FLINT WATER RESPONSE GARNERS LOCAL LEADERS' SUPPORT

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Flint, Mich., is amassing support from city and local leaders nationwide for revamping its drinking water infrastructure following the crisis that potentially exposed more than 8,000 children to high lead concentrations.

Representatives with the National League of Cities said March 9 they are urging Congress to give direct aid to the Michigan city in addition to considering state or federal infrastructure programs. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is expected March 10 to release a letter to Washington, D.C. officials in support of the city's plan to address the lead contamination. The crisis is also prompting broader calls by local leaders for others to boost funding and act as partners in updating and maintaining local infrastructure.

This support comes as the Senate works to reach a compromise on a Flint aid package and linked Senate energy bill (S. 2012). Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has placed a hold on the bill because of concerns over how the accompanying $250 million Flint aid package would be paid for. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) also placed a hold on the measure over concerns about an unrelated energy drilling amendment in the Senate legislation.

Bloomberg BNA's Rachel Leven reported the story.