WASHINGTON -- State and local governments are upset over an amendment the House added to a spending bill last week that would cut off funding for safe drinking water and sewage treatment projects unless Congress passes legislation to renew and restructure both programs.

Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, pushed the amendment through the House to encourage passage of the two water measures currently moving through Congress.

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