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Detroit Free Press: Snyder to be invited to testify before Congress

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to be invited to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 on the Flint water crisis and response.

This would be the first congressional inquiry into the levels of high lead that were found in the city’s water system. Although it’s unclear whether it will be a full committee or subcommittee hearing.

But David Murray, Press Secretary for Snyder tells TV5:

We have received no communication from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding a possible hearing and look forward to hearing from its leaders. 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. Governor continues to work to bring resources to help Flint residents now and long into the future, and appreciates the support of our partners in Congress as we move forward.

President Obama declared an emergency designation in the wake of the crisis, but Gov. Rick Snyder has again requested a federal disaster declaration after it was initially turned down.  

The Detroit Free Press is also reporting that Dr. Mona Hanna-Atissha, the pediatric doctor whose findings on elevated lead levels in children’s blood sparked an investigation, and Virginia Tech Professor Mark Edwards, who lead a team to study the level of lead in the city will also be invited.

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