Senators again reach deal on Flint water crisis aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties have again reached a tentative deal to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency.
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan say an agreement with Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, would authorize $170 million in grants and loans to replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes and other infrastructure. It also includes $50 million to bolster lead-prevention programs nationwide.
The measure would be included in a larger water resources bill moving forward in the Senate.
The agreement is virtually identical to a deal reached in February among the same three senators. That measure was attached to a broader energy bill but was derailed after Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah objected.
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