Energy Bill Blocked Over Flint Water Impasse

The energy bill championed by Senator Lisa Murkowski has been blocked in the Senate over concerns about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Associated Press reports

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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

“Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a comprehensive energy bill after majority Republicans rejected hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency federal aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that “100,000 people in Flint, Michigan have been poisoned, and Republicans do nothing” to help them. “Nine thousand little children … have been poisoned. Still, Senate Republicans refuse to help.”

The vote was 46-50, short of a number necessary to move ahead on the bipartisan legislation, the first such bill in nine years.”

“Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said discussions on ways to help Flint were continuing.

“We want to get this solved,” she said, adding that it was counterproductive for Democrats to block an energy bill that has been in the works for more than a year.”

  • aPLWBinAK

    The water problems in Flint, Michigan are the responsibility of Flint, and it’s residents.

    When did it become my responsibility as a U.S. taxpayer to pay for water system upgrades for municipalities? That’s what their local taxpayers are paying for.
    Harry Reid…..ugh, what a vile person.

    • ratfishtim

      Probably at about the same time it became your responsibility as a U.S. taxpayer to subsidize oil companies and others companies with special tax deals.

      • aPLWBinAK

        Tax breaks are not subsidies.

        • Casey Reynolds

          It depends. Remember the Alaska film tax breaks? They were straight subsidies masquerading as tax breaks.

        • ratfishtim

          Actually they are. Try googling “tax expenditure.”

          • aPLWBinAK

            No, they are not.

    • Casey Reynolds

      I tend to agree, however, it is a health, life, and safety issue and a disaster so I have less heart burn with government acting here than in alot of other places they choose to spend money.