Dan Kildee

‘All hands on deck’: Stabenow works to build another blue wave in Michigan

BY: - October 16, 2020

Michigan Democrats were stung by now-President Trump’s surprise victory in 2016 and have vowed not to have a repeat this year.  The 2018 midterms have given many officials hope that the state can stay blue, as Democrat Gretchen Whitmer notched a big win for governor and others flipped seats up and down the ballot. Michigan’s […]

Updated: Trump tests positive for COVID-19, Biden tests negative

BY: and - October 2, 2020

This story will continue to be updated. Last update: 12:26 pm., 10/2/20 President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, throwing the presidential campaign into a new uproar. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted. Late […]

Michigan says $600M will be used to settle some Flint water crisis lawsuits 

BY: - August 20, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday that the state is making a preliminary $600 million settlement with Flint residents who were adversely affected when the city’s water source was switched in 2014. Six years ago, while under state emergency management during the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, the city […]

Residents worry about delayed ballots, medications amid Postal Service cuts 

BY: - August 20, 2020

A prolonged mail delivery slowdown worries Valerie Madison. The Detroit resident is diabetic who relies on insulin that arrives at her North Rosedale Park home via U.S mail. Madison is also a regular voter who has no interest in visiting a polling location during the COVID-19 crisis. She said she would prefer to mail her […]

COMMENTARY

Rep. Kildee: Unemployment benefits are a lifeline for millions and they must be extended

BY: - August 7, 2020

COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, and Michigan is being hit especially hard.  So far, over 6,000 people across our state have tragically lost their lives and over two million fellow Michiganders have lost their jobs from this terrible virus. The pandemic is a public health crisis that has also created an economic crisis […]

Senate Republicans pursue benefits pay cut for jobless, adjourn without action

BY: - July 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal for a fifth […]

Dan Kildee is ‘only moving up the ladder.’ So what’s next?

BY: - July 6, 2020

Dan Kildee is no stranger to leading during a crisis. After all, the Flint Democrat had been in Congress for just a couple years when the Flint water crisis began. “That was one of those moments where I knew why I was there. I knew exactly why I was in Congress,” Kildee said in an […]

Michigan lawmakers make another push to crack down on PFAS

BY: - July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — After suffering a stinging setback last year, federal lawmakers from Michigan and other states are making another push to crack down on a widespread class of “forever chemicals” linked to cancer and other serious health problems. Several are pressing for a strong set of provisions in a defense policy bill that would address […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

BY: and - May 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Congress this week. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African-American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying at nearly two […]

Michigan Dems want water shutoff ban in $2T coronavirus bill

BY: and - March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers announced the framework for a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday morning, but specifics of a final bill and a timeline for enactment remain uncertain, as both Republicans and Democrats raised concerns throughout the day. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he expected the chamber […]

Metro Detroit area rallies to address coronavirus 

BY: - March 13, 2020

Jeanette Guinyard, a Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) employee, said while she is happy to learn that she will be paid during the three-week, state-mandated closure of Michigan K-12 schools, she also is concerned that many seniors are susceptible to COVID-19.  “There are a lot of children who aren’t doing what they are supposed […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

New: Sanders voted against Flint water crisis funding in 2016

BY: - March 6, 2020

During a critical junction in the Flint water crisis four years ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a top Democratic presidential contender, voted against a measure that provided funding to help state and city officials to address the matter. In December 2016, Sanders voted against a continuing resolution that would have provided up to $170 […]