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Kaine Chose Fundraisers Over Water Quality, Now Pretends To Be Flint's Champion

- October 18, 2016

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND INACTION SAYS EVEN MORE

Today, Tim Kaine Cited Water Quality Problems As A Key Concern For The Clinton-Kaine Ticket

At His Rally Today In Detroit, Michigan Tim Kaine Bemoaned The Water Quality Issues Besetting Flint. SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): "And here's something you shouldn't have to say in 2016 but you know it in Michigan and frankly everyone does around the country, a safe home means being able to drink the water, I mean it means being able to drink the water. Is that so controversial? Is that so hard in the richest nation in the history of the world? That's why we've got to address the devastating impact of environmental injustices like what we've seen in Flint and Flint is the tip of the iceberg on this because aging infrastructure, water infrastructure and other utility infrastructure around the country is exposing people especially in our older central cities where the infrastructure is older to really serious environmental harm." ( Tim Kaine Remarks In Detroit Michigan, 10/18/16)

  • Kaine Focused On "Environmental Injustices" And The Need To Improve Water Infrastructure In The Country. KAINE: "And here's something you shouldn't have to say in 2016 but you know it in Michigan and frankly everyone does around the country, a safe home means being able to drink the water, I mean it means being able to drink the water. Is that so controversial? Is that so hard in the richest nation in the history of the world? That's why we've got to address the devastating impact of environmental injustices like what we've seen in Flint and Flint is the tip of the iceberg on this because aging infrastructure, water infrastructure and other utility infrastructure around the country is exposing people especially in our older central cities where the infrastructure is older to really serious environmental harm." ( Tim Kaine Remarks In Detroit Michigan, 10/18/16)

On September 1st, However, Tim Kaine Skipped Critical Votes On Water Safety And Infrastructure In Order To Fundraise In Illinois

On September 1st, Tim Kaine Attended 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)

As A Result, Kaine Missed A Vote To Advance The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016. (S.2848, Roll Call #139, Cloture Motion Agreed To 85-12; R 40-12; D 43-0; NV-3, 9/14/16, Kaine Not Voting)

Kaine Also Missed An Important Cloture Motion On 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)

On September 15th, Kaine Was Again Fundraising For Clinton Rather Than Doing His Job In Washington When The Bill Passed

On September 15th Kaine Was Fundraising For The Scandal-Ridden Clinton Campaign In Maine. "Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine of Virginia will be in Maine for a private fundraiser on Thursday, according to Hillary Clinton's campaign." (Michael Shepherd, "Democratic VP Hopeful Tim Kaine To Hold Maine Fundraiser," Bangor Daily News, 9/15/16)

Kaine Was One Of Only Two Senators To Miss The Vote On Passage. (S.2848, Roll Call #141, Bill Achieved Passage, 95-3; R 50-3; D 43-0; NV-2, 9/15/16, Kaine Not Voting)

The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016 Was Aimed In-Part At Fixing The Crisis In Flint Michigan And Protecting Low-Income Michigan Residents

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)

The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016 Is Also Critical To Protecting And Restoring The Florida Everglades

The Miami Herald Editorial Board Recently Endorsed The Water Resources Development Act Of 2016 Saying That It "Energizes The Decades-Long Effort To Restore The Well-Being Of The Florida Everglades." "The Senate is tantalizingly close to approving legislation that energizes the decades-long effort to restore the well-being of the Florida Everglades. This is an opportunity that must not be missed, as it was two years ago when the region's ecosystem failed to win inclusion in a similar bill to approve water resources development programs around the country." (Editorial, "Pass This Bill To Help Restore The Everglades," Miami Herald, 9/12/16)

According To The Everglades Foundation, The WRDA Of 2016 Makes Certain That Water From Lake Okeechobee Will Be Cleaned Before It Reaches The Everglades, Which Is A Sensitive Ecosystem Critical To Florida's Environment And Economy. "According to the Everglades Foundation, the plan green lights an engineering blueprint designed to convey water from the lake southward, clean water from Lake Okeechobee before it reaches the Everglades, and remove obstacles in the way." (Editorial, "Pass This Bill To Help Restore The Everglades," Miami Herald, 9/12/16)

The WRDA Of 2016 Makes $976,375,000 Federal Funds Available For Florida Everglades Restoration. "Federal: $976,375,000 Non-Federal: $974,625,000 Total: $1,951,000,000." (S.2848, Roll Call #141, Bill Achieved Passage, 95-3; R 50-3; D 43-0; NV-2, 9/15/16, Kaine Not Voting)


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