Reflecting on a tumultuous week at our Capitol | Vaccine info
This week we witnessed a lawless group cause violence resulting in 5 deaths, including the death of a brave U.S. Capitol Police officer.
Protests outside our Capitol happen frequently, as it is a Constitutional right of every American. Our Constitution guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” however those causing mayhem and violence in the Capitol pushed far beyond a peaceable assembly.
Our Capitol Police heroically fought to push back against this mob, while also dealing with active explosive devices in the surrounding area, evacuating thousands of individuals and saving lives. America owes them deep gratitude and I thank them for their work this week, and every week.
Even with these disruptions, I was glad to get back to work immediately and finish the Constitutional duties of Congress shortly after this mob delayed debate.
Throughout this week, I’ve reiterated: we resolve disagreements through civil debate grounded in the law. That is the only successful way of bridging our differences and maintaining the foundations of our republic. Click here to read my full statement condemning the violence.
Objections to seating electors is not only frequently precedented, it has been common in recent decades. In 2005, Nancy Pelosi called the process of objecting and debating electors as an example of “democracy at work” and she said, “this is their only opportunity to have this debate while the country is listening, and it is appropriate to do so.” Objecting and debating was my only opportunity to voice the concerns that so many constituents have raised and in doing so, as Speaker Pelosi has previously stated, this decision was democracy at work. Click here to read my full statement following the vote.
Americans from all walks of life and all political beliefs love this country. We may have different viewpoints or disagreements, but those disagreements often make us better. We must remind ourselves of the Constitution, and that disagreements must be debated and resolved. I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats alike in this Congress to resolve differences and find solutions.
States are continuing to distribute vaccine doses. On Wednesday, Michigan announced the COVID vaccine would soon be available to those over 65 and other frontline workers like teachers and police officers. Opening to such a large group may cause an initial delay, but if you are interested to learn more, please visit your county health department's website, which can be found below.
County Health Departments
Branch-Hillsdale Community Health Agency
Eaton Health Department
Jackson Health Department
Lenawee Health Department
Monroe Health Department
Washtenaw Health Department
Michigan has received 725,850 doses of the vaccine and 195,240 doses have been administered.