President Barack Obama wants to boost federal spending next year for a state drinking water infrastructure fund by $157 million, an 18 percent increase over last year, to assist with projects in communities affected by water contamination such as Flint.
The fiscal year 2017 request by the Democratic president faces an uncertain greeting in the Republican-controlled Congress, where Michigan’s delegation seeks to address Flint’s lead-contaminated crisis, but GOP lawmakers are worried about running up more of the deficit.
“We’re proposing not only a roughly 20 percent increase in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is a key resource for communities like Flint to help rebuild infrastructure for drinking water, but we also have some more innovative proposals more broadly to improve water quality and deal with its long-term challenges,” a senior administration official said Tuesday.
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