Michigan lawmakers respond to stimulus negotiations


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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan lawmakers are responding to today’s COVID-19 stimulus negotiations after no agreement was reached.

Lawmakers responding include Senator Gary Peters, Representative Moolenar and Representative Slotkin.

“Many Michigan families and small businesses are hurting. That’s why I’ve been working to re-open the Paycheck Protection Program. There’s $138 billion of relief in there that’s already been approved by Congress, but Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are blocking the bill that would re-open the program and allow the funding to go to small businesses so they can pay their employees and keep the lights on,” said Congressman John Moolenaar.

My constituents also tell me their biggest priority is relief for hardworking families and small businesses, followed by our schools and first responders. Speaker Pelosi is denying that relief, while insisting Michigan taxpayers pay for bailouts for California and New York which had major budget problems even before the pandemic. It’s time for Speaker Pelosi to drop these demands and stop blocking legislation that would help Michigan workers and small businesses,” added Moolenaar.

John Moolenar (MI-4)

“The President’s announcement that he is suspending negotiations on Coronavirus relief for Michigan is completely unacceptable. Michigan simply cannot wait.

“I still stand ready to hammer out a comprehensive – and bipartisan – deal for Michigan families, workers, small businesses, schools and communities. In my conversations with Michiganders, it is clear that additional relief is necessary – and it’s needed immediately. Approximately 7,000 Michiganders have lost their lives because of this pandemic and so many more are still battling it or hurting because of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

“This pandemic is not over and we must take it seriously by ensuring we pass meaningful, bipartisan relief. We have done this before in passing the CARES Act and other bipartisan efforts – we can do it again. I will keep fighting for Michiganders.”

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI)

“Three weeks ago, 25 Democrats and 25 Republican members of the Problem Solvers Caucus urged leaders from the House, Senate and White House to get back in a room and negotiate a COVID relief deal that our communities desperately need. Since then, negotiations have, by all accounts, moved us closer to a compromise and the negotiators were set to meet this afternoon. I cannot understand why the President would halt negotiations until after the election except in a cynical move to secure votes. Doing so does not serve the needs of the Michigan families and our small businesses, it places himself above the needs of the country, and it’s out of step with the mission of government, which is to help in moments of crisis. The people of Michigan are doing their part to weather these public health and economic crises, and the President should do the same.”

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)

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