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Democrats: White House signals support for Flint aid

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Democratic lawmakers say the White House has signaled support for an emergency bill that would spend $765 million to help solve a water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan is sponsoring the bill, which would help Flint fix and replace lead-contaminated pipes and provide a health and educational support for children poisoned by lead-contaminated water.

Flint stopped using treated water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River in 2014 to save money.

Kildee said President Barack Obama's budget director, Shaun Donovan, signaled support for his efforts at a closed-door meeting Wednesday with House Democrats. Kildee said Donovan "likes the direction" of the bill "but has some suggestions" on how it could be improved.

Kildee said officials have discussed including money for Flint in a $1.8 billion spending request Obama has made to combat the Zika virus, but said no decisions have been made.

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