Pelosi Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of the Emergency Declaration in Flint, Michigan
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement marking the 2nd anniversary of President Obama’s Emergency Declaration following the Flint water crisis:
“Two years after President Obama issued an emergency declaration to address the catastrophic Flint water crisis, the disaster sadly remains far from over. Thousands of children are still required to drink bottled water, and countless families continue to live under a cloud of fear and uncertainty about the impacts of years of lead exposure. The Americans caught in this unconscionable, man-made catastrophe continue to need critical services such as high-quality health care and educational services, as well as resources to continue monitoring the safety of their water supply and the health of their children.
“In 2016, under the leadership of Flint-native Congressman Dan Kildee, Congress passed a necessary, bipartisan aid package to bring assistance to the people of Flint. Today, as water systems and other critical infrastructure reach the end of their lifespans, Democrats and Republicans must work together to swiftly pass a robust infrastructure initiative to safeguard the health, safety and confidence of communities around the country.
“While progress slowly advances to address the disaster in Flint, its long-term consequences will continue to be a challenge to the conscience of the country. Democrats remain steadfast in our commitment to honoring our responsibility to the children of Flint, and families across the country, by ensuring critical investments in vital infrastructure and making sure that no family ever has to live in fear of turning on the tap again.”
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