Legislative Activities

Greeting the New Administration

When a new presidential administration takes office, it offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at the priorities and challenges for the water community in federal policy. AWWA sent a letter to the incoming Biden Administration outlining these issues.

Greeting the New Congress

A new session of Congress is convening in 2021. Once they are sworn into office, contact information for new members and returning members should be easily accessible at the House and Senate websites. AWWA members are encouraged to send a short note of congratulations to newly elected members of Congress and to those who won re-election. An example template is available here.

Congressional committees important to water
Jurisdiction over issues concerning drinking water, wastewater, federal funding, agricultural policy, etc., is given to specific committees in the U.S. Congress. AWWA has compiled rosters of those committees.

Bills to watch in this Congress:
The 117th session of the U.S. Congress has seen a flurry of bills introduced. Here is a list of some most relevant to the water community:
  • S. 914 – Drinking Water and Wastewater Act
  • H.R. 3291 – Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act
  • H.R. 3293 – Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act
  • H.R. 2467 – PFAS Action Act
  • H.R. 1848 – LIFT America Act
  • H.R. 1512 – CLEAN Future Act
  • S. 1334 – PFAS Accountability Act
  • H.R. 1915 – Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act