2007 Budget Proposal Seeks Deep Cuts to CWSRF
The Bush Administration has once again proposed to dramatically
cut clean water funding in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget for EPA,
this year by over $300 million (from FY 2006’s enacted level of
$7.625 billion to $7.31 billion). The vast majority of this
reduction would be achieved by a proposed cut of approximately $200
million (from $887 million to $687 million) to the Agency’s Clean
Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. The request marks a
clear trend toward the ultimate phase-out of this important program.
With the Administration seeking to zero-out this program, WIN is
calling on Congress and the White House to support the recently
introduced Clean Water Trust Act of 2005, H.R. 4560 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.r.04560:)
to address the looming water infrastructure funding gap, which has
been estimated at $300 billion over the next 20 years. H.R. 4560
would create a deficit-neutral trust fund that will help guarantee a
sustainable and shared federal-state-local investment in clean water
and would also secure increased funding for the CWSRF.
Efforts in Support of a Clean Water Trust Fund Result in the
Introduction of Landmark Legislation
Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Chairman of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment,
introduced the Clean Water Trust Act of 2005,
H.R. 4560, on December 15, 2005. The bill reauthorizes the
funding portion of the Clean Water Act and sets up a federal trust
fund to provide approximately $7.5 billion a year for five years to
local communities to address clean water infrastructure needs. The
H.R. 4560 is a milestone in the funding effort led by the Water
Infrastructure Network (WIN), whose ongoing work played a critical
part in its introduction. Chairman Duncan's bill takes the best
parts of legislation he introduced in the 108th Congress (H.R.
1560), while also incorporating all of the key programs put forth in
the draft trust fund legislation. The bill creates a dedicated,
deficit-neutral Clean Water Trust Fund, similar to those that
finance highways and airports. For more on the legislation, visit
the Library of Congress’ website (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.r.04560:).
applauds clean water trust fund bill introduced by Chairman John J.
Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) of the House Water Resources and Environment
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