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.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.