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U.S. Senator Capito: Passage of water infrastructure bill a positive sign for larger deal

By Steven Allen Adams, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While negotiations continue between U.S. Senate Republicans, Democrats, and the White House on an infrastructure package, lawmakers got a head start on a key drinking water and wastewater package that could bode well for future discussions.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the passage Thursday of S.914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021. The bill passed 89-2, with only Republican U.S. Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, voting against it.

The bill was a project of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where Capito is the ranking Republican members. The bill had early bipartisan support in committee, with Capito co-writing the bill with Senators Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Tom Carper, D-Del., and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

“Yes, we’ve worked together bipartisan,” Capito said in a Thursday afternoon virtual briefing with press. “We’ve worked on programs that will help West Virginia’s smaller (water) systems, septic tanks, water workforce, things I hear all the time when I’m in West Virginia that are real challenges to small water systems.”

To read more: https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/local-news/2021/04/capito-passage-of-water-infrastructure-bill-a-positive-sign-for-larger-deal/

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