Whitmer Rips Republican Stimulus Plan That ‘Fails to Support States and Communities’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unhappy with stalled efforts in Washington to reach an agreement on the next coronavirus aid package.

“Yesterday, the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a plan that fails to support states and communities as we continue to respond to this crisis,” Whitmer, a first-term Democrat, said at a news conference Tuesday in Lansing.

“Their plan does not give the adequate relief to millions of hardworking Americans who’ve lost their job as a result of the mishandling of this crisis,” she said.

Unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans are at stake as White House officials negotiate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new aid package that’s teetering in Congress.

Whitmer also called on President Donald Trump “to embrace a nationwide mask order.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun (jeh-NAY’ KAL’-doon), Michigan’s chief medical executive, discussed the state’s updated testing numbers, saying that while “we’ve seen a plateau in the number of daily new cases,” Michigan also is seeing “the percent of tests done that are positive slowly creeping up.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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