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Michigan House approves over $4B of COVID-19 recovery spending, sends to Whitmer

Added 03-04-21 02:23:02pm EST - “On Wednesday, the Michigan House passed over $4 billion of COVID-19 recovery spending that ties over $1 billion of the funding to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relinquishing the pandemic powers she's held for nearly a year.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Michigan House approves over $4B of COVID-19 recovery spending, sends to Whitmer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Wednesday, the Michigan House passed over $4 billion of COVID-19 recovery spending that ties over $1 billion of the funding to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relinquishing the pandemic powers she’s held for nearly a year.

HB 4047, if enacted into law, would allocate $600 million toward food assistance, $547 million to COVID-19 testing, $110 million toward vaccine distribution, and $33 million toward mental health and substance use disorder grants.

HB 4047 ties roughly $350 million of federal funding for COVID-19 epidemiology and lab capacity funding to the enactment of SB 1, which would limit the state health department’s ability to issue emergency orders for more than 28 days without legislative approval.

For nearly a year, Republicans have charged that Whitmer chose to battle COVID-19 alone through hundreds of unilateral executive orders, even after an Oct. 2 reprimand by the Michigan Supreme Court which tossed her executive orders after April 30 and advised her to work with the legislature.

“Gov. Whitmer, your strictest-in-the-nation restrictions are crippling the foundation of our economy, our small businesses,” Albert said. “Who wants to take a risk to create a job, which is an opportunity for someone in search of bettering themselves, in this environment? Your measures aren’t based on science, but are calculated on measures to retain power.”

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