He says the state doesn’t need federal help. “The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee said. “The only thing Congress is contributing to the Flint recovery is political grandstanding.”
Senators from both parties reached a tentative deal last month for a $220 million package to fix and replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint and other cities, but the bill remains on hold.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a key sponsor of the bill, said she was surprised and disappointed that Lee would hold up a bipartisan measure that would “help communities across the country, including in his home state of Utah.”
If Lee opposes the bill, he should vote against it, “but he should not block it from even getting a vote,” Stabenow said.
More than two dozen Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, visited Flint on Friday to hear from families affected by the water crisis.