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Thu Apr 28, 2016, 11:35 AM

Senate Committee OKs Millions to Aid Flint in Water Crisis

Source: Associated Press

Senate Committee OKs Millions to Aid Flint in Water Crisis

WASHINGTON Apr 28, 2016, 11:20 AM ET

A Senate committee on Thursday approved a $220 million aid package for Flint, Michigan, as the city struggles to deal with a water crisis and public health emergency from lead-contaminated pipes.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee backed the bipartisan deal as part of a broader, $4.8 billion bill that authorizes water-related projects across the country for flood control, harbor deepening and other steps.

The bill was approved, 19-1, and could come up for a Senate vote in May.

The measure would authorize $100 million in grants and loans to replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint and other cities with lead emergencies, as well as $70 million toward loans to improve water infrastructure across the country. It also includes $50 million to bolster lead-prevention programs and improve children's health nationwide.

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