CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 3874 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Friday, December 17, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote. Sen. Boxer (D-CA) introduced S. 3874 on September 29, 2010, and the Senate approved the legislation by unanimous consent on December 16, 2010.
S. 3874 would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt from prohibitions on the use or sale of lead pipes, solder, and flux:
In addition, S. 3874 would redefine "lead free" under the Safe Drinking Water Act to mean: (1) not containing more than 0.2 percent lead when used with respect to solder and flux (current law) and (2) not more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes and pipe and plumbing fittings and fixtures. Lastly, the bill would establish a formula to calculate the weighted average lead content of a pipe or pipe or plumbing fitting or fixture.
CBO estimates enacting S. 3874 would have no budgetary impact of the federal budget.