Cruz, GOP block vote on bill for Flint water crisis


Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, talks with Lucas Marmolejos, 7, left, after speaking at a rally, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Houston.

With the March 8 presidential primary less than two weeks away, the two candidates are trying to fire up their party's liberal base upset with Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the crisis.

Sanders will take part in a community forum at Woodside Church about the water crisis.

The $250 million package would fund loan programs to help drinking water systems that have contamination problems, including Flint's lead contamination, caused by a switch in the city's water source. Cruz was campaigning Thursday ahead of a scheduled Republican debate in Houston, but senators are able to block bills remotely under Senate rules. Other Republican senators may also have holds on the bill, according to the report.

Before blocking the measure, Cruz responded to the Flint water crisis by distributing bottled water to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers in the city.

Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called the deal "the fiscally responsible thing to do, not only for Flint but also for the entire nation facing a water infrastructure crisis".

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"It is multiple", Inhofe said, but didn't elaborate on why those senators were holding up the bill.

"He's taking a look at it and reviewing it to see if would have any objections with it, but has not identified any yet", said Cruz spokesman Phil Novack.

It was discovered the Flint River water had high levels of iron and contained lead from the connecting pipes.

In Michigan, that could mean that the state and city official are going to have to come to an agreement on how best to proceed.

Elevated levels of lead have been found in some children's blood. "But what about the other places where children are testing positive for lead poisoning?" On Thursday she asked the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority about its efforts to avoid a similar crisis, citing the District's own lead contamination dilemma more than 10 years ago.

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