House Republicans closed a nearly yearlong investigation into the lead-poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan, while President Obama took much needed action to ameliorate the crisis, signing a bill authorizing $170 million to address the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water. The GOP wrapped up its investigation, reports Sophia Tesfaye, without ever receiving critical information from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Chaffetz also called for removing the requirement that federally funded drinking-water construction projects pay prevailing wages under the Davis Bacon Act,” notes Tesfaye.
Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a pair of letters on Friday, which essentially summarized what had already been revealed earlier in the year without offering any new information. Instead, Chaffetz saw fit to criticize the EPA’s response to the crisis and to suggest that “EPA funds designated for use for studying and combatting climate change be redirected to water pipe improvement projects across the nation,” says Tesfaye.