The government is replacing lead pipes so children’s brains will not be damaged, President Joe Biden (D) said Tuesday.
He made his remarks during the Second State of the Union Address, where he discussed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the associated projects.
“We’re also replacing poisonous lead pipes that go into 10 million homes in America and 400,000 schools and childcare centers, so every child in America can drink the water instead of having permanent damage to their brain,”He added that officials had been working with communities to provide affordable high-speed internet access.
“No parent should have to drive to a McDonald’s parking lot so their kid can do their homework online,”He went on.
Biden and Kamala Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris, reportedly declared last week that $500 million of federal infrastructure funds would be used to repair the broken water system in Philadelphia. According UPI:
The money — part of $15 billion set aside for loans and grants for states to remove lead service lines — will be used to modernize Philadelphia’s water facilities and infrastructure, but most importantly replace nearly 20 miles of lead pipes throughout the city.
As a result, millions of Americans are at risk of ingesting toxic lead. This neurotoxin is well-known to cause permanent brain and organ damage.
Biden also claimed during his speech that for the projects “we’re going to Buy American,” adding, “Tonight, I’m also announcing new standards to require all construction materials used in federal infrastructure projects to be made in America.”
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