Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities (NLC) thanks Congress for passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), and encourages the President to quickly sign it. The bill authorizes 34 new lock, dam, levee, port and ecosystem restoration projects and includes a new pilot program that makes loans available to local governments building large water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects and activities.
"Today, we thank the Senate for finding a bipartisan path forward to ensure that communities will see better financing options for large water and wastewater projects," said NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. "This bill will have enormous benefits by allowing communities to improve their aging infrastructure and water resource development projects. This will make their communities more competitive and create jobs. We encourage President Obama to sign the bill.”
NLC remains concerned that tax-exempt municipal bonds cannot be used for the non-federal share of the projects under the pilot program included in the bill. We vow to continue to work with Congress to improve this important provision in order to maximize its effectiveness for communities.
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The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.