Jun 24, 2021

Water Infrastructure & Capitol Hill With WWEMA | WWD Weekly Digest

Water Infrastructure & Capitol Hill With WWEMA | WWD Weekly Digest

As the second quarter of 2021 comes to a close, a check-in on Congress, the direction of legislation, funding, bills and regulatory efforts could set the stage for the remainder of 2021 as the U.S. prepares to enter another election cycle. 

Vanessa Leiby is the executive director for the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association. Leiby has decades of experience working with legislators in Washington on water issues from both the utility and manufacturer perspectives and in this interview, she shares some of her insights on trends on Capitol Hill. She discusses the barriers for getting bills passed, how political tactics and strategy can muddy the waters to push things through, and what her top three takeaways are from following water issues in Washington in the first half of 2021.

  • Intro: (0:00)
  • What’s going on in Washington, D.C. regarding water?: (0:39)
  • The primary talking points around water infrastructure in the U.S.: (3:02)
  • What are the most promising bills out there right now?: (8:50)
  • Barriers to getting water bills passed: (13:30)
  • The nuance, strategy and tactics of getting a bill passed: (16:24)
  • Water’s place on the Hill and regulations versus legislation: (18:40)
  • Three key takeaways about water on Capitol Hill: (21:51)
  • Outro: (24:40)

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