Saturday, February 6, 2016

Heartless Republicans Block Aid for Flint, Democrats Respond by Blocking GOP Energy Bill

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok) who thought
any assistance for Flint should be
balanced by spending reductions elsewhere
(Republican Senators) didn't want to send emergency aid to Flint to alleviate their dire water crisis, and our side stiffened their spines and said "No!"  They blocked the Republican's energy bill.  My God, how in the hell can Republicans justify withholding help?...

...Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader, dressed down the party of the rich for their hypocrisy:

"Last year Texas was devastated with historic flooding, it was the federal government that stepped in to provide disaster relief for the people of Texas... That's why I was disappointed to see the senior Senator from Texas say: 'While we all have sympathy for what's happened in Flint, this is primarily a local and state responsibility'...  Last year as Florida was hit with extreme flooding, the Senator who finished the Iowa caucuses called for federal disaster assistance.  But when it comes to the children and families of Flint, that Senator instead cautions against our action."...

...Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan promised they would block the energy bill, and hold it hostage until the Senate agreed to an amendment of aid for Flint.

So, what did the Republican senators do? They slimed, trying to steal funding from (another) Michigan program to pay for Flint's crisis.  Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. proclaimed that money for Flint should come out of the vehicle manufacturing loan program.  Excuse me?  Is he joking?

eye'm thinkin':  Unfortunately, no, Mr. Inhofe is not joking.  Faced with an entire city being poisoned by its own water thanks to the actions of its Republican governor and his hand-picked Republican manager, GOP senators decided that, before they would grant relief to these people, they would have to reduce spending elsewhere.

Maybe they're just thinking ahead.  I mean, with all those children whose brain development could quite possibly be damaged from drinking and bathing in the poisoned water, perhaps the Republican Party just saw potential for the creation of more right-wing voters in the next few decades.  Keep 'em stupid, keep 'em red!

And as an after thought, considering his record, I'm surprised Marco Rubio, "the Senator who finished third in Iowa," was even present to voice his opinion.

Read more at Bipatisan Report

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