LANSING, Mich. — Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-Meridian Township) issued the following statement after Republicans voted down his amendment today, in which he requested $3.5M to expand Women, Infants and Children (WIC) access to children under age 10, to help those being affected by the Flint water crisis:

“Today a Republican majority voted against providing additional services to children and pregnant women in need in the City of Flint. We know that one of the best ways to combat the long-term negative health effects of lead exposure is proper nutrition. That’s why my colleagues and I supported an amendment to expand WIC to cover children up to age 10 and to give Flint’s health care facilities the money they need to hire pediatric specialists. The state created this disaster, and it’s the state’s responsibility to step up and give Flint the supplementary aid they so desperately need.”