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- December 10, 2016 /
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BY MELANIE ZANONA – 12/10/16 01:09 AM EST
After a weeklong battle over last-minute policy riders, the Senate passed a major water bill in the early morning hours Saturday that includes emergency aid for Flint, Mich., and drought relief for California.
The nearly $12 billion measure, which authorizes 30 new infrastructure projects around the country, now heads to the president’s desk.
Senators backed the legislation in a 78-21 vote to boost U.S. ports, damns and waterways. It authorizes $170 million in aid for the drinking water crisis in Flint, where water from the Flint River corroded the pipes and contaminated the city’s water supply with lead.
The authorization was needed so that direct funding for the crisis, contained in a stopgap spending bill, can actually be spent.