Senate Democrats today blocked a bill that would fund the government into December instead of shutting it down Saturday. Their excuse was that it did not contain funding for getting the lead out of the water in Flint, Mich.
The vote 45-55. Sixty were needed to move it forward.
Sen. Harry Reid — who would like nothing better than to shut down government, close parks and blame it on Republicans weeks before the election — wailed on the Senate floor:
Now, the Republican continuing resolution also ignores a two and a half year crisis in Flint, Michigan. Lead has poisoned all 100,000 people, almost 10,000 children, some of whom are babies.
Lead is a killer for children. After a short period of time, a month, a few weeks, and a child who ingests lead in any way – whether eating paint off the floor, but certainly drinking water – will affect them the rest of their lives. They won’t be as smart as they could be. They won’t be as agile as they could be. It really hurts them. And it’s not good for adults.
So after two and a half years, don’t those people deserve something? The Republican leader said, well, there’s a Water Resource Development Act bill. And I acknowledge that …
Wait a minute, a water bill? You have to go to The Wall Street Journal to get the skinny on that wrinkle in the Democrats’ scheme.
A WSJ editorial today relates that the Senate passed — 95-3 — that $9.4 billion Water Resources Development Act earlier and the House is to pass it this week. So what’s the problem?
The Democrats are simply angling for a way to blame gridlock on Republicans when they are the ones throwing a wrench in the works.