GOP Senator says no Federal Funding Needed, Stops $100 Million in Emergency Funding for Flint Water
by Walter Einenkel –
Senator Mike Lee from Utah has decided that a good way to make a (grand)stand on the “federalization” of water infrastructure is to keep emergency funds away from American citizens whose water supply has been poisoned by incompetent Republican lawmakers.
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.
“What’s really happening here is that Washington politicians are using the crisis in Flint as an excuse to funnel taxpayer money to their own home states, and trying to sneak it through the Senate without proper debate and amendment,” he said. “I respectfully object.”
Here’s another quote from Lee, way back in 2011 when Utah had some flooding, and he was dipping into the federal disaster relief fund.
“That money is there,” Lee said. “It’s been appropriated for disaster relief, and I see no reason why Utah ought not be entitled to receive such federal funds.”
December floods punished Kane and Washington counties, causing nearly $6 million in damage to roads, utility systems, parks and trails.
Senator Mike Lee is somehow making a run at Orrin Hatch for being the one of the worst things to ever come out of Utah.
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos