REAUTHORIZATION

An authorization (or reauthorization) establishes, continues or modifies a program to make it eligible for federal funding. Programs are actually funded through appropriations.

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. 

2021: U.S. Senate 

Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs

On Thursday, April 29, the U.S. Senate passed The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S. 914) by a vote of 89 - 2. This bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (DE), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Cynthis Lummis (WY), Ben Cardin (MD), Kevin Cramer (ND), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Jim Inhofe (OK), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Mark Kelly (AZ), Dan Sullivan (AK) and Alex Padilla (CA).

Read CIFA's letter of support.

 

SRF provisions:

  • 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. 

2021: U.S. House of Representatives

Clean Water SRF

On March 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1). 

 

Read CIFA's comment letter.

 

SRF provisions:

  • Reauthorizes the Clean Water SRF at $8 billion annually from 2022 through 2026.

Drinking Water SRF

On March 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee introduced the CLEAN Future Act (H.R. 1512). On March 11, the Committee introduced the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act. Both bills contain the same language about the Drinking Water SRF.

 

SRF provisions:

 

  • Reauthorizes the Drinking Water SRF at these levels: 

    • 2022: $4.14 billion

    • 2023: $4.8 billion

    • 2024 - 2031: $5.5 billion

  • American Iron and Steel

    • Makes permanent the requirement to use American iron and steel in projects funded by the Drinking Water SRF.