March 21, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 49 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 49
(Senate - March 21, 2017)
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[Pages S1893-S1895] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS By Mr. KAINE (for himself and Mr. Warner): S. 691. A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe; to the Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. KAINE. Mr. President. I am pleased to reintroduce the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. Indian Affairs previously voted our bill out of committee in the 113th Congress and by voice vote in the 114th Congress, and we remain hopeful that the full Senate will finally vote to recognize our Tribes in the 115th Congress. This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the famous daughter of Chief Powhatan, whose tribes were among the first to make contact with English settlers in the 17th century. Today, as we introduce this bill, a delegation from the Commonwealth, including Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy, Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock, and Chief Emeritus Ken Adams of the Upper Mattaponi, is in England to commemorate the anniversary, including a presentation and ceremony at St. George's Church, Gravesend to honor Pocahontas. The ceremony reflects the sovereign recognition that the British Government grants to our Virginia tribes, which the United States has yet to acknowledge. This legislation is critically important because it strives toward reconciling an historic wrong for Virginia and the Nation. While the Virginia Tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia, acknowledgement and officially- recognized status from the Federal Government has been considerably more difficult due to their systematic mistreatment over the past century. More specifically, Virginia's Racial Integrity Act, a State law in effect from 1924 to 1967, stripped the identities of the Tribal members of Virginia's Indian Tribes. The act changed the racial identifications of those who lacked White ancestry to ``colored'' on birth certificates during that period. In addition, five of the six courthouses that held the vast majority of the Virginia Indian Tribal records were destroyed in the Civil War. Those records were crucial for documenting the history of the Tribes for recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Federal Acknowledgement. Furthermore, Virginia Indians made peace too soon when they signed the Treaty of Middle Plantation with England in 1677. This predated the creation of the United States of America by just short of 100 years, and the Founding Fathers of the United States never recognized the treaty. Therefore, unlike tribes that received Federal recognition upon the signing of a treaty with the United States, the Virginia Tribes did not receive Federal recognition because they made peace with England prior to the founding of our Nation. I am proud of Virginia's recognized Indian Tribes and their contributions to our Commonwealth. The Virginia Tribes are not only part of our history, but they remain ever present today. We go to school together, work together, and serve our Commonwealth and Nation together every day. These contributions should be acknowledged, and this Federal recognition for Virginia's Native peoples is long overdue. Virginia's Indian Tribes contributed to the successful founding of our country and continue to help define our national identity. Their members have attended our schools, worked next to us, and served in every American war since the Revolution, all while maintaining a unique identity and culture. I am hopeful the Senate will act upon my legislation this year, to give these six Virginia Native American Tribes the Federal recognition that is long overdue. ______ By Mr. DAINES (for himself and Mr. Tester): S. 685. A bill to authorize the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System and the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System in the States of Montana and North Dakota, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, water is a basic foundation of life. In Montana, we depend on a steady supply of water to drink, irrigate our crops, water our livestock, and provide energy through hydropower. Water is a precious resource, and there are still rural communities that face barriers to access and are in dire need of clean drinking water. The struggle for water continues to create health challenges for Indian Country and nearby communities, in addition to making economic development more difficult. There are approximately 35,000 Americans across 12 counties in both Montana and North Dakota whose existing public water supply systems are unable to provide them with water that meets the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Bureau of Reclamation plays a critical role in managing the storage and delivery of water in the Western United States. Some of the earliest water projects built by the Bureau were built in Montana. These projects provided critical infrastructure for Montana homesteaders and were of critical importance to the long-term growth of our State. They are still vital today. That is why I am introducing the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act. This legislation would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide Federal assistance for the planning, design, and construction of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System and the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System in Montana and North Dakota. The Dry-Redwater and Musselshell-Judith rural water projects have spent 7 and 11 years, respectively, in deliberation with the Bureau, as well as $4 million and $3 million in State, local, and Federal funding. It is critical we provide the Bureau of Reclamation the necessary authorization to complete these projects and provide clean and reliable water to 35,000 Montanans and North Dakotans. I thank Senator Tester for being an original cosponsor of this bill. I ask my Senate colleagues to join us in support of this important legislation. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the text of the bill was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: S. 685 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Clean Water for Rural Communities Act''. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to ensure a safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supply for the citizens of-- (1) Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, Judith Basin, Wheatland, Golden Valley, Fergus, Yellowstone, and Musselshell Counties in the State of Montana; and (2) McKenzie County, North Dakota. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Administrator.--The term ``Administrator'' means the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration. (2) Authority.--The term ``Authority'' means-- (A) in the case of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System-- (i) the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority, which is a publicly owned nonprofit water authority formed in accordance with Mont. Code Ann. Sec. 75-6-302 (2007); and (ii) any nonprofit successor entity to the Authority described in clause (i); and (B) in the case of the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System-- (i) the Central Montana Regional Water Authority, which is a publicly owned nonprofit water authority formed in accordance with Mont. Code Ann. Sec. 75-6-302 (2007); and (ii) any nonprofit successor entity to the Authority described in clause (i). (3) Dry-redwater regional water authority system.--The term ``Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System'' means the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System authorized under section 4(a)(1) with a project service area that includes-- (A) Garfield and McCone Counties in the State; (B) the area west of the Yellowstone River in Dawson and Richland Counties in the State; (C) T. 15 N. (including the area north of the Township) in Prairie County in the State; and [[Page S1894]] (D) the portion of McKenzie County, North Dakota, that includes all land that is located west of the Yellowstone River in the State of North Dakota. (4) Integrated system.--The term ``integrated system'' means the transmission system owned by the Western Area Power Administration Basin Electric Power District and the Heartland Consumers Power District. (5) Musselshell-judith rural water system.--The term ``Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System'' means the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System authorized under section 4(a)(2) with a project service area that includes-- (A) Judith Basin, Wheatland, Golden Valley, and Musselshell Counties in the State; (B) the portion of Yellowstone County in the State within 2 miles of State Highway 3 and within 4 miles of the county line between Golden Valley and Yellowstone Counties in the State, inclusive of the Town of Broadview, Montana; and (C) the portion of Fergus County in the State within 2 miles of US Highway 87 and within 4 miles of the county line between Fergus and Judith Basin Counties in the State, inclusive of the Town of Moore, Montana. (6) Non-federal distribution system.--The term ``non- Federal distribution system'' means a non-Federal utility that provides electricity to the counties covered by the Dry- Redwater Regional Water Authority System. (7) Pick-sloan program.--The term ``Pick-Sloan program'' means the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program (authorized by section 9 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (commonly known as the ``Flood Control Act of 1944'') (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665)). (8) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. (9) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Montana. (10) Water system.--The term ``Water System'' means-- (A) the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System; and (B) the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System. SEC. 4. DRY-REDWATER REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY SYSTEM AND MUSSELSHELL-JUDITH RURAL WATER SYSTEM. (a) Authorization.--The Secretary may carry out-- (1) the project entitled the ``Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System'' in a manner that is substantially in accordance with the feasibility study entitled ``Dry-Redwater Regional Water System Feasibility Study'' (including revisions of the study), which received funding from the Bureau of Reclamation on September 1, 2010; and (2) the project entitled the ``Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System'' in a manner that is substantially in accordance with the feasibility report entitled ``Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System Feasibility Report'' (including any and all revisions of the report). (b) Cooperative Agreement.--The Secretary shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the Authority to provide Federal assistance for the planning, design, and construction of the Water Systems. (c) Cost-Sharing Requirement.-- (1) Federal share.-- (A) In general.--The Federal share of the costs relating to the planning, design, and construction of the Water Systems shall not exceed-- (i) in the case of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System-- (I) 75 percent of the total cost of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System; or (II) such other lesser amount as may be determined by the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, in a feasibility report; or (ii) in the case of the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System, 75 percent of the total cost of the Musselshell- Judith Rural Water System. (B) Limitation.--Amounts made available under subparagraph (A) shall not be returnable or reimbursable under the reclamation laws. (2) Use of federal funds.-- (A) General uses.--Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the Water Systems may use Federal funds made available to carry out this section for-- (i) facilities relating to-- (I) water pumping; (II) water treatment; and (III) water storage; (ii) transmission pipelines; (iii) pumping stations; (iv) appurtenant buildings, maintenance equipment, and access roads; (v) any interconnection facility that connects a pipeline of the Water System to a pipeline of a public water system; (vi) electrical power transmission and distribution facilities required for the operation and maintenance of the Water System; (vii) any other facility or service required for the development of a rural water distribution system, as determined by the Secretary; and (viii) any property or property right required for the construction or operation of a facility described in this subsection. (B) Additional uses.--In addition to the uses described in subparagraph (A)-- (i) the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System may use Federal funds made available to carry out this section for-- (I) facilities relating to water intake; and (II) distribution, pumping, and storage facilities that-- (aa) serve the needs of citizens who use public water systems; (bb) are in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; and (cc) may be purchased, improved, and repaired in accordance with a cooperative agreement entered into by the Secretary under subsection (b); and (ii) the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System may use Federal funds made available to carry out this section for-- (I) facilities relating to-- (aa) water supply wells; and (bb) distribution pipelines; and (II) control systems. (C) Limitation.--Federal funds made available to carry out this section shall not be used for the operation, maintenance, or replacement of the Water Systems. (D) Title.--Title to the Water Systems shall be held by the Authority. SEC. 5. USE OF POWER FROM PICK-SLOAN PROGRAM BY THE DRY- REDWATER REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY SYSTEM. (a) Finding.--Congress finds that-- (1) McCone and Garfield Counties in the State were designated as impact counties during the period in which the Fort Peck Dam was constructed; and (2) as a result of the designation, the Counties referred to in paragraph (1) were to receive impact mitigation benefits in accordance with the Pick-Sloan program. (b) Availability of Power.-- (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the Administrator shall make available to the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System a quantity of power required, of up to 1\1/2\ megawatt capacity, to meet the pumping and incidental operation requirements of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System during the period beginning on May 1 and ending on October 31 of each year-- (A) from the water intake facilities; and (B) through all pumping stations, water treatment facilities, reservoirs, storage tanks, and pipelines up to the point of delivery of water by the water supply system to all storage reservoirs and tanks and each entity that distributes water at retail to individual users. (2) Eligibility.--The Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System shall be eligible to receive power under paragraph (1) if the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System-- (A) operates on a not-for-profit basis; and (B) is constructed pursuant to a cooperative agreement entered into by the Secretary under section 4(b). (3) Rate.--The Administrator shall establish the cost of the power described in paragraph (1) at the firm power rate. (4) Additional power.-- (A) In general.--If power, in addition to that made available to the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System under paragraph (1), is necessary to meet the pumping requirements of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority, the Administrator may purchase the necessary additional power at the best available rate. (B) Reimbursement.--The cost of purchasing additional power shall be reimbursed to the Administrator by the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority. (5) Responsibility for power charges.--The Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority shall be responsible for the payment of the power charge described in paragraph (4) and non- Federal delivery costs described in paragraph (6). (6) Transmission arrangements.-- (A) In general.--The Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System shall be responsible for all non-Federal transmission and distribution system delivery and service arrangements. (B) Upgrades.--The Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System shall be responsible for funding any transmission upgrades, if required, to the integrated system necessary to deliver power to the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System. SEC. 6. WATER RIGHTS. Nothing in this Act-- (1) preempts or affects any State water law; or (2) affects any authority of a State, as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, to manage water resources within that State. SEC. 7. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) Authorization.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the planning, design, and construction of the Water Systems, substantially in accordance with the cost estimate set forth in the applicable feasibility study or feasibility report described in section 4(a). (b) Cost Indexing.-- (1) In general.--The amount authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a) may be increased or decreased in accordance with ordinary fluctuations in development costs incurred after the applicable date specified in paragraph (2), as indicated by any available engineering cost indices applicable to construction activities that are similar to the construction of the Water Systems. (2) Applicable dates.--The date referred to in paragraph (1) is-- (A) in the case of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System, January 1, 2008; and [[Page S1895]] (B) in the case of the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water Authority System, November 1, 2014. ____________________