This week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which is in charge of setting annual levels for the state revolving funds (SRF), slashed nearly $2 billion from what was originally programmed for water funding in FY24. This cut would set the level of funding back to that of the 1990’s. To note: the move was largely due to a small group in the Republican party who view this as a way to undo the debt ceiling deal and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding.
Although this is just the first step of the legislative process and there still needs to be more votes in the House and Senate to approve the subcommittee’s proposal, it is imperative that we voice our strong disapproval. To this end, NUCA National has mobilized all of its chapters to reach out to their respective delegations and object to these cuts. We at NUCA NJ are working with our member of the NJ delegation who sits on the Appropriations Committee, Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, to oppose the reduction and reinstate the originally budgeted funding number.
While it is a long shot that our efforts will be enough to overturn the Republican led Appropriations Committee’s proposal in the next coming days and before what is expected to be a party-line vote, NUCA will have more opportunities to influence the vote in the House, and more importantly, in the Senate — where Democrats are in alignment with our industry on this issue — and ultimately, in the White House.
NUCA NJ will continue to update our members on this very important issue as the battle for funding continues.