The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a bill last week that would authorize five years of funding totaling about $35 billion for bond-related state revolving funds - a move that could result in the first authorization for the programs since Bill Clinton's administration.

The committee approved the bill, introduced by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., by a voice vote. It moves now to the Senate. If enacted, it would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to provide $20 billion over five years for the clean water state revolving fund and $14.7 billion over the same time for the drinking water state revolving fund.

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