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Since the SRFs were established, Congress has provided annual federal funding in the form a capitalization grant to fund subsidized loans to build water infrastructure now and grow a permanent pool of revolving funds to meet the never-ending need to repair, rehabilitate and replacement aging infrastructure.

CIFA Fights for Restoration of Annual Federal Funding for the SRFs in 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate appropriations bills divert hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding from SRF water projects in 36 states to pay for congressional earmarks in 14 states.

  • The House diverts 88% of annual federal funding from the SRFs to pay for $880 million in congressional earmarks and proposed draconian cuts for the SRFs, leaving just $115 million to split among 50 states and Puerto Rico for state-selected clean water and drinking water projects.

  • The Senate diverts 21% of annual federal funding from the SRFs to pay more nearly $589 million in congressional earmarks.


2024 Appropriations

2022 and 2023 Appropriations

Since 2022, Congress has cut $2.3 billion or 42% in annual federal funding for state SRF projects to pay for congressional earmarks. Over the last two years, Congress has cut net federal funding (SRF funding plus earmarks) for clean water and/or drinking water infrastructure projects in 36 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and the Territories. 

State and Water Leaders Urge Restoration of Annual Federal Funding for the SRFs


2023 Budget 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, (H.R. 2617), became law on Thursday, December 29, 2022. Congress maintained top line funding for the SRFs but continued to use the SRF capitalization grants to pay for earmarks which are listed in the Explanatory Statement (starting on page 80).


Learn the history of federal funding for SRFs.

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