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Showdown in Congress over Flint funding

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A showdown is underway over millions of dollars that would help the City of Flint.

A bill on the floor of Congress would send more than $172 million federal dollars, along with a $700 million loan, to Flint to help with the ongoing water crisis. Senator Debbie Stabenow is on a mission to get it pushed through, but says Utah Senator Mike Lee is holding that bill from a vote.  

Lee said in a statement to TV5: “Senator Stabenow and I continue to work on a compromise that would both pay for Flint and still allow the existing ATVM loan applications.”

But during a phone interview with TV5, Stabenow said “We’ve been able to garner bipartisan support. We currently have 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats, key people in the Senate that are co-sponsors. We have the vote in order to pass it. It’s being blocked right now by a procedural move by one Senator from Utah, Senator Mike Lee.

No action is expected soon however, because the Senate has just started a two-week break.

Back here in Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver’s Fast Start program is about to escalate with more digging to remove lead lines at several dozen homes.

Congressman Dan Kildee says the federal money is needed to get the project done, and he’s running out of patience. “I’ve been out of patience for months on this. Out of patience that the governor has slow walked the relief that he has provided. And you know, we’re trying to work together as much as possible, but it just feels like they continue to treat the problem at the state level as a public relations crisis. And make announcements that are timed for their own political needs.

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