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.”

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