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Flint will 'press on' after U.S. Senate drops aid package

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The U.S. Senate’s rejection of a quarter billion dollars in aid to Flint has the city’s mayor looking to Lansing for help.

Flint backers in Washington were unable to convince a Republican senator from Utah to end his opposition to the Flint appropriation. 

It was stripped from a funding bill this week.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she’ll “press on” and ask state lawmakers for more help.

“Sometimes you wonder if the federal government is probably looking to the state because they know those funds are available,” Weaver told reporters Thursday. “So, could those get released so we would get the help we’re looking for?”

The state has already approved $70 million in supplemental money for Flint’s water crisis.

But legislative leaders say any more will have to come through the normal budgetary process.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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