WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) introduced the Buy America for Drinking Water Extension Act. This bipartisan legislation would create jobs and grow the economy by ensuring that all iron and steel products used for projects in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) are made entirely in the United States.
“We must continue to work to create jobs and strengthen our infrastructure,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “That’s why I’m pleased this bipartisan legislation works to do both, while also ensuring we have a safe and clean drinking water supply. I hope this commonsense bill will move forward quickly for Illinois’ manufacturers and working families.”
“Protecting and creating American jobs should be Congress’ top priority,” Congressman McKinley said. “This bill will help prevent the loss of economic activity in communities across the country by ensuring that state and federally funded construction projects use American-made steel and iron.”
The DWSRF is used to finance projects to improve drinking water infrastructure nationwide. A federal-state partnership, it provided more than $38.2 billion in low-interest loans to more than 14, 500 projects between 1997 and 2018. These funds help ensure people across the country have safe drinking water and creates jobs. The Buy America for Drinking Water Extension Act would permanently extend a requirement in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 that guarantees any iron and steel used in projects funded through the DWSRF must be produced in America.
Original co-sponsors of the legislation include Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-04), Bill Foster (IL-11), David Cicilline (RI-01), Grace Meng (NY-06), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), John Garamendi (CA-03), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Tim Ryan (OH-13).