FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, held a water delegation meeting with those affected by the water crisis Saturday afternoon, pushing his plan to send more money to flint.
Kildee referred to the city’s current state as a “human tragedy.” With his colleagues at his side, the congressman expressed his frustrations with the state, saying it has failed the people of Flint and that the response so far as not been enough.
Last week, Kildee introduced a hefty legislation with a $765 million price-tag. He said the act would provide the city with federal resources that would be able to fix the infrastructure. The Flint native said the lead surface lines must be pulled out and replaced in order to give Flint residents surety that their water would be safe to drink again.
“People in Flint are strong people,” he said. “We can get through this — we will get through this. All we need are the resources to get through this crisis.”
Taking jabs at Gov. Rick Snyder, the congressman also said the governor’s apologies do not mean much when he isn’t taking action to fix the problem.
“The kind of immediacy of response, and urgency of response that you would expect in America to see for a crisis of this type is not being provided by those who have the resources to provide it,” Kildee said. “That’s a shame.”