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  • Breaking: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Refuses Request From Congress To Testify On Flint Water Crisis

    GOP Governor Second To Refuse Testimony Request From Congress

    Rick Snyder will not be in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The Republican governor of Michigan has other plans and has just refused a request from Democrats to testify before Congress on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which he and his administration created. Thousands of children likely have lead poisoning and the entire city is unable to use water they are paying for to drink, bath, or wash.

    Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton says the governor will be busy Wednesday, presenting his annual budget, as The Hill reports.

    "To date, Congress has not heard testimony from you on the Flint water crisis," House Democrats from the Steering and Policy Committee wrote on February 4 in a letter to Snyder. "Unfortunately, a prior Congressional hearing this week did not include top state officials, including emergency financial managers appointed by you to run the city of Flint. Seeing how it was your administration’s decisions that led to this public health crisis, including Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law, we believe it is important to hear testimony from you on this matter."

    “The ongoing Flint water crisis is a terrible tragedy,” the letter, signed by Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards, And Dan Kildee added. “As the governor of the state of Michigan, the families of Flint and all Americans deserve to hear testimony directly from you on how this man-made crisis happened, and what is being done at the state level to make it right.”

    In a statement responding to Snyder's refusal, Rep. Kildee said that "Governor Snyder's refusal to show up and testify is deeply disappointing. His administration's policies led to this man-made crisis and he needs to answer questions so that the whole truth can be found."

    Last week, a different House Committee issued a subpoena to the emergency manager whom Snyder appointed to oversee Flint. Darnell Earley was the Flint emergency manager during the time the water was switched. Last week he refused a congressional subpoena to testify. The House said it would have federal marshals "hunt him down." 


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    • commented 2016-02-09 14:11:01 -0500

    • commented 2016-02-09 12:48:20 -0500
      What a POS! While the Flint crisis is going on, they’re passing unconstitutional sodomy laws. Our next governor has got some work to do when he’s finally out of office for good. I honestly think that this last election was rigged, Mark Schauer should be our governor at this time. I knew too many people that were NOT voting for this POS, they were going to vote for Schauer.

    • commented 2016-02-09 09:51:03 -0500
      I think The U.S. Marshals should be standing on the Steps with a new (more persuasive) “Invitation”. That way he can’t “duck out”, as we know where he will be :)

    • commented 2016-02-09 08:35:39 -0500
      So a failure to appear? That’s jail time in most states. I know i would be arrested if i was to fail to show up for a speeding ticket. What makes him special? Leave this option open

    • commented 2016-02-09 01:49:09 -0500
      Not sure how he thinks his budget address is more important than meeting with Congress. I think he is a ball less piece of shit. He will be in front of the Feds eventually and will be ripped a new asshole. Make his and his cronies families drink Flint water for the same amount of time those citizens had to. Any eye for an eye. You know those “good Christian” Pubes love the Bible.

    • commented 2016-02-08 21:06:44 -0500
      Why haaven’t they already sent the US Marshalls to bring them in? Congress is only sending the message that they are weak and a subpoena from them means no more than an invitation to a BYOB party.

    • commented 2016-02-08 18:08:57 -0500
      Once again Congress is shown to be toothless and ineffective. Get the US Marshals Service to wait outside the Chamber when he delivers that budget speech and pick him up right afterwards.
      He’s lost all his status as Governor, let’s not let him thumb his nose at one of the three branches of government that SUPPOSEDLY rule our country.

    • commented 2016-02-08 17:27:48 -0500
      I’m thinkin’ that a visit from The U.S. Marshals could deliver another invitation in person.

    • commented 2016-02-08 15:00:54 -0500
      I agree 100 %

    • commented 2016-02-08 12:44:10 -0500
      They should all be arrested and brought in chains! How can the people responsible for this get away with not testifying?! At this point, I would not give them a choice. Show up or be arrested on the spot!

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