SOURCE: AEM | November 1, 2019
There were some significant developments around water infrastructure advocacy efforts.
First, the AEM-supported Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act was passed, with a 296-109 vote in the House of Representatives. This important piece of legislation provides a discretionary spending limit adjustment for full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and ensures that the funds are used to support navigation and maintain federally authorized harbors.
Elsewhere, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure marked-up a bill reauthorizing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which will help states and communities maintain wastewater infrastructure. AEM joined a coalition letter in support of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 and sent in a letter of its own to Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
The letter states: “Reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the $15 billion provided over five years will go a long way towards ensuring that our nation’s communities have the resources necessary to properly maintain, reinforce, and expand water and sewer infrastructure systems…Investment in underground water and sewer infrastructure supports high-paying jobs in the water system construction sector that includes those found in the equipment manufacturing industry.”
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