Flashpoint 2/28/21: Democrat Brenda Lawrence and Republican Lisa McClain debate pandemic relief bill

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Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint

DETROIT – Everyone agrees that Americans need relief from the pandemic, but what kind of relief is right or might be too much?

We talked about it Sunday on Flashpoint with Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district.

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

Details: House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

The minimum wage increase has been stripped from the bill, but what about the other odds and ends that some feel have nothing to do with the pandemic? Both Lawrence and McClain talked about that and more.

And we took a closer look at the state of our region nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic during a roundtable discussion with Chad Livengood, senior editor with Crain’s Detroit Business; Dennis Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group and Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO, Sandy Baruah.

Segment One

Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint

Segment Two

Chad Livengood, senior editor with Crain’s Detroit Business; Dennis Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group and Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO, Sandy Baruah.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint

Segment Three

Flashpoint host Devin Scillian wraps up this week’s episode

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 episode of Flashpoint

About the Author:

Devin Scillian is equally at home on your television, on your bookshelf, and on your stereo. Devin anchors the evening newscasts for Local 4. Additionally, he moderates Flashpoint, Local 4's Sunday morning news program. He is also a best-selling author of children's books, and an award-winning musician and songwriter.