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GOING TO GET THROUGH THESE UNPRECEDENTED UNCERTAIN UNBELIEVABLE WORDS HARDLY SEEM TO DO JUSTICE TO WHAT MICHIGAN HAS SEEN THIS YEAR THE ONGOING BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19 CIVIL UNREST IN OUR CITIES DESTRUCTIVE FLOOD TONIGHT YOUR QUESTIONS OR AT THE FOREFRONT AS CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS MICHIGAN COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO YOU. THIS IS THE STATE OF MICHIGAN A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS LIVE FROM THE STUDIOS OF WOOD TV AND GRAND RAPIDS ON W L N S T V IN LENGTH GOOD EVENING THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS SPECIAL TELEVISION AND ONLINE OF THAT FINE POLITICAL REPORTER RICK ALBUM LIVE FROM THE WOOD TV EIGHT STUDIOS IN GRAND RAP I’M SHERRI JONES THE NEWS ANCHOR CORRECT W L N S T V. SIX IN LANSING WAY KNOW THAT MICHIGAN LIKE SO MANY OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY IS FACING HARDSHIPS LIKE WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. WE’RE BATTLING A ONCE IN A LIFETIME PANDEMIC THE DEADLY CORONA VIRUS IT’S CLAIMED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF MICHIGANDERS. OUR STATE HAS ALSO BEEN THE SCENE VIOLENT RIDING FROM GRAND RAPIDS TO LAND SAYING TO DETROIT AND COMMUNITIES IN BETWEEN PROTESTS ESCALATING IN THE WAKE OF THE DEATH OF A BLACK MAN AT THE HANDS OF POLICE AND A FIVE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD OF ENTIRE COMMUNITIES LEFT SUBMERGED AFTER CATASTROPHIC FAILURES AT DAMS IN MID MICHIGAN TONIGHT THE FOCUS IS ON MOVING FORWARD OVER THE NEXT HOUR WE’LL BE JOINED BY A WIDE ARRAY OF WOMEN WOMEN AND MEN WHO REPRESENT US IN WASHINGTON D C CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS FROM LITERALLY ALL OVER THE STATE STANDING BY ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS EVERYTHING FROM THE FEDERAL ONE OF IRIS RESPONSE TO FLOOD RECOVERY AND BRING OUR NATION TOGETHER TO HEAL DIVISIONS THIS BROADCAST IS BEING WATCHED IN EVERY TELEVISION MARKET AND STATE ONE TV EIGHTY GRAND RAPIDS W L N S AND LANSING W J O AND MARKET W J R T AND FLED BOX THIRTY TWO AND CADILLAC AND WE’RE STREAMING LIVE ON CLICK ON DETROIT OUR FIRST GROUP OF LAWMAKERS FEATURES A FRESHMAN LAWMAKER TO CONGRESSMAN FROM WEST MICHIGAN INCLUDING THE STATE’S LONGEST CURRENT SERVING MEMBER IN THE U S HOUSE AH LAWMAKER WHOSE DISTRICT IS DEALING WITH HISTORIC FLOODING AND A MAINSTAY IN METRO DETROIT POLITICS ELISSA SLOTKIN REPRESENTS MICHIGAN’S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES MOST OF THE CITY OF LANSING PLUS PARTS OF CLINTON INGHAM AND OAKLAND COUNTIES THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN WON HER SEAT IN TWENTY EIGHTEEN BECOMING THE FIRST DEMOCRAT TO REPRESENT THE DISTRICT SINCE TWO THOUSAND ONE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON REPRESENTS SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN IN THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND HAS SINCE THE NINETEEN EIGHTIES UPTON SERVES IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN SEVERAL COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON ALSO IN WEST MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN BILL HI ZYNGA FROM MICHIGAN SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES THE SHORELINE COMMUNITIES ALONG LAKE MICHIGAN HE’S BEEN A MEMBER OF THE U S HOUSE SINCE TWENTY TEN DEBBIE DINGELL REPRESENTS MICHIGAN’S TWELFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN METRO DETROIT WHICH INCLUDES ANN ARBOR AND DEARBORN. SHE SUCCEEDED HER LATE HUSBAND JOHN DINGELL THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN U S HISTORY BEFORE POLITICS DINGLE SPENT MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS AT GENERAL MOTORS IN ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE GOP JOHN MOLINAR REPRESENTS MICHIGAN’S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDING PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MICHIGAN IT ALSO INCLUDES THE CITY OF MIDLAND HIS HOMETOWN AND AREA DEVASTATED BY HISTORIC FLOODING LATE LAST MONTH WHEN WE PLAN THIS TOWN HALL WEEKS AGO THE UNITED STATES IN MICHIGAN WERE MUCH DIFFERENT PLACES OVER THE LAST WEEK WE’VE SEEN OUR CITIES IN TURMOIL A RESPONSE TO THE DEATH OF A BLACK MAN KILLED IN POLICE CUSTODY THAT’S WHERE WE BEGIN TONIGHT. WE HAVE A LOT TO GET TO NOT A LOT OF TIME FOR IT SO WE ASK ALL THE MEMBERS TO MAKE YOUR POINTS AS BRIEFLY AS YOU CAN OUR FIRST QUESTION COMES IN FROM HASSLING WATCHING ON W L A NEST AND THE QUESTION IS WHAT SPECIFIC STRATEGIES ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL DO YOU PROPOSE TO PREVENT FURTHER POLICE BRUTALITY HOW QUICKLY CAN CONGRESS WORK ON DRAFTING BILLS THAT INCORPORATE SAID STRATEGIES WILL START WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SLOTKIN CONGRESSWOMAN WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON? WHAT CONGRESS COULD OR SHOULD DO? WITHIN WAKE UP ALL OF THIS UNREST TOUR SO A NUMBER OF US WERE JUST HAVING THIS CONVERSATION IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AS PART OF THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS OF BIPARTISAN CAUCUS OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WELL LISTEN I DON’T THINK ANYONE. WHO WATCHED THAT VIDEO OF WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE FLOYD AND NOT FEEL JUST

EXHAUSTED AND FURIOUS WITH WHAT HAPPENED ON D IT’S REALLY JUST A MOMENT WHERE WE HAVE TO FACE SOME OF THESE LONG TERM INEQUALITIES THAT WE KNOW HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN A LEGISLATIVE WAY BY LOOKING AT WHAT WE CAN DO AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL ON REFORM PARTICULARLY FOR THE POLICE OFFICES OFFICERS WE HAD MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS COME AND BRIEF US WITH IDEAS RELATED TO YOU KNOW LOOKING AT SOME OF THE POLICEMAN WHO STOOD BY AND MAYBE EITHER PARTICIPATED OR WATCHED. WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT THE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE WHEN THEY ARE BAD APPLES. WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT AREN’T OBEYING THE SPIRIT OR THE LETTER OF THE LAW SO THERE’S A BUNCH OF PIECES LEGISLATION THAT ARE BEING WORKED ON NOW AND MY HOPE CERTAINLY IS THAT WE CAN DO THIS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY THINK THE COUNTRY WANTS THAT AND THEY NEED THAT RIGHT NOW. LET’S MOVE IT CONGRESSMAN UPTON THE CITY OF KALAMAZOO THE SCENE OF UNREST THIS WEEK AND ALSO THE SCENE OF SOME PEACEFUL PROTESTS YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR HOME DISTRICT WELL WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THERE REALLY IS INJUSTICE HERE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE WAY I’M I TO HIM. A MEMBER OF THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF FIFTY MEMBERS AND WE MET ON A JUNE CALL LITERALLY IN THE LAST HOUR WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR ME I REACH OUT TO A GOOD NUMBER AND ME AND MY STAFF AND REACHED OUT TO A GOOD NUMBER OF THE COMMUNITY LEADERS I JOINED A PEACEFUL PROTESTS HAVE BENTON HARBOR EARLIER THIS WEEK BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO DENOUNCED THE VIOLENCE BECAUSE ACCESS US BACK NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO SEE US GO BACK. WE NEED TO GO FORWARD WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE IMMENSE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH AND THAT’S WHY I’M CONVINCED THAT THE PROBLEMS OVER HIS CAUCUS IN AN AGENDA THAT WE’RE GONNA BE WORKING ON LITERALLY THE REST OF THE WEEK AND WHEN CONGRESS COMES BACK INTO SESSION AND DEAL WITH SOME OF THESE THINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT IN FACT THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY THAT WE CAN LOOK AT NEW STANDARDS AND WE COULD LOOK AT THE INHERENT PROBLEMS THAT HAVE CAUSED THIS ISSUE TO RISE TO THE FRONT BURNER THANK YOU FOR THAT LET’S CHECK IN NOW WITH CONGRESSWOMAN DINGELL WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ESPECIALLY IN THE METRO DETROIT AREA YOU KNOW DR MARTIN LUTHER KING TAUGHT US THAT RIOTS ARE THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD IT IS STILL A REALITY IN THIS COUNTRY THE NUNS TALKED THIS TO ME AT A VERY YOUNG AGE THAT I WAS LUCKY. I WAS A CHILD OF PRIVILEGE YES WE WERE ALL TREATED CREATED EQUALLY BUT WE’RE NOT ALL TREATED EQUALLY UH WHAT WE HAVE WITNESSED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IS JUST A REMINDER WHAT YOUNG BLACK MAN QUITE FRANKLY IN PARTICULAR BUT IF YOU ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY THE REALITY OF BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY. I THINK WE’RE AT A CROSSROADS. I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER WORK BECAUSE TO QUOTE PRESIDENT KENNEDY IF NOT US WHO IF NOT NOW WENT AND I THINK THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE MUST ADDRESS IT WE’VE HAD UNFORTUNATELY SOME ISSUES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN THE LAST TEN DAYS TWO AND COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY BUT TO WORK TOGETHER I SPOKE AT A RALLY IN ANN ARBOR ON MONDAY AND OUR POLICE CHIEF OUR SHERIFF AND LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITY WALKED TOGETHER INCLUDING OUR FOOTBALL COACH. ON TUESDAY CONGRESSMAN BLOWHARD QUICKLY IF WE CAN MOVE ON TO CONGRESSMAN KOLINAHR AND YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE. WELL FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND. THOSE WHO PROTESTED PEACEFULLY BECAUSE THERE WASN’T JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD IN OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. THERE CLEARLY IS A PROBLEM WITH RACIAL BIAS AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO HAVE BETTER TRAINING IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO PUT TOGETHER THE BIPARTISAN COALITION THAT PAST CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM AS WELL. ON THE OTHER HAND THOSE WHO WERE LOOTING THOSE WHO WERE UH DESTRUCTIVE OF PROPERTY. THERE SHOULD BE NO TOLERANCE FOR THAT THAT DOESN’T HELP BRING JUSTICE TO THE NATION THAT ONLY BRINGS FURTHER DISCORD. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE RACIAL RECONCILIATION IN THIS COUNTRY AND I THINK IT BEGINS WITH OUR LEADERS IN CONGRESS THAT WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. AND I THINK THAT COALITION THAT PAST CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS EXACTLY. WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MOVE FORWARD AND CONGRESSMAN HI ZYNGA YOU’VE SEEN WHAT’S UNFOLDED IN WEST MICHIGAN YOUR REACTION TO THIS TONIGHT YEAH LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WAS ABSOLUTELY REPULSED BY WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO GEORGE FLOYD AND THAT THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND I CAN TELL YOU HAVE NOT MET A SINGLE PERSON. I TALKED TO A SINGLE PERSON WHO BELIEVES THAT WAS THE WAS ACCEPTABLE INCLUDING A OFFICERS EVERY SINGLE POLICE OFFICER I’VE TALKED TO. ARE YOU HEARD IT ON THE MEDIA. WHAT I THINK WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THOSE WHY ARE OF THOSE PRACTICAL SIDES AND TO ME

ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS TRANSPARENCY UH AND IT COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS MAKING SURE THAT BODY CAMS ARE AVAILABLE AND MAYBE IN SOME CASES AMANDA TOUR MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE TRAINING MAKING SURE THAT THERE’S ADDITIONAL TRAINING UH PETE STOPPER WHO IS A CONGRESSMAN FROM MINNESOTA SO MIGHT RECOGNIZE HIS NAME. HE ACTUALLY PLAYED FOR THE RED WINGS FOR A WHILE UH THEN SPENT TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND I WAS ON A CALL WITH HIM. EARLIER TODAY AS WAS FRED UPTON AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE THE STATE TAKING CHARGE OF SOME ADDITIONAL TRAINING THAT COULD GO INTO THAT AND I THINK THOSE WERE SOME PRACTICAL THINGS THAT WE ALSO NEED TO TALK ABOUT IN ADDITION TO THIS LARGER COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON. THANK YOU EVERYONE WILL. TRY TO KEEP THESE ANSWERS QUICK AS WELL. BE A REALLY TIGHT ON TIME. NEARLY THREE MONTHS SINCE THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ANNOUNCED THE FIRST CASE OF CORONA VIRUS NEARLY SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE IN OUR STATE HAVE DIED DEVASTATED FAMILIES TAKING AN EXTREME TOLL ON OUR ECONOMY. AND IT’S ALSO TAKEN A TOLL ON. OUR STATE BUDGET LEAVING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SCHOOL FUNDING IN JEOPARDY. KELLY IN CLARKSTON WANTS TO KNOW THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC EDUCATION SO CONGRESSWOMAN SLATKIN CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT AND THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO CORONA VIRUS OVERALL SURE SO YOU KNOW. CONGRESS HAS VOTED ON FOUR BIG APPROPRIATION BILLS SINCE KOBE STARTED ON. WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM OUR MAYORS AND OUR STATE OFFICIALS IN PARTICULAR THAT ONE OF THE BIG THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO IS COVER DOWN ON THE LOST REVENUES DUE TO COVID-19. WE KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO PAY THE BASE OPERATING BUDGET FOR TEACHERS POLICE FIRE FIRST RESPONDERS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS CRISIS WE NEED TO HELP THE STATE WITH SOME BASIC COVERING OF OUR OF OUR OF OUR LOST REVENUE A COUPLE OF US VOTED ON THAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO IN THE HOPES THAT WE WOULD START THAT CONVERSATION I STILL HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE SENATE I’M A CONSIDERED ETHICALLY RESPONSIBLE PERSON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN’T PAY FOR EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WE CAN’T START LAYING OFF TEACHERS. WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE FRONT LINES OF TRYING TO TEACH OUR KIDS SO IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE VOTED ON SOME OF US AND SOMETHING HOPEFULLY WE WILL TAKE UP A ZA COMBINED BICAMERAL MEASURE CONGRESSMAN CONGRESSMAN UPTON WHAT MORE MIGHT WASHINGTON DO? IN RESPONSE WELL JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS AND I’M GOING TO GO BACK TO OUR PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS DISCUSSION THAT WE GET OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. REMEMBER THIS IS A BIPARTISAN COALITION FIFTY MEMBERS WE MEET IN ON ZOOM CALLS NOW RATHER THAN IN PERSON LITERALLY FOR A COUPLE HOURS EVERY WEEK INCLUDING JUST IN THE LAST HOUR BUT WE’RE PURSUING LEGISLATION WE’RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH HIS ASSOCIATION THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES THE LEADER CITIES THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HOUSE MEMBERS AND SENATE MEMBERS AND WE’RE FORMING AROUND COALITION CALLED THE SMART ACT WITH YOU PROVIDE FIVE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS. IT’LL BE DONE BY THE NUMBERS NOT BY POLITICS BUT IT WILL BE BASED ON POPULATION IN A STATE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF COVID CASES AND BASED ON THE LOSS OF REVENUE IN THIS CALENDAR YEAR SO IT’S NOT GOING TO FIX THINGS LIKE THE ILLINOIS SYSTEM AND THINGS LIKE THAT BY THE NUMBERS YOU’LL HAVE A FORM. THEN THEY DON’T GO TO EACH DAY WITH FLEXIBILITY. OF USING IT IN FACT REPUBLICAN FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION BUT MAKING SURE THAT THOSE DOLLARS ACTUALLY GO NOT ONLY TO THE STATE BUDGET BUT ALSO TO. THE CITIES INTO THE COUNTY’S BASED ON THAT SAME WITHOUT CALL FAIR FORMULA WE’RE COALESCING BEHIND IT. WE’RE HOPING THAT THIS THAT THE SENATE AGAIN WE’LL GET REAL LEADER OVER THERE AGAIN ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT ARE PUSHING HARD FOR. I ENCOURAGED THAT WE WILL SEE THIS COME ABOUT BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH IT WILL HAVE REAL LEGS WERE ALSO BY THE WAY REMEMBER WE HAVE DIVIDED GOVERNMENT SO YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT WILL SIGN SO SOME GOOD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THE END OF THE PROCESS I THINK THAT WE WILL HAVE THIS IN PLACE AND. IN FACT IT WILL HOW’S IT AWAY IMPACT OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION THANK YOU FOR THAT CONGRESSWOMAN DINGELL WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE NEXT STEP? YOU KNOW I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THE COVID IS STILL VERY REAL IN HERE IN OUR COMMUNITIES BY MY OWN FAMILY I’VE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER I’VE LOST MANY FRIENDS THAT ARE NO LONGER HERE AND ITS POTENTIAL TO SPIKE AGAIN IS VERY ARE TAKING TAKING CARE OUR PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TO CENTER A VERY LOCAL LEVEL YOU THE EMPTY TO FIRE THE POLICE AND OUR TEACHERS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES WITH THE NURSES AND THE DOCTORS AND THE BUS DRIVERS AND THEY

HAVE BEEN A VERY CRITICAL PART OF OUR CIVIL STRUCTURE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE GETTING HELP AND THAT THEY NEED. WE NEED TO BEGIN TO REBUILD THE ECONOMY BUT OUR STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEED HOW I SUPPORTED THE HEROES BILL I SUPPORTED IT IN HONOR OF THE HEROES THAT HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM THIS WEEK UP FORWARD WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT CORBETT IS STILL THERE. WE NEED TO PRACTICE IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES AND WE ALSO NEED TO US WE WILL OPEN THE ECONOMY WORK TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE MOLINAR IS MORE HELP LIKELY I BELIEVE IT IS AND. I THINK YOU KNOW ALREADY THAT’S BEING SEE THAT HOUSE PASSED LEGISLATION I LEGISLATION BECAUSE I FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO EVALUATE. THE THREE TRILLION DOLLARS THAT WE’VE ALREADY SPENT AND MAKE SURE THAT SPENT WISELY BEFORE WE SPEND MORE BUT I THINK THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT A LOT OF THE FUNDING THAT WE PASSED HASN’T EVEN REACHED. THE STATES YET OR HAS NOT REACHED. THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND TO ME THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPORTANT NEXT STEP THAT WE SEE HAPPENING.. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO. IS REOPENED THE ECONOMY IN A SAFE MANNER MAKING SURE THAT EMPLOYEES PEOPLE ARE SAY BUT AT THE SAME TIME PEOPLE WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK OUR ECONOMY TONIGHT SUSTAINED FURTHER SHUT DOWN AND SO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL WORK TOGETHER TO DO THAT SAFEWAY I’M PLEASED THAT THE GOVERNOR REOPENED NORTHERN MICHIGAN. I KNOW FOR TOURISM AND. A LOT OF THESE COMMUNITIES THIS’LL SUMMER TIME IS WILD FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES AND. I THINK WE DO IT IN THE SAFE WAY BUT BUT MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE GETTING BACK TO OUR STRONG ECONOMY THAT REALLY IS THE ENGINE FOR THE SCHOOL AGE CONGRESSMAN HIGHS HERE CAN YOU QUICKLY GIVE US YOUR TAKE ON WHAT THE FEDERAL RESPONSE SHOULD BE GOING FORWARD YEAH WELL ACTUALLY GENERAL IN OUR KIND OF REFERENCED IT THIS IS A COPY OF THE LETTER THAT MYSELF IN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SENT THE GOVERNOR A WEEK AGO REQUESTING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THE THREE POINT EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS THAT HAS BEEN SENT TO THE STATE ABOUT THREE POINT ONE BILLION OF THAT HAS NOT BEEN DISTRIBUTED AT ALL THE GOVERNORS REFUSING TO DISTRIBUTE THAT TO OUR LOCAL AND COUNTIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND. THERE IS NO EXPLANATION AS TO WHY I’VE TALKED TO A NUMBER OF OUR LEGISLATORS IN THE STATE HOUSE IN THE STATE SENATE HERE IN WEST MICHIGAN FOR ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THEY’RE SAYING WHILE THE GOVERNORS TALKING ABOUT FLEXIBILITY WELL TREASURY HAS LAID OUT VERY CLEAR GUIDELINES THAT THIS MONEY WAS INTENDED TO USE THAT FOR THIS YEAR’S ADDITIONAL EXPENSES UH FOR KOBE RESPONSE? YEAH THAT HASN’T BEEN DONE I FOR ONE AND I’M NOT SPEAKING FOR ANY OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES BUT I FOR ONE WILL NOT. GIVE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS OR FLEXIBILITY UNTIL THE GOVERNOR ACTUALLY FOLLOWS THE LETTER OF THE LAW OF THE HEART CARES ACT FIRST THEN WHEN THERE IS ADDITIONAL MONEY LEFT OVER. I DO BELIEVE THERE WILL BE THEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT THAT ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY BUT I WANT THAT DECISION MAKING LANSING NOT IN WASHINGTON D C AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND FINALLY CONGRESSMAN MOLINAR. I WANT TO COME BACK TO YOU ON THE TOPIC OF ANOTHER ISSUE THE STATES DEALING WITH AND THAT’S TO TALK ABOUT THE HISTORIC FLOODING YOUR DISTRICT SAW LAST MONTH I ONLY HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE FOR YOU TO DO THIS AND I APOLOGIZE BUT WE KNOW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF YOUR HOME COUNT LOOK LIKE WELL WE’RE PULLING TOGETHER AND IT’S AMAZING TO SEE THE WAY PEOPLE THE RESILIENCE BUT IT HAS BEEN A HISTORIC DISASTER IS YOU MENTIONED TWO DOWNS BEING BREACHED ONE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND TREMENDOUS DEVASTATION FROM THE FLOODING I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS EMERGENCY DECLARATION THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED. WE REALLY NEED TO MOVE NOW TO A DISASTER DECLARATION SO THAT FEMA CAN BE FULLY ENGAGED HELPING PEOPLE IS WE NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS CRISIS BUT YOU’RE RIGHT. IT WAS ONE AND THEN IT WAS YOU KNOW JUST UNHEARD OF AND AND BUT I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WAY PEOPLE ARE PULLING TOGETHER AND HELPING THEIR NEIGHBORS. ABSOLUTE ALL RIGHT THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN TONIGHT’S TOWN HALL OUR NEXT GROUP OF LAWMAKERS REPRESENT DISTRICTS THAT STRETCH FROM THE SOUTHERN MOST PARTS OF THE STATE TO WEST MICHIGAN MID MICHIGAN DETROIT AND THE U P CONGRESSMAN DAN KILDEE WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE FLINT AREA IN WASHINGTON BACK IN TWO THOUSAND TWELVE THE DEMOCRAT HAS BEEN A VOCAL ADVOCATE IN CONGRESS ON SEVERAL ISSUES INCLUDING THE FLINT WATER CRISIS REPUBLICAN TIM WALBERG REPRESENTS PART OF THE SOUTH AND SOUTH CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE INCLUDING BRANCH EATEN AND HILLSDALE. IN OTHER COUNTIES HE SERVES ON THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE

WORKFORCE AND THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE REPRESENTATIVE BRENDA LAWRENCE IS FROM SOUTH FIELD AND SERVES THE FOURTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT COVERS MOST OF THE EASTERN PART OF DETROIT INCLUDING DOWNTOWN AND STRETCHES WEST TO TAKE IN PORTIONS OF OAKLAND COUNTY INCLUDING HER HOMETOWN GOP REPRESENTATIVE JACK BERGMAN REPRESENTS MICHIGAN’S GEOGRAPHICALLY LARGEST DISTRICT THE RETIRED MARINE CORPS LIEUTENANT GENERAL REPRESENTS THE ENTIRE UPPER PENINSULA AND SIXTEEN COUNTIES OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN A LAWMAKER WHO HAS MADE HEADLINES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS FIRST ELECTED AS A REPUBLICAN NOW SERVING AS AN INDEPENDENT JUSTIN UM I WHO RECENTLY CONSIDERED A RUN FOR PRESIDENT AS A LIBERTARIAN. HE REPRESENTS THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHICH IS CALHOUN VERY IONIA AND KENT COUNTIES YOU ALL FOR JOINING US TONIGHT NOW WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH SOMETHING THAT WE ALL COULD USE A LITTLE MORE OF AND THAT’S UNITY. WE GET OUR QUESTION TONIGHT FROM KRISTEN SHE’S ALONE ORDINARY AND THE UPPER PENINSULA WATCHING ON W J M AGAIN KEEP YOUR RESPONSES BRIEF BECAUSE WE WANT TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU TONIGHT HERE WHAT IF ANYTHING CAN BE DONE? FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL ON DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL TO GET PAST THE BICKERING AND NEED YOUR DISAGREEMENTS WE CAN COME OUT THE OTHER END OF THIS PANDEMIC A LITTLE MORE UNIFIED SO IT’S NOT JUST. THE PANDEMIC WITH ALL. THE UNREST AROUND THE COUNTRY IN THE WAKE OF THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD WE ALL NEED TO BE COMING TOGETHER CONGRESSMAN KILDEE WE WILL BEGIN WITH YOU WHAT DO YOU DOING? TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE THROUGH ALL OF THIS I THINK IT IS NOTABLE THAT SAYS THE CORONA VIRUS AND HIT US. CONGRESS ACTUALLY HAS ABLE TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY PAST FOUR BIPARTISAN HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOCKED TO SEE THAT BUT WE DID IT. WE CAME TOGETHER THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DON’T HAVE DIFFERENCES. BUT I THINK WHAT WE’VE SEEN WHEN OUR BACKS ARE AGAINST THE WALL IS THAT THE MUSLIM EVERY SIX MONTHS EVERY OVER OUR DEMOCRACY IS STILL PRETTY GOOD WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER THOSE OF US IN MICHIGAN PARTICULARLY TO WORK ACROSS THE ISLAND MAKE SURE THAT WHETHER IT IS DIRECT SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE BOYD OR HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES OR HEALTH CARE NEEDS THAT ARE GOING ON MET WHERE I THINK THE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE OF SUPPORT. IS STABLE GOVERNMENT. WE ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME TOGETHER OH MY TRANSLATES TO TRANSLATE SOME OF THE UNITY OF THIS CRISIS TO SOME OF THE OTHER BIG LONG TERM QUESTIONS THAT THIS COUNTRY FACES SUCH AS THE ISSUE OF RACISM THAT WE’VE SEEN SO SAYING SOME OF THE CONGRESSMAN BERGMAN SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT. THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD IN THE RESPONSE THAT WE HAVE SEEN AROUND THE STATE. WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?? IN RESPONSE TO THAT WELL THANKS FOR LETTING ME COME IN ON IT TONIGHT BECAUSE NUMBER ONE WE ALL COLUMNIST DEMOCRAT REPUBLIC A YOUNG AND OLD BLACK FLIGHT YOU NAME IT STAND WITH THE FAMILY OF GEORGE FLOYD THERE IS NO ROOM FOR BAD ACTORS IN OUR COUNTRY WHETHER THEY BE BAD COPS MAD INDIVIDUALS BAD BAD PERIOD WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT WAS FOUNDED BY PEOPLE WHO HAD A VERY VERY VERY DEEP CHASE AND I ASKED PEOPLE EVERY DAY. WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE? MOST PEOPLE WILL SAY HATE. I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU IT IS FEAR. WHAT WE SEE HERE COULD IF WE ALLOW IT DEVOLVED INTO HATE MY COLLEAGUES AND I WORK EVERY DAY IN D C FACE TO FACE NOW MORE VIRTUALLY FACE TO FACE BUT IT’S ABOUT LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY IT’S ABOUT STANDING FOR WHO WE ARE AND STANDING FOR OTHERS. WHO CAN’T STAND FOR THEMSELVES WE NEED LEADERSHIP ESPECIALLY AT ALL LEVELS BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU’VE SEEN IT EVERY DAY. I MEAN YOU SAW IT WITH THE SHERIFF IN GENESEE COUNTY YESTERDAY WE HAD PROTESTS AND HOLD PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN FIRST DISTRICT TODAY HOLDEN ON L. PENA WHERE THE POLICE MARCHED WITH THE PROTESTERS. WE ARE ABOUT LOVE WE ARE ABOUT FATE THAT’S HOW WE WE HAVE FOUNDED THIS COUNTRY THAT’S HOW WE BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED THANK YOU FOR THAT NOW CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE HOW DO YOU BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD ALL COME TOGETHER YOU

KNOW THIS COUNTRY THAT WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS NOT IDENTIFIED BY ETHNICITY BY ANY GREEK OF SAME ARE AMERICA BASED ON EMBRACING IDEAS BELIEFS AND VALUES AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON IS THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE WHO I AM NOW AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT WE HAVE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. AND SO IS THE PLACE WHERE MY FRUSTRATION KICKS IN WHEN WE FORGET ABOUT WHETHER YOU HAVE A R D ON YOUR BACK OR ON YOUR SHOULDER AND LOOK AT ARE THE VALUES ALIGN OUR POLICIES ALIGN WITH WHO WE ARE. IS AMERICANS AND WHEN WE DO THAT WE MOVE FORWARD THE EXAMPLE OF THE THE HEROES THAT EXAMPLE OF THE CARES ACT THESE AIR THINGS THAT WERE DRESSING WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS OUR BELIEFS AND OUR VALUES SO OFTEN IN REALLY NOW IN THIS ENVIRONMENT WE ARE LEAD FOR. THAT’S A REPUBLICAN POLICY OR BEST OF DEMOCRATIC. I’LL SEE THIS COUNTRY’S CONSTITUTION IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT CONSTITUTION. IT WAS ONE. IT WAS BOUGHT OUT BY TWO BODIES AND I HAVE ONE MAJOR CRITICISM IN THE SENATE. THEY ARE REFUELED THEY THE LEADERSHIP TO EVEN BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR THE SENATE VOTED UP OR VOTED DOWN OR EVEN DEBATED AND CHANGE TO POLICIES. THAT THEY FEEL ARE REFLECTIVE OF WHO WE ARE IS AMERICANS AND WHEN WE CAN GET TO THAT POINT WHERE WE’RE NOT VOTING BECAUSE WE’RE REPUBLICANS REQUESTS WERE DEMOCRAT. BUT DOES THAT BILL CONTAIN? WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY? THAT’S HOW WE MOVE FORWARD AND THIS DEATH OF THIS MAN. BY A HUMAN BEING IN A UNIFORM HAS BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO THE POINT THAT DO WE REALLY VALUE LIKE DO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE? REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR SKIN SHOULD BE TREATED WITH JUSTICE AND BE TREATED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY AND SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP AND TO ME I’M PRAYING BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN FOUR HUNDRED YEARS IN THE IN THE MAKING THAT WE HAVE FINALLY COME TO A POINT WHERE WHITE PEOPLE AS WELL AS BLACK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A COUNTRY WHERE WE VALUE LIES REGARDLESS OF THE SKIN COLOR OF OUR SKIN CONGRESSMAN AMASH IN THE WAKE OF ALL OF THIS AND WHAT WE’VE SEEN HAPPEN IS THERE ANYTHING CONGRESS CAN DO TO HELP ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS FIRST WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE FLOYD WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC AND. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE. FACED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE PARTICULARLY IN OUR BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES WHO FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES WHEN POLICE OFFICERS COME SO THEY’RE WORRIED THAT IF SOMEONE CALLS THE POLICE ON SOMETHING THAT’S A MINOR INFRACTION THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. THERE WILL BE DRAGGED AWAY IN HANDCUFFS SO WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE REAL CONCERNS FACING PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE VIEW THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH POLICE OFFICERS YOU KNOW IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU’RE FROM WHETHER YOU THINK THE POLICE ARE DOING GREAT WORK EVERY DAY OR WHETHER YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF TROUBLES AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT AND TRY TO WORK TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY A ZAFAR AS CONGRESS IS CONCERNED. I’VE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION UH IN THIS WEEK WHERE WE’RE GOING TO INTRODUCE IT ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY AND THIS IS A DOCTRINE THAT SAYS THAT POLICE OFFICERS WHO COMMIT VIOLATIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW WHERE THEY VIOLATE SOMEONE’S CIVIL RIGHTS. THEY ARE LARGELY IMMUNE FROM LIABILITY. IT’S VERY HARD FOR SOMEONE TO PRESS FOR CIVIL ACTION AGAINST THESE OFFICERS AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT POLICE OFFICERS ARE LIVE WELL JUST LIKE YOU AND I WOULD BE LIABLE IF WE HARM SOMEONE AND I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION IT WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES WE COULD MAKE IN THE LAW TO ENSURE THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE TREATED ARE TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE LAW CONGRESSMAN WALBERG WHAT CAN YOU DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO CREATE SOME UNDERSTANDING? THINK ONE OF THE THINGS AND I APPRECIATE. IT’S A COMMENTS IN MY COLLEAGUES BUT ONE THING WE NEED TO HOP ON RIGHT NOW IS THE FACT THAT I THINK IT’S IF IT ISN’T ONE HUNDRED PERCENT IS CLOSE TO A HUNDRED PERCENT OF AMERICANS RIGHT NOW BELIEVE THAT GEORGE FLOYD WAS MURDERED AND THAT A POLICE OFFICER AND THREE OFFICERS LOOKING ON PERPETRATED THAT CRIME THERE ISN’T A DISAGREEMENT AND IN A TIME WHERE WE SEE A LOT OF DISAGREEMENTS AND SEPARATION AND DISUNITY IN OUR COUNTRY

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP ON AZIZ I WATCHED THE FIRST TIME THAT HORRIFIC VIDEO. LAST WEEK I KNOW MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW MY COLLEAGUES KNOW THAT I’M A MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT HAS AN AFRICAN SUN AH A AH A DAUGHTER AND SON IN LAW THAT I PERFORMED THE WEDDING CEREMONY FOR. AND AS I WATCHED THE FACE OF GEORGE FLOYD I PICTURE MY SON IN LAW THERE. IT WAS A HORRIFIC SIGHT AND I THINK THERE’S A TIME RIGHT NOW THAT AMERICA CAN COME TOGETHER. AND WE CAN LOOK AT SOME OF THE ISSUES RELATIVE TO UH FERRETING OUT THE BAD ACTORS AMONGST OUR POLICE OFFICERS WHICH ARE VERY FEW. BUT THIS GROUP OF FOUR SOLID EVERYBODY WE TALKED TODAY ABOUT THE IDEA OF LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN BRING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT. THE MEDAL WITH THE STATES AND LOCALS BUT WHEN A POLICE OFFICER LIKE THE OFFICER WHO MURDERED GEORGE FLOYD HAD TWELVE UH UH INSIDE INSTRUCTIONS AGAINST HIM ALREADY WHY WAS HE STILL CONTINUING ON? MAYBE IT’S TIME AT THAT POINT WHERE THE RECORDS AFTER TWO OF THOSE TYPE OF THINGS WOULD COME UP THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE AND TAKE IT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY OR EVEN THE STATE AND SAY. WE HAVE TO FIND OUT WHY THIS OFFICE GOING BAD. THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING AT BUT AGAIN USING THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHERE WE GENERALLY AGREE THAT SOMETHING HORRIFIC WAS DONE. LET’S TURN WHAT THAT HAPPENED INTO AND THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE NOT. THE RIOTS BUT THE DEMONSTRATION UNDER FIRST AMENDMENT AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN TOGETHER. NUMBERS YOU HAVE ALL BEEN VERY ELOQUENT AND ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS I WANT TO ASK YOU TO BE BRIEF IN. THIS NEXT ROUND WE HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE OF PEACE RENEE AND WHOLE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY SOME BELIEVE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PROVIDE MONEY TO HELP STATES RECOVER FINANCIALLY FROM THE COUNT OF CORONA VIRUS. SHE GOES ON TO SAY SHE THINKS IT’S A STATE ISSUE. WHAT ABOUT IT? CONGRESSMAN KILDEE SHOULD. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELP STATES BALANCE THERE BUT. YES THEY SHOULD. IN MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AGREE WITH THAT STATE’S DIDN’T CHOOSE TO HAVE COVID-19 MICHIGAN DID NOT CHOOSE TO BE ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS BECAUSE WE HAVE A DEPENDENCY ON SALES TAX AND INCOME TAX LAW WITH GASOLINE TAX WE’RE GETTING HIT REALLY HARD WE SHOULD BE REALLY CLEAR ABOUT THIS. THERE IS NOT THE WILL IN CONGRESS TO SUPPORT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FILL THOSE DEFICITS THAT WILL MEAN POLICE OFFICERS FIREFIGHTERS BASIC FIRST RESPONDERS ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY WILL BE DIMINISHED SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE LAID OFF. NO ONE CHOSE THIS GOVERNOR IS IN THE MOST DIFFICULT POSITION. ALL THE STATE LEGISLATURE CAN APPROPRIATE MONEY THAT’S NOT THERE THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS REQUIRES A NATIONAL RESPONSE JUST LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS STEPPING IN TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED LARGE BUSINESSES THAT ARE FEELING SMALL BUSINESSES THAT NEED A BRIDGE UNTIL THIS CRISIS IS OVER LOCAL. GOVERNMENTS NEED THE SAME THING IN THE STATE GOVERNMENT DOES AS WELL THIS IS ESSENTIAL IN A CRISIS THAT NOBODY HERE ASKED FOR AND WE DO NEED TO GO HELP KEEP THOSE ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICE THOSE BASIC ELEMENTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY FUNDED CONGRESSMAN BERGMAN PLEASE WEIGH IN ON THIS IS WELL WELL I’M GOING TO HAVE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THEN MY MY COLLEAGUE HAD BEEN A LONG TWENTY SEVEN TO MAY. I LET A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR FROM MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS URGING THE STATE TO SHARE THE CORNER CORONA VIRUS RELIEF FUND RESOURCE IS WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UH YOU KNOW HAZARD PAY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS RIGHT NOW MICHIGAN HAS ACCESS TO OVER THREE BILLION WITH A B DOLLARS IN CORONA VIRUS REALLY FUN. OUR JOB AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PROVIDE RESOURCE IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE CITIZENS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUSES BUSINESSES CAN OPEN UP WHEN THIS IT OPENS THAT’S OUR PRIMARY ROLE AND THIS IS NOT THE VEIL OUT THIS IS A HAND I THINK THE PARTY LOST PART OF THAT SIGNAL. IT WILL MOVE ON

CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE IS MORE MONEY ON THE WAY TO THE STATE YES I’M A FORMER MAYOR I REALIZED CLEARLY. THE CHALLENGE IS THAT CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY AND HAVE EXPERIENCED SO JUST TALK ABOUT THE CITY OF. THE TRAIN ALMOST A THIRD OF ITS TAX BERGEN WHO CAME FROM THE CASINOS. THEY WERE SHUT DOWN THINK ABOUT THE REVENUE THAT IS GENERATED BY. THE ECONOMY A SMALL BIT. EVERYTHING WAS SHUT DOWN SO UNLIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CITIES AND STATES AND COUNTIES MUST BALANCE THEIR BUDGET AND IF THEY DON’T BOUNCE THEIR BUDGET WHEN YOU WERE HAVING THIS DEBATE ABOUT WHERE THE MONEY WENT WHICH WE SHOULD I AGREE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. WE SHOULD HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ANY FEDERAL DOLLARS THAT WE ALLOCATE TO OUR STATES. BUT IF WE DON’T THEN THE FINAL DECISION OF CUTTING BACK ON SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION CUTTING BACK ON THE AND INFRASTRUCTURE CUTTING BACK ON FIRE AND POLICE WILL BE A REALITY IN ALL OUR COMMUNITIES. SO WHILE WE HAVE THAT OVERSIGHT OVER WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING WE MUST ENSURE THAT WE AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IF YOU THINK THIS CORONA SHUTDOWN HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY JUST THINK ABOUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND YOUR MAJOR ECONOMIC CENTERS IN THIS COUNTRY WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO DO BECAUSE THEY WILL BE BOUNCING THEIR BUDGETS AND IT WILL CREATE A EVEN MORE THAN A LEVEL WE SEE WHERE THE SHUTDOWN CONGRESSMAN AMASH IS MONEY FOR STATE BUDGET SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD SUPPORT WELL THESE ARE UNDOUBTEDLY DIFFICULT TIMES BUT IT’S PRECISELY BECAUSE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS THAT WE SHOULD LEAVE DECISIONS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT THEY SHOULD BE MAKING THESE KINDS OF FISCAL DECISIONS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMUNITY SO THAT CITIZENS ARE MAKING THE DECISION FOR WHAT IS SPENT AND WHAT IS NOT SPENT AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ROLE. I’VE SAID MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THIS ORDEAL THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE NOT GETTING BAILED OUT ARE ORDINARY AMERICANS REGULAR PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING BILL DOWN WE’RE BAILING OUT BIG CORPORATIONS AND NOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BAIL OUT STATES AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS AND THE PEOPLE AREN’T GETTING THE BENEFITS THAT THEY NEED AND THAT’S A REAL SHAME. THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. IS MONEY SHOULD HAVE GONE DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE NOT THROUGH A CONVOLUTED SYSTEM OF FUNNELING IT THROUGH HERE AND THERE AND MAKING PEOPLE JUMP THEIR HOOKS TO GET SUPPORT WE SHOULD GIVE MONEY DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE AND THAT’S WHAT I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE DON’T BAIL ANYONE OUT BIG CORPORATIONS GOVERNMENTS HELP THE PEOPLE DIRECTLY CONGRESSMAN WALBERG AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN CAN YOU EXPLAIN IF YOU THINK INITIATION MICHIGAN SHOULD BE GETTING MORE I SAT IN A HEARING YESTERDAY IN WASHINGTON SIX OF US REPUBLICANS SHOWED UP IN TOWN AND. I THINK ONE OF THE NECESSITIES IS TO GET US BACK THE SENATE IS MEETING. WE OUGHT TO BE MEETING AND THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND I THINK WE CAN FIND OUT THAT THERE ARE SOLUTIONS BUT THEY AREN’T A SIMPLE AS JUST SAYING LET’S BAIL OUT A STATE WE’VE SPENT THREE TRILLION DOLLARS ALREADY RELATIVE THE COVID AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GAVE GAVE GUIDANCE AND. INITIALLY THAT THAT CAUSE GOVERNORS TO DO WHAT THEY DID SINCE THAT TIME GOVERNORS HAVE DONE VERY DIFFERENT THINGS THE THREE GOVERNORS IN FRONT OF US INCLUDING OUR OWN GOVERNOR HAD DONE IT ALL DIFFERENTLY BASED HUTCHINSON FROM ARKANSAS I NEVER SHUT DOWN THE STATE UH JARED POLIS HAS OPENED UP COLORADO MUCH MORE RAPIDLY OURS IS SLOW IN COMING AND SO AS I SAID TO OUR GOVERNOR OF THE THREE POINT TWO TRILLION DOLLARS THAT YOU STILL HAVE TO SPEND BASICALLY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT THAT. WE CAN’T YOU ALREADY I WANT TO SEE HOW THAT WORKS FIRST AND THEN WE’LL LOOK AT WHAT IS A NECESSITY? AS A RESULT OF WHAT WE REQUIRED TO DO AS A RESULT OF COVERT BEYOND THAT I DON’T THINK MY TAXPAYERS NOR THE TAXPAYERS IN OHIO INDIANA OTHER STATES ARE WILLING TO SIMPLY BAIL OUT STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR THINGS THAT THEY’VE DONE WITH THEIR BUDGETS OVER THE YEARS THANK YOU VERY MUCH THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING WITH US OUR FINAL SEGMENT FEATURES MICHIGAN’S TO SENATOR DEMOCRATS DEBBIE STAB AL AND GARY PETERS STABBING NOW IS MICHIGAN SENIOR SENATOR SERVING IN THE SENATE SINCE TWO THOUSAND. WHEN SHE BECAME MICHIGAN’S FIRST FEMALE U S SENATOR SHE SERVES AS THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC POLICY COMMITTEE AND HAS BEEN A SUPPORTER. OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOOD ASSISTANCE AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE GARY PETERS HAS SERVED IN THE SENATE SINCE TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN THE DEMOCRATS SERVED IN THE U S NAVY RESERVE AND HAS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER. OF OUR

NATION’S VETERANS. HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HE ALSO SERVES ON THE SENATE ARMS SERVICES COMMITTEE. BOTH HAVE BEEN STRONG ADVOCATES FOR PROTECTING THE GREAT LAKES AND PROVIDING CLEAN WATER FOR OUR STATE. WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE U S WE HAVE SOME ANGER AND FRUSTRATION IN THE WAKE OF THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD SO OUR FIRST QUESTION FOR YOU SENATORS IS FROM AMANDA IN GRAND RAPIDS AND SHE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT RESOURCE IS WILL YOU USE TO DETERMINE THE BEST WAY TO ERADICATE SYSTEMIC RACISM IN OUR COUNTRY AND SENATOR PETERS WE WILL BEGIN WITH YOU WELL WELL THANK YOU THEN IT IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT QUESTION. PARTICULARLY AFTER THE HORRIFIC INCIDENT AND THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD CERTAINLY ALL OF OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS OCCASIONALLY IT HAPPENS AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES UNDERLYING RACISM ON A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT HAS NOT PERFORMED IN A WAY THAT IS EQUITABLE THAT IN THIS COUNTRY EVERYBODY NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE NO MATTER WHERE YOU LOSE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY UNDER. THE LAW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO ALL THE ONE PARTICULAR EFFORT THAT I’VE BEEN ENGAGED IN IS TO CREATE A NATIONAL COMMISSION ON A CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACTUALLY. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE FIFTY YEARS AGO DURING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN OUR HISTORY IN THE NINETEEN SIXTIES AND A NEED TO TAKE A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OVER TWO HUNDRED RECOMMENDATIONS CAME OUT OF THAT COMMISSION MOST ALL OF THEM WERE ADOPTED. WE MADE MAJOR CHANGES SOME OF THEM WERE FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD LIKE WHEN YOU DIAL NINE ONE ONE ON YOUR PHONE THAT ACTUALLY CAME OUT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION FIFTY YEARS AGO WELL A LOT HAS HAPPENED IN FIFTY YEARS. AND WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO AND WE NEED TO REVISIT THAT. IN FACT AFTER THE HORRIBLE EVENTS IN FERGUSON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REPORT THAT CAME OUT THEIR TOP RECOMMENDATION WAS TO HAVE THIS KIND OF ROD COMMISSION THAT WILL DO A COMPLETE LOOK AND THE BILL THAT I’VE INTRODUCED WE ACTUALLY PASSED IT IN THE SENATE IN THE LAST SESSION WE WILL HOPEFULLY PASS IT AGAIN AND SEND IT OVER TO. THE HOUSE HAS BROUGHT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT MY BILL HAS TWENTY CO SPONSORS ROUGHLY HALF REPUBLICANS HALF DEMOCRATS I’VE GOT THE SUPPORT OF EVERY MAJOR GROUP ASSOCIATE ID WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUE. THAT MEANS ALL OF THE MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS THE LEVEL A C URBAN LEAGUE NATIONAL ACTION THAT AS WELL AS ALL THE MAJOR LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS REPRESENTING POLICE OFFICERS AND PROSECUTORS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET EVERYBODY AROUND THE TABLE ON PUT TOGETHER A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO DEAL WITH SIX OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS COMPLEX. WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT IN A COMPREHENSIVE WAY AND WE HAVE TO HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO GET IT DONE ON THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND GET EVERYBODY TOGETHER FROM ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM. WE’VE DONE IT BEFORE. IN THIS COUNTRY WE DID IT FIFTY YEARS AGO IT WASN’T PERFECT BUT IT MOVED JUST IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. DO IT AGAIN AND NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SENATOR STANDING OUT IN THE WAKE OF THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD AND THE REACTION THAT WE’VE SEEN AROUND THE NATION AND RIGHT HERE IN OUR STATE. WHAT CAN YOU DO FROM A FEDERAL LEVEL TO TRY TO HEAL SOME OF THAT PAIN AND TRY TO END SOME OF THE SYSTEMIC RACES WELL RICK IT’S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU TO BOTH YOU AND SHERRY AND I APPRECIATE THIS DISCUSSION THIS AGING YOU KNOW IT IS HORRIBLE WHAT HALF RICK AND I THINK ALL OF US WATCH CHANGE THAT VIDEO WERE WE’RE STUNNED. I KNOW I FELT THAT I WISH I COULD GO RIGHT INTO VIDEO AND PUSH. THE OFFICER OF OF GEORGE FLOYD’S NECK AND IT WAS STUNNING TO SEE THAT THERE WAS NOT UH INTERNATIONAL TO DO THAT AND I’M VERY GLAD THAT THERE ARE CHARGES BEING BROUGHT THIS EVENING. CERTAINLY THESE KINDS OF THINGS HAVE GONE ON TOO OFTEN AND TOO AND. I UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT PEOPLE FEEL IN THE ANGER IN THIS YEAR THAT PEOPLE CLEAR AND THIS HAS GOT TO. I DO BELIEVE WE’RE AT A POINT NOW WHERE DOES AN OPPORTUNITY? TO DO THAT? I THINK ESSENTIALLY FOR US EVEN THOUGH DECISIONS ARE MADE LOCALLY BY LOCAL PROSECUTORS AND MAYORS AND STATES AND. SO ON WE DO PROVIDE CENTRAL FUNDING AS VERY IMP. THAT REACH MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TIME THAT TWO MORE ACCOUNTABILITY TRANSPARENCY TRAINING WEII ARE

WORKING AS A DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS I HOPE THIS WILL BE BY PARIS FRENCH SENATOR CORY BOOKER AND COLIN HARRIS ARE MEETING US ON A PACKAGE OF BILLS THAT WOULD ADDRESS THOSE THINGS LET ME ALSO SAY THAT I RELEASED A REPORT FROM THE POLICY COMMUNITY NIGHT CHEER ON WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE LARGER QUESTION RACIAL DISPARITIES UNDER COVID-19 RACIAL DISPARITIES SO UH DISPLAY RIGHT NOW AND WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE LATCH THOSE HEALTH CARE THAT CREATES A SITUATION WHERE WHILE WE HAVE FOURTEEN PERCENT OF OUR CITIZENS IN MICHIGAN BEING AFRICAN AMERICAN THAT COMPRISE FORTY PERCENT OF THE DESK WHEN WE LOOK AT HOUSING AND FOOD DISPARITIES AND JOHN DISPARITIES AND WE LOOK AT THE SYSTEM ENJOYING THIS CONCERT A HOME AND WORK FROM HOME BECAUSE THEY’RE ESSENTIAL WORKERS GOING IN EVERY DAY AND KEEPING THE ECONOMY GOING KEEPING A SAFE WORKING IN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES AND SO ON AND DISPROPORTIONATELY THESE ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO MAY NOT FIND THEMSELVES BEING PAID ENOUGH TO EVEN TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN FAMILY. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SCHOOL CAUSES AND YOUR AN ESSENTIAL WORKER AND YOU HAVE TO GO TO WORK ANYWAY. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR OWN SHOP SO THERE ARE A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS EDUCATION HEALTH CARE TO. TRY ME HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED BUT IMMEDIATELY WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICE REFORMS IN CROW JUSTICE REFORMS AS A PART OF THAT OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FOCUSED ON THE CORONA VIRUS AND THE TOLL IT’S TAKEN ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR MONTHS. AND DOESN’T NEED TO PROMOTE THIS ON W JR. HE HAS A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION SHE WANTS TO KNOW WHEN AND I WILL INCLUDE IF PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE A SECOND STIMULUS PAYMENT. SENATOR PETERS WELL I THINK WE’RE WE HAVE TO SEE HOW THINGS CONTINUE TO UNFOLD RIGHT NOW I THINK ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS TO. MAKE SURE THAT THOSE FOLKS WHO FIND THEMSELVES UNEMPLOYED CAN CONTINUE TO PUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD AND PUT FOOD ON ON THE TABLE THERE’S CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE THAT IS AVAILABLE AND PART OF THIS THE CARES ACT AND THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT I WORKED A GREAT DEAL ON WAS TO. MAKE SURE THAT SO COULDN’T NORMALLY GET UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COULD QUALIFY FOR FOLKS SO ARE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS PEOPLE WHO ARE PART OF THE GIG ECONOMY ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS FOLKS WHO DRIVE UBER’S FOR EXAMPLE THESE WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE IMPACTED IN A MAJOR WAY AND WE’RE FACING A DIRE FINANCIAL SITUATION. MOST FAMILIES ARE IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION IF YOU MISS A PAYCHECK AND IF YOU MISS TWO YOU ARE INCREDIBLY SERIOUS POSITION SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE FOLKS WERE TAKEN CARE OF BUT ALSO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WE WILL ALL WANT THIS ECONOMY TO OPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO MAKE SURE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE THEY ARE THE ENGINE OF GROWTH THEY ARE THE FOLKS THAT CREATE JOBS AND AND AND ALLOW OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROSPER AND IF THEY DON’T SURVIVE A RECOVERY IN THIS ECONOMY WILL TAKE A WHOLE LOT LONGER THAT’S WHY WE’VE PUT IN THE A PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE THAT EMPLOYEES COULD STAY ON THE PAYROLL. THOSE FOLKS WHO FOUND THEIR COMPANY HAD TO SHUTTER THEIR DOORS THAT THEY COULD CONTINUE TO STAY ON THE PAYROLL THAT PROGRAM NEEDED TO CONSTANTLY BE REFINED AND. IT’S AN EXAMPLE TODAY IN THE SENATE WE PASSED LEGISLATION ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE IN A FIVE PERSON WAY PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. DEMOCRATS REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER TO PROVIDE EVEN MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES. SO A ZOO. WE CONTINUE TO US GUESS WHERE THE ECONOMY IS HOW PEOPLE ARE BEING IMPACTED SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES. SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT MAKING THE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS WE’RE FACING A DOUBLE PUNCH HERE. A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND AN ECONOMIC CRISIS AT THE SAME TIME AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO GET THROUGH THE ECONOMIC CRISIS WE HAVE TO TREAT THE FUNDAMENTAL DISEASE AND THE VIRUS AND SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE AND OTHER INVESTMENTS WILL BE MAKING ARE RELATED TO TESTING AND PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT. BUT I THINK AND A FACE AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED OF THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED THAT IF THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO NEED SOME STIMULUS TO GET BACK UP ON ITS FEET WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO DO THAT BECAUSE IF THE ECONOMY STUMBLES TOO MUCH AND GOES INTO A DEEP RECESSION THE RECOVERY TAKES A WHOLE LOT LONGER AND THE COST IS A WHOLE LOT LONGER WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO STAND BEHIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE WE GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER AND HAVE THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL TO GET UP ON OUR FEET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THANK YOU SENATOR PETERS SENATOR STABBING A YOUR

RESPONSE TO A SECOND STIMULUS PAYMENT. WELL I CERTAINLY SUPPORT DOING THAT BUT I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO AS WELL AND I WANT TO THANK SENATOR PETERS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT FASHION FOR FOLKS THAT ARE YOU KNOW SALES IS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE LEADERSHIP THAT’S THAT NORMALLY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET HELP DURING THIS PANDEMIC DOWN MAKE HIM AND THE OTHER FOLKS OPEN ABLE. TO DO THAT IS BASED ON HIS LEGISLATION. SO I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THAT BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO BE THINKING LONGER TERM ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO NEED RIGHT NOW WHETHER IT’S THROUGH THE ASSISTANCE YOU KNOW WITH THAT FOLKS COMING INTO THE FOOD BANKS THAT HAVE BEEN SO SO NEVER SEEN BEFORE THEY’VE NEVER HAD TO ASK FOR HELP BEFORE AND SO WE NEED SOME INCREASES IN SUPPORT UNDER. THIS NUTRITION PROGRAM AND AND SOME HOUSING HELP FOR FOLKS AND THE SERIOUS CAN THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT. I’M ALSO REALLY PLEASED AS WE ROUND PROGRAM PROGRAM THIS EVENING THAT IN FACT THIS SENATE DID PASS AND PETER’S I’VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO GET THIS EXTENSION ON THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM BECAUSE WE’VE GOT SO MANY UH RESTAURANTS AND FOLKS IN TOURISM AND OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO USE THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT WAS INITIALLY SET OUT AND SO THAT WERE REALLY HARD AND WELL YEARS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROGRAM WAY WAIT WE GOT THE WORD THAT WE FIND THE VISION HE HAD SOME OBJECTIONS SO FAR INSIDE INSISTED ON ALISON WE WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY GET THAT DOWN SO SO THAT’S A GOOD THING. BUT THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS ACTUALLY NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR FOLKS BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT FREAKED YOU KNOW SALT OF OF ANYONE’S. WHEN THIS YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE TOLD YOUR EXPOSURE TO ASK HOME FOR FOURTEEN DAYS YOU LOSE A PAYCHECK ON BEN. THIS WAS CLOSED FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND THEN YOU HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT RIGHT AS WELL. IN TRANSPORTATION CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR YOUR BUSINESS CAUSES THAT PUT. PUT YOUR LIFE INTO AND ON AGAIN WE UNDERSTAND ALL OF THAT THIS WAS ABOUT TACKLING AND IT’S SAVING LIVES WHICH KIND OF TAR RORY BUT NOW IS. WE COME OUT OF THIS AND CULTURALLY IN A SENSIBLE WAY SO WE’RE CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON HEALTH AND SAYING NICE IT IS GOING TO TAKE A AND IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE THERE T HAVE PEOPLE’S BACKS AS WE COME OUT OF THIS ALL RIGHT THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM GARY IN A SKODA AND. HIS QUESTION IS ABOUT THE RISING WATERS IN MICHIGAN. HE WANTS TO KNOW. WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE HERE IN OUR STATE IN THE WAKE OF ESPECIALLY THAT FLOODING IN MICHIGAN YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE EACH FOR YOUR ANSWER. SENATOR PETERS WILL START WITH YOU WELL WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS ALL ACROSS THE STATE THAT WE HAVE TO INVEST IN AND. CERTAINLY WE SAW THE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T MAINTAIN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN MIDLAND WITH THE FAILURE OF TWO DAMS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED IT WAS A TRAGEDY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. WE CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN EVER AGAIN IN ANY COMMUNITY IN OUR STATE AND HAVE TO BE MAKING INVESTMENTS THAT ARE ON BUILD ON WHAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS DID. I WILL MENTION ONE PARTICULAR AREA THAT I’M FOCUSED ONE IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE EXPAND HIGH SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET THIS PANDEMIC HAS DEFINITELY SHOWN BUT NOW THAT WE’RE ALL ON OUR VARIOUS ABS AND COMMUNICATING ONLINE AND IS OUR STUDENTS ARE BEING EDUCATED ONLINE UNFORTUNATELY A THIRD OF THE STUDENTS IN OUR STATE DON’T HAVE CONNECTIVITY. THEY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND DO IT IN WAYS THAT ARE NESS AS WELL AS NEW TECHNOLOGIES LIKE TELE MEDICINE WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICES WELL PEOPLE ARE IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR HOME AND THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOME. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO MAKE IS A COUNTRY TO BE A WORLD CLASS ECONOMY WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS UP TO THE STANDARDS SO THAT THEY’RE GOING TO THAT. WE’RE GOING TO NEED TO CONTINUE TO LEAD THE RIGHTS SENATOR THANK YOU VERY MUCH SENATOR SAM AND I’M SORRY WE ONLY HAVE A MINUTE. SO IF YOU COULD QUICKLY ADDRESS THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WELL FIRST FIRST OF ALL THAT THE PERSON ASKING THE QUESTIONS FROM A SKODA IN CERTAINLY PRE FAST IS AN ISSUE AND WIRE QUALITY AND WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WELLS AND. THERE’S SO MANY DIFFERENT CHALLENGES FOR US. WATER UH WE HAVE A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE BILL IS COMING BEFORE THE SENATE YOU’RE WORKING TO BOTH HOUSE SOME HELP ON PEOPLE OSEMELE ON EROSION A SWELL. WHAT HAPPENS IN MISS MID MICHIGAN THAT RELATES TO THE JAMS THE SONG WHICH IS A VERY COMPLICATED TO HORRIBLE SITUATION AS WELL AND THEN ASSESS THE CULTURE OF THE BIPARTISAN GREAT LAKES TASK FORCE OF COURSE I’M VERY VERY FOCUSED ON THE

BIGGER ISSUES PROTECTING OUR GREAT LAKES SENATORS BOTH THANK YOU VERY MUCH TONIGHT WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE THAT IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE TONIGHT WE WOULDN’T THINK EVERYBODY IN OUR DELEGATION WE’VE NEVER. HAD TEN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD COME TOGETHER BOTH UNITED STATES SENATORS TO TAKE THE QUESTION FROM YOU THE VOTERS WHAT WE WANT TO THANK OUR VIEWERS AND FROM ALL OF US HERE AT W L N S AND LANSING AND WOOD TV AND GRAND RAPIDS AS WELL AS W J M N AND THE NEXT STAR BROADCASTING NETWORK THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND TO OUR PARTNER STATIONS LOCAL THIRTY TWO AND CADILLAC W J R T IN FLINT AND CLICK ON DETROIT A BIG THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS AND MAKING IT ALL STATEWIDE. A SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU SHARING FOR OUR FIRST JOINT VENTURE AS SISTER STATIONS DOING THIS I HOPE THIS IS FOR FIRST OF MANY AND LOOK FORWARD TO DOING IT AGAIN. TECHNOLOGY IS INTERESTING IN THE TIME OF CORONA VIRUS. BUT THANKS TO A LOT OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF YOUR STATION AND HOURS WE WERE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER SO THANKS TO THE PRODUCTION CREWS FROM BOTH W COLONISTS AND WOOD TV AND THANKS MOST OF ALL TO YOU YOURS FOR BEING WITH US

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