Last week, an estimated 15,000 Michiganders traveled to the state’s Capitol building to protest Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian lockdown orders, the most restrictive of any governor in America. Whitmer mocked and threatened them, suggesting she may lock down the state even longer because of their protest.
On Tuesday, Republican Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield sent a warning shot to the overreaching governor who’s killing Michigan’s economy:
It’s possible to be concerned about public health, the economy and personal liberty all at the same time. It’s a false narrative that you must choose between them. I choose all three. We can take COVID-19 seriously yet be reasonable in our fight. Michigan needs a change ASAP.
Yesterday, Chatfield tweeted about how the House & Senate will convene today to examine Whitmer’s response to COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan in a special oversight committee meeting.
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The House & Senate will convene tomorrow to create a special oversight committee on COVID-19 to examine our government’s response. Michigan needs to handle this pandemic seriously yet properly. It’s what the people deserve, and we will see that it happens. #InThisTogether
DFP – The Senate also will consider a pair of bills that would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, which gives wide power to the governor to declare a state of emergency in times of “great public crisis.”
Another bill would amend the Emergency Management Act of 1976, which allows the governor to declare a state of emergency for up to 28 days, to reduce the number of allowable days to 14.
Even if the bills pass both the House and Senate, Whitmer has promised to veto the bills that were introduced in the wake of a protest that attracted thousands of people to Lansing to show their disdain for the stay at home orders.
Today, during her press conference, where the governor threw Michiganders a bone, by allowing outdoor businesses to resume, she warned Michigan lawmakers that she would not sign a bill restricting her powers.
JUST NOW: @GovWhitmer doubles down on tyranny as citizens protest her insane overreach:
"I'm not going to sign any bill that takes authority away from me…" pic.twitter.com/5IuwqWuU6O
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) April 24, 2020