The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday successfully marked up and passed its infrastructure bill that the Alliance and other Western water and ag interests have been tracking in the past week. The Senate is now gearing up for a floor vote as early as next week.
Media attention on this matter continues to grow. Politico Pro Energy yesterday reported on our Western ag/urban coaliton’s efforts to advocate for Western water infrastructure, and yesterday’s Daybreak by Agri-Pulse cited progress on the Senate’s $8.3 billion infrastructure package that includes Western water projects. A hefty $3.2 billion in the bill is dedicated to aging infrastructure and $1.15 billion is for water storage and conveyance.
Dan Keppen, executive director of the Family Farm Alliance, is quoted in the article, calling the committee’s bill a “balanced infrastructure package that includes resources for critical Western water supply needs.”
And as we shared in our last email to you, our water coalition steering committee sent a letter to the Senate for the need to preserve water infrastructure in the legislation. Click here for the latest coalition letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin and Ranking Member John Barrasso.
A press release by our coalition was issued after passage of the bill.