At the end of this month, the government will run out of money, and it will be forced to shut down again! This time, it is clearly the fault of Republicans who are anxious to close down business and get on the campaign trail.
There have been a lot of riders placed on the bill while it was going through Congress. However, one issue is standing out alone in its disastrous consequence for the American People. That is the issue of Flint, MI.
To rewind a little bit. We have discussed the poisoning of the water of Flint for some time here. We talked about a bill that was making its way through the Senate that would have provided money for Flint and other communities with lead in their water.
The bill finally passed the Senate and moved over to the House. As usual, the House put it in its famous drawer and it never saw a vote or even a debate. It will never get a vote or debate in the House.
When Trump made his infamous and very uncomfortable trip to Flint, one of the Representatives for the area said that if he really cared about Flint, he should pick up the phone and call Paul Ryan to ensure he passed the bill. Trump did not make the call, and Ryan did not pass the bill.
By the way, in order to make this bill possible and gain bi-partisan support, Democrats killed an energy bill that they had gotten passed in order to “pay for” the help for Flint’s assistance. That is the reason it passed the Senate with high bi-partisan support.
But, since the bill was being ignored in the House, Senate Democrats placed a rider in the continuing resolution bill so it would pass and help the people of Flint and other communities that need that help to clean up their water.
Mitch McConnell showing his disdain for the people of Flint placed a “clean” continuing resolution on the floor as a “take it or leave it” bill. This bill included relief for Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia that all suffered flooding in many of their communities this year. However, the Flint money was left out.
The money for Flint was the only one that was “paid for” which the Republicans always say it must be. The rest of the relief money has not been paid for and will increase the deficit.
No one is saying that these other states do not require help, they do. However, please explain to me why they get money that is not “paid for” and Flint does not when that money is paid for. How can we just turn our backs on people, especially children, who have been poisoned by their state and continues to be poisoned because they cannot get any money to replace those lead pipes?
Mitch McConnell and the entire Republican Party are showing very clearly they do not give a shit about the people of Flint, MI. As far as they are concerned, I guess they should just shut up and die.
Paul Ryan is just as hateful as Mitch McConnell. He is the Speaker of the House and he is the one that could and should bring the Flint Bill up for a vote in the House. But, he won’t because he is too afraid of his wacko caucus.
Led by the crazy Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party has become the party that ignores the very people they are supposed to represent. They have become the actual enemy of the American People.
If nothing else, you would think they would be rallying around their Republican Governor of Michigan. No, instead they are throwing him under the bus in the name of “conservative principles”. If people get sick and die, so be it.
In my 65 years of life, I have never seen a complete political party show such disrespect for the people of America. I have never seen a political party tell people in this country to just die. Until now!
I am very angry, in case you haven’t noticed. Lead poisoning is a very serious matter. These children face life-long potential health and mental problems due to this poisoning. The money for Flint is designed to help the city replace all of the lead pipes so the contamination will end.
The actions of the House and McConnell show the Republicans don’t care if it is fixed or ended. If there was ever a case that shows the total lack of concern for people from a political party, this is it.
I am pleading for everyone to call your Representative and Senator and demand that the money for Flint and other communities to be passed immediately. If they refuse, they definitely need to be voted out of office.
If they won’t help Flint, they won’t help your community either.