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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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October 13, 2017 Press Release

“President Trump's actions are pushing health insurance premiums higher in Michigan. By ending cost-sharing payments that help to lower premiums for Michigan families, the President is actively undermining our health care system and causing instability in the marketplace. President Trump's premium increases will affect hundreds of thousands of Michiganders, who in some cases could see nearly 60 percent year-over-year increases in the cost of premiums.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

“Either Governor Snyder or one of his top aides is not telling the truth. The people of Flint have lost faith in their government because of this crisis. The only way we can begin to restore their trust is by getting to the truth.

“I have spoken to Ranking Member Cummings and received his assurance that the committee would continue to pursue answers and get to the truth.”


October 12, 2017 Press Release

“I am pleased that the Oversight Committee has taken swift action to look into the Governor’s conflicting statements. I have spoken with both Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings and they agree that misleading Congress is a very serious offense.

“Flint families deserve to know the truth about when the Governor first learned of the Legionnaires’ outbreak. Justice for Flint families comes in many forms, including holding those in state government who created the crisis accountable.”


October 12, 2017 Press Release

“President Trump is actively undermining our health care system and causing instability in the marketplace. President Trump’s latest actions to sabotage our health care system will mean higher premiums for working families. Today’s Executive Order allows health insurance companies to offer junk health care plans with few benefits. It is health insurance in name only – it does not provide affordable or quality care.

October 7, 2017 Press Release

“Mr. Hollins’ testimony raises concerning questions about the Governor’s statements that need to be answered. I have already spoken to the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and asked that the committee immediately look into these conflicting statements. I am confident that the committee will look into this matter right away and get to the truth.

“People have to tell the truth when they testify before Congress. No one is above the law and misleading Congress is a very serious offense.”


October 5, 2017 Press Release

$1 Million Federal Grant to Hamilton Community Health Network to Bring Community Partners and Law Enforcement Together to Improve Neighborhood Safety

October 3, 2017 Press Release

“Simply put, partisan gerrymandering is dangerous to our democracy. Voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around. It is wrong to manipulate districts to favor one particular political party, which denies Americans the right to fair representation. That is why I have joined with Republicans and Democrats in filing an amicus brief with the High Court asking them to abolish partisan gerrymandering.

September 27, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Congressman John Conyers (MI-13), Congressman Sander Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement today before the state of Michigan is set to approve health care premium rate increases. Due to President Trump’s lack of support of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies and resulting uncertainty in the marketplace, insurance companies are requesting even higher rate increases.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today, along with other Democrats, supported a rarely used procedural move in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to force a vote on the bipartisan bill that would permanently protect young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children – commonly known as DREAMers – and allow them to remain in the country legally.

September 25, 2017 Press Release

“Republicans are attempting to rush through a bill that would mean millions of Americans lose insurance while other families face higher costs for worse care. The Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill allows insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and guts Medicaid, including the successful Healthy Michigan plan. Under this dangerous bill, insurance companies would be allowed to offer plans that cover fewer benefits, while charging sick and older Americans more for coverage.