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MWA, WaterAid, and Other Coalition Organizations Raise WASH Issue with Trump Transition Team

 

Washington, DC – Even before the Nov 8 Presidential election, MWA, WaterAid, InterAction and other advocates in the international development community began to present concerns to transition staff of the incoming Administration about the future of programs under the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department. It is normal during the transfer of power from one Administration to another for groups to present transition papers and to meet with representatives of the incoming Administration, as well as with selected members of the newly -elected Congress.

As of this posting, we are working to identify key members of the Trump transition staff to help them prepare for assuming office on January 20, and we are also contact with other policy leaders in think tanks, NGOs, and the private sector. When we have a better understanding of how the new White House team plans to engage on foreign assistance issues, we will share with MWA members and the broader WASH community

11/11/2016


 

House Appropriations Approves $400 million for WASH in FY 2017; Bill Would Keep WASH at Same Level as Current Year, Makes Slight Increases in USAID Operations

 

Washington, DC, July 14, 2016 – The U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill on Tuesday, continuing funding for programs under the 2005 Sen. Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act at $400 million, the same as in current Fiscal Year 2016. If approved by Congress in final FY 2017 action later this year on all federal funding, it will be the first time since FY 2013 that WASH has not seen an increase over the previous year.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the same level funding on June 28.

MWA appreciates the continued commitment of our champions in both the House and Senate to sustained WASH funding despite budget pressures, and we acknowledge the increases over the past 10 years that have made WASH a major component in USAID programming and strategy. (See MWA 10-year appropriations chart below)

We are concerned however that again, as in several years, both the House and Senate versions fall short of the funding needed at both State and USAID to fulfill several mandates and sustain efforts by USAID to improve operations, training, and more transparent management. Both bills fund the agencies by more than a half-billion less than identified by the Administration as necessary to meet FY 2017 program goals.

We know that House and Senate subcommittee appropriators have questioned the allocations for State and Foreign Operations made at the full Committee level, working within the parameters set by Congress in annual federal budget bills. The real need is for the budgets and the subcommittee allocations (made to each subcommittee, each year) to acknowledge the unprecedented global level of humanitarian emergencies that USAID and the State Department now confront, and still stay on track with aggressive crisis-prevention through sound development policy and leadership.

The House bill now provides a total of $52 billion in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is $595 million below the FY 2016 enacted level and $691 million below President Obama’s request. The Senate Appropriations Committee bill, approved June 28, provided $52.08 billion, about $591 million below the FY 2016 enacted level for State and foreign operations, which includes USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation funding, and is $687.4 million below President Obama’s budget request.

 

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FY 2006 – 2016 Chart by MWA, June 2016

 

See the full bill as approved July 12 by the House Appropriations Committee here.


Water for the World Act Signed Into Law!

 Washington, DC, December 19, 2014 –  The White House announced today that President Obama has signed HR 2901, The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, into law.

 

Official signing ceremonies are not common, so not surprising that one was not scheduled for this bill, especially given the crowded schedule just days before Christmas. 

Here is short (but accurate) story of how it happened:

 

The Law Prior to Now

Before the The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121), there was no legislated status for WASH in foreign assistance specifically.  The 2005 law set various benchmarks fore the USAID and the State Department, and provided the framework for specific annual appropriations by Congress for WASH.

 Many of the same organizations that worked hard to achieve the first WASH bill enacted into law were very much involved in the most recent campaign. 

 

Pushing Water Uphill…Successfully

 

Passing this bill was never a given. Very little in the areas of foreign assistance and international development was done in the last two Congresses; in fact, historians consider the just-expired 113th Congress to be the second least productive Congress in American history, possibly “surpassed” only by the 112th.  The Washington Post reports that of the low number of bills enacted the last two years – 297 total – 30 were renaming post offices (though as a percentage of bills passed, a few other Congresses did even more renaming).

 Given the low yield of this Congress and the infamous gridlocks associated with it with by almost everyone answering an opinion poll, it is striking that a bill like this could even get through one chamber. While WASH is pretty much nonpartisan and non-ideological in present day political terms, it is also not exactly the most urgent thing for the public at the Congressional District level. WASH is popular, as a thing for America to do in humanitarian terms, but it does not drive public opinion and certainly does not drive campaign financing. 

 No members of Congress win re-election because they support water and sanitation in developing countries; to support it in Congress means you care about it.

 

The Chief Actors

MWA congratulates the key Members of Congress and their great legislative staff who took the lead, despite the odds, and made it happen!

Earl Blumenauer      Ted_Poe_Official[1].jpg reduced    Edward_Royce,_official_photo_portrait_color     Dick-Durbin      corker_bob

Rep.  Blumenauer                     Rep.   Poe                     Rep.  Royce                  Sen. Durbin                  Sen. Corker

 Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, and tireless campaigner for US leadership in WASH, led House drafting of the bill, and with Rep. Ted Poe, Republican of Texas, a respected senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, worked to gain as many cosponsors from both parties as possible and pave the way for consideration by the  Committee. HFAC Chairman Ed Royce, Republican of California, helped build support for the bill and get unanimous consent on the House floor on December 8. Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who succeeded Sen. Simon in his Senate seat and honored that heritage by getting previous versions of the Water for the World approved on at least the Senate floor in previous years, again proved his unflagging commitment to WASH by leading the effort in the Senate with colleague Sen. Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, who who used his role as Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to get as much Senate Republican support as possible. Together, they overcame obstinate objections and brought the bill to a successful voice vote on December 15.

 Those members of Congress and their dedicated staffs, joined by Senate version cosponsors  Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, and Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, and 104 other Republican and Democratic cosponsors in the House, got the job done. 

 “I am proud that the process that began with the Water for the Poor Act in 2005 has been strengthened and carried forward in 2014,” said Malcolm Morris, Board Chairman of the Millennium Water Alliance, who also worked on passage of the original authorization in 2005. “MWA was honored to be a partner in the effort to get the original legislation enacted, and again in this Congress with these timely amendments signed into law by the President today.

MWA and its 16 US and international members are proud to have played a leading part. We especially thank our close colleagues in advocacy at WaterAid, World Vision, InterAction, and WASH Advocates for their dedication, creativity, and partnership over the past four years. Through this teamwork, nearly 40 other great organizations became partners supporting the bill, and helped to make this a successful coalition.

 

Tracking the Bill to Victory

HR 2901 was introduced in the House on August 1, 2013, by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX); over the following 16 months, 104 other members of the House.  A companion version (S. 2946) was introduced in the Senate on November 19, 2014, by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN), cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

The House bill was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on November 20, and then passed by unanimous consent in the House of Representatives on December 8, 2014, right before the House adjourned for the year.

 The bill was then sent to the Senate. The Senate version was considered in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on December 4.  A sudden attempt to add an unrelated rider to the bill on the use of military force in Syria and Iraq was set aside after a tense debate among SFRC members. The “water bill,” as it became known, was then approved unanimously by  the committee.

See selected media coverage of the exciting (unexpected) SFRC action here:

“Nice Little Water Bill” in Selected Media

 http://thehill.com/policy/defense/227263-nice-little-water-bill-hold-the-isis-passes-senate

http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/tom-coburn-faces-blowback-over-end-of-session-objections/?dcz=   (last few paragraphs of story)

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/rand-paul-and-john-mccain-go-to-war-over-isis-vote-20141204 (this item from Dec. 4 was shared in an earlier email also)

However, the Senate did not vote on the SFRC version, instead acting only the already-passed House version, approving it by voice vote on December 15 –  just in the nick of time before final adjournment, completing HR 2901’s eventful journey through Congress and sending it on to the President

Deputy Majority Leader Dick Durbin, led the effort to get the bill to the Senate floor with lead Republican cosponsor Sen. Bob Corker, who had vigorously defended the bill in the December 4 SFRC mark-up.  Together, they worked hard to gather support from Senators in both parties, and especially in the final days of the session to persuade one Senator, who on December 10 had placed a “hold” on the bill, to lift his hold and allow the bill to come a vote.

Sen. Corker was the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 113th Congress, and is widely expected to serve as chairman of the Committee when the new Republican-controlled Senate takes office in January.

 

The WASH Coalition

 Over the past two years, the bill was endorsed by more than 80 national organizations. Over the last four years in the direct advocacy effort on Capitol Hill, about 40 organizations played a role in meetings with members of Congress, writing letters, issuing statements, and urging grassroots support for the legislation.

 The coalition organized Capitol Hill Advocacy Days around World Water Day in March each year, in addtioin to Members of Congress were contacted throughout the years by constituents and supporting organizations. The coalition was led by InterAction, Millennium Water Alliance, WaterAid in America, World Vision, and WASH Advocates, with tremendous partnership with other nongovernmental organizations and individuals, to galvanize support for legislation to amend the The Water for Poor Act of 2005 (PL 109-121), the authorizing legislation for WASH programming at USAID. 

Thank You 

Malcolm Morris, MWA Board Chairman

Peter Lochery,  MWA Vice Chairman

Rafael Callejas, Executive Director

John Sparks, Director of Advocacy & Communications

The Millennium Water Alliance is the 501(c)(3) consortium of leading charities helping to bring safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. MWA works with governments, corporations, foundations, individuals, and other NGOs to advance best practices, share knowledge, build collaborations, and advocate for greater commitment to this global goal. MWA’s members include Aguayuda, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, Global Water, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, IRC – International Water and Sanitation Center, Lifewater International, Living Water International, Pure Water for the World, WaterAid in America, Water4, Water For People, Water Missions International, Water.org, and World Vision.

 

Major Elements of HR 2901,

The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014 

  • Codifies the existing two positions (one at State, one at USAID) to make sure water issues are coordinated in the agencies among bureaus and missions, and that WASH does not get lost in the design and execution of programs – this is important!
  • Sets more criteria (but not too restrictive) for the way USAID prioritizes, and reports on, WASH activity in countries – using JMP and similar data, assuring that most assistance goes to communities and countries in greatest need, not just a small number of politically important countries; this prioritization policy is critical, and strongly supported by our Congressional cosponsors in both parties.
  • Sets deadlines for written comprehensive water strategies is for both USAID and State. Eight years after the 2005 Sen. Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act (current law, PL 109-121), USAID produced a strategy for its water programs, covering 2014-2019. The State Department has not done one. The bill outlines the coordination on strategy by the two agencies and requires them to get on task for the future.

 See the Congressional Research Service summary, and full text of the bill as passed by the House on December 8, at:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2901?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+2901%22%5D%

 


 

CONGRESS PASSES THE SEN. PAUL SIMON WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT OF 2014

Senate Action In Final Days of Session Sends Bill to the White House

Washington, DC, December 15, 2014The US Senate this evening passed the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014 by unanimous consent. The bill will become law with President Obama’s expected signature.

The last obstacle in the battle to enact this “nice little water bill, uncontroversial…”  – in the words of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) – was removed at 5 pm ET December 15 when one Senator, who had filed his objection to consideration of the bill a few days earlier, lifted his objection. The US Senate later passed HR 2901, The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, by voice vote.

Deputy Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), longtime champion for WASH and successor to the late Sen. Simon in the Senate, led the effort to get the bill that was approved Dec 8 by the US House of Representatives to the Senate floor.  Lead Republican Cosponsor Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) vigorously defended the bill in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a December 4 mark-up, when proposed unrelated amendments threatened to kill the bill’s chances altogether.

Special recognition goes to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and his Legislative Director, Michael Harold, and  Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), lead Republican cosponsor in the House, and his Subcommittee Staff Director Luke Murry, who worked incredibly hard to introduce the bill in 2013 and get 106 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, paving the way for final action by the Senate; and to Chris Homan and Erum Ibrahim Ali, Professional Members of Sen. Durbin’s staff, and Jennifer Healy, Health Policy Counsel to Sen. Corker.  House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (D-CA) and Professional Staff Member Joan Condon helped tremendously to work out details and get the bill to the House last week. The deft and dedicated pursuit of passage by these Members and staff made it happen!

Congratulations to ALL the advocates, in Washington and across the country, who worked to make this day possible!  The representatives of nearly 50 other organizations contributed their voices and time to get the bill done.

Congratulations to all!


OCTOBER UPDATE:

Ebola and ISIL Push Water Off Foreign Policy Agenda Before Election;

House, Senate Committees Expected to Work Fast on Water for the World Act In Congressional Lame Duck Session

 

The escalation of wars and an epidemic changed the plans of Congress in September before it left town for the the long campaign recess. House action on HR 2901, The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, has been delayed again, until the final days of the 113th Congress in November-December.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee had been expected to take up the bill September 15-19, but Congressional staff warned advocates that intense Congressional work on Syria, Iraq and the Ebola epidemic in Africa could make scheduling the bill difficult until after the election.

The general election is November 4. The House and Senate could come back into session as early as the following week; but even if later, there will definitely be the so-called lame duck session, even with some of the members defeated or retiring and not returning for the new Congress in January.

In the meantime, advocates have more opportunity to get more members to cosponsor in the House, and to communicate their support to members of the US Senate.

The WASH policy coalition, led by Millennium Water Alliance, WaterAid in America, InterAction, WASH Advocates, and World Vision, is working with House chief sponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and Senate lead sponsors Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to secure support from colleagues for action in their respective chambers.

If the bill is approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee soon after Congress returns in November, it could quickly go before the full House of Representatives for a vote, and then be sent to the US Senate. If the Senate can act quickly enough, our long effort to make key improvements in the way USAID administers the 2005 Water for the Poor Act will meet success – in the final days of the 113th Congress.

Just as a reminder, this bill does not provide the annual funding for WASH programs under the Water for the Poor Act – that is separate legislation, and so far in that appropriations process, the key House committee has recommended level funding for FY 2015 at $365 million, while Senate appropriators have recommended $400 million.

For more information on HR 2901, see “What the Water for the World Act Will Do” under Latest Advocacy Updates.

Below see our latest state-by-state list of current House cosponsors of HR 2901. If a member from your state is on the list, let him/her know you appreciate it! Call them at 202-225-3121 (the US Capitol switchboard), or email them through their own Member websites, which you can find at http://www.house.gov/representatives/

 

HOUSE COSPONSORS OF HR 2901, THE SEN. PAUL SIMON WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT, 113TH CONGRESS

Total:  104 as of October 1, 2014

 

ALABAMA – none yet

ALASKA – none yet

 

ARIZONA (2)

Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]

Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]

 

ARKANSAS (1)

Cotton, Tom [R-AR-4]

 

AMERICAN SAMOA – none yet

 

CALIFORNIA (19)

Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]

Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]

Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]

Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]

Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]

Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]

Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]

Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]

Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]

Matsui, Doris [D-CA-6]

Miller, George [D-CA-11]

Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]

Negrete McLeod, Gloria [D-CA-35]

Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48]

Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]

Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]

 

COLORADO (1)

Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]

 

CONNECTICUT (3)

Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]

Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]

Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]

 

DELAWARE – none yet

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  (1)

Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC]

 

 

FLORIDA (2)

Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

Southerland, Steve II [R-FL-2]

 

GEORGIA (1)

Lewis, John [D-GA-5]

 

GUAM (1)

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU]

 

HAWAII – none yet

IDAHO – none yet

 

ILLINOIS (11)

Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]

Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]

Enyart, William L. [D-IL-12]

Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]

Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]

Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]

Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

Schakowsky, Janice [D-IL-9]

Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18]

Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]

 

INDIANA (2)

Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]

Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]

 

IOWA (1)

King, Steve [R-IA-4]

 

KANSAS (1)

Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]

 

KENTUCKY – none yet

LOUISIANA – none yet

MAINE – none yet

 

MARYLAND (2)

Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]

Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]

 

MASSACHUSETTS (5)

Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]

Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]

Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]

Kennedy, Joseph P. III [D-MA-4]

McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]

 

MICHIGAN (1)

Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9]

 

MINNESOTA (2)

Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]

McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

MISSISSIPPI – none yet

MISSOURI – none yet

MONTANA – none yet

 

NEBRASKA (1)

Terry, Lee [R-NE-2]

 

NEVADA (1)

Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE (1)

Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]

 

NEW JERSEY (4)

Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]

Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]

Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]

Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]

 

 

NEW MEXICO – none yet

 

NEW YORK (9)

Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]

Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]

Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19]

Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22]

Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]

Jeffries, Hakeem [D-NY-8]

McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4]

Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]

Tonko, Pau [D-NY-20]l

 

NORTH CAROLINA (2)

Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]

Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]

 

NORTH DAKOTA – none yet

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS – none yet

 

OHIO (3)

Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]

Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]

Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]

 

OKLAHOMA (1)

Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]

 

OREGON (2)

Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] PRIME SPONSOR

Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]

 

PENNSYLVANIA (4)

Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]

Dent, Charles [R-PA-15]

Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]

Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]

 

PUERTO RICO – none yet

 

RHODE ISLAND (1)

Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]

 

SOUTH CAROLINA (1)

Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]

 

SOUTH DAKOTA – none yet

 

TENNESSEE (1)

Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]

 

TEXAS (6)

Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]

Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]

Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]

McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]

Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] LEAD (R) COSPONSOR

Stockman, Steve [R-TX-36]

 

UTAH – none yet

VERMONT – none yet

 

VIRGINIA (3)

Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]

Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]

Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10]

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS – none yet

 

WASHINGTON (4)

Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]

McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]

Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8]

Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]

 

WEST VIRGINIA – none yet

 

WISCONSIN (4)

Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]

Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6]

Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8]

Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]

 

WYOMING – none yet

Prepared by Millennium Water Alliance, Oct 1, 2014

 

 

 

 

HOUSE COSPONSORS OF HR 2901, THE SEN. PAUL SIMON WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT, 113TH CONGRESS – Total: 97 as of AUGUST 7, 2014

 

ALABAMA – none yet

ALASKA – none yet

ARIZONA

Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]

Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]

ARKANSAS

Cotton, Tom [R-AR-4]

AMERICAN SAMOA – none yet

CALIFORNIA

Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]

Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]

Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]

Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]

Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]

Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]

Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]

Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]

Miller, George [D-CA-11]

Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]

Negrete McLeod, Gloria [D-CA-35]

Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48]

Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]

Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]

COLORADO

Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]

CONNECTICUT

Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]

Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]

Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]

DELAWARE – none yet

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC]

FLORIDA

Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

Southerland, Steve II [R-FL-2]

GEORGIA

Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1]

Lewis, John [D-GA-5]

GUAM

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU]

HAWAII – none yet

IDAHO – none yet

ILLINOIS

Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]

Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]

Enyart, William L. [D-IL-12]

Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]

Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]

Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]

Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18]

Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]

INDIANA

Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]

Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]

IOWA – none yet

KANSAS

Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]

KENTUCKY – none yet

LOUISIANA – none yet

MAINE – none yet

MARYLAND

Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]

Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]

MASSACHUSETTS

Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]

Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]

Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]

Kennedy, Joseph P. III [D-MA-4]

McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]

MICHIGAN

Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9]

MINNESOTA

Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]

McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

MISSISSIPPI – none yet

MISSOURI – none yet

MONTANA – none yet

NEBRASKA

Terry, Lee [R-NE-2]

NEVADA

Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]

NEW JERSEY

Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]

Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]

Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]

NEW MEXICO – none yet

NEW YORK

Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]

Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]

Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19]

Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22]

Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]

McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4]

Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]

NORTH CAROLINA

Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]

Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]

NORTH DAKOTA – none yet

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS – none yet

OHIO

Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]

Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]

Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]

OKLAHOMA

Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]

OREGON

Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] PRIME SPONSOR

Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]

PENNSYLVANIA

Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]

Dent, Charles [R-PA-15]

Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]

Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]

PUERTO RICO – none yet

RHODE ISLAND

Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]

SOUTH CAROLINA

Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]

SOUTH DAKOTA – none yet

TENNESSEE

Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]

TEXAS

Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]

Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]

Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]

McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]

Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] LEAD (R) COSPONSOR

Stockman, Steve [R-TX-36]

UTAH – none yet

VERMONT – none yet

VIRGINIA

Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]

Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]

Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10]

VIRGIN ISLANDS – none yet

WASHINGTON

Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]

McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]

Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8]

Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]

WEST VIRGINIA – none yet

WISCONSIN

Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]

Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6]

Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8]

Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]

WYOMING – none yet

 

Prepared by Millennium Water Alliance, August 7, 2014

 


 

The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, HR 2901, now has 81 cosponsors – 29 Republicans and 52 Democrats! (last updated 5/14/14)

We are pushing to have HR 2901 scheduled for mark-up in the House Foreign Affairs Committee as soon as possible in order to get the bill to the floor for action in the House of Representatives this year.

The bill was introduced in August 2013 by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX).  When the bill is approved by the House, we expect our Senate allies to move quickly to pass it in the Senate.

Below is the current House cosponsor list, with the date of cosponsorship.

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 8/1/2013
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 8/1/2013
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 8/1/2013
Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] – 8/1/2013

Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] – 8/1/2013
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] – 8/1/2013
Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] – 8/1/2013
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] – 8/1/2013

Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] – 8/1/2013
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 8/1/2013
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] – 8/2/2013
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] – 8/2/2013

Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] – 8/2/2013
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 9/9/2013
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] – 9/12/2013
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] – 9/12/2013
Rep Stockman,Steve [TX-36] – 9/19/2013

Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 9/19/2013
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 9/19/2013
Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] – 9/27/2013
Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] – 9/27/2013
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 10/8/2013

Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] – 12/4/2013
Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] – 12/4/2013
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-33] – 12/4/2013
Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] – 12/4/2013
Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] – 12/4/2013

Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 12/4/2013
Rep Negrete McLeod, Gloria [CA-35] – 12/16/2013
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] – 1/14/2014
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 1/14/2014
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] – 1/14/2014

Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-9] – 2/6/2014
Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12] – 2/6/2014
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/6/2014
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] – 2/6/2014
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] – 2/6/2014

Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2]- 2/25/2014
Rep Miller, George [CA-11] – 3/6/2014
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] – 3/6/2014
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] – 3/13/2014
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 3/14/2014

Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 3/14/2014
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 3/14/2014
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 3/14/2014
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 3/24/2014
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 3/24/2014

Rep Heck, Denny [WA-10] – 3/24/2014
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] – 3/24/2014
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 3/24/2014
Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] – 3/24/2014
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] – 3/24/2014

Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] – 3/24/2014
Rep Southerland, Steve II [FL-2] – 3/27/2014
Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 3/27/2014
Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] – 3/27/2014
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] – 3/27/2014

Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] – 3/27/2014
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 3/27/2014
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] – 4/8/2014
Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 4/8/2014
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] – 4/8/2014

Rep Kennedy, Joseph P. III [MA-4] – 4/8/2014
Rep Enyart, William L. [IL-12] – 4/8/2014
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] – 4/8/2014
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 4/10/2014
Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] – 4/10/2014

Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 5/7/2014
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 5/7/2014
Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] – 5/7/2014
Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] – 5/7/2014
Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] – 5/7/2014
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] – 5/7/2014
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] – 5/7/2014
Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] – 5/7/2014
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-20] – 5/7/2014
Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] – 5/9/2014
Rep Walorski, Jacki[IN-2] – 5/9/2014


 

5TH Graders Meet with Key Arizona Congressman on WASH

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) visited Porter Elementary School in Mesa on January 23 to speak with students and teachers who have raised over $1500 for H2O for Life to help provide countries in need with access to clean water. See news coverage video here. Advocates are hoping that Salmon, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, will soon join as a cosponsor for HR 2901, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act; if he cosponsors, that would mean that five of the six total subcommittee chairs in the House Foreign Affairs Committee now support the bill, helping us move toward a mark-up and vote in HFAC this year. (March 2014)

 

Looking for ways to get involved in WASH advocacy? See items below for ways you can be an advocate NOW, helping us to enable millions in the world’s poorest countries to have decent water and sanitation. Also, look for the “Sign Up for Alerts on Advocacy & Congressional Briefings” action box at the top of each page on this site and enter your email to receive our occasional updates on legislation and policy. 

 


H.R. 2901 Introduced in the House on August 1, 2013

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act  of 2013 in the House of Representatives on August 1. The bipartisan legislation will ensure that USAID investments in water and sanitation  are enhanced through strengthening monitoring and evaluation of programs, requiring greater coordination with other development initiatives such as health and women’s empowerment. The bill has 21  cosponsors.

 

Watch Rep. Blumenauer introduce the bill:

 

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $405 million for FY 2014 – The Highest Level Ever

July  2013 -The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2014 bill totalling $50.594 billion in discretionary budget including $405 million in WASH through the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act . This is the most ever appropriated by any Congressional committee for water and sanitation.

WASH organizations extend their gratitude to the senators on the committee who emerged as key supporters, especially acknowledging Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their roles in this decision. We encourage advocates to thank the senators for their efforts.

The House Appropriations Committee earlier approved $315 million for WASH, recommending it be restored it to the pre-sequestration appropriated level (same level as FY 2010). The two versions will be considered in a House-Senate conference, date to be determined.

Considering the drive in the House to make cuts, we consider this restoration to be a victory.

The two versions will be considered in the House Senate conference this fall, date to be determined.

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Stories from 2012…

Senate Committee Approves $400 million for FY13

Tremendous news from the Senate Appropriations Committee in May, which voted unanimously to recommend an $85 million increase in WASH funding for Fiscal Year 2013!

Advocates for WASH are very pleased with the Committee’s vote on May 23, just two days after the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations approved a smaller but very welcome increase ($35 million) for WASH, up from the FY 2012 level of $315 million for programs under the 2005 Sen. Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act.

Because of pending negotiations over long-term debt reduction it is unclear when Congress will enact funding bills for Fiscal Year 2013 (which runs from October 2012 to September 2013). Most likely, Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution in the fall and defer serious decisions about the budget till later in the year, including enactment of appropriations for many departments.

Whatever winds up as the final number will be critical because it will establish a baseline for years to come – Congress is expected to enact some kind of deficit reduction, probably with some automatic cuts over the years, so establishing a solid base NOW will have profound long term impact.

We are grateful to all members of the Senate Appropriations Committee for their strong support for WASH. We ask advocates to send their thanks – they deserve public accolades for their support.

We should focus on encouraging House appropriators to agree with the increase, and approve $400 million for WASH when the two committees meet to conference the total FY 2013 appropriations bill.

WASH advocates must also push for the Senate’s bottom-line number for the Development Assistance and USAID’s Global Health Programs accounts to ensure stability of the $400 million appropriation and to avoid the House’s proposed cuts to various other foreign aid sectors. Information on the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.

 

 Encourage Senate to Fast-track S. 641 to Floor Vote!

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 641) to the Senate floor Tuesday, June 19, 2012, but passage is not a sure thing. Right now, we are urging these Senators who are not on the Committee to join as cosponsors, which will help our effort:

Olympia Snowe (ME) 202-224-5344
Susan Collins (ME) 202 -224-2523
Richard Burr (NC) 202-224-3154
Mike Johanns (NE) 202-224-4224

A call to any of the above to ask them to cosponsor S. 641 would be very helpful. They are not hearing specific opposition, but they do need to hear words of support. To get yes votes, they need to have a sense that there is an attentive constituency expecting it.

Another part of the process of moving a bill through Congress is getting as many members as possible to join as cosponsors.

S. 641 has a good list of cosponsors (26 as of June 28), but we want more, especially Republicans, to sign on.

We must thank those who have already cosponsored. We are certain that several of the Senators below have not yet received a note (even a short one) of thanks from someone in their home states to show them that their support for WASH is recognized.

Please help us remedy that! All Senate offices can be called at the Capitol switchboard, 202-224-3121. Senate offices can be generally emailed via their websites – the site address formula is pretty simple: (the Senator’s last name).senate.gov

The general U.S. Senate website also provides links and other information:  http://senate.gov

Senate Cosponsors of S. 641 (with date of cosponsorship)

Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] – 5/16/2011
Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] – 3/28/2011
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] – 2/15/2012
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] – 3/17/2011
Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] – 12/6/2011
Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 5/9/2011
Sen Corker, Bob [TN] – 3/17/2011
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] – 2/9/2012
Sen Franken, Al [MN] – 3/26/2012
Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] – 3/19/2012
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] – 3/17/2011
Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] – 4/4/2011
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] – 5/16/2011
Sen Kohl, Herb [WI] – 7/20/2011
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] – 3/28/2011
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] – 3/17/2011
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 9/15/2011
Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] – 5/23/2011
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] – 11/15/2011
Sen Murray, Patty [WA] – 5/11/2011
Sen Reed, Jack [RI] – 7/18/2011
Sen Reid, Harry [NV] – 3/17/2011
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 3/17/2011
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] – 2/13/2012
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 7/7/2011
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 5/11/2011

 

Pressure Building for House Markup of H.R. 3658

With the June 19 approval of S. 641 by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, advocates are putting pressure on the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) to schedule a markup of H.R. 3658, the companion bill to S. 641, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act.

This year offers a crucial opportunity to get the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act passed. This Congress doesn’t have much to show for the past two years, and needs to find legislation all sides can agree on. The Water for the World Act is a great opportunity for Congress to enact something all Americans can support!

House members, especially Republicans on HFAC and the House Republican leadership, need to hear from their colleagues that there is no reason to delay marking up H.R. 3658, since individual HFAC members have told us they support WASH initiatives as a USAID priority. A very short email to these Representatives, who can be found here, is a good way to encourage them to demonstrate their support.

We should not neglect to thank those who have already cosponsored! Below is a list of current co-sponsors of H.R. 3658, at 59 as of June 28, 2012.

House Cosponsors of H.R. 3658 (with date of cosponsorship)

Rep Bass, Karen [CA-33] – 12/14/2011
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] – 12/14/2011
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] – 3/21/2012
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 3/21/2012
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] – 12/14/2011
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] – 4/16/2012
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 12/14/2011
Rep Clarke, Hansen [MI-13] – 6/26/2012
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 1/24/2012
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 12/14/2011
Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4] – 6/26/2012
Rep Dold, Robert J. [IL-10] – 4/17/2012
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 3/21/2012
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] – 1/31/2012
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 4/16/2012
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 3/21/2012
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 3/21/2012
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] – 6/21/2012
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] – 3/27/2012
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] – 3/27/2012
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 1/31/2012
Rep Keating, William R. [MA-10] – 3/21/2012
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] – 6/21/2012
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 12/14/2011
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] – 3/21/2012
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16] – 6/2/2012
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 12/14/2011
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 3/21/2012
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 12/16/2011
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] – 12/14/2011
Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] – 4/16/2012
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 4/16/2012
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] – 3/21/2012
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 3/21/2012
Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] – 6/27/2012
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 12/14/2011
Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 6/26/2012
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] – 3/21/2012
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 12/14/2011
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 3/21/2012
Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] – 6/26/2012
Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] – 6/26/2012
Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] – 6/26/2012
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 6/21/2012
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 3/27/2012
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] – 5/18/2012
Rep Schilling, Robert T. [IL-17] – 6/21/2012
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 12/16/2011
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] – 6/26/2012
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 12/14/2011
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] – 3/27/2012
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 12/14/2011
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 6/26/2012
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] – 4/17/2012
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] – 6/26/2012
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] – 3/27/2012
Rep Walsh, Joe [IL-8] – 6/27/2012
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] – 6/21/2012
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 3/21/2012

 

See our stories in the News section of this site for more updates on the appropriations bill as we move forward.