Congressional Update At-A-Glance

Below is an inventory of notable 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: 
July 31, 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: 
14 (13 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
Status: 
Introduced 1/3/17; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act
Summary: 
Designates the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead federal agency for coordinating permits and approvals for new non-federal surface water storage facilities constructed in Reclamation states
Sponsor: 
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
8 Republicans
Status: 
Approved by the House of Representatives, 6/22/17. Sent to the Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 677, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act
Summary: 
Companion bill to H.R. 1654
Sponsor: 
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.)
Cosponsors: 
5 Republicans
Status: 
Introduced 3/21/17; Referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and 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, the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act
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: 
2 (1 Republican, 1 Democrat)
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. 1673, 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: 
36 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 3/22/17; referred to several House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2479, the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow's America Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the DWSRF at $21 billion over five years while also imposing new regulatory requirements on water systems.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
Cosponsors: 
24 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 5/18/17; referred to multiple House committees.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 1137, the Clean Safe Reliable Water Infrastructure Act
Summary: 
Authorizes the WaterSense program and expresses the sense of Congress in favor of "Robust" State Revolving Fund appropriations.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
Cosponsors: 
3 (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
Status: 
Introduced 5/16/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2510, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the CWSRF program at $20 billion over five years.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
Cosponsors: 
27 (1 Republican, 26 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 5/19/17; referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 3009, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act
Summary: 
Lifts the state volume cap on private activity bonds used to fund water and wastewater projects.
Sponsor: 
Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.)
Cosponsors: 
8 (5 Republicans, 3 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 6/22/17; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R.3248, the Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act
Summary: 
Formally authorizes EPA's WaterSense program.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.)
Cosponsors: 
23 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 7/14/17; referred to multiple 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: 
21 (3 Republicans, 18 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: 
21 (2 Republicans, 19 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: 
10 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: 
19 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: 
2 Democrats
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.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 1974, the National Opportunity for Lead Exposure Accountability and Deterrence (NO LEAD) Act
Summary: 
Requires EPA to revise its Lead and Copper Rule within 9 months, while lowering the rule’s action level for lead in drinking water to 5 parts per billion (ppb) within ten years.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)
Cosponsors: 
7 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 4/6/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 880, the Made in America Water Infrastructure Act
Summary: 
Requires all iron and steel products used on DWSRF-funded project to be made in the United States.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Cosponsors: 
8 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 4/6/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Envrionment and Public Works.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2094, the Lead Free Schools Act
Summary: 
Requires EPA to revise the Lead and Copper Rule within 9 months and authorizes $25 million over five years for a new grant program to help schools replace outdated drinking fountains.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Republican
Status: 
Introduced 4/14/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 1401, the Get the Lead Out of Schools Act
Summary: 
Directs EPA to establish an action level for lead in school drinking water, and requires public water systems to conduct sampling for lead in schools “on a regular basis."
Sponsor: 
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Cosponsors: 
1 Democrat
Status: 
Introduced 6/21/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 3106, to require EPA to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for per­fluo­ri­nat­ed compounds
Summary: 
Requires EPA promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for per­fluo­ri­nat­ed compounds (including per­fluo­ro­oc­tane­sul­fon­ic acid and per­fluo­ro­oc­ta­no­ic acid) within 2 years of enactment.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.)
Cosponsors: 
4 (2 Republicans, 2 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 6/29/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R.3206, the Consumer Confidence Reports for Tomorrow Act
Summary: 
Requires EPA to promulgate revisions to its rules regarding consumer confidence reports (CCRs), and requires water systems to issue CCRs four times per year.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)
Cosponsors: 
0
Status: 
Introduced 7/12/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act
Summary: 
Reauthorizes the DWSRF at $8 billion over five years while making a number of reforms to the SDWA statute, such as requiring utilities to provide biannual consumer confidence reports and mandating the completion of new risk and resiliency assessments.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.)
Cosponsors: 
0
Status: 
Approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, 7/27/17.
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: 
65 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: 
7 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: 
9 Republicans
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: 
38 (5 Republicans, 33 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 1/11/17; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Drinking Water Research
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 914, the Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act
Summary: 
Directs EPA to review current federal efforts to monitor and develop treatment methods for emerging contaminants, and to work with states, water utilities and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan for improving these ongoing activities.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Cosponsors: 
2 (1 Republican, 1 Democrat)
Status: 
Introduced 4/24/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Customer Assistance
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 2328, the Low-Income Sewer and Water Assistance Program Act
Summary: 
Creates a pilot program at EPA to help low-income households pay their water and sewer bills.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)
Cosponsors: 
20 Democrats
Status: 
Introduced 5/4/17; referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.