WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad group of stakeholders have voiced support for S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.
The bipartisan legislation is the most sweeping infrastructure package to be considered this Congress. It grows the economy, keeps communities safe, cuts red tape, and is fiscally responsible. The House of Representatives passed the legislation by voice vote. The legislation is scheduled for Senate consideration this week. For more information on the legislation, click here.
What They Are Saying About the Legislation:
“As the Senate begins consideration of S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, I am writing to express the American Farm Bureau Federation’s support for this important bill. Farm Bureau believes having an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to competitive ports is vital to America’s ability to provide affordable agricultural products domestically and to compete internationally.” -- Zippy Duvall, President
“The result of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 authorizes critical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers port, waterway, flood protection, and other water infrastructure improvements across the country. Water transportation is a vital element of the national multimodal transportation system and essential to the efficient movement of freight. Improving and modernizing our ports, harbors, and waterways will ensure our nation’s economic competitiveness.” --Bud Wright, Executive Director
The Water Infrastructure Network (US Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, National Rural Water Association and others):
“The nation’s leading construction, engineering, municipal, conservation, public works, infrastructure finance, labor and manufacturing organizations, strongly support America’s Water Infrastructure Act and applaud the inclusion of critical elements of the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act - the SRF WIN Act. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act will help bring billions of dollars in critical water and wastewater infrastructure funding to thousands of communities across the nation.”
“The National Wildlife Federation writes in strong support of a number of vital measures within America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021), and asks that the Senate take up the legislation without delay. We thank Chair Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper for their bipartisan work in developing this legislation that will protect people, wildlife, and the nation’s economy.”-- Collin O’Mara, President and CEO
“This bill will make good progress toward restoring important ecosystems across the U.S. We encourage the Senate to pass this bipartisan legislation expeditiously to help ensure that important ecosystem restoration projects stay on track and that federal agencies invest wisely in water resources infrastructure,” -- Kameran Onley, Director of U.S. Government Relations
“The American Petroleum Institute (API), with over 625 members representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, supports S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Water infrastructure is critically important to America’s economy. In 2016, over 2 billion tons of goods valued at $2 trillion were moved through the U.S. waterborne transportation system, with over 40 percent of the tonnage comprised of crude and petroleum products. This infrastructure facilitates energy trade flows across the United States and around the world, helping to ensure that American and global consumers have access to affordable energy.” -- Michael J. Sommers President and CEO
“On behalf of the nation’s mayors, cities, and counties, we applaud the bipartisan efforts of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in moving forward on America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018/S. 3021) to comprehensively address our nation’s water resources infrastructure… We urge Members of Congress to support this bill and send a final version to the President as soon as possible.”
“The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (“TCC”) urge you to support the House Amendment to S. 3021, the “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.” This legislation will provide much needed investments for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works projects, including dredging, locks, levees, dams, and water supply projects, as well as critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.”