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Federal spending bill includes $600 million for Jackson water infrastructure
Congress is set to vote on a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year, with Jackson set to receive $600 million in funds to restore the capital city’s water infrastructure.
If approved by the House of Representatives and Senate this week, $150 million in the funds will be designated for “technical assistance” while the remaining $450 million will be used for “capital projects.”
The funds, which have been allocated in response to the failure of Jackson’s O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant in late August, would be used to improve the city’s overall water system, as well as other priorities including wastewater, road, and bridge projects.
So far, the bill has garnered the support of both Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Representative Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who have both stated