Pelosi, Ryan Reach Deal on Flint Aid

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached an agreement Tuesday night on an aid package for Flint, the Michigan city in the midst of a water crisis. The House will vote Wednesday on an amendment that would set aside $170 million for Flint. The Senate on Tuesday rejected a stopgap spending measure that would have kept the federal government open past Friday at midnight, thereby averting a shutdown. Many Democrats voted against the legislation because it did not include federal funding for Flint. The Senate passed a separate funding bill for Flint this month totaling $220 million. “It’s almost as if a few Democratic leaders decided long ago that bringing our country to the brink would make for good election-year politics, and then they’ve just made up the rationale as they go along,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.