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Kaine Chooses Fundraiser Over Flint

- September 14, 2016

TIM KAINE RAISES MONEY IN ILLINOIS INSTEAD OF DOING HIS JOB IN THE SENATE AND SUPPORTING KEY LEGISLATION FOR FLINT, MICHIGAN

Today, Tim Kaine Skipped A Critical Vote On Water Safety And Infrastructure In Order To Fundraise In Illinois

Today, Tim Kaine Is Attending Two Fundraisers In Illinois. "Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee who makes relatively frequent fundraising stops in Illinois, will be in Chicago on Sept. 29. Kaine, the Virginia senator, has two events on Sept. 14, making his debut in the city as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Trump is in Bolingbrook on Sept. 12." (Lynn Sweet, "Clinton, Kaine, Trump Hitting Chicago For Fundraising," Chicago Sun Times, 9/1/16)

Kaine Did Not Vote On Advancing The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016. (S.2848, Roll Call #140, Cloture Motion Agreed To 94-3; R 49-3; D 43-0; NV-3, 9/14/16, Kaine Not Voting)

Todd Spangler Of The Detroit Free Press Celebrated The Senate Vote And Highlighted That Some Of The Bills Appropriated Funds Went Towards Flint Water Lines. "US Senate on key vote approves measure which includes $100M for Flint water lines. House still must consider." (Todd Spangler, Twitter.com, 9/14/16)

The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016 Aimed At Fixing The Crisis In Flint Michigan And Protecting Low-Income Michigan Residents, Passed The Senate Earlier This Afternoon

The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016 Makes Certain That "Additional Assistance Is Provided To States With Emergency Public Health Threats Associated With Lead Or Other Contaminants In A Public Drinking Water Supply System," Such As Flint Michigan. "Additional assistance is provided to states with emergency public health threats associated with lead or other contaminants in a public drinking water supply system. The Department of Justice and the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must report on the status of any ongoing investigations into the government's response to the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan." ( S. 2848, Introduced 4/25/16)

  • Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Specifically Referenced Flint As The Inspiration For The Legislation And Asserted "This Bill Is A Perfect Vehicle To Upgrade Our Water Infrastructure." "'What happened in Flint has shown us how vulnerable some our water systems are, and this bill is a perfect vehicle to upgrade our water infrastructure.'" ("Inhofe, Boxer Introduce the Water Resources Development Act of 2016," U.S. Senate Committee On Environment & Public Works , 4/26/16)

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 Appropriates $60 Million In Order To Remove Lead From Drinking Water In Low Income Communities. "'(5) LOW-INCOME ASSISTANCE.-'(A) IN GENERAL.-Subject to subparagraph (B), an eligible entity may use a grant provided under this subsection to provide assistance to low-income homeowners to carry out lead reduction projects. '(B) LIMITATION.-The amount of a grant provided to a low-income homeowner under this paragraph shall not exceed the cost of replacement of the privately owned portion of the service line. '(6) SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT.-In carrying out lead service line replacement using a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall- '(A) notify customers of the replacement of any publicly owned portion of the lead service line; … '(c) Authorization Of Appropriations.-There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.'… $20,000,000, to remain available until expended." ( S. 2848, Introduced 4/25/16)

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 Specifically Calls For A Comprehensive Investigation Of The Flint Water Crisis And The Publishing Of A Report Containing Recommendations For The President And Congress. "(a) In General.-Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General and the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency shall… a report on the status of any ongoing investigations into the Federal and State response to the contamination of the drinking water supply of the City of Flint, Michigan. (b) Review.-Not later than 30 days after the completion of the investigations described in subsection (a), the Comptroller General of the United States shall commence a review of issues that are not addressed by the investigations…(c) Contents Of Report.-Not later than 1 year after commencing each review under subsection (b), the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report that includes-(1) a statement of the principal findings of the review; and (2) recommendations for Congress and the President to take any actions to prevent a similar situation in the future and to protect public health." ( S. 2848, Introduced 4/25/16)


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