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Simpson Delivers for City of Grace Project in FY23 Omnibus

Simpson Delivers for City of Grace Project in FY23 Omnibus

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today highlighted the inclusion of a wastewater collection and treatment systems improvement project for the City of Grace in the FY23 Omnibus package that was signed into law on December 29, 2022.

The project was included in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill at Congressman Simpson’s request through Community Project Funding (CPF).

“Congress undoubtedly has a spending problem, and as chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to fight against excessive government spending.  However, eliminating any one of the projects I requested through Community Project Funding would not have reduced federal spending by a single penny,” said Simpson.  “That money would just have gone to another project in a different state or to a Biden-controlled federal agency.  At the end of the day, I will always fight for Idahoans’ hard-earned tax dollars to come back to Idaho to make meaningful improvements to our local communities.”

The $2.56 million in funding is designated to make improvements to the city’s wastewater collection and treatment systems.  The city has a critical need for electrical improvements at their treatment plants, replacement of their solids dewatering process, replacement of 2,000 feet of collection piping, and the installation of several new manholes.  This project aims to address these needs and promote the community’s health.

“The City of Grace needs to modernize its 25-year-old water treatment system, but the expense of such a project can make the cost of clean water skyrocket for businesses and residents,” said Simpson.  “I’m pleased that this funding will help the community meet updated codes and improve water treatment capabilities without creating an unsustainable burden on the community.”

“Thank you very much for choosing the city of Grace and getting extra funding for the wastewater project,” said Grace Mayor Jackie Barthlome.

“Ireland Bank would like to express appreciation to Congressman Simpson for the work he did to assist the City of Grace to receive a federal grant.  The grant will benefit the city to upgrade the sewer system and will eliminate the burden to our citizens, mayor, and the city council.  Thank you, Mr. Simpson, for your efforts,” said Tom McBride, Manager of Ireland Bank.