Se­nate OKs bill that in­cludes emer­gency funds for Flint

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Se­nate ap­proved a $10 bil­lion water projects bill Thurs­day that in­cludes emer­gency fund­ing for Flint, Mich., nearly a year af­ter of­fi­cials de­clared a pub­lic health emer­gency be­cause of lead-con­tam­i­nated water.

Sen­a­tors ap­proved the bill 95-3. The mea­sure now goes to the House, where ap­proval of a sim­i­lar bill — mi­nus the Flint pro­vi­sion — is ex­pected as soon as next week.

The Se­nate bill would au­tho­rize 29 projects in 18 states for dredg­ing, flood con­trol and other projects over­seen by the Army Corps of En­gi­neers.

The bi­par­ti­san bill in­cludes $100 mil­lion in grants and loans to re­place lead-con­tam­i­nated pipes in Flint and other cities with lead emer­gen­cies, as well as $50 mil­lion to test water for lead in schools and $70 mil­lion for water in­fra­struc­ture loans.

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