On February 13, 2019, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA), along with 16 other Democratic U.S. Congressional Representatives, introduced the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act. The Act, which was assigned bill number HR.1162, is intended to increase Federal investment in major water reuse and recycling projects in 17 states in the West. After introduction, the bill was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill extends authorization for Title XVI of the Competitive Grants Program administered by the Bureau of Reclamation. It also increases funding levels ten-fold from $50M to $500M. Due to overwhelming demand and broad support in Congress, the program reached its $50M limit within three years of its creation. Congress created the Title XVI Competitive Grants Program in December 2016 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director at the WateReuse Association, is quoted as saying, “As the nation’s only dedicated water reuse and recycling program, Title XVI competitive grants help communities innovate for the future while increasing their economic and environmental resilience.”