Mid-Michigan congressmen broker deal to bring millions to address Flint's water crisis, avert government shutdown

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/28/16) - Two Mid-Michigan congressmen helped to break a stalemate over money to help Flint recover from the water crisis.

Senate Democrats, with some help from Republicans, blocked a spending bill on Thursday because it didn't contain money for Flint.

Many thought it was the only way to ensure securing money for the "Vehicle City".

The blockage of that spending bill would have created a government shutdown this weekend. That's now been averted.

Late Tuesday into Wednesday, U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) and John Moolenaar (R-Midland) helped broker a deal that allowed a separate amendment for Flint aid to be voted on in the U.S. House. That vote passed Wednesday afternoon and sets the stage to send at least $170 million in aid to Flint to help repair damaged infrastructure.

Members from the House and Senate will meet after the November election to hammer out small differences between their respective legislation for Flint.

Earlier this month, the Senate passed more than $200 million in funding for Flint.

A statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is in the 'Related Links' section of this story.

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