In “Building to Win,” the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) outlined its key infrastructure priorities for policymakers and specifically calls on Congress to take an expedited approach to deepen ports, upgrade aging locks and enhance intermodal connections. In addition, manufacturers urge Congress to continue to work together on a bipartisan basis to pass water infrastructure bills every two years.
In 2014, Congress passed the first Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation in seven years and committed to passing similar legislation every two years. Congress kept its promise and passed the Water Infrastructure for Our Nation (WIN) Act in 2016.
This year, Congress has kept the procession track to maintain this two-year cycle. The House passed the NAM-supported H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 by a vote of 408-2. On May 22, 2018, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed S. 2800, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, by a unanimous vote of 21-0.
It’s time for the Senate to move its bipartisan legislation to upgrade U.S. water infrastructure. Beyond authorizing projects critical to our nations waterways, ports and harbors, S. 2800 addresses improvements to drinking and wastewater infrastructure and provides specific reforms to serve the unique needs of rural systems.
Manufacturers recognize that drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are a vital component of the manufacturing ecosystem and continue to call for investment in transportation infrastructure, such as locks, dams, ports and harbors, because the ability to move freight reliably and efficiently enhances U.S. global competitiveness. The NAM supports S. 2800 and urges the Senate to consider this bipartisan legislation.