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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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July 13, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement today after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called on Attorney General Bill Schuette to take legal action against manufacturers who knowingly manufactured or marketed products containing harmful Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) chemicals:

July 9, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

June 26, 2018 Press Release

Forum Examines How New Program Can Help Communities Like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration released a federal study on per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS). The Trump Administration, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and U.S.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

Kildee, Other Democrats Introduce Bill to Stop Separating Children at the Border

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has added his name to legislation in Congress that would stop President Donald Trump’s Administration from separating immigrant children from their families at the border.

June 14, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the state of Michigan announced an update to the state’s Lead and Copper Rule:

“After the state of Michigan created the man-made crisis in Flint, I appreciate efforts to update the outdated Lead and Copper Rule. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction to remove every lead pipe in Michigan, but more work needs to be done in order to protect public health and prevent lead in our drinking water. We must recognize that there is no safe level of lead.

June 5, 2018 Press Release

For Seventh Year in a Row, Kildee and Staff Give up Food and Water for a Day to Gain Deeper Understanding of the Meaning of Ramadan

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with his congressional staff in Washington, D.C., will fast in solidarity Wednesday with Muslims in Michigan and around the world in observance of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting during which Muslims may not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.

May 30, 2018 Press Release

At Mackinac Policy Conference, Kildee Focuses on a ‘Marshall Plan’ Agenda for Michigan’s Older, Industrial Communities

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today gave remarks during a panel at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference focused on the need for a new “Marshall Plan” for America’s cities and towns.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

EPA, Administrator Pruitt May Have Violated Federal Transparency Laws

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General after the EPA blocked journalists and Members of Congress from attending a taxpayer-funded summit on toxic chemicals at the agency's headquarters.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

Marcus Batson From Flint Spends Day with Congressman in Nation’s Capital

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today hosted a Michigan former foster youth, Marcus Batson, from Flint, for Foster Youth Shadow Day on Capitol Hill.