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Senate Adds Funds to Defense Bill to Study ‘Forever Chemicals’

July 21, 2020, 8:35 PM

The Senate, with backing from both parties, agreed Tuesday to boost funding for a federal study of so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS during a debate on the broad defense bill.

The chamber approved by voice vote an amendment by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), to provide a $5 million boost to a $10 million study of PFAS and water contamination, to its defense authorization measure (S. 4049).

The Senate is expected to wrap up consideration of the fiscal 2021 measure this week.

Meanwhile, the House was working Tuesday to complete consideration of its own fiscal 2021 defense bill,...

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