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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined America’s Newsroom to discuss the conflict between Israel and Iran, the Senate not having an impeachment trial for Secretary Mayorkas, and more. See below for highlights and watch the full interview on YouTube and Rumble. On the...

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Rubio Blasts Senate Failure to Modernize Outdated, Unfair Water Formula

Apr 29, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement after the Senate rejected his amendment to the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S. 914) to modernize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF is a critically important federal funding mechanism that provides low-interest loans to states to upgrade and construct wastewater infrastructure. Unfortunately, the formula by which CWSRF monies are provided to the states has not been notably modified since 1987. As a result, the current formula is inequitable and disadvantages states with growing infrastructure needs. Rubio’s amendment would have benefited 35 states, including Florida, in addition to territories and Native American Tribes. Rubio spoke on the Senate floor before the vote. 
 
“Federal money for water management is given out to states based on an old formula created well before Florida was the third largest state in the country,” Rubio said. “We need a new formula that provides money based on where people live today, not where people lived decades ago. The formula we have now isn’t just unfair, it is damaging. We had a chance to fix that today, but the Senate failed. I will keep fighting for fair and equitable treatment for Florida.”