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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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November 7, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after Democrats won a majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives:

"The American people have spoken and elected a new Democratic majority in Congress. With last night's historic wins, a new Democratic majority will focus on kitchen table issues affecting working families, including lowering health care costs, protecting Social Security and Medicare, growing our economy so every worker can find a high-wage job, and restoring integrity to our government.

October 22, 2018 Press Release

Federal Funding Passed in Congress Will Now Be Granted to Oscoda Township

October 19, 2018 Press Release

OSCODA—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement following reports that high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were found in deer in Oscoda Township:

October 16, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after the death of Bishop Joseph R. Cistone:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Bishop Joseph Cistone. An irreplaceable leader in our community, Bishop Cistone was a guiding light in how to live with compassion and faith. Saginaw and the entire state of Michigan will miss him dearly.

“Jennifer and I extend our condolences to his family, friends and members of the Diocese of Saginaw.”


October 15, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after recent reporting that contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-tainted foam is grow

October 13, 2018 Press Release

$300,000 Federal Investment Will Support Local AmeriCorps VISTA Members at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that six new AmeriCorps VISTA members will be serving Flint thanks to a federal grant through the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS). The $300,964 three-year federal grant will be awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint to ensure youth participants graduate from high school, make responsible life choices, and demonstrate good character and citizenship.

October 11, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the removal of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection Director, Dr. Ruth Etzel. The lawmakers pressed Wheeler for more details surrounding the dismissal, especially during a period when families across Michigan are facing numerous drinking water contamination crises.

October 4, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement on the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrations planned for Friday in Grand Blanc and Flint:

“There is no place for discrimination in our society. The Westboro Baptist Church and their hate speech are not welcome in mid-Michigan. Hate speech against other religions, American soldiers killed in action or the LGBTQ community is wrong and indefensible. Michigan is a diverse state and our people are inclusive and compassionate toward others, the exact opposite of what the Westboro Baptist Church stands for.”

October 3, 2018 Press Release

High School Seniors Interested in Military Service Academies Must Apply by October 15th

September 27, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement today following reports that U.S. Immigration Enforcement officials are allowing Francis Anwana to remain in the United States for another year: