A bipartisan aid package to send $100 million to help the residents of Flint, Michigan deal with the widespread contamination that is still plaguing their drinking water, as well as funds for other communities that may have similar issues, is being held up by at least one Republican senator.
Sen. Mike Lee (UT) still has a hold in place on the bill, his office confirmed to ThinkProgress. In his initial announcement on Friday, Lee issued a statement saying “federal aid is not needed at this time,” pointing to the state’s “enormous budget surplus” and a rainy-day fund.
“The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem,” he said. He also pointed to the “generosity of individuals, businesses, labor unions, and civic organizations” as sources of funding that can go toward fixing the lead pipe problem.
This is truly a senator of the New Gilded Age, where government aid to give people clean water creates dependency and a generation of slackers who don’t know how to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
But hey, who knew he was such a supporter of those good labor unions helping out in Flint! Richard Trumka is not impressed.
— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) March 8, 2016
Of course, Rick Snyder and Mike Lee are both emblematic of the modern Republican Party, allowing black people to contract lead poisoning or die of Legionnaires’ Disease for political gain. They aren’t drinking lead contaminated water so what do they care? It’s their own fault for living in a place like Flint or being black.