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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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June 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, along with Ways and Means Committee’s Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), introduced the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Modernization Act of 2021. The bill includes Congressman Kildee’s TAA for Communities program. This program would provide targeted, robust federal support to communities that have suffered chronic economic hardship due to trade-related events and job loss.
 
June 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, today, had his bipartisan legislation advance to the expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education across America. Kildee, along with members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, voted unanimously to advance this legislation.
June 15, 2021 Press Release

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dear Constituent—

I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a stressful time for all Michiganders. I am working, along with my staff, around the clock to answer your questions, provide community resources and distribute up-to-date, accurate information. If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (810) 238-8627.

                                                                                                                          

June 10, 2021 Press Release
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded a key congressional committee for voting to approve all $20 million in local infrastructure projects prev
June 7, 2021 Press Release

Monday, June 7, 2021

Dear Constituent—

I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a stressful time for all Michiganders. I am working, along with my staff, around the clock to answer your questions, provide community resources and distribute up-to-date, accurate information. If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (810) 238-8627.

                                                                                                                          

June 7, 2021 Press Release
FLINT—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, Alaina Curry, is a senior at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy.
 
June 5, 2021 Press Release
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced nearly $3 million federal grants for Genesee County to fund Head Start educational opportunities for children in mid-Michigan.
 
June 3, 2021 Press Release

FLINTCongressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the House Budget Committee, today applauded the Biden administration for including Indian Health Service (IHS) funding in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget in a way that would not interrupt health care for Indian Country.

June 3, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after it was announced that the first Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) grant funding will be released:

June 1, 2021 Press Release

June is a time to celebrate the progress we have made towards equality and to redouble our efforts to fight the injustices we see in society. Although we have made tremendous progress, we still have much work more to do. Sadly, many of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors can still be fired from their job or evicted from their home simply for who they are. This discrimination is wrong and must end.