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Gov. Snyder asks to testify about water crisis

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Gov. Rick Snyder says he has asked the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for the opportunity to testify about the Flint water crisis.

Snyder’s office says the governor called Congressman Jason Chaffetz on Thursday, offering to travel to Washington, DC for a future hearing. Snyder said he’ll testify about how local, state and federal governments combined to fail the people of Flint. Snyder also says he will explain mistakes made by water quality experts that lead to the current crisis, and will detail the emergency response in place to help residents recover.

“The people of Flint have suffered because they were failed by all levels of government, and so it is understandable that there are questions at all levels of government,” Snyder said. “In Michigan we are learning a great deal from this crisis and I am hopeful the federal government also will use this as an opportunity to examine health and safety protections in place, assess infrastructure needs, and avoid this type of crisis in the future.”

Chaffetz said he appreciates Snyder's willingness to appear and also looks forward to Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy's testimony, although no date for the hearing has been set.

Snyder declined an invitation to testify at a hearing on Wednesday before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, saying he had to deliver the 2017 Fiscal Year budget to the legislature.

Snyder last fall appointed an independent task force to identify where specific failures occurred within state government. Their report is expected in the coming weeks.

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