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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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May 23, 2019 Press Release

House Passes SECURE Act to Ensure Every American Can Retire with Dignity

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for workers to save for retirement and invests in apprenticeship programs that help people get the training and skills they need for high-wage jobs. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 417-3.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

$734,752 Federal Grant Will Expand Access to Health Care by Ensuring Patients Have Access to Reliable Transportation

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Flint MTA has been awarded a $734,752 federal grant to improve transit options for Genesee County residents to travel to health care appointments.

May 20, 2019 Press Release

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

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with his congressional staff in Washington, D.C., are fasting today in solidarity 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 17, 2019 Press Release

Kildee Congratulates Linden’s Quinn Arnold, Celebrates Achievements of Mid-Michigan Student Artists

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Fifth District. The winner, Quinn Arnold, is a junior at Linden High School.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Americans from Discrimination in Housing, Employment, Credit and other Areas of Public Life

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today applauded passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Democratically-Controlled House Passes Legislation to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable, Lower Cost of Health Care

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded passage of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which would help to rein in the soaring costs of health care and prescription drugs. This bill would help pave the way for generic prescription drugs to come into the market sooner, which can significantly lower costs for consumers.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

Federal Funding will Support Care and Learning Environments for Flint and Genesee County Children

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Flint today to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $7,700 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint to support their work expanding opportunity for Flint and Genesee County children. This grant is part of a larger nationwide investment of $24.5 million to mentorship programs across the country.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

House Democrats Continue Their Efforts to Ensure All Americans Have Access to Affordable Health Care

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauded the passage of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act. This important bill helps to protect Michigan families from predatory junk insurance plans that do not offer comprehensive health care coverage, including coverage for pre-existing conditions. Over 4 million Michiganders have pre-existing conditions.

April 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement marking the five-year anniversary of the Flint water crisis:

“Five years after this man-made public health crisis began, Flint families still do not trust the water coming out of their taps. In the richest country in the world, every family should have access to clean and affordable drinking water.

April 18, 2019 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 updated 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.