Senate OKs bill that includes emergency funds for Flint
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.