By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Gov. Rick Snyder said today he wants to testify before a Republican-led congressional committee to explain how “all levels of government” failed to protect Flint residents from being poisoned by drinking water.
The decision comes less than a week after Snyder declined to testify before the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Snyder, who is fighting for his political career, notified the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today that he wants to testify “to explain how the local, state and federal governments combined to fail the people of Flint.”
Although Snyder has repeatedly cut environmental funding, the Republican said he wants to discuss recommendations to prevent a similar crisis from occurring.
“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.”
The Republican-led committee didn’t invite Snyder to testify during the first hearing on Feb. 3, drawing criticism from Democrats.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.