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Snyder Likely To Be Called Back Before Congress Over Flint Water Crisis

Snyder's second term as Michigan's governor is almost up.

November 30, 2018 - 5:33 pm
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WWJ -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has just one month left in his second term as the state's governor, but reports Friday say that Snyder may be called back to testify before Washington lawmakers about the Flint water crisis even after he term is up in the New Year.

Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings, who is expected to be the new chair of the House Oversight Committee, says he’s not done with Flint and that he will likely bring Gov. Snyder back before Congress after Democrats retake control of the House in the New Year.

Cummings was among Demoncrats that aggressively questioned Snyder when he appeared before Congress back in March 2016.

“You cannot be trusted, and I’ve got to tell you, you need to resign,” Cummings said at the time.

While Synder's office declined comments Friday on the prospects of a return visit, WWJ’s Jon Hewett did have a chance to ask Snyder about Flint at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon earlier in November.

“We had multiple failures at the local, state and federal levels in terms of people making errors," Snyder said. "And the point is, we tried to respond strongly, and we did.”

As chair of the Oversight Committee, Cummings would have subpoena power and the authority to call hearings.

Snyder told WWJ at the luncheon he felt that progress has been made in Flint and "we learned lessons from it." He says Michigan is the nation's leader in "addressing things like PFAS."

When told that many Michiganders feel the work is not done in Flint and asked about the end of supplying bottled water to the city, Snyder said the city is responsible.

“Again, the city’s responsible for replacing the lead service lines," Snyder said. "You can run it through a filter in other cases, so you don’t need bottled water, is my understanding.”

When he testified before Congress two years ago, Cummings and other Democrats called for Synder to resign.