Granite State Progress Calls on New Hampshire Congressional Delegation to Take Immediate Action on Critical Flint Water Assistance
Years into the crisis, Flint families still can’t drink the water
CONCORD, NH – In response to news that Republicans in Congress are blocking Flint funding from the budget bill they will vote on as early as Monday, Granite State Progress is urgently calling on the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation to support a short-term federal funding bill that includes assistance for Flint, Michigan. Republicans in Congress have dragged their feet in helping the city and there are efforts underway this weekend to get Flint the help they need. Granite State Progress is one of twenty-two ProgressNow affiliates across the country standing in support of Flint residents and demanding action from their Congressional leadership.
“As we know all too well here in New Hampshire, access to safe, clean drinking water is critically important,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “What happened in Flint should serve as a warning to every community of what can happen when the bottom line is put above peoples’ lives. No American should be deprived of the basic human right to clean, safe water. Flint families have had to deal with this for far too long and our Congressional delegation needs to do the right thing and get the people of Flint the help they deserve.”
The Flint Water Crisis began in 2014 when an unelected emergency manager decided to switch the city’s water source without applying the proper corrosion controls as a fiscal austerity measure. Lead and other harmful chemicals leached from the pipes into the drinking water supply causing a litany of health issues for families. To this day, people cannot safely drink the water from their taps without a filter, which often fail. Families continue to rely on bottled water for their daily needs.
“Republicans in Michigan caused this mess but have done little to help Flint, so we need Congress to step up. The people of Flint are fighting every day for justice and access to clean water, but we cannot do it alone,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of ProgressNow. “We need allies from around the country to stand with Flint residents in this fight in Washington D.C. They can no longer live with inaction and bottled water and this funding is a step in the right direction. We need Congress to act immediately to provide relief for Flint.”