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Hudson Valley News
Mon July 29, 2013
Lowey Criticizes House GOP For Clean Water Funding Cuts
WHITE PLAINS – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, Westchester/Rockland) is critical of House majority Republicans for spending bill cuts of millions in grants for clean water and clean drinking water. In particular, Lowey is concerned that a study has shown that antibiotic resistant bacteria are in the Hudson River.
“The bacteria samples of resistance to antibiotics commonly used to treat ailments such as ear infections, pneumonia, salmonella, and we see this problem especially during heavy rains when water treatment plants divert raw sewage into the Hudson because they lack the capacity,” Lowey said.
The veteran House member is concerned about the quality of the water and the impact of lost funds on jobs and the local economy.
Republican House spending would cut 83 percent in clean water grants and 61 percent in clean drinking water grants.