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An authorization (or reauthorization) establishes, continues or modifies a program to make it eligible for federal funding. An appropriation actually funds the program.​

U.S. Senate

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (H.R. 3684) includes The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S. 914) which passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 89 - 2 on April 29, 2021.

Read CIFA's letter of support.

The bill: 

  • Reauthorizes the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs (each):

    • 2022: $2.4 billion

    • 2023: $2.75 billion

    • 2024: $3 billion

    • 2025 and 2026: $3.25 billion

  • Reauthorizes SWIFIA: $5 million annually for 2022 through 2026

  • Additional Subsidy: 

    • Defines additional subsidization as “forgiveness of principal, grants, negative interest loans, other loan forgiveness, and through buying, refinancing, or restructuring debt” for both SRFs and excludes loans with 0% or higher interest are not additional from being considered additional subsidy.   

    • Clean Water SRFs: Requires 10% of the capitalization grant to be used for additional subsidy for communities that meet the state affordability criteria as long as there are eligible applications. ​

    • Drinking Water SRFs: Requires 12% of the capitalization grant to be used for additional subsidy for disadvantaged communities  as long as there are eligible applications. 

  • Technical Assistance:

    • Allows States to use 2% of the capitalization grant for the Clean Water SRF for technical assistance provided by nonprofits. 

U.S. House of Representatives​

On Thursday, July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684), also known as Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act by a vote of 221-201 (13 not voting). The legislation includes the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915) and the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2021 (H.R. 3291)

The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate where it was amended. On August 11, 2021, the bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), was passed and sent back to the U.S. House of Representatives which has not brought it up for a vote.​ Learn more about the current bill.

CIFA Testifies on behalf of SRF Community 

On Wednesday, April 21, former CIFA President Kim testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, "Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure: Measures to Promote Resiliency and Climate Adaptation and Mitigation.” Read the testimony.  Watch the hearing. Read responses to the Questions for the Record.

Current Authorizations

  • The Clean Water SRF was last authorized in 1994 for $600 million. 

  • The Drinking Water SRF was reauthorized in 2018 at these funding levels:

    • 2019: $1.174 billion​

    • 2020: $1.3 billion

    • 2021: $1.95 billion

  • SWIFIA was authorized in 2018 at $5 million for 2020 and 2021. 

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