Chairman Barrasso shakes President Trump’s hand during signing ceremony for America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on President Trump signing S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act into law. Barrasso attended the signing ceremony at the White House.

America’s Water Infrastructure Act achieves significant national and Wyoming-specific water infrastructure priorities. As chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Barrasso was the lead Senate author of the bill.

"I applaud President Trump for signing this significant piece of infrastructure legislation into law,” said Barrasso. “The president called on Congress to act and America’s Water Infrastructure Act delivers. The bipartisan bill will keep communities safe and cut red tape, all while being fiscally responsible. It is good for Wyoming and good for the nation.

“America’s Water Infrastructure Act will upgrade and maintain aging dams and irrigation systems, increase water storage, and deepen nationally significant ports. It authorizes funds to repair aging drinking water systems, so that communities across America have access to clean drinking water. It authorizes important projects that will create jobs and grow our economy. America’s Water Infrastructure Act is a win for all Americans, and I am pleased the president has signed it into law."

Click here for video of Sen. Barrasso on the legislation’s importance. 

Read the text of America’s Water Infrastructure Act here.

Background Information

On May 8, 2018, Barrasso along with EPW committee members Sens. Carper (D-DE), Inhofe (R-OK), and Cardin (D-MD) introduced S. 2800, America’s Water Infrastructure Act. On May 22, 2018, the legislation unanimously passed the EPW committee by a vote of 21 to 0.

On September 10, 2018, both Barrasso and Carper announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on comprehensive water infrastructure legislation with the leadership from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The legislation was S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act.

On September 13, 2018, the House of Representatives passed S. 3021 unanimously by voice vote.

On October 10, 2018, the Senate passed S. 3021 by a vote of 99 to 1.