Senate committee approves Flint aid bill

WASHINGTON (WLNS)- A Senate committee approved a bipartisian deal to give aid to Flint.

A $220 million aid package has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as part of a large bill which authorizes a number of other water-related projects nation wide.

The bill was approved 19-1 and could come up for the Senate to vote this May.

“Today, thanks to support from Republicans and Democrats, we are another step closer to passing urgently-needed help for families in Flint and other communities across the country,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Included in this bill would be $100 million in grants and loans to replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint and other cities with lead emergencies.

The bill also includes $70 million to to improve U.S. water systems and a additional $50 million to bolster lead-prevention programs and improve children help.

6 News will have more on this story, including comments from Senator Gary Peters, online and tonight on 6 News.

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