07/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/15/2019 13:29
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to protect families living in assisted housing from lead found in drinking water.
The Get the Lead out of Assisted Housing Act of 2019 would help protect families from lead exposure by requiring the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to inspect for lead service lines, create a grant program to address lead contamination and allow a cross-check for lead in water when remediating a home for lead found in paint.
'There is no safe level of lead, which is why it is long past time to get serious about protecting families from lead exposure,' Congressman Kildee said. 'This bipartisan bill takes an important step in protecting families by requiring water testing in federally assisted housing. Families in Michigan and across the country should be able to trust that they are safe from lead in their homes. Protecting families from lead in their homes is not a partisan issue and I am proud to work with Senator Duckworth and Senator Young on this bipartisan legislation.'
'It's unacceptable that in the wealthiest nation in the world, children who live with their families in federally assisted housing remain at risk of suffering permanent brain damage as a result of drinking water contaminated with lead,' Senator Duckworth said. 'The threat of lead in drinking water is a national public health crisis and we have to do more to stop it. I will keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure every family in America - no matter where they live - has access to clean and safe drinking water.'
'No one should have to worry about the safety of their drinking water, but families are facing the threat of lead contamination in their homes and communities,' Senator Young said. 'Our bipartisan legislation requires HUD to identify and address lead contamination at the source. This must happen to protect the health of Hoosier families and communities across the country.'
The Get the Lead out of Assisted Housing Act of 2019 would help protect families from lead exposure by: