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Water Infrastructure


  • Oppose legislative or report language in a final FY2017 appropriations bill that would eliminate or restrict the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service’s longstanding open and free competition procurement requirement for federally funded water and wastewater projects.
  • Preserve USDA’s policy and encourage its use as a model program for all projects receiving federally funded (taxpayer-supported) projects.
  • Urge asset management by sewer and water authorities as a tool for upgrading buried water infrastructure, thereby reducing pollution and improving the quality of drinking water. 

Issue Brief - Water Infrastructure

International Trade


  • Support the removal of tariff and regulatory barriers to U.S. exports over populist protectionism that would restricts access to 95% of the world’s population and potential consumers.

Issue Brief - International Trade

Chemical Regulation


Congress should oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory proposals under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) to ensure EPA:

  • Makes risk-based decisions for setting priorities when regulating substances;
  • Considers all exposure and toxicological data from authoritative sources, including international agencies; and
  • Considers the very limited exposure to the intermediate chemicals – vinyl chloride monomer and ethylene dichloride – in setting priorities for chemical risk assessments.

Issue Brief - Chemical Regulation

Housing Policy


  • Support government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) reform that provides adequate access to capital for homebuyers and home builders.
  • Reform the regulatory system that has grown the cost of home ownership more than $19,000 or 30% from 2011 to 2016.
  • Protect the mortgage interest deduction. 

Issue Brief - Housing Policy