Federal funding must be put to use now to help Michiganders

Rep. Julie Brixie, guest writer

Julie Brixie

It has been an incredibly difficult year. Everyone’s life has been upended and we have lost over 516,000 of our fellow Americans to COVID-19; more than the 418,000 lives than we lost over the four grueling years of our involvement in World War II.

With vaccines in place, we are finally in control of how quickly we can get beyond the pandemic and have some sense of normalcy. Yet, legislative Republicans have been holding Michigan’s $5.6 billion in federal COVID-19 funding hostage. Funding President Trump himself approved.

This includes funding our hospitals and county health departments need to establish vaccination sites with the capacity to get shots in arms and end the pandemic.  If you have been to a vaccination site, like the one at the MSU Pavilion, it is only through federal funding that mass vaccination centers like these are possible.