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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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March 22, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill includes funding to address ongoing drinking water contamination issues in communities across Michigan. The appropriations bill now goes before the full House and Senate. The lawmakers:

March 21, 2018 Press Release

Winner Will Have Their Artwork on Display in U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) announced today that the 2018 Congressional Art Competition has begun, encouraging all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the Fifth Congressional District to submit artwork for the competition.

March 6, 2018 Press Release

Lawmakers Seek Information on Causes of the Flint Water Crisis

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters today sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins asking for an update on when their investigation of the Flint water crisis will be completed and released to the public.

March 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today on the passing of former State Representative and community leader Maxine Berman:

February 22, 2018 Press Release

In the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today appeared on CNN once again urging Congress to act immediately on common sense legislation to prevent gun violence.

February 20, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump signaled his support to close the dangerous bump stock loophole, which Kildee has advocated to close for months:

February 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure proposal:

February 6, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after the death of former Michigan Congressman Joe Knollenberg:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Knollenberg, a true public servant. Whether serving our country in the military or representing the people of southeast Michigan, Joe worked every day to better the lives of Michiganders. 

“Jennifer and I extend our condolences to his wife Sandie and the Knollenberg family during this difficult time.”



January 26, 2018 Press Release

Pastor Hawkins Lost Two Sons to Shootings, Has Since Worked to Decrease Gun Violence in the Community

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has invited Flint Pastor Jeffery Hawkins to be his guest at next week’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after Michigan State University announced the opening of the Flint Registry, a new community resource to help connect Flint families with resources to recover from the ongoing water crisis: