This Summit will have a significant focus on the FY2024 Interior/Environment Appropriations bill, and reversing the $2 billion in cuts passed by the House in H.R. 4821. These talking points can open your discussion and help a lawmaker understand the issue and how it affects this industry and their community.
VIRTUAL SUMMIT FACT SHEET
WATER & WASTEWATER INVESTMENT: CRITICAL TO EVERY U.S. COMMUNITY
The current House FY2024 Interior/Environment Appropriations bill proposes nearly $2 billion in cuts to the EPA's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. If these cuts go through, they would cancel out many of the benefits from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Congress must act to reverse these proposed cuts.
ADDITIONAL SUMMIT RESOURCES
Washington Post: States lose federal water funds as lawmakers redirect money to pet projects (7/24/23)
The construction industry is facing a labor shortage over the next several years, and seeks to promote more workforce development programs and initiatives. H-2B visa reforms and mitigating the damaging effects of project labor agreements are also on the discussion menu.
New private investment funds could be tapped for infrastructure investments if needed reforms are passed by Congress. Billions of dollars could be made available for infrastructure funding if federal legislation initiates regulatory changes to private activity bond state volume caps.
Investments in American water and wastewater infrastructure over the next four years through the IIJA will deliver economic and public health benefits to every community. Congress has important oversight responsibilities to fulfill to implement fully the $1.2 trillion in projects, including the potential $200 billion in utility construction projects. Lead-pipe service line replacement should also be fully funded.
A synopsis of NUCA's Washington legislative and regulatory program. Suitable for legislators and their staff seeking a quick background on NUCA and the American utility construction industry.
H.R. 7239, the "Essential Workers for Economic Advancement Act," would grant 65,000 to 85,000 visas to visa applicants seeing to fill open industry jobs in the United States.
USDOL recently proposed regulatory changes to the Davis-Bacon Act that would apply to contractors and subcontractors who perform construction, alteration, or repair work that is covered by these federal labor rules. Unfortunately, NUCA finds that the proposal reverses many common-sense and necessary reforms to the regulations adopted over the years.
While these videos are from 2021, the information they present continues
to be valid and useful for your 2023 Capitol Hill visits and beyond.
The Congressional Briefing is a critical component of the Washington Summit. NUCA staff and Government Relations team discuss several key issues affecting our industry. Talking points, statistics, and important information are shared during this briefing.
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NUCA'S WASHINGTON SUMMIT