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Democrats Are Asking 600 Times More Taxpayer Money For Ukraine Than Solving Mississippi Water Crisis


House and Senate Democrats are seeking to send 600 times more US taxpayer money to Ukraine than funds that would help solve the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, where some residents continue to having contaminated drinking water.

In May, Biden signed a $40 billion military aid package for Ukraine. House Republican leaders — including Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) — voted with Democrats to approve the $40 billion while alone 57 House Republicans voted against the spending scramble along with 11 Senate Republicans.

Now, in a short-term spending bill, Democrats hope to send an additional $12.3 billion to Ukraine, or 600 times the $20 million lawmakers are seeking to address Ukraine’s water crisis. Jackson, where residents are warned about lead contamination.

Funding from foreign countries versus cities in the United States highlights an issue raised by the populist Republican wing: American taxpayer dollars should be focused on infrastructure at home rather than abroad.

Volunteers distribute boxes of water at a drive-thru community/fraternal water distribution site in Jackson, MS, September 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The water crisis in Jackson has been going on for some time, but came to a head this month after the system failed and left thousands without clean water to use as the Washington Post Noted:

The entire city of over 150,000 people was without clean water, with no end in sight. Many residents here say they have long since adapted to the government’s catastrophic failure. [Emphasis added]

“Jackson’s water was wasted; I don’t even feel like they should be issuing bills to people,” said Roshonda Snell, 32, who works at a local hotel. “It’s infected and you can’t even do anything with it.” [Emphasis added]

The water system in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, has been down for years. In 2021, a severe winter storm knocked the system out of service for a month. Even when water is flowing from taps, residents struggle with intermittent boil water advisories and high bills for water that isn’t always safe to drink. This week, partly due to severe flooding, the sewage treatment plant broke down completely, leaving townspeople without water to drink, bathe or even flush the toilet..
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Residents of Jackson are now wondering if the medical issues, ailments, and skin issues that have emerged are related to lead contamination, CNN reports:

Now she and Andrew suspect another culprit: Lead in the water of their hometown. It’s a suspicion shared by the parents of about 2,000 children — and most likely many more — who are now suing the city and state.. To make matters worse in the capital of around 150,000 people locals are used to boiling water so they can bathe or cook in it, but with lead boiling water increases the concentration of the known neurotoxin and probable carcinogen. [Emphasis added]

“It’s not the kind of brain damage where if you walk down the street and see it, you’re like, ‘This kid is really damaged. It’s the kind of brain damage you can’t see, you can’t touch,” the attorney said. “But it’s real. It’s there, and it happens to children because their brains are still forming, unlike us. [Emphasis added]

As Jackson’s tap water is back, residents have been warned they should be careful when brushing their teeth, showering and cooking – instead of being forced to use water. often expensive bottled water which was in short supply in the area.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.



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