Congressional Update At-A-Glance

Below is an inventory of major legislation impacting drinking water policy introduced during the 115th Congress.  Complete information on all legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill is available at www.congress.gov.

Updated: 
March 23, 2017
Water Resources Management
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 23, the Guiding Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act
Summary: 
Designates the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for coordinating all environmental reviews, permits and other federal approvals required before construction may begin on a surface water storage project subject to the Reclamation Act.
Sponsor: 
Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
13 (12 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
Status: 
Introduced 1/3/17; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Water Infrastructure Funding
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 434, the The New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act (New WATER Act)
Summary: 
Authorizes a pilot project to help finance development of water resources infrastructure in Reclamation states.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
5 (3 Republicans, 2 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 1/11/17; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 181, To ensure that certain Federal public works and infrastructure projects use materials produced in the United States.
Summary: 
Requires all federally-funded infrasructure projects to comply with "Buy American" iron and steel procurement rules.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Cosponsors: 
1 Republican
Status: 
Introduced 1/20/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1647, to Establish a Water Infrastructure Trust Fund
Summary: 
Authorizes a federal water infrastructure trust fund that would distribute funding to the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Republican
Status: 
Introduced 3/21/17; referred to the House committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Transportation and Infrastructure
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1637, the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act
Summary: 
Authorizes nearly $35 billion annually to modernize U.S. water infrastructure.
Sponsor: 
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
Cosponsors: 
22 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 3/22/17; referred to several House committees.
Safe Drinking Water Act Reform
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 417, To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the improvement of consumer confidence reports
Summary: 
Directs EPA to promulgate regulations within 24 months to increase the effectiveness and understandability of consumer confidence reports.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Democrat
Status: 
Introduced 1/10/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 904, the Buy American Improvement Act
Summary: 
Permanently applies Buy American rules for iron and steel to a range of federal infrastructure funding programs, including the DWSRF and the Rural Water Supply Program.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)
Cosponsors: 
12 (2 Republicans, 10 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 2/7/17; referred to multiple House Committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 939, the Buy America for Drinking Water Extension Act
Summary: 
Permanently applies Buy American rules to projects funded through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)
Cosponsors: 
19 (1 Republican, 18 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 2/7/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1068, the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 2017
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the Safe Drinking Water Act while easing EPA's process for regulating drinking water contaminants and requiring expanded vulnerability assessments.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
Cosponsors: 
9 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 2/15/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1071, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund at more than $21 billion over five years.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
Cosponsors: 
17 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 2/15/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 519, to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish maximum contaminant levels for certain contaminants
Summary: 
Directs EPA to publish maximum contaminant level goals and promulgate national drinking water regulations for PFOS, PFOA, 1,4 dioxin, and perchlorate.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Democrat
Status: 
Introduced 3/2/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1579, the Secure and Resilient Water Systems Act
Summary: 
Requires community water sytems to complete vulnerability assessments that examine risks they face from threats such as drought, industrial pollution, and terrorist attacks.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
2 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 3/16/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1653, the Drinking Water Affordability Act
Summary: 
Increases EPA's ability to reduce the stringency of drinking water quality mandates and expands DWSRF loan repayment periods.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio)
Cosponsors: 
1 Republican
Status: 
Introduced 3/21/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
EPA Oversight
Bill Title/Number: 
H.J.Res. 59, Providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act"
Summary: 
Overturns EPA's revisions to the Risk Management Plan rule.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.)
Cosponsors: 
61 Republicans
Status: 
Introduced 2/1/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 861, to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
Summary: 
Terminates EPA as of December 31, 2018.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Matt Gaetz
Cosponsors: 
6 Republicans
Status: 
Introduced 2/3/17; referred to multiple House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 958, the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act
Summary: 
Closes EPA's regional offices, eliminates its grant programs, and bars funding for climate change related efforts, including the Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex.)
Cosponsors: 
0
Status: 
Introduced 2/7/17; referred to multiple House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1261, the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act
Summary: 
Nullifies EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule, and redefines the Clean Water Act's definition of "navigable waters" to inlcude only waters that are "navigable-in-fact," and permanently connected waters.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Republican
Status: 
Introduced 2/28/17; referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Federal Tax Policy
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 448, the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act
Summary: 
Exempts from federal income tax the value of water efficiency rebates offered to customers by utilities.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
27 (3 Republicans, 24 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 1/11/17; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.