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Ted Cruz lifts hold on bipartisan bill to replace water pipes in Flint

Ted Cruz lifts hold on bipartisan bill to replace water pipes in Flint

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday lifted a hold he placed on bipartisan legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Mich., where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency.

Senators had reached a tentative deal a day earlier for a $220 million package to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes, make other infrastructure improvements and bolster lead-prevention programs nationwide.

Cruz and at least one other GOP senator objected to a quick vote on the deal, delaying Senate consideration of the bill until at least next week.

A spokesman for the Texas senator, Phil Novack, said Thursday night that...

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