Senate Passes WRDA

The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act in a 94-3 vote Thursday.

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) voted against the bill.

The measure would provide $4.8 billion for programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. It contains some funding to address water infrastructure problems in Flint, Mich., and other cities.

Still, even with some level of aid, Flint has a long way to go before it can completely come back from its water issues.

The Republican-led House needs to make a move in order for the city to replace its lead pipes. But it could be a long time before Flint to actually reaps the benefits of the measure. If the House passes a bill that does not include funding for Flint, the two bills will have to be reconciled in a conference committee.

While Democratic senators praised the passage, they also urged the House to move quickly on its corresponding legislation.

“I am pleased the Senate came together to pass this bipartisan, fully paid-for legislation to provide much-needed support for Flint families,” Sen. Gary Peters said in a statement. “I urge my colleagues in the House to swiftly pass similar assistance to help Flint and other communities across the country make critical investments to upgrade their aging water infrastructure.

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