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: 
May 1, 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.
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.
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.