AISI Applauds US Senate Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
US Senate has approved USD 35 billion The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 to clean up the US’s water systems, particularly in rural and tribal communities that have long been neglected and suffer from poor sanitation and unclean drinking water. Republicans and Democrats hailed passage of the bill on an 89-to-2 vote as evidence that bipartisan compromise is possible on infrastructure initiatives, but lawmakers in both parties suggested that the spirit of deal making could be fleeting.
American Iron and Steel Institute President & CEO Mr Kevin Dempsey said “Among other items, the legislation would authorize USD 30 billion in funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and USD 6 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund, which are Environmental Protection Agency water infrastructure programs. This bipartisan legislation would make key investments to fund improvements to our nation’s drinking water and wastewater systems. Importantly, the bill would ensure that all iron and steel products procured for federally funded water infrastructure projects are made in America. The American steel industry is the cleanest and most energy-efficient of the leading steel industries in the world and manufactures innovative products that are critical to modernizing U.S. water infrastructure. We are pleased that passage of today’s bill ensures taxpayer dollars are used to buy cleaner, American-made steel so that our products can continue to play a leading role in rebuilding our national infrastructure.”