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Governor Snyder asks to testify before Congress

Posted: 1:19 PM, Feb 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-12 14:53:28-05

UPDATE: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says he has granted Governor Rick Snyder's request to testify about the Flint water crisis. The date for the hearing has not been set. 

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Governor Rick Snyder has requested permission to testify before Congress about the Flint water crisis. He tweeted the following just before 1PM Friday:

"I have asked Rep. @jasoninthehouse for the opportunity to testify in Washington, D.C. about the #FlintWater crisis #FlintFWD"

The twitter handle @jasoninthehouse belongs to Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Governor followed up that tweet with a link to a statement in which he says, “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.”

He said he placed the call to Representative Chaffetz on Thursday.

Governor Snyder had previously turned down an invitation to testify before a Democratic-run committee that does not have subpoena power. He was not invited to a February 3 hearing held by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.