AGC of America
AGC of Texas
Alabama Utility Contractors Association
Arizona Utility Contractors Association
Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
Associated Utility Contractors Of Maryland *
Connecticut Construction Industries Association
CIC of Westchester County & Hudson Valley *
Engineering Contractors Association
General Contractors Association Of New York
Georgia Utility Contractors Association
Indiana Constructors Inc.
Long Island Contractors Association
Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Minnesota Utility Contractors Association*
National Rural Water Association
New Mexico Utility Contractors Association
Ohio Contractors Association
Public Works Contractors Association of Maryland
Tennessee Road Builders Association
United Contractors *UCA of Anne Arundel County
Utility Contractors Association of New England *
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey *
Contractors Association Of West Virginia
Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
* Steering Committee Member

November 4, 2019

HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE BILL ADVANCES 5 YEAR / $16.8 BILLION CLEAN WATER SRF FUNDING PLAN

The CWCC worked with partners to help push a markup of H.R. 1497, the “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019” through the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee last week. H.R. 1497, as amended, increases the Federal commitment to addressing our Nation’s substantial needs for wastewater infrastructure by authorizing a total $16.68 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and other programs to improve water quality relevant to issues faced in our state and region.

Using the baseline of FY 19 funding ($1.7B/year) this bill commits the federal government to a significant increase in funding, essentially doubling the annual funding over the next five (5) years. Through Committee staff, the Chairs of the Full House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment asked for and received CWCC support moving this bill. Bob Briant, Jr’s letter of support for H.R. 1497 on behalf of the CWCC is attached to this report.

This bill, if fully enacted, meets a major CWCC priority–doubling funding for water infrastructure projects through the Clean Water SRF. This comes at the heels of a similar win when Congress and the President worked together to double funding for the Drinking Water SRF by FY 21. These increases will have a meaningful impact on the backlog of funding needs in water infrastructure projects and begin to correct a situation where states and local governments are forced to pay on average 95 percent of the cost of water infrastructure projects.

Thanks to CWCC members who took the time to communicate with members on the House T&I Committee to secure their support. Now the work begins to see the same action in the Senate and then on the floor of Congress within the foreseeable future.

WINDOW CONTINUES TO NARROW FOR TRANSFORMATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE

As highlighted in the attached report from Key Advocates and as stated in previous reports, the climate in DC is not positive for a major infrastructure package. Key Advocates, on behalf of the CWCC, is focusing on the following additional water bills that would address several Coalition priorities:

• H.R. 2741, “Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act” (the “Lift America Act”)
• H.R. 1162, “Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act”
• H.R. 2473, “Securing Access for the Central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act”
• S. 1932, “Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act”
• H.R.2019 – Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act of 2019 (the “West Act”)

In addition, the Coalition is tracking and anticipating action in the Senate on the FY20 appropriation bills for the SRF / WIFIA programs. As previously reported, over the summer the House passed a “minibus” that includes the FY20 Interior Appropriations Bill providing $1.81B (an increase from the $1.7B appropriated in 2019) for the Clean Water SRF, $1.3B (the amount authorized by the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, an increase from the $1.16 appropriated in FY19) ) for the Drinking Water SRF, and $50M for WIFIA. The hope is that this is the baseline and will be increased if HR 1497 is enacted.

Similarly, in June the House passed its version of the FY20 Energy and Water Appropriations bill as part of another “minibus” which provides $63.617M for Title XVI (of which $10M is for the Title XVI WIIN grant program) and $60M for WaterSMART and lists the names of the FY18 USBR Title XVI grant awardees, as required by law. In addition, we can report that there has been action in the Senate on the transportation appropriations bills we have been tracking.