• Low-Income Water Utility Bill Assistance Included in COVID Relief Package; Congress Passes FY21 Appropriations Package

    On Dec. 20th, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief and economic aid measure that includes payments to individuals, loans for small businesses, and funds for transportation workers and others. The deal is combined with a wide-ranging $1.4-trillion appropriations package measure to keep government agencies, including their construction programs, operating through Sept. 30, 2021, the end of the current fiscal year.

  • President Trump, Congress Announce Deal to End Shutdown

    On Jan. 25, President Trump announced a deal with Democrats to end the shutdown. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is in direct talks with the White House over finalizing the language. The deal would be a CR for three weeks, which would include the current level of fencing and wall repair money ($1.3 billion for the year.) There are still issues over the backpay provisions that any agreement would include, one source says. Once it's passed, lawmakers would have three weeks to reach an agreement that addresses President Trump's border wall funding request.

  • Senate Panel Schedules Confirmation Vote for Andrew Wheeler

    On Jan. 24, a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee spokesperson confirmed a confirmation vote will be held on February 5 for Acting-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who President Trump nominated on Jan. 9 to head the agency. Wheeler has served as Acting Administrator since July 2018, when then-Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Wheeler needs confirmation by the full Senate to be elevated to the Administrator position.

  • WEF to Again Offer Scholarship for Young Professionals to Attend the April Fly-In

    With more participation, reach and impact than ever, you will not want to miss the 2019 National Water Policy Fly-In! As the Trump administration and 116th Congress turn their collective focus towards infrastructure investment – a bipartisan issue – it is crucial that policymakers hear directly from YOU about the challenges your utility, agency and community face; and that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now.