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Michigan Democrats Want Quick Vote to Disburse Federal Virus Aid


House Democrats want a quick up-or-down vote on disbursing $5 billion in federal coronavirus relief throughout Michigan.

They say the funding shouldn't be delayed by Republicans pushing to curtail state-issued COVID-19 restrictions.

The aid was enacted by Congress and then-President Donald Trump five weeks ago.

It includes money for vaccine distribution, virus testing, food and rental assistance, and education.

House Republicans are proposing to withhold $1.8 billion in federal K-12 aid unless Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes the state health department’s authority to prohibit in-person instruction and sports to local health departments.

House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski says that's “simply unacceptable.”

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