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GOP Leaders in Congress to Postpone FY2017 Spending Decisions

GOP Leaders in Congress to Postpone FY2017 Spending Decisions

November 21, 2016 at 9:57 am 0 comments

Republican leaders in the House and Senate announced last week they will delay final decisions on FY2017 appropriations bills until the spring and will consider a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government operating until March 31. According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the decision couldRead More

AMWA: Water Policy Landscape Won’t Change Post-Election

AMWA: Water Policy Landscape Won’t Change Post-Election

November 14, 2016 at 11:49 am 0 comments

Coming into the 2016 Election, Democrats were widely expected to achieve considerable gains on Capitol Hill. But in addition to Donald Trump’s surprise victory for the presidency, Republicans also came out of Election Day comfortably in control of their existing House and Senate majorities. As a result, the water policyRead More

Water Sector Awaits WRDA Approval in Congress

Water Sector Awaits WRDA Approval in Congress

October 3, 2016 at 10:16 am 0 comments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 (H.R. 5303). The bill is comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 399Read More

GOP, Democratic Platforms Present Contrasting Visions for Infrastructure

GOP, Democratic Platforms Present Contrasting Visions for Infrastructure

August 1, 2016 at 11:47 am 0 comments

The 2016 Republican and Democratic Party platforms, released at each of the party’s national conventions, convey vastly different ideas and visions for the future of water infrastructure needs in the United States. The 2016 Republican Platform, released last month at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, addresses few details aboutRead More

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act of 2016

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act of 2016

June 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm 0 comments

In April, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) by a strong, bipartisan vote of 19-1. The main purpose of the bill is to authorize a variety of public works, navigation and environmental restoration projects by the U.S. Army CorpsRead More

Lawmakers Propose $400 Million in Funding for Flint, More Latitude to EPA

Lawmakers Propose $400 Million in Funding for Flint, More Latitude to EPA

February 1, 2016 at 12:00 am 0 comments

Last week, U. S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said they would pursue legislation that would pay up to $400 million, matching dollar-for-dollar state investments, for replacing lead service lines and other water infrastructure repairs in Flint.