Contact Your Congressman to Prevent Cuts to Infrastructure Funding

This week the House and Senate Appropriations Committees moved forward with the FY2016 appropriations bills that fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. The bills included steep cuts to both programs that will have severe negative impacts upon funding available for infrastructure investments next year. WEF calls upon members to urge their Members of Congress to fund the CWSRF and DWSRF at full funding levels of $1.45 billion and $1.186 billion, respectively.

Call or email your Member of Congress today by visiting www.House.gov and www.Senate.gov to look up their contact info with your Zip Code. It’s fast, easy, and critically important.

WEF urges you to convey the following message when you contact your Member of Congress:

As a constituent and a water professional in your congressional district, I strongly urge you to oppose the cuts proposed to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) in the FY16 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill. The Clean Water SRF should be funded at $1.45 billion, equal to the appropriation level the program has received in each of the last three fiscal years. The Drinking Water SRF should be funded at $1.186 billion, the amount requested in the President’s FY16 budget request to Congress.

This funding is critical to allow communities to make the infrastructure investments they need to provide safe drinking water and wastewater treatment, a clean environment, and continued local and national economic growth. These proposed cuts will exacerbate the challenges drinking water and wastewater agencies face in your communities with increased regulatory and enforcement pressures, and the need to replace aging and obsolete infrastructure. Please fund both programs at full funding levels so that communities in your district will not be forced to eliminate vital and necessary investments in water infrastructure.

Additional Resources:
If you would like more information about the FY16 appropriations bills, please visit the following links:

House FY16 Bill:
http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394275

Senate FY16 Bill:
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/senate-subcommittee-approves-fy2016-interior-environment-appropriations-bill
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy16-interior-environment-subcommittee-markup-bill-summary

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