LANSING, Mich. — Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) issued the following statement after he was denied the opportunity to ask questions today regarding the Flint water crisis —this morning at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Environmental Quality and this afternoon at the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Today I was denied the opportunity to question the interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality twice, and each time it was yet another missed opportunity to learn more about what happened in Flint. Before Senator Green cut me off and adjourned this morning’s subcommittee meeting, he told everyone that, ‘We’re looking forward, not backward.’

“As lawmakers, we have a firm responsibility to do both. Republicans are once again using their majority power to prevent us from asking questions and cross-examining the truth. I’m disappointed by our complete inability to have a full and honest conversation about why certain decisions — with terrible ramifications — were made for the people of Flint.”