2021 Scorecard Vote
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sponsored S. 914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA), which authorized increased funding for new and existing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater programs to help provide clean water to communities across the country. Unfortunately, too many families still have to worry if the water coming from their taps is harming their families, and communities of color and low-wealth communities have disproportionately borne the brunt of water pollution and lack of investment in our water systems. S. 914 authorized funds for replacing lead service lines, reauthorized the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds, started a pilot program at EPA for low-income water assistance, and authorized funding for rural and disadvantaged communities, among other measures. The legislation was an important step in ensuring everyone, no matter race, zip code, or economic status, has access to the clean water they need to thrive. On April 29, the Senate approved S. 914 by a vote of 89-2 (Senate roll call vote 178). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. DWWIA became the basis for the water provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the president signed into law on November 15.