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Reps. Kildee, Esty to Host Roundtable Wednesday in Washington, D.C. on Investing in America’s Water Infrastructure

Forum Part of Nationwide Initiative to Change the Way Congress Approaches and Invests in America’s Cities and Towns

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, will host a third roundtable discussion as a part of his “The Future of America’s Cities and Towns” initiative tomorrow, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill.Wednesday’s forum will feature Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and will examine the current state of our nation’s water infrastructure, as well as the opportunities to update these systems in order to protect public health.

Congressman Kildee has become a leading voice on the importance of water infrastructure due to the ongoing water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Kildee has led the fight in Congress to bring federal funding to the city in the wake of the water crisis.

 The Future of America’s Cities and Towns is an initiative by Congressman Kildee to highlight the many challenges that cities and towns across the U.S. face regarding infrastructure needs, economic development, housing, blight and jobs in the modern economy. The initiative addresses the need for a national strategy on how Congress invests in American cities and towns.

The first roundtable included Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters (CA-43), and focused on the unique challenges facing many older, industrial cities and towns. The second roundtable focused on economic and community development financing and included Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Brian Higgins (NY-26).

WHO:            Congressman Dan Kildee, Vice Ranking Member, Financial Services Committee

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Vice Ranking Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Dr. Marc Edwards, Professor, Virginia Tech

Brian Pallasch, Managing Director of Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers

Michele Nellenbach, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bipartisan Policy Center

 WHAT:          Roundtable on Water Infrastructure in America’s Cities and Towns

 WHEN:          Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3 p.m. ET

WHERE:       Cannon House Office Building, Room 334, Washington, D.C.


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