WATER CRISIS: Senate Plan Could Send $100 Million In Loans Or Grants To Flint

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation that could provide potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to help replace aging water lines in Flint, Mich., was filed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, representing perhaps the best chance of raising federal funds to address concerns over high levels of lead found in the city's drinking water. Under the proposal, the federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund would be authorized to make up to $100 million in subsidized loans or grants between now and October 2017 "to any state that receives an emergency declaration ... to a public health threat from lead or other contaminants in a public drinking water system." Written in such a way, the measure avoids a congressional prohibition on earmarking funds…