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Coalition takes bond message to Washington

Coalition takes bond message to Washington

April 3, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

In March, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) urged Congress to maintain tax-exempt municipal bond interest when lawmakers undertake a comprehensive tax reform bill, joining a letter sent to Capitol Hill organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ “Don’t Mess With Our Bonds” coalition. The letter, which was signedRead More

New bill aims to increase Drinking Water SRF

New bill aims to increase Drinking Water SRF

April 3, 2017 at 11:19 am 0 comments

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives in March would offer more generous terms for loans issued through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) while also giving EPA greater flexibility to adjust drinking water regulations based on the latest scientific data. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), the DrinkingRead More

House Dems offer water infrastructure proposals

House Dems offer water infrastructure proposals

April 3, 2017 at 11:01 am 0 comments

A pair of bills introduced by House Democrats in March would seek to pump billions of additional dollars into water infrastructure repair efforts, but neither proposal is expected to gain the necessary bipartisan support to advance. One of the measures offered was H.R. 1647, the latest iteration of Rep. EarlRead More

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Last week, the White House released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. As expected, the proposal includes severe cuts to government agencies but also expands support for some programs related to critical infrastructure. As proposed, the budget would lead to a 31 percent reduction in funding for the U.S.Read More

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

March 20, 2017 at 11:18 am 0 comments

Water sector representatives testified in Congress last week in support of investment in water infrastructure and the importance of programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and effective steps Congress can take to facilitate further cost-effective investments. Speaking before the U.S.Read More

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

March 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump vowed to follow through on another key campaign promise when he announced during a recent address to Congress that he would ask for approval of a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. However, Trump’s comments on increased infrastructure investment came just days after the White House outlined a FY18Read More

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

February 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm 0 comments

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review Waters of the United States regulations to make sure they align with the administration’s goals. The move, which has been expected since Trump took office,Read More

Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief

Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief

February 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

The Senate voted 52-46 on Friday to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Republicans moved forward with Pruitt’s confirmation despite a last-minute push from Democrats and environmentalists to delay the vote. Pruitt’s confirmation came a day after an Oklahoma county districtRead More

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

February 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

According to a new estimate developed by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds would increase water and wastewater infrastructure financing costs by $16 billion nationwide over a 30-year repayment period. The latest figures represent an updateRead More

Senate EPW advances Pruitt nomination

Senate EPW advances Pruitt nomination

February 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

Earlier this month, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-0 to advance Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for full consideration by the Senate. While some Democrats boycotted the committee, Republicans voted to suspend the rule requiring twoRead More

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