Lauwers votes again to hold governor accountable

‘I owe it to my constituents to push back on undemocratic orders as I am able’

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Lauwers on Wednesday issued the following statement after the Michigan Senate voted to reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second round of appointments to several state boards:

“The governor continues to show reckless disregard for the people of Michigan. Her decision to act unilaterally and shut down the state has led to both lives and livelihoods lost.

“She has demonstrated over the last 11 months that she is not interested in working with the Legislature, her co-equal branch of government. Senate Republicans have tried to work with the governor to provide solutions to the challenges of COVID-19.

“But it appears that after nearly a year’s worth of authoritarian ‘leadership’ by the governor, she has no intention of working with us.

“In this unfortunate situation, the Legislature must do all it can to work on behalf of Michiganders. I owe it to my constituents to be their voice and to push back on undemocratic orders as I am able.

“As the Legislature has done in years past, today we rejected some of the governor’s appointments. It is my continued hope that she will come to her senses, decide to come to the table and work with us on sensible solutions.”