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Flint's mayor heading to Washington D.C. to lobby for funding

Sep 12, 2016

Tomorrow, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will be in Washington D.C. asking for federal help with the city’s lead tainted tap water.

Weaver says she’s scheduled to meet with Michigan’s congressional delegation.   

She says she’ll give the lawmakers an update on Flint’s lead service line replacement program and other needs.

Recently an EPA official predicted Flint residents might have to use water filters for at least another year because of the lingering lead problem. Weaver says that opinion should strengthen Flint’s case for federal funds.

“A lot of people that use filters use them because they want to. They choose to. Not because they have to,” says Weaver. “We shouldn’t be in a situation where that’s what we still have to do.” 

Federal aid to Flint has been held up in Congress, though the aid package may get passed by the end of the year.

Rep. Fred Upton is a senior Republican congressman.  The southwest Michigan representative says Flint is a top priority for Congress this fall.  But he adds any action on Flint funding may have to wait until after the November election.