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Whitmer, Ananich, and Greig ask Washington to pass COVID relief

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 15:48:22-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich, and House Democratic Leader Christine Greig have sent a letter to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging them to take swift action and pass a COVID relief bill.

Whitmer says she asked Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield to join them in the letter, but she says the declined.

“The coronavirus is not only a public health emergency, it is also an economic crisis threatening the livelihoods of our residents and businesses, too. Michigan businesses continue to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, with small businesses especially impacted,” said Governor Whitmer, Leader Ananich, and Leader Grieg in the letter. “Any future relief package should also include robust aid to states and localities to help combat the virus, mitigate its economic fallout, and protect essential services. Federal support was critical to enabling Michigan to mount an aggressive pandemic response and stabilize our economy in the early months of the pandemic. Now, during the worst surge we have seen yet, Michigan and states across the country need more support to protect our families, frontline workers and small businesses.”

You can read the full letter below:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Legislature Letter on COVID Package 11.19.20 by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

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