Congress has reached a deal on a bill that provides emergency aid for the lead poisoning happening in the community of Flint, Michigan.
Titled the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) the agreement will provide the following to Flint:
“Access to $100 million in funding to help repair Flint’s drinking water infrastructure; funding to activate over $1 billion in low-interest loans to upgrade water infrastructure in communities in Michigan and across the country; $50 million to address health care needs of children who have lead exposure; authority for the State of Michigan to forgive $20 million in past drinking water loans to Flint; and a requirement that EPA warn the public within 15 days of high lead levels in drinking water if a state fails to do so.”
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Senate passage of the legislation earlier today. However, the U.S. House of Representatives must now pass the act, and send it to the President for his signature.
“We will continue working to reach a final agreement and will hold Republican leaders accountable to their promise to pass assistance by the end of the year,” Stabenow said in a statement.