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Dan Kildee

Dan Kildee
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Dan Kildee is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan's 5th District as the Democratic candidate.

(Scroll below to see all the Michigan Radio stories he's been mentioned in.)

As part of our election coverage, we asked all the major-party candidates running for Congress the same questions.

4 Questions for Dan Kildee

1) What is the most important issue facing your district?

The most important issue facing my district is the water crisis in my hometown, Flint. The people of Flint have not had access to safe drinking water from their tap for over two years and they deserve justice. There are many forms of justice, one of them is making it right for the people of Flint. The state, having created this man-made crisis, needs to step up in a big way with more resources.

There are other critical priorities that I fight for everyday like growing our economy and creating good-paying jobs, including by rebuilding America’s roads, bridges and infrastructure; investing in education to ensure that every child -- no matter their zip code-- has the opportunity for a quality, affordable education, including higher education; and supporting America’s cities and towns so that we can build strong neighborhoods and safe communities, from Flint to Oscoda.

2) How do you plan to address it?

I’m fighting to ensure Congress acts to send federal aid to Flint. After a year of fighting, we made progress with bipartisan votes in the House and Senate supporting Flint aid. I’m working with Senators Stabenow and Peters to make sure Flint aid becomes law.

The federal government has provided more than $280 million for Flint from supplying bottled water and filters to expanding Medicaid. There is more work to do, and I believe that the state needs to step up to ensure that Flint has the resources to fully recover.

Additionally, we have a lot to do to grow our economy, fix broken infrastructure and ensure every child has access to a quality, affordable education. Whether it’s our economy, infrastructure or education, we must always be looking forward. We must have bold ideas that focus on new technologies and industries to ensure our vibrant and diverse communities succeed.

3) What book or movie have you seen/read recently that you would recommend

I recently read A Problem from Hell by Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. I greatly admire Ambassador Power and had the honor of working with her to bring my constituent,  Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, home from wrongful imprisonment in Iran. I’m proud to say that today Amir is home in Flint because of the tenacious diplomatic efforts of people like Ambassador Power who fought for years to reunite Amir with his family.

A Problem from Hell addresses the danger of indifference and inaction when it comes to genocide. The book tells the incredible story of people who worked to advance human rights and dignity. And it serves as a cautionary tale that history will not view kindly those who overlook human suffering and violence and that mankind has a responsibility to assuage these terrible ills when possible.

4) If you don't win the election, what will you do?

As I see it, I’ve always had the same job, sometimes with a different job title.  Whether it was my first job as a social worker at Whaley Children’s Center, serving on the Flint School Board, my time as Genesee County Treasurer or as CEO of the Center for Community Progress, my job has always been fighting for communities and people that have been forgotten or left behind.  I did it in my hometown of Flint working to revitalize neighborhoods as County Treasurer and I did it for older industrial cities across the county at the Center for Community Progress. If the people of the fifth district decided they didn’t want me to keep the title of Member of Congress, I’d find other ways to keep fighting for Flint, Saginaw, and communities like it across the state and nation.

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Today on Stateside, Senate Republicans have developed a proposal for COVID stimulus that would, most notably, reduce unemployment benefits from the federal government from $600 a week to $200 a week. We talk about the pushback and potential consequences. Plus, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry. Will fine dining survive?

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The clock is ticking on federal unemployment benefits. While states provide most of the money, the federal government has been kicking in $600 extra in monthly payments. 

Senate Republicans have developed a proposal for COVID stimulus that would, most notably, reduce the federal unemployment benefits from $600 a week to $200 a week. Democrats in the House say that's a non starter. Represntative Dan Kildee, Democrat representing Michigan's 5th congressional district joined Stateside to discuss the proposals. 

Former Wurtsmith AFB, Oscoda, Michigan (file photo)
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The Air Force met with Oscoda residents on Wednesday to discuss plans for how they'll use millions of dollars earmarked for cleanup of the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.

The former airbase has been a known source of PFAs pollution for nearly 10 years, leading to “do not eat” advisories for local wildlife and warnings posted around the local lake.

PFAs are a family of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems found at sites across the state, including at Wurtsmith.

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A Michigan congressman wants to see the United States Air Force focus more on cleaning up PFAS contamination at a former Air Force base in northern Michigan.

Representative Dan Kildee (D-Flint) says there's been too much focus on studying the problem.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint.
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Today on Stateside, Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee talks about COVID-19 aid and his top priorities for future stimulus bills. Plus, how a recent presidential immigration order affects those seeking green cards. And, Michigan author Jeni McFarland shares her take on small-town life in her debut novel The House of Deep Water.

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U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) says President Donald Trump is shortchanging the nation's response to coronavirus, and treating it like a public relations problem instead of a public health crisis.

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Activists are wary of declaring total victory after plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the Canadian shore of Lake Huron were voted down Friday.  

Members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation overwhelmingly voted against Ontario Power Generation’s plan to create a Deep Geologic Repository for low and intermediate nuclear waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron.

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A Michigan representative is hoping to rally support for federal legislation to rein in prescription drug prices.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) met with patients and staff at a Flint area diabetes clinic this week. He was there to hear their stories and to promote the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.   

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A former Republican state lawmaker plans to challenge Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee this fall.

Tim Kelly says he plans to launch his campaign soon for the GOP nomination in the 5th Congressional District.  

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Members of Michigan’s congressional delegate want more information about what happens next after a military strike this week that killed a top Iranian general. 

Democratic U.S. Representative for Michigan's 5th congressional district Dan Kildee and former Republican State Representative Paul Hillegonds in the Stateside studio
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Today on Stateside,  Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) explains how she’s approaching the historic impeachment vote in the House tomorrow. If the vote passes, Donald Trump will be the third president to be impeached in American history. Plus, with only two weeks left in the decade, we look back at how the last ten years have impacted our state.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that looks to address PFAS contamination near military bases.

The National Defense Authorization Act has provisions in it that would require the Department of Defense to treat contaminated water that's used for agriculture.

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Congressman Dan Kildee says he's disappointed that the Trump administration wants the president to veto a bill that would address PFAS contamination.

The Trump administration released a statement this week recommending that President Donald Trump veto the annual defense authorization bill. The bill has provisions that would require the Department of Defense to treat contaminated water that's used for agriculture.

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A bipartisan delegation of Michigan lawmakers from Congress are in Chicago today at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. The delegation is there to see the facility and discuss possible solutions to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Brandon Road Lock and Dam is considered by many to be the last line of defense from preventing carp from entering the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers released a plan in May that proposed a number of deterrents to meet the carp as they swim through the waterway, including noisemakers, electric currents, and an air bubble curtain. Huge populations of Asian carp, particularly bighead and silver carp, are reported to be only four miles from the dam.

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Rep. Dan Kildee [D-Flint] says unity among House Democrats is threatened by divisions over whether to pursue an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump.

The House Democratic Caucus held a conference call Monday to discuss whether to pursue impeachment.

Part of Kildee’s job as Deputy Party Whip is to marshal unity among his Democratic colleagues.

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Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) is urging legislators to invest more money in cleaning up PFAS pollution at military bases across the country.

Kildee testified Tuesday before Congress.

He says a study from the Government Accountability Office finds more than 400 military sites in the U.S. have "known or potential releases of PFAS after decades of using firefighting foam."

“Clearly the GAO study shows that this is not only impacting my district, but lots of districts all around the country,” Kildee said.

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Today on Stateside, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) tells us about a newly-introduced House bill that aims to improve the Affordable Care Act, even as the Trump Administration is pushing to repeal the health care law. Plus, how the adoption system is failing children with darker skin, and how to fix it. 

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A Defense Department official told a congressional committee that cleaning up PFAS contamination at current and former military bases carries a hefty price tag.

The former Wurtsmith Air Force base.
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Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow want to help veterans who were exposed to industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

That’s why they introduced legislation September 28 to help those veterans and their families get the healthcare they need.

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A dozen members of Congress received an update Friday on the Flint water crisis.

The group, all Democrats, met with city residents and inspected a pipe replacement project on the city’s north side.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says they remained committed to helping Flint recover.

“It’s not just about Flint and water,” Pelosi told reporters as she stood next to an open pit where crews were replacing a lead service line. “It’s about our responsibilities to each other in our country to make the future better.”

This map shows areas of concern in the Oscoda area.  PFAs has been slowly spreading for the former U.S. Air Force base for decades.
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Several Michigan members of Congress are sending a letter to the Trump administration requesting stronger safeguards for dangerous chemicals in drinking water.

A recent Harvard study found six million Americans are drinking water contaminated with a group of chemicals,  per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS.

The chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of liver damage and pregnancy problems, among other health issues.

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Michigan members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle visited a refugee foster care facility in Grand Rapids today.

Democrats Debbie Dingell and Dan Kildee, along with Republican Bill Huizenga are urging the Trump administration to speed up the process of reuniting families separated at the southern border.

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Flint Democrat Dan Kildee says it’s time for Congress to act to prevent future mass shootings.

By one count, there have been more than 150 mass shootings in the United States this year, including the recent deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

“This is just becoming almost insanity,” says Kildee (D-Flint), “and Congress just completely fails to act.”

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A report on the dangers of PFAS exposure that was suppressed by the EPA was released today.

The report details the health effects of PFAS and recommends the advisory level for these chemicals be made stricter.

Emails that surfaced last month found that the EPA feard a "public relations nightmare" would ensue once the report was made public. 

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The marketplace increase for Michigan health insurance premiums in 2019 is expected to be $1,520, according to a report released by the Center for American Progress Tuesday morning.

Detainees being housed inside fenced rooms at a government facility.
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The Trump administration's zero-tolerance border policy has meant some 2,000 migrant children have been taken away from their families.

Families Belong Together protest in Columbus, Ohio.
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The Trump administration has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward anyone caught crossing the United States border. As a result, in the past six weeks alone, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and put in government custody or foster care.

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Water advocacy groups in Michigan concerned about PFAS contamination want Scott Pruitt to resign as head of EPA.

This week, emails surfaced detailing the EPA’s decision to hide a report on the danger of chemicals known as PFAS.

According to the emails, the report was kept under wraps to avoid a “public relations nightmare.”

Chris Coulon, a member of the group Need Our Water – or NOW – says Scott Pruitt should not be allowed to head the EPA after hiding this information from the public.

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A group of lawmakers wants more federal money to address drinking water contamination around the state.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters included money for PFAS contamination in their latest budget bill.

The family of toxic chemicals, known as PFAS, have been linked to certain forms of cancer as well as other health issues.

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Michigan congressional leaders are asking the EPA about the status of an investigation into the causes of the Flint water crisis.

The EPA Office of Inspector General launched its investigation in January 2016 into the causes of the crisis that exposed the people of Flint to lead-tainted tap water and other health threats.

However more than two years later, the full report has still not been released.

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