Unebelievable: Tea Party Congressman Opposes Federal Assistance For Flint Water Crisis

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With the backlash over the poisoning of Flint, Michigan residents with toxic water, Rep. Justin Amash (R) opposed federal intervention and assistance for the city.

And he stands alone.

“While the U.S. Constitution does not authorize the federal government to intervene in an intrastate matter like this one, the State of Michigan should provide comprehensive assistance to the people of Flint,” Amash said. “The residents who were harmed deserve an independent, nonpartisan investigation, and the persons responsible for this crisis must be held accountable.”

MLive reports:

Amash, in his time as a state and federal lawmaker, has frequently been part of a vocal minority on matters that he believes fall outside the scope of the Constitution.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, appealed to President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration, backing a request from Gov. Rick Snyder. Obama denied the request, but approved an emergency declaration that sets the stage for financial help and coordination from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kildee’s letter to Obama, signed by 14 other members of the state’s contingent in a bipartisan effort, reads, “Lead exposure can have lifelong impacts on neurological and behavioral development. To combat this exposure, the state’s request includes federal funding for water infrastructure improvements, support for health care and nutritional assistance,” Kildee wrote. “It is important that the requested assistance be dispatched immediately to Flint in order to respond to this crisis by providing safe drinking water and protecting the health of city residents.

Kildee’s letter to Obama, signed by 14 other members of the state’s contingent in a bipartisan effort, reads, “Lead exposure can have lifelong impacts on neurological and behavioral development. To combat this exposure, the state’s request includes federal funding for water infrastructure improvements, support for health care and nutritional assistance,” Kildee wrote. “It is important that the requested assistance be dispatched immediately to Flint in order to respond to this crisis by providing safe drinking water and protecting the health of city residents.

“Your swift response is critical to address this ongoing public emergency and its long-term impacts on the people of Flint, especially its children.”

Elevated lead levels in the water were detected in 2014, and the lackluster response from Gov. Rick Snyder is garnering outrage from the public with some calling for his resignation.

Health officials are now checking into a possible relationship to 87 cases of Legionnaire’s disease in Flint, 10 of which were fatal.

In contrast to Amash, Bill Huizenga (R) supported the all for aid to the city’s residents.

“Time is of the essence,” said Huizenga. “I am glad to see President Obama respond so quickly to Governor Snyder’s request for assistance. Our first priority must be the health and safety of the people of Flint.”

Amash, a tea party Republican, touts being “pro-life,” meanwhile, children are being poisoned in Flint. Ten people have died.



Amash’s last Facebook post rants about Obama’s ‘unprincipled’ leadership. That post was written just before the unprincipled Congressman opposed relief to a city whose water supply was poisoned due to Republican ‘leadership.’

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