Capitol Insider - August
Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law
Virtual Washington Summit, Sept. 23
$10 Billion for Clean Water SRFs
HEALS Act $1.2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Stalls in Senate
PPP Loan Provisions for Nonprofit Associations
House Passes Water Resources Development Act of 2020
EPA Announces $6 Billion in New Water Project Funding
USDA Invests $462 Million For Rural Water Infrastructure
NUCA Introduces Our New Policy E-Newsletter
NUCA-Supported Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law
President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday a NUCA-supported bill that has the potential to create over 100,000 new construction industry jobs. The "Great American Outdoors Act" (S. 3422/H.R. 1957) would help mitigate the billions in deferred maintenance in the Dept. of Interior and the National Park Service (NPS).
Much of the $6.65 billion in funding would be used for infrastructure improvements in national parks and other federal recreation areas. A 2019 Pew Research Center reports that addressing the infrastructure needs in NPS alone would create an estimated 108,000 construction industry jobs. Read NUCA's letter of support.
House Passes Appropriations Bills, $10 Billion for Clean Water SRFs
The Democratic-led U.S. House passed on July 24 the first of several FY2020 federal appropriations bills. The "minibus" bill (H.R. 7608) contains $10.2 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Drinking Water SRF programs, $1.4 billion for rural water and wastewater loans, $610 million for grants directed towards clean water systems, $1.05 billion in funds for broadband, and $6.9 billion in loans directed toward rural electric/telecom infrastructure. Read the detailed House press release.
The Senate is expected to offer its own funding level proposals as the appropriations process moves forward. NUCA supports the higher levels found in the House version and is lobbying key Senate offices on the need for these additional resources in final legislation.
Senate HEALS Act Includes PPP Loan Provisions for Associations
The Senate GOP's HEALS Act version also includes a section expanding eligibility under the Paycheck Protection Program to nonprofit 501c6 organizations like NUCA and our 30 Chapters. NUCA strongly supports the Senate's HEALS Act and kindly thanks Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their inclusion of this provision in the Senate bill.
(Virtual) Washington Summit: Sept. 23
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the September 2020 Washington Summit has changed to accommodate the public access situation on Capitol Hill. Congressional offices on Capitol Hill remain closed to the public and will be for the foreseeable future. To reflect this reality, NUCA will hold its 2020 Washington Summit virtually. Register for the Summit here.
Plan now to attend the Summit virtually via your computer on Wednesday, September 23. There will be three member-only online issue briefing sessions the week of Sept. 14th on our industry's top issues: water/wastewater infrastructure investment, surface transportation legislation, broadband deployment policy, and damage prevention/pipeline safety.
Once NUCA receives your registration, your NUCA Chapter will arranging the virtual Congressional office visits on Sept. 23 and provide you information about our top issues. You will be able to discuss these issues accompanied by other local and state utility construction industry members with your Federal lawmakers and staffs, right from your own office.
For 2020, Summit registration is free to NUCA members. The tentative Summit schedule is now posted on the NUCA Summit webpage. We hope that you'll be able to attend this unique advocacy experience.
NUCA’s Government Affairs office can be contacted at:
Office: 703-750-1326 Eben Wyman, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zack Perconti, Associate: email@example.com