2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) offered an amendment to H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, designed to provide federal financial assistance to the city of Flint, Michigan, which suffered a public health crisis after decisions to switch the city’s drinking water supply caused toxic lead to leach from pipes into the water. For over two years, Flint residents have lacked access to clean water and have been waiting for government aid to help deal with the impacts of lead poisoning, particularly for the city’s over 8,000 children who may experience serious and permanent health problems such as behavioral and neurological disorders. The Kildee amendment would authorize $170 million in funding to repair or replace water infrastructure in Flint and would assist the city in recovering from this crisis. On September 28, the House passed the Kildee amendment by a vote of 284-141-1 (House roll call vote 570). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Kildee amendment providing the city of Flint with $170 million in funding to address their public health crisis was ultimately included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 16.