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I’m proud to be born and raised in Flint. I’m proud to represent such a diverse district in Congress—from the urban cities of Flint, Saginaw and Bay City, to the shoreline communities along Lake Huron like Tawas and Oscoda. During my time in Congress, I have worked on a number of issues that are unique to our district. They include:

  • Fighting blight: I have helped to secure hundreds of millions in federal funding to help strengthen neighborhoods and tear down vacant buildings. This much-needed money has already helped to remove thousands of vacant and abandoned homes in Flint, Saginaw and other cities across Michigan and will make our communities safer and stronger. This is an issue I’ve long worked on even before coming to Congress – first as the Genesee County Treasurer and then as the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress.
  • Keeping Communities Safe: In Congress, I have worked to reduce violent crime in cities like Flint and Saginaw. I introduced the Help Communities Fight Violent Crime Act, which would help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conduct “surge” programs that coordinate intelligence and provide additional personnel to combat violent crime. A similar four-month program in Flint in recent years saw a 50 percent drop in the city’s homicide rate during the surge. These successful programs help to keep violent criminals off the streets and help make the streets of Flint, Saginaw and other communities more safe.
  • Helping Flint’s Recovery: In the wake of the Flint water crisis, I have worked non-stop to make sure Flint families receives the support they need to recover. This includes championing a $170 million federal aid package to help Flint through Congress. This represents real relief for Flint families to help remove lead pipes and expand health care services for those exposed to lead. In addition to this aid, I have successfully passed other legislation through Congress related to the crisis. Last year, I partnered with Congressman Fred Upton (MI-09) to pass the Kildee-Upton law, which strengthens requirements to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) immediately notify the public when high concentrations of lead in drinking water are found. This would not have prevented the crisis in Flint, but it will help to ensure that another similar tragedy never happens again. I am proud that this law was passed by Congress and signed into law by former President Obama.

I have also introduced legislation that would require the EPA to update outdated federal drinking water rules governing how we protect our drinking water. It is important to remember that there is no safe level of lead in drinking water. My bill, the NO LEAD Act, would increase transparency when it comes to water testing, require that schools and childcare centers are tested annually for lead, and lower the federal action level for lead in drinking water from the current level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 5 ppb by 2026.

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November 4, 2019 Press Release

Open Enrollment for Quality, Affordable Health Insurance Now Available Through December 15th

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced the start of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, a time when Michigan families can shop for health insurance plans for themselves or their families. Open enrollment runs through December 15, 2019.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

Bipartisan Group of Members Say National Defense Bill Must Include Meaningful PFAS Provisions to Earn Their Support

October 21, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the death of former Michigan Governor William Milliken:

October 16, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after General Motors and the United Auto Workers announced that they have reached a tentative agreement:

October 10, 2019 Press Release

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October 4, 2019 Press Release

Bill Would Help End the Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs for Seniors and Families

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has cosponsored new legislation in Congress to help lower prescription drug costs for every American.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

Federal Grant will Help Police Process Sexual Assault Kits and Bring Justice to Survivors
 

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a $1,650,361 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help local law enforcement process sexual assault kits.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

Bipartisan Bill Would Help End the Practice of Patients Having to Pay Out-of-Pocket for Surprise Medical Bills

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has cosponsored new bipartisan legislation in Congress to protect patients and stop the practice of unfair and expensive surprise medical bills.

H.R. 3502, the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, would take steps to end surprise billing, ensuring Michigan families are not bankrupted by surprise medical bills.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Flushing, Saginaw Fire Departments Receive Federal Grants to Upgrade Lifesaving Equipment  

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced that two mid-Michigan fire departments will receive $345,199 in federal grants to support local first responders and upgrade critical equipment to protect firefighters.

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Members Call on Senate Leader to Cancel Recess, Take Action on House-Passed Universal Background Checks Bill