Ted Cruz (R-TX) is notorious for using the Senate as a weapon against poor minorities, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before he set his sights on the poisoned citizens of Flint, Michigan.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has recently come forward, reporting to Bloomberg that “Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has placed a hold on a deal to vote on S. 2012 and funding for Flint, Michigan.”
Schumer said that “Cruz’s objection stems from the part of the deal providing funding to Flint.” Republicans have been adamant that Flint somehow find the funds locally, and that it should not fall to the federal government to bail them out.
Ironic, given that Cruz was singing a very different tune when his own state’s citizens were in need of government assistance. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called Cruz out on his callousness in regards to Flint citizens earlier this month.
“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,” Reid said. “Who stepped in? The federal government stepped in to help 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.’ He didn’t say that when the flooding was taking place last year.”
Cruz also demanded federal aid in 2013 after an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) seemed shocked by this betrayal. “I think it’s outrageous if that is the case,” Peters said. “I can’t understand why.”
The bipartisan package is set to allot $850 million to address the ongoing public health catastrophe, but thanks to Cruz, the people of Flint, Michigan are just going to have to wait.
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW