S. 611 would authorize the appropriation of $15 million annually over the 2016-2020 period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) program that provides technical assistance to small public water systems. The authorization for this program expired in 2003, but the program received an appropriation of $13 million for fiscal year 2015. CBO estimates that implementing S. 611 would cost $67 million over the next five years, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.
Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to S. 611 because enacting it would not affect direct spending or revenues. CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2026.
S. 611 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.