Rep. Elissa Slotkin Calls for Robust Funding for Michigan’s Road, Water Infrastructure

May 2, 2019
Press Release
“Michigan is going to be the first state in the country to have to grapple with the existential question of whether clean water out of our taps is a right or privilege. And I believe it is a right.”

WASHINGTON  -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) testified yesterday before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the critical need for robust federal funding to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads, and to make important upgrades in our water systems to ensure clean water for every Michigander.

 

Slotkin cited the poor state of Michigan’s roads, lead and PFAS contamination, and the need to clearly explain how Congress will pay for infrastructure funding during her testimony as she urged the committee to act.

 

You can watch the testimony here.

 

“Infrastructure, particularly when it comes to the state of Michigan’s roads, is one of our most critical and most bipartisan issues in Michigan’s 8th district and across our state,” Slotkin said. “In Michigan, we desperately need federal investment in our roads and water infrastructure to accomplish the hard work of repairing these systems to last.”

 

Slotkin stressed the need to consider Michigan’s water infrastructure challenges in infrastructure funding legislation.

 

“Addressing our roads and bridges literally scratches the surface of the infrastructure challenges we’re facing in Michigan. It’s also the infrastructure that we can’t see: our water infrastructure,” Slotkin said. “I live 15 minutes from Flint, Michigan. And I just want to put on the record that I think Michigan is going to be the first state in the country to have to grapple with the existential question of whether clean water out of our taps is a right or privilege. And I believe it is a right. We have contaminated systems, we have corroded pipes. It is directly threatening the safety and security of our families.”

 

In her testimony, Slotkin highlighted the issue of PFAS, citing 34 sites in her district where high levels of PFAS have been detected, including 5 schools.

 

“We need to start thinking of environmental security the way we think of homeland security. It is about the safety and security of our families, and the preservation of our way of life. And I consider, in particular, our water systems a security threat.”

 

“I will urge everyone on the committee to please do more than what we did last Congress which is to explain how we’re going to pay for it. Having another bill that doesn’t explain the clear payment, I believe means we have abrogated our responsibility as a Congress.”

 

“I’d ask this committee as well as our senior leadership here in Washington to consider Michigan as you undergo your work moving forward. Our residents in the 8th district are counting on you all, and I really appreciate the opportunity to speak,” Slotkin concluded.