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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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September 21, 2018 Press Release

Bipartisan Group of Members Push Farm Bill Conference Committee to Strengthen Rural Water Programs

September 20, 2018 Press Release

Event Focused on Kildee’s Future of America’s Cities and Towns Initiative

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today hosted a forum in Grand Rapids, Mich., with local mayors, city managers and other elected officials to discuss how to bring greater economic investment and opportunity to America’s older, industrial cities and towns. The conversation focused on state and federal policy that could especially help older, industrial communities, places that despite the ongoing economic recovery after the Great Recession continue to face unique challenges.

September 12, 2018 Press Release

Legislation Would Grant Legal Permanent Resident Status to Francis Anwana, Allowing Him to Continue Residing in Michigan

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced legislation to grant legal permanent resident status, also known as a green card, to Francis Anwana, a Michigan resident currently facing deportation.

September 10, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after $14 million was included in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Administration spending bill to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS):

August 31, 2018 Press Release

$22,858 Will Go to Installing Life Saving Smoke Alarms in Saginaw Homes

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Saginaw Fire Department will receive a $22,858 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen fire protections for families in Saginaw. The federal grant will help pay to install 2,000 smoke alarms in residents’ homes.

August 27, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement today after a report showed the state of Michigan knew of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Flint River before the city’s drinking water source was switched:

August 25, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee released the following statement after U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) passed away:

“With strength and humility, John McCain showed us all what it means to be a true public servant. From his sacrifice as a prisoner of war to his service in the U.S. Senate, John McCain was a man of integrity. John McCain’s death is an incredible loss for our country.

August 21, 2018 Press Release

Congressional Staff Will Continue Traveling across Mid-Michigan to Meet with Constituents, Assist with Federal Services

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced continued mobile office hours throughout the Fifth Congressional District that his staff will hold in order to continue offering services and direct support to constituents. During mobile office hours, staff will meet with and help those who may have questions concerning Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ benefits and other federal programs.

August 16, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after the death of Aretha Franklin:

“Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was a cultural icon that left an immeasurable mark on the world. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to meet Aretha in Detroit and hear her inspire so many with her voice, songwriting and commitment to civil rights. A proud Detroiter, Aretha shaped our country’s idea of music and culture for the better. Michigan and the entire world will miss Aretha dearly.

August 13, 2018 Press Release

Grant Will Change School Water Source After Dangerous PFAS Chemical Contamination Threatened Groundwater Near School

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that Oscoda Area Schools will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bring safe drinking water to students. The federal grant will help pay to change the school’s water source and connect it to an existing Au Sable Township water main after Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were found near the school’s current water supply.