Kamala Harris Proposes Clean Drinking Water Plan, With Special Focus On At-Risk Communities
The legislation from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 hopeful, would establish a $10 billion program to allow states to offset the cost of water bills in low-income communities and environmentally at-risk households. “Every American has the right to clean water, period,” Harris said. “We must take seriously the existential threat represented by future water shortages and acknowledge that communities across the country — particularly communities of color — already lack access to safe and affordable water."
The Associated Press:
Kamala Harris Proposes Bill To Invest In Safe Drinking Water
Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing legislation designed to ensure all Americans, particularly those in at-risk communities, have access to safe, affordable drinking water, the latest response to burgeoning water crises across the country. The California Democrat and presidential candidate’s “Water Justice Act” would invest nearly $220 billion in clean and safe drinking water programs, with priority given to high-risk communities and schools. As part of that, Harris’ plan would declare a drinking water infrastructure emergency, devoting $50 billion toward communities and schools where water is contaminated to test for contaminants and to remediate toxic infrastructure. (Summers, 7/22)
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How Andrew Yang Would Improve Veterans' Services
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