S. 501, New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act

S. 501

New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act

Sen. Tom Udall

September 16, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the House will consider S. 501, the New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act, under suspension of the rules. S. 501 was introduced on February 12, 2015 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on May 21, 2015.

Bill Summary

S. 501 makes technical corrections to a water supply project in New Mexico established by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11).


Public Law 111-11 authorized the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.  The law directed the Secretary of the Interior to design, construct, operate, and maintain a water supply project that would provide water to the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, New Mexico.  S. 501 clarifies ambiguities in the law regarding the project and aligns statutory provisions with the original intent of the stakeholders.[1]

[1] Senate Report 114-41 at 1 and 2.


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing S. 501 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.  Because enacting S. 501 would not affect revenues or direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or by phone at 5-5107.