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Peters False Attacks Continue During Pandemic

Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox called on Senator Gary Peters to demand that his allies halt the airing of several false ads that have been running on Michigan airwaves during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the ads, Michigan residents with deep ties to the Michigan Democrat Party, Gary Peters, and other progressive special interest groups make several blatantly false climes about John James and his stances on healthcare. Claims that are heightened in the publics' mind due to Michiganders continuing concerns about the ongoing pandemic. 

The five Democrat activists in the ad, all with ties to Democrat causes and Gary Peters, are Lee Anzicek, Terry Gannon, Carole Gannon, and Wally Niezguski. These individuals have all given to Democrat and liberal causes, according to FEC records. Sheron Williams, who is also in the ad, participated in a Gary Peters campaign event and is pictured with Peters at that event. 

“While Michiganders continue to suffer the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gary Peters and his allies continue to attack combat veteran John James with a false healthcare narrative built on lies,” said Cox. “If Gary Peters had any integrity, he would call for the withdrawal of those false ads immediately and stop trying to politicize this pandemic.”

This is not the first time Peters has been called into question about trying to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, the Michigan Republican Party pointed to a Peters campaign website which was touted as a resource on COVID-19, but was actually soliciting donations for Peters' Senate campaign.

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Michigan Businesses Forge Ahead in Combatting Coronavirus

In the days and weeks since Michigan had its first confirmed cases of coronavirus, Michigan businesses have helped in the fight against this invisible enemy and its effects. Across the state, dozens of small, mid and large businesses have stepped up to the plate to produce personal protection equipment, sanitization supplies and countless other goods and services to ensure Michigan’s preparedness.

“Michigan businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy, and they continue to keep us moving, even in the wake of the coronavirus.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Despite these difficult times, our state is once again rising to the occasion as the arsenal of ingenuity – ensuring Michiganders have the supplies they need to combat COVID-19. On behalf of the Michigan Republican Party, I would simply like to say, thank you.”

Miracle in Plymouth: UAW worker celebrates Ford making 1M face shields in 13 days  - Detroit Free Press

Long Road Distillers making hand sanitizer - Grand Haven Tribune

Shirkey's Orbitform building N95 mask sanitizer machine for hospitals - Crains Detroit

Local restaurants offering produce as well as carry-out orders - WXYZ

Jack's Fresh Market now offering trooper grocery delivery - WLUC

Romulus tool company produces sneeze guards to fight COVID-19 - WXYZ

Dow ramps up hand sanitizer manufacturing efforts - Midland Daily News

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Congressional Delegation Steps Up for Michigan

In Michigan’s greatest time of need, our Republican congressional delegation has risen to the occasion helping aid their constituents throughout the coronavirus pandemic. From bringing members of their district home who were caught overseas, to securing federal funding for cities in their districts – our members are working hard to mitigate the effects of this virus. 

“Our congressional delegation members have stepped up to the plate in working to ensure their communities have all they need to fight this invisible enemy,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued “Furthermore, our representatives have been essential in securing funding and aid for those effected by the coronavirus outbreak – and I join countless Michiganders who are grateful for their leadership.”

Bumpy road back for Esky couple - Escanaba Daily Press

“Tim gave his thanks to those that helped him and Julie get home, including their family, friends, Rep. Bergman’s office, the U.S. Embassy in Honduras and the people stationed at Soto Cano Air Base.” 

Rep. Jack Bergman Reacts to Coronavirus Stimulus Bill - 9&10 News

“Just an hour after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the coronavirus stimulus bill, Northern Michigan’s news leader caught up with representative Jack Bergman from the state’s first district. He says he is excited to see the bill which will funnel money to Michigan’s hurting small businesses and residents.”

GR, Half a dozen other West Michigan communities to receive federal grants through HUD - Fox 17

“The office of Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) announced that multiple West Michigan communities will be receiving federal grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are authorized by the CARES Act and are designed to aid communities in responding to challenges created by COVID-19.”

Huizenga pitches aid for doctors, nurses, other first responders - WOOD TV

“U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is now introducing his “HEROES Act of 2020,” which he says will give a break for those in the thick of the battle. ‘The idea is to give a little bonus to the people on the front lines: police, fire, nurses, EMTs, doctors. People on the front lines right now. Here’s what we paralleled it on: When we send a soldier to combat, we suspend their federal income tax. I want to do the same thing for these doctors and nurses. We know that’s not enough, but at least it’s a good step,’ he said.” 

Congressman John Moolenar Reacts to Coronavirus Stimulus Bill - 9&10 News

On the healthcare front there, you know, just to make sure we have the personal protection equipment that our healthcare providers need. Our smaller rural hospitals that have had challenges over the years, we want to make sure they continue to be a resource. It also provides funding for rural broadband and that’s going to help out our job providers as well as tele medicine and it makes sure that we’re able to provide health care across a large geographic area in northern Michigan,” 

American spirit is indomitable. Never helpless, never hopeless - The Detroit News

“Everywhere we look, we see the competitive spirit and camaraderie of Americans — whether it’s as individuals or companies — unleashing a monumental response filled with compassion, determination, ingenuity and innovation. From heroic acts by doctors and nurses, as well as numerous acts of charity and kindness by individuals or organizations, we are rising to meet the moment as patriots with a can-do attitude to defeat this invisible enemy.” 

Upton updates businesses on COVID-19 legislation - The Herald - Palladium

“During a conference call Monday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton gave several business owners who were tuning into a call regarding the recent CARES Act that passed in Congress. A number of provisions in the CARES Act applies to small business owners, and Upton wanted to share some information about forgiving small businesses loans that can now be taken out to protect jobs, keep folks on payroll with their benefits, and to keep these businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.”

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton visits West Michigan hospitals, food distribution centers - WWMT

“U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Kalamazoo, was in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, visiting hospitals, food distribution centers and other locations, like the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, to make sure they're prepared in the event of mass hospitalizations statewide.”

Lenawee County resident back in county after nearly being stuck in Haiti - Leconnect

“With the time we are in, it’s so easy to be armchair quarterbacks with our politicians. Everything seems to be so negative when we as a country should be coming together,” he said. “Every official I contacted was more than willing to help where possible. Walberg’s office went above and beyond. It was a bright spot in this dorm time we are in.”

Walberg votes for coronavirus aid package - Monroe Evening News

“The CARES Act now heads to President Trump’s desk to become law. ‘These are incredibly trying times that have put people’s jobs, health, and livelihoods at risk. Swift action is needed to help communities in Michigan weather this crisis,’ Walberg said. ‘The CARES Act is the third Coronavirus emergency relief bill and the most significant yet. It will provide direct cash payments to workers trying to make ends meet, assist small businesses struggling to stay afloat and keep people employed, and support hospitals and health care professionals in urgent need of medical equipment. As we work together to overcome the Coronavirus, more resources are on the way.’”

CARES Act passes with support of local congressman - Huron Daily Tribune

“During the debate on the package on Friday, Mitchell spoke for a minute about his support for the bill, mainly for how it works to protect the health of the American people while also extending a lifeline to businesses both big and small. ‘This bill is certainly not perfect, rarely to we see perfect in this chamber, and certainly not under these circumstances,’ Mitchell said during his time speaking on Friday. ‘However, we cannot delay, we cannot waiver. We must ensure that this aid is delivered to the American people as soon as possible.’”

Gottheimer, Mitchell urge the IRS to delay tax filing deadline – Sparta Independent

“On Friday, March 13, 2020, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the deadline for tax filings for individuals and business filers by ninety days. This request is in direct response to the impact that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having.”

 

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Michigan Steps Up Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the days and weeks since the coronavirus has started to effect Michiganders and their way of life, Michigan businesses have stepped up to help.

Orbitform Building Sanitizing Machines for Medical Masks - WKHM

“One of the vital products for frontline medical pros treating COVID-19 is the N-95 mask and other personal protective equipment. Shirkey laid out how the Orbitform machine will improve the use of the masks and help conserve the inventory.”

New Holland Brewing, Coppercraft donate sanitizer to hospitals - Holland Sentinel

“New Holland Brewing Co. announced Friday it was able to produce and donate more than 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer made at its distillery. The sanitizer was delivered to health care and emergency service providers, as well as grocery and food distribution throughout West Michigan. Coppercraft Distillery also delivered 1,000 gallons of its own alcohol-based hand sanitizer on Friday to Holland Hospital.”

Farmers keeping us afloat during the coronavirus - WILX

"I'm happy that we're able to produce comfort for people," Carla Wardin said. "People want staples when times are hard. They all go to the grocery store for the same things, so I'm glad that we are considered an essential business so that we can give this to people in a tough time like this."

UAW, Ford rapidly assembling team to make respirators at Flat Rock instead of Mustang - Detroit Free Press

“UAW workers who have been building the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant learned late Tuesday that the plant is setting up to build respirators and workers are needed.”

General Motors to make face masks for frontline workers amid coronavirus pandemic - WDIV

“General Motors announced that it is going to be making face masks for frontline workers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many frontline workers are facing a critical shortage of face masks. GM launched a rapid-response project to produce masks at scale on March 20. Seven days later the team had produced their first sample on the production line.”

Petoskey distillery produces hand sanitizer for hospital system - Up North Live

“An Emmet County distillery is helping provide hand sanitizer to McLaren Northern Michigan. McLaren Health Care said High Five Spirits Distillery of Petoskey has halted production of vodka to focus on the production of the cleaner for the hospital.”

 

“In this time of great need, our amazing Michigan businesses have risen to the occasion in helping others across our state fight their way through this pandemic.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “In times of great difficulty, we see the best of the American people. Businesses large and small have responded to the need to defeat our common enemy. The spirit of our business leaders is truly what makes this country exceptional, and is why we will overcome this crisis together.”

 

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The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT): Stevens Inappropriately Used Government Resources in Her Official Capacity to Solicit Campaign Donations

Today, Fox News reported that The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Representative Haley Stevens for using her official capacity as a member of Congress to fundraise for her reelection campaign.

Stevens, who sent a fundraising email to her supporters on Saturday, used an official photo from her floor speech the previous day on the House Floor entitled “Hello from The Capitol”. In the floor speech from Friday, she was ruled “out of order” by the House Chair, a member of her own party, when she started shouting over her peers to finish her speech. 

“Representative Stevens was out of order when she was shouting on the House floor on Friday, and she was out of line when she sent this email trying to raise money for her political campaign.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “It is wholly inappropriate that Stevens is using her government resources and status as a member of Congress to solicit campaign funds, and I am confident OCE will recognize that.”

 

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President Trump Leads in Mitigating Effects of Coronavirus

LANSING, Mich., March 31, 2020 – Over the past two days, President Trump has continued to take aggressive action in curbing the coronavirus outbreak and its effects. Chief among them was extending the CDC guidelines until April 30th in helping to stop the spread of the virus.

The president and his administration have also taken other unprecedented actions to help flatten the curve of the virus in the United States:

“The Trump Administration continues to lead in mitigating this invisible enemy, and its effects.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “President Trump’s whole of government approach has helped to ease the burdens of this virus. I applaud the President and Vice President for continuing to put the American people first, and ensuring that our nation will prevail in the fight against this pandemic.”

 

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Laura Cox Statement on the Passing of Representative Robinson

LANSING, Mich., March 30, 2020 – The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Laura Cox regarding the passing of Michigan State Representative Isaac Robinson.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Isaac Robinson, who was a dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for the people of Detroit. My prayers are with his friends and family, especially Isaac’s mother, Representative Rose Mary Robinson, who I had the honor of serving with during my time in the legislature. My husband, Mike, and I would like to send her our deepest condolences, and she will be in our thoughts during the difficult days ahead.”

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Trump Signs Relief for the American People

Today, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. This historic package is expected to provide supplies and aid to hospitals and healthcare professionals, along with much needed economic relief for families and small businesses to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

“Today, President Trump showed yet again he is willing to do whatever it takes to get the American People through this crisis, and I am thankful for his leadership.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “I am also deeply grateful for our GOP Congressional Delegation who were able to pull this across the finish line – providing much-needed relief for those Michiganders on the frontlines of this outbreak and those struggling with its effects. Under the president’s leadership our nation will get through this crisis, and come out stronger and more united.”

Some highlights of the CARES Acts:

Coronavirus Specific Aid

  • $100 billion in support for hospitals and health care providers
  • Provides an additional $16 billion to secure ventilators, PPE’s and additional medical supplies necessary for state and federal responses.
  • Provides immediate assistance to childcare providers to prevent them from going out of business and supports childcare for families, including for healthcare workers, first responders, and others playing critical roles during this crisis.
  • Additional regulatory relief at FDA and CDC for market-based testing solutions and essential supplies such as testing kits, ventilators, PPEs, reagent supply, and hospital conversion

Economic Relief

  • $350 billion in loans for small businesses and non-profits.
  • Direct financial assistance to Americans:
    • $1,200 for individuals making less than $75,000
    • $2,400 for couples making less than $150,000.
    • Families with children would be eligible for an additional $500 per child.
  • Expanded unemployment benefits to include part-time, self-employed, contract, and gig economy workers
  • Employee retention tax credit to keep Americans in their jobs
  • Low-or-zero interest loan program to businesses willing to keep their employees in their positions during the coronavirus crisis
  • Loan deferral and forbearance for individuals and businesses of all sizes, during the crisis.
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Cox Statement on Whitmer Claim

The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Laura Cox, on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appearance on WWJ radio in which she claimed that federal government vendors involved in the COVID-19 relief effort "are now being told not to send stuff here to Michigan”. However, when pressed later in the day by reporters to substantiate these claims, the governor’s office failed to provide any evidence of federal interference in the Michigan relief effort. 

“Governor Whitmer made an extraordinary claim today which requires extraordinary evidence. If it is found that this claim is untrue and was simply a partisan attack to undermine the administration, I expect for the people of Michigan to hold Gretchen Whitmer accountable for trying to sow fear in a time of national crisis.” 

 

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Cox Calls for Planned Parenthood Restrictions

Friday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to expand Executive Order 2020-17 to place Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics under the same regulations as other outpatient facilities specializing in non-emergency medical procedures. Such a move would help preserve valuable medical supplies during the COVID-19crisis, and similar restrictions have been implemented in Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 

Currently, Executive Order 2020-17 states that hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, dental facilities, and all state-operated outpatient facilities must implement a plan to temporarily postpone all non-essential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.  

“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, there is an incredible strain being placed on Michigan’s healthcare system. It makes sense that all nonessential medical procedures be postponed.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “With that in mind, I am calling on Governor Whitmer to expand Executive Order 2020-17 to include Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. This move will save valuable medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19 and reduce the risk of hospitalization due to complications from the abortion procedure. The governor must act to put the health and safety of the people of Michigan ahead of her political position on this issue.”

 

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