FACT CHECK: Has The Federal Government Not Sent Aid To Jackson, Mississippi For Their Water Infrastructure?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims $12 Billion has been sent to aid Ukraine while no aid has been sent to Jackson, Mississippi to solve its water crisis.

Verdict: False

This post is inaccurate. $20 million was sent to Jackson as part of a spending bill that was meant to aid Ukraine.

Fact Check:

The Jackson, Mississippi water system suffered a major failure with the pumps as the O.B. Curtis treatment plant, leaving thousands of residents without clean water, Mississippi Today reported. Almost 180,000 people in Jackson had been advised to boil their water for weeks until the state made “emergency repairs” and lifted the advisory Sept. 15, according to NPR.

The Facebook post claims the federal government has not sent aid to support Jackson, Mississippi, but rather sent $12 billion to Ukraine. (RELATED: Did Ron DeSantis Confront Hunter Biden In Florida?)

“$12 Billion more for Ukraine on top of $100 + Billion while Jackson, Mississippi has yet to receive any funding to fix their water infrastructure,” the post reads in part.

The claim is inaccurate. The mention of $12 Billion likely refers to the bill that was passed in Congress last month that offers that amount of funding to help Ukraine. However, in that same bill, there was $20 million in aid to support Jackson in their effort to restore the war systems in the city.

This post was made around the time that Congress was discussing this bill and the aid package subsequently passed within a few days. There are no credible news reports that support the claim that Jackson has not received federal funding to aid in the water crisis.

Check Your Fact has reached out to the Jackson City Council and Congressman Bennie Thompson for comment and will update this piece if one is received.

This is not the first time a video has been falsely attributed to an event and shared on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post claiming to show footage of a Russian boat blown up by an anti-tank missile.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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