House Democrats pushed for an investment of $100 billion to improve water infrastructure and repair infrastructure damage, including boilers and pipes.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she’s working with the Obama administration to find an investment plan that will support the nation’s aging infrastructure.
The $100-billion investment would come from the Obama Administration’s Emergency Reinvestment Program (ERP), which is designed to boost investment in the nation, including building water, wastewater and electric infrastructure.
“This program will help communities recover from the economic crisis, while investing in infrastructure that will serve the public, while reducing the costs of infrastructure maintenance and repair,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi’s statement came after the White House announced on Wednesday that it was sending a team to the Capitol to begin discussions with Democrats on an infrastructure plan.
The Obama administration has not released details on the funding for the ERP.
Pels claim came a day after Trump said the country’s water infrastructure has been in crisis for years.
The president said the nation faces a “historic challenge” in finding funds to repair and rebuild infrastructure, including in cities like Flint, Mich., where lead-tainted water was poisoning children and causing elevated blood lead levels.
The EPA is also looking into how the nation is able to safely treat the water supply, and what the costs are for cleaning up the contamination.