Inhofe Bi-Partisan Water Bill Advances to Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed Committee passage of a bill he cosponsored, S. 1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. The bill passed out of Committee by a vote of 17 to 2.
“The overwhelming bi-partisan vote today for our water infrastructure bill shows that we have a good chance of passing it on the Senate Floor,” Senator Inhofe said. “Through my leadership position on the EPW Committee, I have made reauthorization of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) one of my top priorities. I am pleased to have worked closely with Senators Cardin, Crapo and Boxer to pass our bill that balances the needs of all states, especially rural states like Oklahoma. Addressing our nation’s water needs must be one of our top priorities. For far too long the federal government has burdened state and local governments with unfunded mandates. This bi-partisan bill will go a long way in helping our state and local communities meet their water needs.”
On May 7, 2009, Senator Inhofe joined Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), and EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), to introduce S. 1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, which provides essential funding for our nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.