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Congressional Democrats hear testimony on water crisis

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Congressional Democrats heard testimony from several key players in the Flint water crisis.

That includes Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha from Hurley Medical Center, and Flint School Superintendent Bilal Tawwab.

One person not at the witness table: Gov. Rick Snyder. 

A fact committee members wasted no time pointing out, particularly by Rep. Dan Kildee.

"We have a lot questions.  And it's disappointing that the governor of the state of Michigan is not here to answer questions from his point of view," Kildee said. "We've provided plenty of opportunity for him to do so and he has yet to take us up on that."

The five witnesses that did appear spoke about the lead contamination gripping the city's water supply, and what needs to be done to fix it.

Hanna-Attisha and Weaver both made pleas to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee asking for help in righting this wrong.

“As a pediatrician, my job is to take care of the kid in front of me,” Hanna-Attisha said. “But my job is to make sure they have the brightest future ahead of them. And it is my ethical, my moral, my professional responsibility to make sure that they still have the brightest future ahead of them, but we need your help.”

Weaver said, "I implore you on behalf of the citizens of Flint to help us restore our city and rebuild trust and confidence in our government.  I submit to you that we are not disposable people."

The committee also announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the use of funds through the women, infants and children program to pay for lead testing of children in Flint.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing on the Flint water crisis sometime next month.

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