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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.

In my first year in Congress, I helped to secure $100 million in federal funding to help tear down abandoned residential buildings. This much-needed money is helping to remove thousands of vacant and abandoned homes in cities like Flint and Saginaw and will make our neighborhoods 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.

I’ve also worked to increase law enforcement and reduce the risk of violent crime in Flint and Saginaw. Last year, 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.

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May 24, 2017 Press Release

“This CBO score confirms our worst fears about Trumpcare: 23 million Americans will lose their insurance and the guarantee of affordable care for those with pre-existing conditions will end. For those who are fortunate to keep their insurance, they will face skyrocketing costs and worse care. Trumpcare also weakens Medicare and creates an ‘age tax’, forcing older Americans to pay more because of their age for premiums and prescriptions.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

As part of National Foster Care Month, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today hosted a Michigan foster youth, Whitney Snow, from Saginaw, for Foster Youth Shadow Day on Capitol Hill.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the city of Flint’s Fire Department will receive a $267,069 federal grant to support the department’s public safety efforts.

The federal grant, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will help to replace old firefighting equipment and protective gear for firefighters.

May 22, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today wrote a letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder urging the state of Michigan to reverse its decision to deny food assistance to families affected by the Flint water crisis.

May 10, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Fifth District. The winner, Graciana Fulgencio, from Saginaw, is a senior at Arthur Hill High School.

A panel of community judges selected Fulgencio as this year’s winner. The Arthur Hill High School senior’s winning piece is a pencil drawing entitled “Lefty Struggles.”  A high resolution photo of Fulgencio’s artwork can be viewed here.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after reports that some Flint residents recently received notices of potential tax liens being placed on their properties for unpaid water bills during the water crisis:

May 3, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary  Committee, Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and 17 cosponsors, today reintroduced the Emergency Financial Manager Reform Act to address unchecked decision-making powers that appointed emergency financial managers have in financially distressed cities.

April 23, 2017 In The News

Michigan legislators ask EPA to leave Chicago office open

Several Michigan members of the House of Representatives are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to close a regional office in Chicago even though a spokeswoman for the agency said there are no such plans.

In a Thursday, April 27, letter signed by eight members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., the legislators ask EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to keep the office open.

April 23, 2017 In The News

Head Start programs expanding as 3rd anniversary of Flint tap water switch nears

This week, the city of Flint will mark the third anniversary of its ill-fated drinking water switch. 

The switch to the Flint River was the first in a series of decisions that created the water crisis.

Since then, many different approaches have been taken to mitigate the effects of lead-tainted drinking water on the roughly 100,000 people who call Flint home.

April 18, 2017 Press Release

“If true, the closure of the EPA’s Region 5 office – which serves Michigan and other states in the Great Lakes region – is very concerning. The EPA’s mission is simple: to protect public health and our environment. Their work continues to be vital in helping Flint recover from the water crisis, including providing ongoing water testing for residents and technical assistance to the city’s water plant.