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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 8, 2019 Press Release

Kildee Supports H.R. 1, Putting Power Back in the Hands of People, Not Special Interests

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded action in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act. This bill expands voting rights for Americans, reduces the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures that public officials work for the people, not special interests.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Bipartisan Bill Would Close Loopholes and Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales, Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Dangerous Criminals and Domestic Abusers

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Social Security 2100 Act will Strengthen Social Security, Increase Benefits, Cut Taxes for Seniors

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced the Social Security 2100 Act, which increases Social Security’s benefits while making the system financially strong through the end of the century. Kildee, a member of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, joined Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and over 200 other Members of Congress in introducing this landmark legislation.

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Lead Action Plan that fails to address important measures

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Grant Will Help to Identify and Remove Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Flint Homes

December 18, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after the Department of Justice issued a regulation banning bump stocks under the National Firearms Act of 1934:

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Bipartisan Bill Doubles Funding for a Program Supporting Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks and Prevents Cuts to Food Assistance for Michigan Families

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Farm Bill that included his legislation to expand access to healthy and locally-grown fruits and vegetables in Michigan and prevent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Legislation Funds $50 Million to Search for PFAS in Water, Soil and Air

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help identify sites in Michigan and across the U.S. that may contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are toxic chemicals that are a threat to public health.

December 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement on the lame duck session of the Michigan Legislature, where Republicans are pushing legislation to limit the powers of incoming democratically-elected officeholders, as well as actions to limit the use of science when cleaning up toxic chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS):

December 4, 2018 Press Release

Kildee Annually Nominates High School Seniors for Prestigious Service Academies

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced his nominations for the U.S. service academies for the class of 2023. Members of Congress annually nominate students from their district to attend service academies and, if selected, these students will receive a free education and earn a commission in the U.S. military or be selected to serve in the maritime industry.