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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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December 8, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) will host a telephone town hall on the Republican tax bill next Monday, December 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. ET. Congressman Kildee will be joined on the call by non-partisan experts to answer questions from constituents in the Fifth Congressional District about how the Republican tax plan will affect them and their families.

December 7, 2017 Press Release

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December 7, 2017 In The News

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This has some experts and lawmakers raising concerns. They caution that there are localities around the U.S. that could be at risk of problems similar to those that bedeviled Flint, Michigan, where residents were exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water.

December 2, 2017 Press Release

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December 2, 2017 Press Release

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November 29, 2017 Press Release

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November 28, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after joining an amicus brief to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the English v. Trump case:

November 13, 2017 In The News

After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He's pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won't do it.


After the water crisis in Flint, Mich., it looks like public pressure may be leading to some changes. Tougher regulations might be coming, although state officials are also still pointing the finger at the federal government and one environmental rule specifically. Here's Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith.

November 7, 2017 Press Release

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

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) announced continued mobile office hours today to offer direct support to constituents throughout the Fifth Congressional District. During mobile office hours, staff will help constituents who may have questions concerning Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ benefits and other federal programs.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after a top Snyder Administration official testified under oath that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder knew of high lead levels in Flint’s water months earlier than he has previously acknowledged: