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This is Unacceptable

March 6, 2021
e-Newsletter Archive

Standing with the MI National Guard 

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I recently spent time with members of the Michigan National Guard who are deployed at the U.S. Capitol. Not only did I want to convey my deep appreciation for their service, but also hear more about the concerning reports my office had received of significantly undercooked and contaminated food during their deployment. These conditions are completely unacceptable. Together with my Michigan colleagues, I sent a letter to the National Guard calling for accountability and immediate action to improve the food quality. At the end of the day, they should be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible.

Defending Law Enforcement

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I've heard from many law enforcement members, including sheriffs from both political parties, who have expressed major concerns with the recent bill put forth by Speaker Pelosi. I voted against it this week. I have supported legislation to improve policing practices through training and transparency, but Speaker Pelosi's misguided plan limits the ability of police departments to properly protect our communities. If enacted, this dangerous bill would levy police departments with hundreds of millions in new costs—the equivalent of taking 3,000 police officers off the streets. 

Celebrating Great Lakes Day

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This week, we celebrated Great Lakes Day, an opportunity to recognize the central role the Great Lakes play in Michigan’s economy and way of life. On Tuesday, I had a virtual meeting with local conservationists to talk about the successes of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI) and the continued need for conservation best practices and water-related investments throughout the state and region. I am pleased that a renewal and expansion of GLRI funding was signed into law earlier this year.

Visiting Adrian Schools

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On Friday, I visited Lincoln Elementary in Adrian to meet with students, teachers, and administrators. I appreciated the opportunity to see firsthand how in-person schooling has been conducted in Lenawee County, featuring both a prioritization of safety and effective instruction for our students. 

If you haven't read my recent op-ed in the Lansing State Journal about reopening our schools, click here to check it out.

Advocating for Election Integrity

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This week the House voted on H.R. 1, an overreaching attempt by the Democrats to nationalize elections, weaken election security, and use tax dollars to bankroll political campaigns. While H.R. 1 undermines election integrity, I cosponsored the Save Democracy Act, which strengthens confidence in our elections by requiring ID, bipartisan election observers, audits on ballot tabulation systems, among other commonsense reforms, all while protecting the primary authority of states to conduct election administration. I am proud to have cast my vote against H.R.1 and will continue to advocate for reforms to make sure all citizens have confidence in our elections.

Vaccine Scheduling Information

While ultimately states and localities have the final decision-making authority in regards to vaccine distribution, I have remained engaged with health experts, elected officials, and vaccine producers and distributers to help improve the process.

For county-by-county vaccine information, please visit my website and you will find links to appropriate resources in your county.

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