ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 30, 2020)—The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday began debate on the Moving Forward Act, which would authorize over $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending. The bill, H.R. 2, includes $8 billion for sewage infrastructure and boosts Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $475 million. It also devotes more than $1 billion to help public utilities deal with toxic PFAS contamination. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition supports the bill.

“The Moving Forward Act will benefit communities, public health, and the Great Lakes,” said Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Director Laura Rubin. “The need for this investment in our nation’s infrastructure is undeniable and urgent. The federal government’s decades-long disinvestment in water infrastructure has led to a staggering $179 billion backlog in work in the Great Lakes region, public health crisis due to lead contamination and other pollutants in drinking water, and skyrocketing water rates that are leaving many people with unaffordable water bills. These new investments will go a long way in improving access and affordability to the basic need of clean drinking water. We look forward to working with bipartisan members of Congress to pass and fund this legislation.”