Michigan lawmakers weigh in on Flint crisis

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 11:17:13-05

The national spotlight remains on Flint.

The image of a child on the cover of TIME Magazine is now burned into the minds of many, along with the words "toxic water" and "sick kids."

As daily shipments of water pour into the city in crisis, the men and women who represent us in Washington are weighing in.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters says the State and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to take steps to get the people of Flint safe, clean drinking water.

He says there's a long road ahead.

"This is something that's going to be many years, really decades to deal with," says Peters.

Senator Peters voted for the bipartisan budget plan from President Obama that now releases $80 million to Michigan, and he's pleased the federal government is sending money to Michigan quickly.

But, the Senator sees the water crisis as a state problem.

"My view is if you break it you have to fix it," he says. "This is a state responsibility, this is a moral responsibility."

U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop told us on Wednesday that the man at the helm, Governor Rick Snyder, won't shy away from responsibility.

"The governor has managed to get a lot of resources at the state level, from the private sector as well," says Bishop.

The Congressman says now is the time to look forward and determine the EPA's responsibility in the crisis.

As investigations into any possible wrongdoings begin, both lawmakers say they want more information on the water crisis.

"We'll see what the, what the issues are," says Bishop. "The important thing for us is to manage a very serious crisis and that means that we from day one we stay in touch and in communication."