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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 water crisis. Snyder said that state-appointed emergency managers in Flint failed to protect the city from contamination of the water supply.

The public health crisis began in 2014 and lasted until 2019, after the drinking water for the city of Flint, Michigan was contaminated with lead. Between 6,000 and 12,000 children were exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead.

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
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
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 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
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
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
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
A resident of Flint Michigan 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 reacts while testifying 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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