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U.S. senators asking for $400M in federal assistance for water crisis

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WASHINGTON, DC (WNEM) -

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow led the charge on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon with the announcement of a proposed $400 million appropriation with a dollar-for-dollar match by the state, bringing the total to $800 million.

"People in Flint need the dignity and respect they deserve for knowing that clean water will come out of the faucet," Stabenow said.

The senator said it's time for action, not words.

"We all know this was literally a manmade crisis, and it's as much of a catastrophe as any other kind of crisis," Stabenow said.

Stabenow was joined by fellow Sen. Gary Peters, both offering a statement to their colleagues in the senate that would bring immediate help to residents grappling with the crisis.

The $400 million appropriate includes a center to monitor children, coordinate services health and nutrition services, and long-term research at a cost of $200 million. It also includes helping Flint pay off interest and forgiving roughly $20 million in water-related loans.

"Does it make any sense for the city of Flint, which is struggling right now, to have to be paying for a water system that the state of Michigan basically broke?" Peters said.

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