Obama, Biden to announce $6 billion in aid to Flint water crisis
President Joe Biden and Vice President Joe Joe Biden announced Wednesday a $6.6 billion package to combat the Flint water contamination crisis in Michigan.
The announcement comes as the White House has pushed for $1.9 billion in federal funds for the state, including a $1 billion grant for a new treatment plant.
It comes as a U.S. House committee is considering legislation to create a task force to look into the state’s water supply.
Biden and Vice Gov.
Brian Calley have also committed $1 million each for community water systems in Flint, including $100,000 to a water treatment plant at the University of Michigan.
The state’s Department of Environmental Quality has been tasked with investigating the water crisis.
The two presidents also announced a partnership with Flint, Michigan, Mayor Karen Weaver, which would include $1,000 a day for city residents to purchase bottled water for four weeks.
The mayors announced that they had partnered on a $50 million federal grant for Flint’s water system, the first such federal investment in the city since the state began treating the city’s water in April.