Schumer: Ted Cruz Has Placed Hold on Energy Bill and Flint Deal

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has placed a hold on a deal to vote on S. 2012 and funding for Flint, Mich., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. tells reporters.

  • Bloomberg BNA’s Ari Natter reports Schumer said Cruz’s objection stems from the part of the deal providing funding to Flint, without elaborating further
  • NOTE: Cruz office did not immediately respond to request for comment
  • “I think it’s outrageous if that is the case. I can’t understand why” Cruz would take that position, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., tells reporters
  • NOTE: Sen. John Cornyn said earlier the role of federal government isn’t “to preemptively pay the bill, it’s working through the EPA and other clean-water trust funds that could be available”
  • NOTE: A bipartisan agreement yday that provides funds to Flint to address its water crisis may help end a logjam over broad energy legislation that was tied up in the dispute; Leaders in both parties want consent from senators to vote on both and to proceed soon
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