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House Water Bill Seeks to Help Tribes, Minority Neighborhoods

March 19, 2021, 7:01 PM

Bipartisan water infrastructure legislation seeks to right the wrongs done to Native American tribes, communities fractured by freeway development, and others, a House committee leader said Friday.

“There will be specific allocations that will deal with the neglect of the past and the harms of the past,” House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said during an online town hall with groups calling on Congress to help replace crumbling local water drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

His bill, H.R 1915, co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), would spend$50 billion on water lines and water quality over five ...