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Advocacy Alert 16-09



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To: Members & Affiliates
From: National Office
Date: August 12, 2016
Subject: Contact Congress About FY17 Funding
Reference: AA 16-09

When Congress returns to Washington September 6, a top priority will be to pass legislation to fund the federal government in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) before the current Fiscal Year ends September 30th. NACWA strongly urges member utilities with an interest in the federal funding programs to reach out to their Members of Congress over the next few weeks to urge strong funding for valuable programs. Calls, emails, or meetings with staff are all effective types of outreach. 

Below are the FY17 funding levels that have been proposed by the Administration, House, and Senate for key water programs. FY16 funding levels are provided for comparison.  
As in recent years, Congress is not on track to pass its 12 Appropriations bills before the end of FY16, so FY17 funding is anticipated to come through a short-term continuing resolution and eventual passage of omnibus legislation that wraps the individual Appropriations bills into one legislative package. 
In the House, just 5 of the 12 Appropriations were passed. The Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds USEPA, the Department of Interior, and related agencies, was among those passed. Unfortunately, the House bill included a drastic funding reduction for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) in FY17 compared to FY16.
The Senate, meanwhile, passed just 2 bills – and unlike the House, the Interior & Environment Appropriations bill was not among those passed. The bill did make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee in June. The Senate version would restore FY17 CWSRF funding to a comparable level as was provided for FY16.
Reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , NACWA’s Legislative Affairs Manager, with any questions regarding Congressional outreach or FY17 funding.
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