Dems Introduce “True LEADership Act” to Remove Lead from Pipes & Fix Water Infrastructure
eforms included in the True LEADership Act include: Increasing investments in our water infrastructure, particularly through a new grant program specifically designed for projects that reduce lead in tap water Establishing a mandatory, nationwide requirement for states to report elevated levels of lead in children Establishing mandatory testing and notification of lead in water systems Key reforms to HUD authorities and a new tax credit for homeowners to remove lead A new grant program for schools to aid children with the effects of lead poisoning Accelerates development of new water technologies This new legislation, through a combination of loans, grants and tax credits, would inject over $70 billion over the next 10 years into water infrastructure and lead relief programs. For every public dollar we invest in upgrading our water infrastructure, our GDP grows by more than $6. Original co-sponsors of the True LEADership Act include U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).