The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018 (S. 3021) is the second significant infrastructure bill Congress has sent to the president’s desk in as many weeks, and manufacturers welcome its strong, bipartisan passage (98-1). Last week, the president signed into law the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 following a similarly strong and bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate.
The bipartisan AWIA includes both improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and the Water Resources Development Act. Manufacturers recognize that drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is a vital component of the manufacturing ecosystem and continue to call for reliable and consistent authorizations for Army Corps civil works projects. Upgrading and modernizing harbors and ports as well as aging inland waterway lock systems is critical to manufacturers’ ability to engage in commerce.
The National Association of Manufacturers announced in a letter to U.S. senators on Tuesday that it would key-vote passage of S. 3021. It’s fitting the Senate would unite to pass this important water infrastructure bill today, which happens to be the day when organizations across the country Imagine a Day Without Water.