FLINT (WJRT) (07/12/19) - Flint is on the national radar ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Vehicle City.
She toured the Flint Water Plant with Mayor Karen Weaver and other city leaders.
Afterwards, Gillibrand spoke to the media, saying she would make sure a crisis like Flint's would never happen again. She would allow federal disaster funding to cover future water emergencies.
Gillibrand says that would jump-start the recovery by rebuilding public infrastructure and on an individual basis.
"Things like your hot water heater, things like your faucets. Your pipes that come into your bathtubs. If that infrastructure is corroded and leaching lead, it doesn't matter how clean the water is in the treatment facility because it's still coming into your house as tainted water," she said.
Gillibrand would also invest in infrastructure nationwide. She wants to pass a $400 billion plan over a 10-year period.