Senate Energy Bill Shelved for Two Weeks While Democrats Focus on Flint Aid

By Mike DeBonis, Washington Post.

Congressional Democrats continued pressing for federal help for Flint, Mich., saying that $195 million in new state aid proposed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder amounted to only a fraction of the resources necessary to rebuild the city’s poisoned water system and address the health of its residents.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who represents the city of 100,000, said Wednesday he had “no confidence” in the ability of Snyder (R) to commit sufficient state resources and called on Congress to make an emergency appropriation of $765 million to be matched with state funds.

“It’s a situation that requires a response equal to the gravity of the problem,” he said. “The governor has been woefully delinquent in his responsibility to make it right for the people of Flint. … If the governor won’t correct the mistakes that he made, we’re going to have to do everything we can here at the federal level to get people in Flint the help that they deserve."