HOUSE APPROPRIATORS MARK UP LEGISLATION TO FUND THE SRFs FOR FY 2007
The House Appropriations Interior-Environment Subcommittee has marked up its fiscal year 2007 (FY07) bill providing approximately $25.9 billion in funding for the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies. Full committee consideration is expected soon.
That amount is about $400 million more than the President’s proposed budget, but $200 million less than the $26.1 billion enacted last year. Expenses such as salaries and energy costs will likely rise next year, further hampering agency budgets and forcing cuts to essential programs.
AGC was dismayed to learn that the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) program was funded at only $688 million and the Drinking Water SRF program at only $842 million.
AGC has worked with appropriators to encourage the protection of funding levels for both the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs and suggests minimum levels of $850 million for Drinking Water and $1.35 billion for Clean Water.
This action further highlighted the need for a Clean Water Trust Fund to finance clean water infrastructure, a concept endorsed by AGC and Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.) who introduced the Clean Water Trust Act (H.R. 4560) in December 2005. AGC will continue to work to increase funding levels as the bill progresses through Congress.
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