Stabenow: ‘No sense of urgency’ in state response to Flint


FLINT, Mich. (WOOD)– The water crisis in Flint is gaining the attention of federal lawmakers.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Wednesday to discuss the federal steps needed to help the children in Flint.

When asked if she had confidence Gov. Snyder can fix the Flint water crisis, Stabenow told 24 Hour News 8, “We’ll see. In my judgement, the proof is in the pudding.”>>Related: Snyder releases Flint emails

Stabenow said long before the lead issue became public last fall, she heard from the doctors involved that low-income mothers were mixing dry infant formula with Flint’s water. She told 24

Hour News 8 she approached the state about whether all mothers had read-to-feed formula; she said the state said everyone that needed it had it. Stabenow said there is no indication today that that is true.

“There’s been no sense of urgency about this,” said Stabenow.>>Related: Task force: State agency mostly to blame for Flint water crisis

Stabenow said state officials later told her they needed more funding for formula, which she requested on a federal level.

“I’m glad they’re focused now. It’s been almost two years, and we have thousands and thousands of children now who are permanently damaged. I just want to make sure they step in the right way to help in every way they can,” Stabenow added.

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