When there is a crisis, some people get busy while other people take action. While the people of Flint, Michigan deal with poisoned water, yesterday's hearings in Washington continued to attempt to fix blame instead of fixing Flint's pipes.
In fact, in the never ending self serving stand-off between Republicans and Democrats, Senator Mike Lee (R) of Utah continues to hold up a vote that would make loan credits available to cities facing a water emergency. Lee says Michigan should pay for the lead-contaminated pipes by itself.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday as Congress looks for answers regarding the causes of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis to determine who was responsible and find some solutions.
Resignations were called for, the Lead and Copper Rule was called into play, and admissions of deeply felt responsibility were voiced.
Bottom line, though, is this: Congress has not even voted on any aid for the people of Flint, Michigan.
“Here we are today about ready to break for two weeks, and we are going to break without addressing this issue,” said Senator Gary Peters. “I wish that one senator who has a hold would have met with the people I met with this morning. To hear their stories, to hear their anguish, to see their tears in their eyes as they talked about what they are dealing with.”
“What’s happening? The children of Flint are waiting,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow. “This has got to stop. We need a vote, we need a vote.”
According to Huffington Post, one man is holding up action required to send Flint the funding needed to give 12,000 Flint kids clean drinking water.
Sure are lots of busy people on the Hill. Remarkable lack of action, though.
Read more here: HuffingtonPost.com