Senate Committee Approves $300 Million for Flint, Other Communities
WASHINGTON – The Senate Environment and Public Works committee today approved a water resources bill containing $300 million in grants to help residents of Flint, Michigan and other communities replace lead pipes that are contaminating drinking water--along with funding for improvements to drinking water infrastructure and other clean water programs across the country.
The following is a statement by Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“Residents of Flint are struggling daily with water that is dangerous to drink, while a few Senate Republicans have blocked action. This bill is a chance to deal with the longstanding deterioration of our water system and to finally provide some initial relief for the families in Flint. We hope Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will move this bill. It's time for the Senate to move swiftly, and the House to follow suit. So far, House Republicans have shown no inclination to do so.”