Snyder to testify before Congress on Flint

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 3:10pm

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on his actions relating to the Flint water crisis.

The hearing, which has not yet been scheduled, will also feature EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a slate of former state officials and water experts. 

In a press release, Snyder said he requested to testify because he wants the opportunity to explain the mistakes the state government made that led to the crisis.

“The people of Flint have suffered because they were failed by all levels of government, and so it is understandable that there are questions at all levels of government,” he said. “In Michigan we are learning a great deal from this crisis and I am hopeful the federal government also will use this as an opportunity to examine health and safety protections in place, assess infrastructure needs, and avoid this type of crisis in the future.”

Snyder was not called to testify at the first Flint water hearing earlier in February despite requests made to the committee chairman by multiple House Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D–Flint) to have him there. Earlier this week, Snyder declined an invitation made by Kildee, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D–Conn.) and U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D–Md.) to appear before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Kildee said in a press release he is glad to see Snyder appear before Congress.

“I am glad to see that Governor Snyder has agreed to testify under oath about the Flint water crisis after declining multiple requests to appear before Congress,” he said. “The governor’s administration and his state-appointed emergency financial managers created this crisis and he must answer questions so that the whole truth can be found. Flint families deserve answers from the governor and immediate solutions from the state about what is being done to make things right for the people of Flint.”

Multiple protests have been organized calling for Snyder’s resignation, as many believe Snyder is negligent of the crisis and should be held responsible. The Board of State Canvassers approved a petition to recall Snyder on Monday over a separate issue, though many rejected petitions were submitted over his actions in Flint.