FLINT, Mich. (WJBK) - Members of the United States Congress are in Flint this week to tour the city's facilities. On the same day they arrived, a new study revealed that more than 8,000 service lines in the city are likely made of lead.
Congressman Dan Kildee is a Flint native and led the tour. He said that this isn't a Flint problem - it's a national one.
"This is a national story because it is of national interest and it requires national response," Kildee said.
Kildee and fellow democrats toured the city on Monday - it was Kildee's second in recent weeks - and talked to business owners to get an understand of the crisis. While in town, they were briefed on the water crisis at the Federal Response Center where they were promising to get answers.
Sen. Elijah Cummings said this needs to be a keystone moment for the country and one that we should never revisit.
"We need to figure out what happened here to make sure it never happens again. America is better than this," he said.
Cummings is a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and says he wants documents from Governor Rick Snyder. He also said he plans to question him on Capitol Hill next month.
"The governor has not submitted one document as a result of our request to our committy. After quite a bit of asking he has finally deciding to come and will begin to address some questions," Cummings said.
It's not just a Flint problem. The biggest message of the day that these elected representatives say applies to all cities across the country is dealing with aging infrastructure, according to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.
"This is about infrastructure in America. We have kicked this can down the road far too long," Lawrence said.
That sentiment was echoed by Congressman Steny Hoyer who urged the country not to be cheap when fixing the problem.
"The message needs to be (that) we need to invest and not be penny wise and pound foolish," Hoyer said.
The tour also coincided with Mayor Karen Weaver unveiling her plans to remove the 8,000 lead pipes as soon as possible.