CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1120 on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 1120 was introduced on January 8, 2009, by Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.
H.R. 1120 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to cooperate with the City of Waco, Texas, to design, plan, and build permanent facilities for the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project. The bill stipulates that the federal share of the project's cost could not exceed 25 percent of the total cost. The authority under this legislation sunsets 10 years after enactment
The region around Waco and McLennan County has grown rapidly over the last few years. City planners have done studies and determined a new water reuse facility is necessary to accommodate the growth. This facility will cost roughly $25 million with 25 percent financed by the government. The facility will provide approximately 10 million gallons of reused water each day to the region.
A CBO score for H.R. 1120 was not yet available at press time, however, the legislation authorizes the appropriation of funds to build a local water facility in Texas.