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S. 3044 (116th): Western Tribal Water Infrastructure Act of 2020


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 12, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 3044

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 12, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Merkley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

A BILL

To amend the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to expand the Indian reservation drinking water program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Western Tribal Water Infrastructure Act of 2019.

2.

Indian Reservation Drinking Water Program

Section 2001 of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (42 U.S.C. 300j–3c note; Public Law 115–270) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Administrator and inserting The Administrator;

(B)

in paragraph (1), by striking and at the end;

(C)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(D)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

10 eligible projects described in subsection (b) that are within—

(A)

the portion of the Columbia River Basin that is—

(i)

south of the Columbia River; and

(ii)

below the Grand Coulee Dam; or

(B)

coastal basins adjacent to the portion of the Columbia River Basin described in subparagraph (A).

;

(2)

in subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

by striking is on a reservation and inserting the following:

is on—

(A)

a reservation

;

(B)

in subparagraph (A) (as so designated), by striking and at the end and inserting or; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

an off-reservation site that serves an Indian Tribe described in subsection (c)(2); and

;

(3)

in subsection (c)—

(A)

by striking the subsection designation and heading and all that follows through In carrying out and inserting the following:

(c)

Requirements

(1)

Upper Missouri River Basin

In carrying out

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Columbia River Basin

In carrying out the program under subsection (a)(3), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall select not less than 1 eligible project that serves one or more Tribal communities of federally recognized Indian Tribes the Federal recognition of which has been terminated and subsequently restored.

; and

(4)

in subsection (d), by striking $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2022 and inserting $30,000,000 for fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter.