Cruz lifts hold on bill to resolve Flint water crisis

Two runners jog as the snow falls on Capitol Hill (Friday, Jan. 22, 2016/AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has lifted a hold he placed on bipartisan legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have created a public health emergency.

Disconnected drinking water pipes from Flint, showing iron corrosion and rust. (Courtesy: FlintWaterStudy.org/ Min Tang and Kelsey Pieper)
Disconnected drinking water pipes from Flint, showing iron corrosion and rust. (Courtesy: FlintWaterStudy.org/ Min Tang and Kelsey Pieper)

Senators had reached a tentative deal a day earlier for a $220 million package to fix and replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes, make other infrastructure improvements and bolster lead-prevention programs nationwide.

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Cruz and at least one other GOP senator objected to a quick vote on the deal, delaying Senate consideration of the bill until at least next week.

A spokesman for the Texas senator, Phil Novack, said Thursday night that Cruz had reviewed the bill and will not prevent it from moving forward in the Senate.

 

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