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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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September 22, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) received an award last night at a “Community Salute” event honoring him for his decades of public service and commitment to the families of the Fifth Congressional District.

September 13, 2017 Press Release

Local Communities Stand to Benefit from Expanded Health Care Programs, Youth Employment

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two amendments today introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that increase funding for expanded health care services for families as well as youth employment programs.

September 13, 2017 Press Release

After Flint Water Crisis, Kildee Continues to Successfully Fight for Resources to Help Those Exposed to Lead

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today championed by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that significantly boosts funding for lead prevention programs for children and families.

Congressman Kildee’s amendment adds $3 million in federal funding to three federal initiatives that seek to prevent lead poisoning and help families and children exposed to lead or other toxins. Congressman Kildee’s amendment includes a:

September 6, 2017 Press Release

Historic Brief, Signed by Prominent Republicans and Democrats, Argues Gerrymandering Violates U.S. Constitution

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September 5, 2017 Press Release

“The Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA is heartbreaking. DREAMers grew up in the United States, brought here by their parents through no fault of their own, and we cannot turn our backs on them. They have registered with the government, pay income taxes and give back to the communities they live in. America is their only home.

August 1, 2017 Press Release

“The state of Michigan forgiving Flint’s outstanding loans will free up money to make much-needed investments as the city recovers from the ongoing water crisis. I am glad that the Flint aid package, passed by Congress last year and signed into law by President Obama, allowed for such relief. Ensuring Flint gets the resources it needs to recover from this man-made crisis continues to be one of my top priorities.”

August 1, 2017 Press Release

“I welcome today’s announcement that Michigan State University will receive federal funds to establish a lead registry for Flint families. A lead registry is a critical step to ensuring Flint residents exposed to lead during the crisis get the health care and other resources needed to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. I commend Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her colleagues for their work and continued research through Michigan State University and the Hurley Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative in Flint.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

“The Republican health care bill is deeply flawed, terribly unpopular and incredibly dangerous. Millions of Americans will lose health care and other families will face skyrocketing costs if Republicans succeed in their repeal efforts. Republicans should drop their obsession with repeal and work with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act.”