WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate passed the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 yesterday, April 29. The bill was co-authored by Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.
Lummis joined Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Carper (D-DE), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in sponsoring this legislation. The legislation passed by a vote of 89-2.
“This bipartisan solution gives states the flexibility they need to improve their infrastructure, and establishes programs geared toward small and rural public water systems like those across my home state of Wyoming,” Senator Lummis said. “The updates and improvements that we are making under this bill are essential for communities in Wyoming as well as tribes across the nation,” she said.
The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act extends expired authorities under the Safe Drinking Water Act and provides assistance for small, rural, and disadvantaged communities. The bill is aimed to help communities across Wyoming improve and expand their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
“This bill also gives me hope that we can pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that equitably addresses aging infrastructure in rural and urban communities alike at a price that taxpayers can afford. I look forward to continuing to work with the leadership of the Environment and Public Works Committee, as well as my colleagues on the Commerce and Banking Committees, to pass bipartisan legislation that addresses Wyoming’s, and America’s, infrastructure challenges,” stated Lummis.
Senator Lummis serves as Ranking Member of the Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife Subcommittee.
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