Snyder hasn’t been invited to testify before Congress

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder has not been invited to testify before Congress on Flint’s lead-contamination water crisis, his spokesman said Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence’s office suggested Thursday in a published report that Snyder would be called to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the water contamination crisis in Flint that is consuming Snyder’s administration.

“We have received no communication from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding a possible hearing and look forward to hearing from its leaders,” Snyder spokesman Dave Murray told The Detroit News. “The governor is working to resolve the Flint water crisis, which is the result of missteps of government at all levels – local, state and federal.”

A spokesman for the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform said no hearing has been formally scheduled.

“The details being discussed surrounding a hearing on the Flint water crisis are entirely premature,” the committee spokesman said in an email to The News. “There are no confirmed details at this time, particularly with respect to a date or witness invitations.”

Lawrence, the Southfield Democrat who is the ranking member on the panel’s Subcommittee on the Interior, requested the hearing a week ago.

“This public health crisis was caused by state and local officials, who made tragically bad decisions with the drinking water of Flint,” Lawrence said in a Jan. 14 statement. “Congressional oversight is needed to set things right, on behalf of the people of Flint and on behalf of future generations. Anything less than that would demonstrate gross negligence in providing the services that our constituents need and deserve.”

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