The Republican response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has been lackluster. A U.S. senator from Utah took it a step further, putting a hold on a bill to provide federal aid to the diverse city, whose residents have been poisoned.
Sen. Mike Lee (R) said Friday he did so because the federal money is unneeded, according to MSNBC.
“The state of Michigan has an enormous budget surplus this year and a large rainy-day fund, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars,” Lee, said in a statement Friday.
So, one would think with this surplus, Lee would help the residents of Flint, but no.
“Governor [Rick] Snyder has requested $200 million of that from the state legislature for Flint this year. Relief and repair efforts are already in the works,” Lee said. “The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem.”
The Snyder administration switched the city’s water supply in order to save money. That move caused lead poisoning in children. The city’s response was outrageous and now, the situation needs to be fixed. Now, not later. What the poisoning did to families of Flint is jaw-dropping.
The $220 million bill which Lee is obstructing because he’s an arsehole, would provide funds to help Flint to fix and replace lead pipes, as well as prevent and address lead poisoning.
Lee’s “hold” on the bill only stops the speedy consideration of a bill.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a key sponsor of the bill, said she was surprised and disappointed that Lee would hold up a bipartisan measure that would “help communities across the country, including in his home state of Utah.” She said if Lee is opposed, he should vote against the bill rather than try and hold it up.
Even though people’s lives are in jeopardy, the pro-life Republican went on to accuse lawmakers of “political grandstanding” and of using the water crisis in Flint to send federal dollars to their home states.
As introduced, the legislation would provide $100 million in “drinking water state revolving funds” available to any state with a drinking water emergency; provide $70 million to back water infrastructure loans; and provide $50 million to prevent and address lead poisoning.
The bill would address the problem and the Republican is holding it up. Flint is being teabagged. Lee is now ‘that guy’ and no one wants to be that guy.
Someone give Sen. Lee a nice cool drink of that yummy Flint water. We guarantee you that if a wealthy area was affected by the poisoning, Lee would all up in that.
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