Flint Water Crisis Erupts on Capitol Hill

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder came to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. today and testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for its third day of hearings into what caused the Flint drinking water health crisis. Snyder said that state-appointed emergency managers in Flint failed to protect the city from contamination of the water supply.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also testified at the hearing where Republicans called for her resignation as Democrats called for Snyder’s resignation.

There was a lot of finger pointing, some acceptance of responsibility and little in the way of a resolution.

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Flint Michigan residents and spectators line up outside of the hearing room where Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder is to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder arrives to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy prepare to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Reverend Al Sharpton looks on as Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. McCarthy testified that the EPA was misled by Michigan environmental officials for months, leaving her agency with insufficient information to indicate asystemic lead problem in Flint until last summer. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder looks on as EPA Admistrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. McCarthy testified that the EPA was misled by Michigan environmental officials for months, leaving her agency with insufficient information to indicate asystemic lead problem in Flint until last summer. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Commitee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. McCarthy testified that the EPA was misled by Michigan environmental officials for months, leaving her agency with insufficient information to indicate asystemic lead problem in Flint until last summer. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

EPA Admistrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. McCarthy testified that the EPA was misled by Michigan environmental officials for months, leaving her agency with insufficient information to indicate asystemic lead problem in Flint until last summer. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Flint Michigan resident Desiree Duell, 35, reacts as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testifies before a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Lee-Anne Walters family suffered from strange health problems after using the Flint River water but was ignored by city and state officials. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) questions Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder during a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

FLINT HEARING Pete Marovich

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over Michigan’s handling of the Flint water crisis in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Snyder said that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

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