PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Walling Trip to D.C.

Mayor Dayne Walling’s Visit to Washington, D.C. for White House Welcome of Pope Francis will Include Meetings with Federal Partners

Flint, Michigan – September 21, 2015 – Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will be travelling to our nation’s capital to join a White House delegation welcoming Pope Francis to the White House during his trip to the United States. Pope Francis will arrive in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2015 and will be greeted the following day during a ceremony hosted by President and First Lady Obama on the White House’s South Lawn.

While the welcome ceremony for the Pope is the primary focus of the Mayor’s trip to D.C., he will also be meeting with federal representatives to discuss matters important to the City of Flint. Mayor Walling is scheduled to meet with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Those meetings are scheduled for both Tuesday, September 22, and Wednesday, September 23.

“Flint’s safety is my highest priority,” said Mayor Walling, “I will continue to request financial resources and technical assistance from federal partners to address Flint’s challenges with water and crime.” The Mayor’s visit to Washington, D.C. is being paid for personally and will not cost the City of Flint in any way.

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