Utah Senator says Flint doesn’t need aid, blocks lead bill

by Todd Spangler  |  published on March 6, 2016

A Republican U.S. senator from Utah is holding up a federal funding package worth more than $100 million which could help address the issue of high lead levels found in Flint’s water, saying in a statement on Friday that no federal aid is needed at this time.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee’s statement, which indicated his belief that the measure proposed by U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., represented a “federalizing” of water infrastructure, objected to the bill, arguing the state has not directly asked Congress for any emergency spending and has its own surplus to spend if it needs money.

“Michigan has an enormous budget surplus this year and a large rainy-day fund,” Lee said. “Relief and repair efforts are already in the works. The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem. … The only thing Congress is contributing to the Flint recovery is political grandstanding.”

Stabenow, who worked with Peters for weeks to secure a group of Republican and Democratic cosponsors for the legislation, expressed surprise that Lee has placed a hold on the measure, which effectively keeps the Senate from voting on it, even though it is fully paid for.

  • elda

    Cool….someone that realizes the Federal government is not there to pay for every thing states and cities do wrong.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Sen. Mike Lee is correct.

    Why should a self inflicted Michigan problem belong to the rest of America?

    Ig’nate political hacks can support their own welfare sate needs.

  • Todd Alfonsi

    I think we should line up all the politicians and gun them down. An average homeless person could do a better job!

  • Robert McFate

    Do we really want the Feds to step in to control water supplies. Look at the great job they have done with the department of education!

  • Larry J. Overfield

    Flint, Michigan just held a democratic presidential candidates event, that money and other money withing the city and state could have been used to begin repairing the problem. I grew up in Flint, when General Motors was the main employer, despite the democratic led government taxing them heavily life was good then. The choices the democratic leader made put them in the situation they are in now. Why should the rest of the country have to pay for this.

    I know this sounds very harsh, but responsibility for decisions has to start somewhere; just do it. Getter Done!!!

    • Kent2012

      true, and like most of the hardest hit communities in the “Rust Belt” after the continued demand for increased wages and outlandish retirement benefits, the local and state governments piled on to hammer the companies with ever increasing tax bills…and the brain dead “no info” voters all cry when companies decide to move elsewhere..sometimes overseas…no unions, no OSHA, no EPA, just greedy politicians that speak funny, but they are cheaply bought off or knocked off…..

      • Larry J. Overfield

        Kent2012, I worked at Buick Motor division in Flint for seven years, (1968 – 1976) I have seen what the union has done to that city, and that industry. Unions are not an American idea, they are the brain child of socialists and communists. They stifle creativity and personal growth, no opportunity for motivation. They have done the same thing to our Constitution.

    • CharlieSeattle

      City governmental incompetence, intentional gross criminal negligence and failure to take reasonable care of a critical city infrastructure caused the problem.

      Unions or not, are irrelevant to the water pollution problem.

  • Patriot1955

    Good job Mike Lee!

  • Mike N

    If Michigan gets their funding WA needs money to finish the tunnel that Burtha has failed to dig. I’m sure your state has needs too.

  • bygeorge

    Good job Mike! To stop unnecessary spending of federal tax dollars, we’ve got to start somewhere.

  • Gordy Toomey

    I was OK with this story until the last line,” even though it is fully paid for”.this fool of a writer apparently doesn’t know this country is Trillions in debt.

  • TexRancher

    This is a local problem caused by local politicians. They need to spend their own money before asking for ours to fix this mess and hold those responsible for this accountable!

    • gonefishin27

      Right on. Being a former Michigander I can say the corruption in Flint is beyond the pale and it has been for many many decades. They have done nothing but piss money against the wall and now they want Federal money to play with too.

      • Kent2012

        where is that fat pig mikey moorehole when you need him..that brain dead pig could have the whining crybabbies all squalling and filling their diapers to get kenyan boyo to run to his pen and phone….

        • CharlieSeattle

          Whaazzatt?, an incoherent Flint comment? Maybe the problem is worse than stated!

          • Kent2012

            true, more than Dearborn, Detroit, and Flint may be in trouble in Michigan….once the democrapo clown ahole twits destroy the state they will move to “greener pastures”…..watch out Tennessee….

    • Jim Lambert

      Damn toot’n

    • Conservative Uncle Tom

      Accountability is a foreign language word and doesn’t translate in Flintese.

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