Mich. senators call for federal aid to assist Flint water crisis

Senators' amendment would offer city financial help.

Michigan, Jan. 28, 2016 -- Today, two of Michigan's Democratic senators rolled out an amendment to the energy bill that would provide federal aid to Flint for fixing its lead-contaminated water supply.

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters authored the amendment, which wculd provide as much as $400 million to repair and replace lead pipes, create a $200 million research center on lead exposure in Flint and compel the U.S. EPA to forgive about $20 million in water infrastructure loans through the agency's state revolving fund.

The amendment would also authorize $20 million per year to monitor Flint's lead exposure.

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