President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to address the nation’s water crisis, a key component of his campaign promise to revive the U.S. economy.
The order, a major policy victory for the Trump administration, orders the federal government to create a “tremeline” fund to help states prepare for the possibility of a drought that has paralyzed much of the nation.
Trump’s order says the funds would be used to “rebuild” water infrastructure and to help meet a $7.4 billion water crisis in California.
The water order follows a year-long effort by Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers to create the funds through a so-called “tentative funding bill.”
The order sets up a $5.3 billion “tidal basin” fund for states to purchase water, which is intended to cover the costs of the drought, including the cost of constructing dams and pumps.
The order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to create an office to coordinate the efforts of states to create and purchase water.
McConnell said he was pleased that Trump’s administration had signed the order, and he applauded the executive order’s efforts to help water-stressed areas.
“This is an important step toward making sure that we have all the resources we need to keep California’s economy moving forward, to help ensure that Californians have the clean water they deserve,” McConnell said in a statement.
The Trump administration has been working on the funding bill since at least January, when the drought hit.
The drought, which has forced farmers to switch to using less water to irrigate their crops, has forced many people to leave the state.
The government also has struggled to deliver drinking water to millions of Californians who have been without clean water for weeks, and is struggling to keep supplies flowing into the state and across the country.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The “tenth water emergency” has caused widespread shortages of water in some areas, including in California, where many people rely on tap water to meet their needs.
Water shortages have been the focus of a growing public health crisis in parts of the U;nce, including New York and Florida.
More than 10,000 people in Florida have been diagnosed with dehydration due to the drought.
More than 20,000 Florida residents have been ordered to evacuate.
President Donald Trump (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) sign an executive action to address California’s water shortage on Tuesday.
The orders also aim to expand the “tidewater program,” a nationwide program to provide bottled water and other water supplies to residents who have lost their water supply.
Pence and McConnell had been working to bring about a $1.2 billion water program to assist people who were without water.
The effort was backed by Trump and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), but was delayed after the Senate passed a version of the $1 billion program earlier this month.