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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

$8.6 Billion Drinking Water Bill Passes House Energy & Commerce Committee

July 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement after the House Energy & Commerce Committee voted unanimously to advance major drinking water legislation on Thursday afternoon:

“All Americans, regardless of income or neighborhood, deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. The Drinking Water System Improvement Act is an important step forward to ensuring this promise.”

“I am proud to support this legislation that will increase federal assistance for states and local communities to improve their drinking water infrastructure and provide targeted improvements that will benefit lower-income communities like those in our district in Houston and Harris County. Key improvements include federal funds to replace lead service lines in schools, a minimum set aside for disadvantaged communities, and giving water systems greater flexibility to restructure or consolidate.”

“I look forward to supporting this bill when it comes before the full House of Representatives and eventually reaching the President’s desk.”