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Washington spotlight focuses again on Flint water crisis

Feb 21, 2016

A forklift at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan moves a pallet of bottled water onto a pickup truck.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Flint’s drinking water crisis is getting more attention from Washington.

Two senior members of Congress are due in Flint Monday.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings are the latest members of Congress to visit Flint in recent weeks.   

They will be joined by Michigan representatives Dan Kildee, D-Flint; Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; and Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield.

They will meet with Flint business leaders and get a briefing from federal officials on what’s being done to address Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water.

Congress has stalled a proposal to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to repair Flint’s broken water system and treat residents poisoned by lead that leached from pipes into their drinking water.