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Posted on: 06-19-2014
Who: U.S. Congress
What: WIFIA follow-up - action requested
Last week President Obama signed HR3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, into law. This Act includes the long sought-after Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. The final version of WIFIA still needs some adjusting, but we thank you for the dedication in personally contacting members of Congress on this very important issue.
However, there is still work to be done. AWWA urges utilities to contact their members of Congress to personally thank them for enacting WIFIA and to ask them to provide the funding to get it off the ground. This may be a challenge because WIFIA was enacted late in the legislation year and appropriations deliberations are currently under way. We have provided a letter template that can be used to contact your members of Congress about this issue. This would be an appropriate time to mention to your members of Congress if you have a project too large for an SRF loan or is outside the scope of an SRF-eligible project as a potential candidate for a WIFIA loan. This won’t obligate you to take such a loan or even apply; it will be an example of how WIFIA could be used.
You can find your Senators’ contact information on the Senate contact finder page. You can also find your Representatives’ contact information on the House contact finder page.
Contact Tommy Holmes in the AWWA Government Affairs office if you have any questions at 202-326-6128.
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