Stabenow: President Obama approves federal assistance for Flint

Senator Debbie Stabenow says President Barack Obama has approved $80 million in federal assistance for Flint.

The White House has not yet confirmed the move, but Senator Stabenow applauded President Obama for approving the assistance.

“I want to thank President Obama for quickly responding to our request for federal assistance. While the State of Michigan must take the lead in making things right for Flint families, I am committed to continuing to do everything I can to make sure the maximum amount of federal help is available as quickly as possible.”

President Obama had previously signed an emergency declaration which provides federal aid for Flint but rejected a request for a major disaster assistance. Governor Rick Snyder appealed that rejection.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich also praised the federal assistance.

"We've said since day one everyone at every level needs to be held accountable for whatever role they had in this crisis," he said. "It's unfortunate the legislature and state aren't moving nearly as swiftly as the federal government now appears to be."

FOX 2 is working to confirm details of the assistance. We'll update this story with more information.

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