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Energy Policy Modernization Act Of 2015 February 4, 2016
Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
"I cannot speak to the accuracy of exactly how much has been made available to the State. It is my understanding that the State has received, through the EPA, the State’s annual receipts from the EPA‘s clean water fund. I do not know if that is specific to Flint or whether that is the State’s share, as the State of Texas receives and the State of Alaska receives. It is my understanding that the President did make that announcement."
Introduction Of The Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act February 4, 2016
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"Mr. Speaker, water infrastructure is a local issue—from a giant sinkhole in Gresham, OR, to poisoned water in Flint, MI. For too long, we’ve let critical water systems simply fall apart. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our nation’s wastewater and drinking water infrastructure a grade of “D” in their most recent report card. While our clean water needs are estimated to be nearly $15 billion a year, appropriations for clean water infrastructure have averaged less than over $2 billion a year since 2000. Drinking water infrastructure is in no better shape. The EPA estimates that we need to invest over $19 billion annually to ensure the provision of safe tap water, while Congress appropriates less than $1 billion."
Energy Policy Modernization Act Of 2015—Continued February 2, 2016
Sherrod Brown, D-OH
"In Sebring, just as in Flint, families were left in the dark about the safety of their water. For months, local officials failed to notify residents about the lead, and the State EPA failed to step in. I spoke with the mayor. I spoke recently—just this week—to State Representative Boccieri and State Senator Schiavoni, who represent Sebring and that part of the county, about what our response should be."
Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis And Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Leak February 2, 2016
Barbara Boxer, D-CA
"What shocked me was that on the heels of this tragedy and travesty in Flint, MI, we were marking up a bill, and the Republicans, to a person, supported the ability of people spraying pesticides into drinking water not to have to get a permit anymore and to take away the authority of the EPA to require a permit if you are going to spray harmful pesticides with toxins into a drinking water supply."
Energy Policy Modernization Bill February 2, 2016
John Thune, R-SD
"Unfortunately, the President has repeatedly blocked domestic energy development and the jobs it would create. He rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline—a project that his own State Department found would have virtually no impact on the environment and that would have supported 42,000 jobs during construction. He has blocked attempts to tap our vast domestic oil reserves in Alaska. His EPA has imposed a steady stream of burdensome regulations that are making it more expensive to produce American energy. The President’s national energy tax will drive up energy bills for poor and middle-class families and reduce our Nation’s energy security, while doing very little to help our environment. Similarly, the President’s waters of the United States rule will place heavy regulatory burdens on farmers, ranches, homeowners, and small businesses across the country."

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