Senate to hold test vote on water projects, $220M for Flint


September 12, 2016 11:30PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is looking to move ahead on a $10 billion water projects bill that includes $220 million in emergency money for Flint, Michigan, and other communities beset by lead-contaminated water.

Senators are scheduled to hold a test vote Monday, with approval expected later this week.

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

The measure includes $100 million in grants and loans to replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint and other cities; $70 million for loans to improve water infrastructure; and $50 million to bolster lead-prevention programs in homes and schools.

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said lawmakers finally "have a pathway to success" after months of effort.


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