Major water infrastructure package sails through Senate, heads to President's desk

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 1:59 PM EDT
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It comes with a hefty price tag, but lawmakers say it could avoid another water crisis like the one seen in Flint, Michigan.

This week, the Senate approved a nearly seven-billion dollar investment in the nation’s rivers, dams, ports and more.

Arkansas Senator John Boozman calls the bi-partisan bill a major victory for this area, with cash to upgrade outdated public plumbing and shipping waterways.

“We do take our infrastructure for granted, and certainly we’ve got infrastructure problems and that’s why we’re trying to address the water component of that so this bill does a lot in that regard," said Boozman.

The measure also includes new flood protections for states.

“I’m really excited about the water infrastructure bill. We hear a lot about all of the wrangling that goes on up here, and yet this is an area where Republicans and Democrats have come together," said Boozman.

Just one Senator voted against the spending package. The President is expected to sign it into law soon.

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