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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Following Historic Flooding, U.S. Rep. Lawrence Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging for Water Infrastructure Investments in Infrastructure Package

July 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) sent a letter to congressional leadership urging for water infrastructure investments following the historic flooding in Southeast Michigan. Rep. Lawrence has been an outspoken leader in Congress on increasing access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water. In February, Rep. Lawrence reintroduced the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2021 which is a comprehensive solution that creates a WATER Trust Fund, dedicates nearly $35 billion towards water infrastructure improvements across the United States, and replaces lead service lines. Provisions of the Water Act are included in the American Jobs Plan. The letter can be viewed or downloaded here.

“As we continue to Build Back Better, I write today to express my strong support for the water infrastructure investments in the American Jobs Plan and urge for these provisions to be included in the final infrastructure legislation. We must address our nation’s water crisis, which affects our drinking water, wastewater, and sewage systems,” Rep. Lawrence wrote in the letter. “The damage caused by the heavy rainfall that recently swept over Southeast Michigan illustrates how our deteriorating infrastructure is failing Michiganders. Over the past 10 years, my constituents, and the surrounding communities in the region, have experienced several natural disasters and extraordinary flooding far beyond the designated capacity of the region’s storm sewer system. The most recent flooding was no different, resulting in countless power outages, flooded roadways, flooded homes, and displaced residents.”

Rep. Lawrence added, “I applaud our emergency response coordinators and local leaders for their work in addressing the widespread flooding and working to expedite our community’s recovery. However, much more needs to be done, and that begins with updating and upgrading our aging infrastructure, specifically our water infrastructure.”