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


Published September 12, 2016 7:30PM (EDT)

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.

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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