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H.R. 2328: Low-Income Sewer and Water Assistance Program Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of May 3, 2017 (Introduced).

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2328

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 3, 2017

(for herself, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Norton, and Mr. Rush) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a low-income sewer and water assistance pilot program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Low-Income Sewer and Water Assistance Program Act of 2017.

2.

Low-income sewer and water assistance pilot program

Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

124.

Low-income sewer and water assistance pilot program

(a)

Establishment

The Administrator shall establish a pilot program to award grants to not fewer than 10 eligible entities to assist low-income households in maintaining access to sanitation services.

(b)

Report

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the program established under this section.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Eligible entity

The term eligible entity means a municipality, or a public entity that owns or operates a public water system, that is affected by a consent decree relating to compliance with this Act.

(2)

Household

The term household means any individual or group of individuals who are living together as one economic unit.

(3)

Low-income household

(A)

In general

The term low-income household means a household—

(i)

in which one or more individuals are receiving—

(I)

assistance under a State program funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act;

(II)

supplemental security income payments under title XVI of the Social Security Act;

(III)

supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008; or

(IV)

payments under section 1315, 1521, 1541, or 1542 of title 38, United States Code, or under section 306 of the Veterans' and Survivors' Pension Improvement Act of 1978; or

(ii)

that has an income determined by the State in which the eligible entity is located to not exceed the greater of—

(I)

an amount equal to 150 percent of the poverty level for the State; or

(II)

an amount equal to 60 percent of the State median income.

(B)

Lower income limit

For purposes of this section, a State may adopt an income limit that is lower than the limit described in subparagraph (A)(ii), except that the State may not exclude a household from eligibility in a fiscal year solely on the basis of household income if such income is less than 110 percent of the poverty level for such State.

(4)

Public water system

The term public water system has the meaning given that term in section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f).

(5)

Sanitation services

The term sanitation services has the meaning given that term in section 113(g).

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