LANSING, Mich., March 23, 2020 – On Sunday, Michigan Senator Gary Peters joined with fellow Democrats to deny cloture on a COVID-19 stimulus aid package which would have provided Michigan families with badly needed relief during the unfolding crisis. The package would have guaranteed thousands of dollars to citizens based on income, as well as family size, to offset the recent hardships brought on by the coronavirus and distancing efforts to combat its spread. Also included in the package was an increase in unemployment benefits, offered as a compromise to Democrats. In the immediate aftermath of the filibuster, stock futures cratered falling 4%.
“Tens of thousands of Michiganders now find themselves out of work due to this crisis, and while Republicans work to get them the aid they desperately need, Gary Peters and the Democrats are instead engaging in partisan posturing.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The time has come for Gary Peters to stand up to his party, or stand aside and give Michigan an actual voice in the Senate.”