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Gov. Whitmer scheduled to testify before congressional committee Tuesday

Jun 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
Credit State of Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to testify about Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis before a congressional committee Tuesday.

A subcommitte of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce is scheduled to hear from Whitmer, along with the governors of Colorado and Arkansas. 

The Oversight and Investigations subcommittee's hearing is entitled "On the Frontlines: How Governors are battling the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Gov. Whitmer issued a "Stay at Home" order in March. Monday, she announced she is lifting major provisions of the stay at home order.   

The governor is expected to testify that Michigan needs help from the federal government to address the budget hole created by the pandemic.

Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic has drawn praise and criticism. Legislative Republicans sued over Democratic governor’s use of executive orders. But the courts rejected their arguments. 

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department signaled support for a lawsuit brought by Michigan business owners suing in federal court over the legality of the governor’s executive orders.

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