417, The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act
Summary: 
Establishes a new federal water trust fund, financed by an increase in the corporate income tax, while also making a number of reforms to the Drinking Water and Clean Water SRFs.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)
Status: 
Introduced 2/28/19; referred to several House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R.1429, The Drinking Water Infrastructure for Job Creation Act
Summary: 
Appropriates an additional $7.5 billion for the Drinking Water SRF, to be available through the 2024 fiscal year.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Status: 
Introduced 2/28/19; referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1497, The Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the Clean Water SRF at $4 billion per year through 2024.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
Status: 
Introduced 3/5/19; referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2533, The Providing Financial Assistance for Safe (PFAS) Drinking Water Act
Summary: 
Authorizes a new 5-year, $2.5 billion grant program to help water systems address PFAS contamination.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/7/19; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2570, The PFAS User Fee Act
Summary: 
Establishes a new trust fund, financed by PFAS producers, to help communities address PFAS contamination.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/8/19; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2741, The LIFT America Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes several Safe Drinking Water Act programs, including the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and establishes a new grant program to remedy PFAS contamination.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/15/19; referred to several House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 1837/H.R. 3254, The Promoting Infrastructure and Protecting the Economy (PIPE) Act
Summary: 
Establishes a new five-year, $5 billion EPA grant program for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)/Rep. Antonio Delgato (D-N.Y.)
Status: 
Introduced 6/13/19; Senate version referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. House version referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
S.1689, A bill to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State
Summary: 
Gives states a one-year option to transfer up to five percent of Clean Water SRF balances to their Drinking Water SRF for use on lead reduction projects.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
Status: 
Approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 6/19/19.
Climate Change Adaptation
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1689/S. 763, The Climate Change Resiliency Fund for America Act
Summary: 
Establishes a Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, and to fund adaptation projects.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)/Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Status: 
Introduced 3/12/19; referred to multiple House and Senate committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2470, The Clean Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Act
Summary: 
Establishes a wastewater-centered version of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability program, which offers grants to help water systems adapt to climate change.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/2/19; referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
SDWA Reform
Bill Title/Number: 
S.1613, The Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements for (CLEARR) Drinking Water Act
Summary: 
Authorizes more than $1 billion to help small and disadvantaged communities comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Status: 
Introduced 5/22/19; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.