Michigan lawmakers: As Congress bickers, Flint suffers

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s been two years since problems began with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and nearly six months since officials declared a public health emergency. Yet a bipartisan congressional effort to aid the predominantly African-American city is idling in the Senate.

A Michigan Democrat who represents Flint, congressman Dan Kildee, says his hometown is struggling while Congress bickers.

Michigan’s Democratic senators reached agreement with key Republicans last month on a $220 million package to fix and replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint.

But the measure has been stalled by the objections of Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. He says Michigan has a budget surplus and does not need federal money to fix the problem

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