Gov. Snyder to Congress: I want to testify about Flint water crisis


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

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.

  • archiebird

    The ‘all levels of government’ line is the new talking point from the TWO PR FIRMS he hired to help him spin his complete and utter man made failure.

  • archiebird

    The ‘all levels of government’ line is the new talking point from the TWO PR FIRMS he hired to help him spin his complete and utter man made failure.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    In order to get this box of crap ola down my throat, I am to believe that ” All levels of Government ” failed the people of flint? it is more like ” All levels of his staff did their best to cover up and distance their self`s ” from this environmental nightmare. Look Snyder, you and you alone are at fault in this massive poisoning of the city of Flint,Michigan. The truly sad statement is if you were just Honest about it from the start you would have so much help right now it would make your head spin. But you couldn`t do that could you sport. the more you lie, the worse this smells. your finished and your to stupid to see it.

  • morpheus1994

    Funny how it’s now ALL levels of government that are responsible for this failure. But he forgot that he took all the authority from the local levels of government with that illegal power grab EM law that they rammed down the throats of the Citizens of Michigan after we voted that BS down. And then they had the audacity to make it ‘referendum-proof’ with a legal sleight-of-hand! Now he wants to point the finger at everybody else. The only person that the EM reports to is him! So he’s directly responsible for Flint, regardless of claims that he didn’t know or about when he found out about it. Both are ‘red herrings’ because he’s the one that’s responsible.

  • Klann Killa

    Of course he’s ready to testify, after having heavy hitters like Trusscott Rossman (PR firm) in his ear ALL WEEK, if he said he assassinated President Lincoln it would be believable. Un-f-ckin-real. ?