In Other News: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Aimed at Impoverished Communities; Florida Tracking Incidence of Cancer near Patrick AFB

In Other News: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Aimed at Impoverished Communities; Florida Tracking Incidence of Cancer near Patrick AFB

Three House members last week introduced legislation requiring the Treasury Department to use 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Agriculture Department’s distressed assets for infrastructure projects in low-income communities. The other half of the proceeds would be used to reduce the nation’s debt. “Even in this time of historically strong economic growth, some of our country’s poorest communities are still waiting for significant infrastructure improvements,” according to a statement from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), who introduced H.R. 6104 along with Reps. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-Mo.) and Ted Budd (R-N.C.). … The Florida Department of Public Health is gathering data from current and former residents concerned their cancers are connected to living close to Patrick AFB. DOD testing of on-base monitoring wells at Patrick found elevated levels of the contaminants PFOS and PFOA. Almost 20 years ago officials determined the community near the installation had an unusually high rate of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, although no root cause was identified, reported Military Times.

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