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Congress Strikes Deal On Water Bill With Flint Aid

But California drought and "Buy America" provision could hang up final funding

December 06, 2016

Lawmakers reached a deal on a massive waterways bill that provides drought relief for California and emergency aid for the lead-stricken community of Flint, Mich.

However, Congress will still have to appropriate funding for the drinking water crisis - meaning the issue will factor into the spending bill debate.

TheHill.com also reports that last-minute changes to the Water Resources Development Act [WRDA] that brings California drought language to the waterways bill could cause some legislators to derail Flint's hoped-for emergency funding by the end of the year.

Critics like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif), who called the rider a 'devastating maneuver', worry the proposed move would harm fish, reduce fishery jobs, roll back the Endangered Species Act and remove Congress’s authority to approve new dams. Democrats are also calling on President-elect Trump to reinstate the “Buy America” provision in a waterways bill that House republicans stripped from the bill last week.

For more on the WRDA, read TheHill.com article here.

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