Baldwin urges President to push Made in America Water Infrastructure Act

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During President Trump’s “Made In America Week”, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging the President and Senate leaders to back her Made in America Water Infrastructure Act.

Senator Baldwin sent a letter to the President on Monday calling on him to press for action on her Buy America legislation.

While visiting Wisconsin in April, the President was asked if he supported Senator Baldwin’s bill and Trump responded “I do.” He went on to say “I agree with her 100% percent.”

Senator Baldwin also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso to back the legislation.

The Made in America Water Infrastructure Act requires that 100% American-made iron and steel is used in water infrastructure projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The DWSRF is a federal-state partnership that acts as an infrastructure bank to help ensure safe drinking water in all 50 states and territories.

Between 1997 and 2015, the DSWRF provided more than $27.9 billion in low interest loans to more than 12,000 projects.

Senator Baldwin’s legislation would require all of these projects to use American-made iron and steel.

Eligible projects include improving drinking water treatment, fixing or replacing old pipes, improving the source of the water supply, replacing or constructing finished water storage tanks, or any other infrastructure project needed to protect public health.

An online version of the letter Senator Baldwin sent to the President can be found here

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