President Donald Trump signed a $2.4 billion bill Tuesday to upgrade a massive water infrastructure project that includes a new pipeline that would carry water to the city of Houston, the Texas Tribune reports.
The bill includes $1.9 billion for new water pipelines to Houston, $1 billion for a new wastewater system, $800 million to help the city pay for a water project in San Antonio, and $1 million to assist the city in its water and wastewater conservation efforts.
“I want to thank the leaders of Texas and Texas citizens for their support,” Trump said during the signing ceremony at the Capitol.
“We are grateful for the cooperation and support we’ve received from our friends and neighbors across the state and from around the country.
The Texas Legislature is going to be great.”
Trump signed the legislation on the same day that the president met with members of the Texas delegation.
Trump is expected to travel to Texas later this week to meet with Texas governor Greg Abbott, who was one of the first governors to join him on the trip.
“President Trump and Governor Abbott are on the road to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,” Abbott said in a statement.
“The President and I will continue to lead the fight for rebuilding our communities and infrastructure, and I look forward to working with him as we work to restore prosperity to our state.”
The Trump administration is planning to announce a total of $10 billion in federal funds over the next two years to help cities recover from Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged Texas and parts of the Caribbean.
The $10-billion funding package includes $7 billion for the Houston Water Utility Authority and $2 million for the state’s water supply, according to a White House announcement Tuesday.
“As the nation’s first responders, we are committed to making our communities safer and we will continue working to ensure the safety of our people and our property,” Trump added.