Chaffetz heads to Flint ahead of hearings


Rep. Jason Chaffetz will visit Flint, Mich., on Saturday to meet with residents ahead of next week's hearings on the city's lead-contaminated water.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to meet with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and tour the city's water plant before attending an open house at a local school put on by the Environmental Protection Agency. Michigan Republican Reps. Bill Huizeng, Tim Walberg and John Moolenaar will join him.

In April 2014, a state emergency manager appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed off on a symbolic vote from the Flint City Council to change the city's water source. The move aimed to cut costs by requiring the city to take its water from the Flint River instead of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department while a new pipeline was built to connect the city to Lake Huron.

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