Natural Resources Committee Advances Legislation to Fund Water Infrastructure, Bolster Drought Protections for Communities Impacted by Climate Change
Washington D.C. – Today Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led a Committee markup to advance eleven pieces of legislation, including several bills that make significant investments in our nation’s water infrastructure. Taken together, the bills will boost the water supply for millions of Americans facing drought conditions and help communities better prepare for the effects of climate change.
Among the measures advanced today, the Committee approved Rep. Grace Napolitano’s (D-Calif) Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act (
H.R. 1162), which invests in water reuse projects that can provide a reliable, drought-proof water supply for numerous communities; Rep. Josh Harder’s (D-Calif.) Securing Access for the central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act (H.R. 2473), which makes significant new investments in cost-effective water infrastructure projects including storage, reuse, desalination and water efficiency projects; Rep. Mike Levin’s (D-Calif.) Desalination Development Act (H.R. 3723), which supports the construction of sustainable water desalination projects; and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small’s (D-N.M.) Western Water Security Act of 2019 (H.R. 4891), which advances successful water programs that improve water supply reliability and environmental conditions for rural, tribal and other communities.
The Committee today also passed Rep. Darren Soto’s (D-Fla.),
H.R. 3094 which designates the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida; and Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-Calif.) Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act (H.R. 4153), which amends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize urban Indian organizations to enter into arrangements for the sharing of medical services and facilities.
Bill texts, amendments, amendments in the nature of a substitute, and vote counts can be found at the House of Representatives Committee Repository at http://bit.ly/2veaXb1.
Markup action on the bills approved can viewed at http://bit.ly/2U0bUMb.
Bills Approved by the Committee
(Rep. Rodney Davis), To establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, and for other purposes. “Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument Act.”
(Rep. Napolitano), To establish a grant program for the funding of water recycling and reuse projects, and for other purposes. “Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act.”
(Rep. Harder), To promote water supply reliability and improved water management for rural communities, the State of California, and the Nation, and for other purposes. “Securing Access for the central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act.”
(Rep. Soto), To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.
(Rep. Danny K. Davis), To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of the noted American philanthropist and business executive Julius Rosenwald, with a special focus on the Rosenwald Schools, and for other purposes. “Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools Act of 2019.”
(Rep. Doggett), To authorize the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to establish the Republic of Texas Legation Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. “Republic of Texas Legation Memorial Act.”
(Rep. Mike Levin), To promote desalination project development and drought resilience, and for other purposes. “Desalination Development Act.”
(Rep. Khanna), To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize urban Indian organizations to enter into arrangements for the sharing of medical services and facilities, and for other purposes. “Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act.”
(Rep. Torres Small), To provide for the conduct of certain water security measures in the Western United States, and for other purposes. “Western Water Security Act of 2019.”