A package to provide $850 million in federal aid to address the infrastructure and health crises surrounding the lead-tainted water Flint, Michigan has hit a stumbling block on its way to a floor vote in the Senate: Ted Cruz placed a “soft hold” on the proposal so he could study it, a representative told Politico Thursday.
Republicans had agreed to fund the aid package after Senate Democrats conceded to slashing a loan program for vehicle manufacturing, a program for which Michigan’s senators had advocated.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) described Cruz’s actions as “not a very smart move for a man who’s going to be in a primary in Michigan on March 8.”
Ted Cruz’s campaign had previously shown its support for those affected by the lead contamination crisis in Flint by distributing bottled water in January but only to clinics approved by an anti-abortion advocacy group. According to a Cruz spokesperson at the time, the water donation demonstrated “the pro-life values of Senator Cruz.”