Capitol Edge: Flint water crisis, presidential power

Two runners jog as the snow falls on Capitol Hill, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Washington. One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend's big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, whiteout conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Failing to over power the president, Flint’s water crisis, and pleading the fifth are all part of this week’s Capitol Edge.

The week began with House Republicans failing to get the needed support to override President Obama’s veto of a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.

“We want answers from everybody,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) yelled at an Oversight Committee hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle questioned the Environmental Protection Agency and promised to further the investigation.

“We need to get the facts,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said. “This is something that never should’ve happened in the first place.”

Flint’s crisis also impacted a major energy bill set to pass on Thursday. Democrats ended up blocking the bill – demanding an amendment providing $600 million to help Flint be added.

“We know the vote that just went down was not about the energy bill,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said. “This was about trying to embarrass Republicans, and try to make us look bad.”

Lawmakers plan to work over the weekend to find a solution and pass this energy bill. They also plan to offer some kind of relief for citizens in Flint.

You can also expect a hearing held by House Republicans on if President Obama is abusing his executive power with what they call, ‘Midnight Regulations.’ That’s what Republicans call the president’s executive orders that don’t require Congressional approval.


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