S. 641, Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011

July 3, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on June 19, 2012

S. 641 would authorize foreign assistance to provide first-time access to safe water and sanitation for 100 million people in certain developing countries within six years of enactment. In addition, the bill would require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to designate staff at USAID missions abroad and in Washington, D.C., that would develop, implement, and monitor new and expanded programs of water supply, sanitation, and technical assistance. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $5.6 billion over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.

S. 641 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.


The estimated budgetary impact of S. 641 is shown in the following table. The costs of this legislation fall within budget function 150 (international affairs).