Federal infrastructure funds could go a long way in Washtenaw County, officials say
ANN ARBOR, MI — Tens of millions of dollars could flow into Washtenaw County under the $1 trillion federal infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed in November. That’s U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell’s prediction of how much is coming at a minimum, but local leaders are going to have to be competitive in seeking those grant funds through the state and federal agencies, she said.mlive.com
Dingell announces $289K in federal arts funding for Michigan’s 12th District
ANN ARBOR, MI — Several local organizations from the Ann Arbor Film Festival to the University Musical Society are receiving National Endowment for the Arts grants. A total of $289,297 in federal funding is going to seven creative-economy organizations in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, said U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn. Recipients include:Ann Arbor Film Festival, which received a $20,000 media arts grant. University Musical Society, which received a $40,000 presenting and multidisciplinary works grant. The NEA has awarded 44 direct grants totaling nearly $1.2 million throughout the 12th District over the past six years, according to Dingell’s office.mlive.com
Surge of COVID cases prompts Rep. Debbie Dingell to hold virtual town hall
This was the chance for viewers to have a pretty intimate discussion with State Rep. Debbie Dingell and other leaders about COVID-19.Everyone involved had the chance to really speak their minds on where we are in the pandemic.
Rep. Debbie Dingell Discusses Leaving Dearborn, Build Back Better and the Future of Our Democracy
After many decades of having a “Dingell” represent Dearborn, the city will have a new congressional representative. “The vote we have is the fundamental foundation of our democracy and people are trying to undermine people’s confidence in that. You need to worry about that.” — Rep. Debbie DingellConsequently, Rep. Debbie Dingell will be relocating to Ann Arbor to run in a different district, which, she says, was a “difficult” and “emotional” decision. GuestRep. Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th district. “The vote we have is the fundamental foundation of our democracy and people are trying to undermine people’s confidence in that.wdet.org
Michigan’s first openly gay man, prominent Ann Arbor LGBTQ activist, dies at 91
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - The person widely considered to be Michigan’s first openly gay man and one of its most prominent LGBTQ activists has passed away, several officials announced. He also was a founding member of the same organization in Ann Arbor. Read more: A look back at LGBTQ activism in Ann Arbor as Braun Court enters new chapterOther work in Ann Arbor included co-founding the Ann Arbor Gay Hotline in 1972, writing the city’s “Lesbian-Gay Pride Week Proclamation” the same year and formulating the city’s non-discrimination policy on sexual orientation. Toy “fought with every bone in his body to support the LGBTQ community,” Dingell wrote. Read more from MLive:Timeline of the Dr. Robert Anderson abuse scandal at University of MichiganTimeline of Eastern Michigan University fraternity sexual assault scandalEmails reveal tension among University of Michigan regents amid Ron Weiser’s Capitol riot controversymlive.com
Dingell moving to Ann Arbor to run in newly drawn congressional district
ANN ARBOR, MI — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said she’s moving to Ann Arbor to run in Michigan’s new 6th Congressional District in 2022. Ann Arbor is at the center of a newly drawn district that includes several of the communities she already represents. “The vast majority of my current district, and approximately 60% of my current constituents, will fall within the newly drawn 6th District but it will no longer include Dearborn,” Dingell said. “With communities throughout Downriver, Western Wayne, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and beyond, I know this district and this district knows me,” Dingell said. U.S. Rep. Dingell hopes soDeteriorating bridges in 2 popular Ann Arbor parks need repair or replacementSee street-by-street pavement condition ratings for Ann ArborHow they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for December 2021mlive.com
Could an Ypsilanti-area electric vehicle charging station be the future? U.S. Rep. Dingell hopes so
It took removing her mittens, but soon a display showed power flowing rapidly into the electric SUV. The charger Dingell demonstrated can add about 20 miles of range per minute, charging most electric vehicles in about 20 minutes at a cost of around $21 for a typical charge, Crossley said. At lower kilowatts, topping up electric vehicles can take up to an hour. “Joe Manchin and I talk a lot, and electric vehicles are one of the subjects we talk a lot about,” Dingell told reporters on Tuesday. Dingell pledged the electrification push won’t increase dependency on China, referencing efforts to work with domestic labor groups and companies.mlive.com
Ann Arbor officials talk PFAS, other water system challenges on plant tour with Dingell
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s aging water treatment plant is in need of major upgrades and city officials conveyed that to U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell on Friday afternoon, Dec. 17. Inside the plant, Steglitz explained the city’s ongoing work to try to reduce harmful PFAS chemicals from the water the city draws from the Huron River. He showed the congresswoman the series of 26 carbon-filter chambers through which water passes before being delivered to city drinking water customers and the series of large floor-to-ceiling tubes the city has been using to test different filtration techniques. “They continue to collect data from water systems on PFAS levels, and this data is used to inform future regulation. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor to begin winter curbside compost collection in JanuaryFrom goatscaping to golf, retiring Ann Arbor parks manager reflects on long careerAnn Arbor landlord group drops lawsuit over renter rights but still criticizes city7 development proposals submitted for downtown Ann Arbor sitesLatest look at Ann Arbor’s plan for blighted site across from YMCAmlive.com
EPA looks to tighten rules for lead in drinking water while president works to replace pipelines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to tighten rules for allowable levels of lead in drinking water while the Biden Administration is looking to replace the country’s lead lines using new funds.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell’s Dearborn office broken into, vandalized
DEARBORN, MI — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell reported her office in Dearborn was broken into and vandalized. Dingell spokeswoman Mackenzie Smith released a statement regarding the incident shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, indicating the break-in happened earlier in the day. “The Dearborn Police Department responded immediately after notification, and the United States Capitol Police are assisting in the investigation,” Smith said. “Team Dingell staff members are safe and were not physically present in the office today given a previous fire in the building,” she added, indicating the office at 19855 W. Outer Drive would remain closed as the investigation continues. Dingell, D-Dearborn, has represented Michigan’s 12th congressional district since 2015.mlive.com
Michigan automakers made 280K fewer cars due to semiconductor shortage this year
Raimondo is urging congressional support of the Chips Act, which would authorize $52 billion in subsidies for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research. Despite arguments against proprietary information, 150 companies around the world submitted data on semiconductor supply and demand, Raimondo said. On a global scale, North America has 2.3 million unrecoverable vehicles compared to China at one million. This year, Ford will have an estimated 65,000 unrecoverable vehicles, GM will have 116,000 unrecoverable vehicles and Stellantis in Michigan will have 98,000 unrecoverable vehicles based on AFS data. Earlier this month, Ford announced a collaboration with New York-based GlobalFoundries Inc. to expand Ford’s semiconductor supply and engage in joint research.mlive.com
Reps. Dingell and Kildee Explain What Infrastructure Package Will Mean for Michigan
President Joe Biden is expected to sign his historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Monday. But what happens next as the money makes its way to the Michigan Legislature and local governments? Listen: Reps. Dingell and Kildee discuss the infrastructure package. The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has still not spent billions of dollars from the last round of federal stimulus money. “The idea that a couple-hundred million dollars could go to attorney fees is really offensive.”wdet.org
In letter to EPA, Dingell calls latest Ann Arbor-area dioxane news ‘alarming’
ANN ARBOR, MI — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to designate the Gelman plume as a federal Superfund site. Citing the recent discovery of new dioxane-contaminated residential drinking water wells north of the designated plume area just outside Ann Arbor, Dingell sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Friday, Nov. 12, “to reenforce the urgent need” for a Superfund cleanup.mlive.com
Dingell calls on feds to explain path forward for new Ann Arbor train station
ANN ARBOR, MI — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell is going to bat for Ann Arbor in hopes of resurrecting a project to build a new Amtrak train station in the city. “This letter is to request a meeting with you, city officials of Ann Arbor and myself in response to your recent decision to discontinue the environmental review process for the Ann Arbor Station project,” Dingell wrote. Feds deal blow to Ann Arbor train station plan, citing high costs, too much parkingAs the city’s vision for a new Amtrak station grew bigger over the years, expecting it to be largely federally funded, so did cost estimates. How Ann Arbor’s train station project cost ballooned to $171MThe railroad tracks and passenger waiting area outside Ann Arbor's Amtrak station on Depot Street on April 19, 2020. And since Ann Arbor serves two times as many Amtrak passengers as Dearborn, not including intercity bus passengers using the Ann Arbor station, correcting for passenger loads would justify the $88 million phase-one cost for a new Ann Arbor station, he maintains.mlive.com
‘Pro-choice’ marches call for reproductive rights protections across Michigan
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Supporters of abortion rights took to the streets of Ann Arbor Saturday as part of a statewide protest. “March for Reproductive Rights Ann Arbor” led protestors to Ann Arbor’s Federal Building as one part of a statewide push against what reproductive right advocates see as attacks on Roe v. Wade -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in 1973. Speakers on the event’s schedule included U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; Lori Carpentier, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan CEO; and Leanna Papp, doctoral candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan. The march was one of several events of its kind to take place across Michigan on Saturday. RELATED: ‘I am alive because I had an abortion at 8 weeks:’ Michigan Democrats react to Texas law, fear replicationThe protests took place before the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term, which begins Monday, Oct. 4.mlive.com
‘You can’t close your eyes’: New Dingell bill seeks accountability from universities for sexual misconduct
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to curb sexual violence on college campuses, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, introduced new legislation Tuesday to bolster Title IX language and hold universities accountable for mishandling sexual misconduct investigations. It also would outline how schools must respond and take action to prevent sexual assault and provide discipline for violations. Lastly, it provides private lawsuit rights for individuals in any instance an institution fails to enforce Title IX standards for sex discrimination, allowing for equitable relief for survivors. MSU and UM have altered their Title IX and sexual misconduct reporting policies since the Nassar and Anderson scandals. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Screaming match on Capitol steps: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democrats get heated
Firebrand Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene exchanged screams and harsh words with Democrats gathering on the Capitol steps for a press conference right after the House passed a bill to protect abortion rights on Friday.news.yahoo.com
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got into a shouting match outside the Capitol with a Democratic congresswoman over abortion: 'Try being a Christian!'
The far-right congresswoman confronted Democrats on the steps outside the House chamber after the passage of a Democratic bill to protect abortion.news.yahoo.com
Dingell, Gilchrist highlight Haab’s in Ypsilanti as part of revitalization efforts
YPSILANTI, MI -- Michigan lawmakers shined a light on a staple in the Ypsilanti restaurant scene Friday. Garlin Gilchrist and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell visited Haab’s Restaurant in Ypsilanti to highlight the importance of supporting small businesses, according to a news release. Haab’s, which was founded in 1934, received more than $150,000 to make up for lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund -- part of the American Rescue Plan, which Dingell helped pass, the release states. “Our local restaurants provide jobs, feed us, donate to so many, and help support the hungry, and this pandemic has thrown everything at them,” Dingell said in the release. “Haab’s has been a huge part of Ypsi for nearly 90 years and this funding has allowed them to keep their doors open and support their workers throughout the pandemic.mlive.com
Whitmer wants $75M to fund police, hire more officers to fight surge in violent crime
Gretchen Whitmer is pushing the Michigan Legislature to appropriate $75 million in federal funds to hire more police officers, increase their pay and fund programs to fight a surge in violent crime across the state. “I’m proposing dollars to hire more police officers and ensure they’ve got great pay, good training and better resources to do their jobs effectively,” Whitmer said. Whitmer said she’s met with police, community leaders, victims of violent crime and other stakeholders to discuss ways to create safer communities. Whitmer said Michigan experienced a 12% increase in violent crime and a 36% increase in murders last year. The city is one of 15 nationwide that is using federal funds to increase investment in community violence intervention strategies.mlive.com
Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton on Bipartisan Support for Sweeping Infrastructure Bill
Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)Listen: Reps. Dingell and Upton talk about importance of working across the aisle to create broad legislative changes. Dingell says while instances of monumental legislation such as the infrastructure package demonstrate what can happen from bipartisan cooperation, smaller instances of collaboration frequently take place. We are the Great Lakes State.” — Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. JosephRep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) represents Michigan’s 6th District. Upton explains that the work for the infrastructure package began last April and the bill contains the same framework that was laid out in those early days. We are the Great Lakes State.”wdet.org
Rep. Debbie Dingell Pushes for National PFAS Regulation
Debbie Dingell (MI-12)Despite the danger these chemicals pose, there are no national standards to deal with them. Listen: Rep. Debbie Dingell discusses her PFAS bill, the eviction moratorium and the infrastructure deal. GuestRep. Debbie Dingell is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, and recently the House of Representatives passed her bill to set national standards for the two most common chemicals for PFAS. So 98% of the people listening … have it in their blood,” Dingell says. Dingell says more consumers are becoming educated about what they buy and whether the product has PFAS, but she would like to see a product label for PFAS.wdet.org
Remembering Carl Levin, Michigan’s Titan of the U.S. Senate
On Thursday, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin died at age 87. Then, he discusses the senator’s life and career with Levin’s longtime friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Dingell. Debbie DingellListen: Remembering the storied life and career of Sen. Carl Levin. Rep. Debbie Dingell is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. “I tried to channel Carl Levin as much as I could” as a state representative.wdet.org
U.S. House passes sweeping PFAS bill with some Republican support
Presently, the EPA relies on a non-enforceable advisory level for the two chemicals in drinking water that’s far less stringent than legal limits multiple states have enacted. In Michigan, PFOS and PFOA must test below 16 and 8 parts-per-trillion (ppt), respectively, in public water supplies. The bill also directs the EPA to designate PFOS and PFOA as “hazardous substances” within a year. The bill would also prohibit incineration of PFAS wastes and place a moratorium on introduction of new PFAS compounds into commerce, require comprehensive PFAS health testing and create voluntary label for cookware. “Focusing right now on PFOS and PFOA… is a very logical, pragmatic first step that we should be doing,” he said.mlive.com
Flooded apartment complex still reeling, teacher retires after 51 years: Ann Arbor headlines July 3-8
After graduating with a degree in physical education from Western Michigan University, she returned to Ann Arbor to begin her teaching career at several Ann Arbor Public Schools elementary schools before arriving back at Wines 10 years into her career. Road trip from Mississippi ended in fatal shooting outside Ann Arbor hotel, witness saysDavid Johnson repeatedly told his friend he didn’t want to fight outside an Ann Arbor hotel April 9. Marketing agency submits plans to move into historic Ann Arbor buildingA marketing agency has submitted plans to move into a historic building in downtown Ann Arbor, according to documents currently under review by Ann Arbor city staff. Watches, luxury jewelry stolen in Ann Arbor-area home invasionPolice are investigating a home invasion in Ann Arbor Township where several watches and pieces of luxury jewelry were stolen. The collaboration organized by Ann Arbor parent Liz Lin includes a wide range of parents, in addition to Ann Arbor City Council Member Linh Song, Ann Arbor School Board Trustee Krystle DuPree and directors of 15 area child care centers.mlive.com
Debbie Dingell blasts ‘coldness’ of owners at flood-damaged Ypsilanti apartments
This comes as U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, blasted the “coldness” towards displaced residents in a Tuesday release. The two complexes house more than 300 units total, and the displaced residents lived at units on Austin Street. Since Huron Heights participates in the HUD-sponsored programs, the department needs to clarify if Huron Heights is ensuring quality living conditions for its residents, she wrote. Washtenaw County residents whose homes were damaged by flooding are being asked to self-report any damage they have experienced. Read more: Washtenaw County residents asked to self-report flood damageGov.mlive.com
Officials assess flood-damaged Ypsilanti Township apartment complex
YPSILANTI, MI – Local officials on Saturday toured an Ypsilanti-area apartment complex where flood damage has displaced dozens of people. Washtenaw County residents whose homes were damaged by flooding are being asked to self-report any damage they have experienced. Washtenaw County residents asked to self-report flood damageGov. In the immediate future, Washtenaw County officials are asking residents to not drive on roads with standing water or walk on damaged sidewalks. For safety tips or clean-up instructions, visit the Washtenaw County Health Department website at washtenaw.org/1807/Flooded-Homes.mlive.com
Wayne County hit with intense flooding, state of emergency declared
Photo: Imad Mohamad/The Arab American NewsWAYNE COUNTY – Flooding after extended rainfall has prompted Governor Whitmer to declare a state of emergency in Wayne County. All photos: Imad Mohamad/The Arab American NewsState of Emergency: Terms to knowFlash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring.arabamericannews.com
Ann Arbor Veterans Medical Center renamed for Ypsilanti Medal of Honor recipient
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor has been renamed in honor of the late Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, a lifelong Ypsilanti resident. “One thing we strive to do well in Ann Arbor is to focus on those who give of themselves to this community,” Taylor said. During her speech, Dingell also called for greater respect for Vietnam veterans, a message which was met with applause. The bicameral legislation to rename the center was introduced by Stabenow and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township in June 2020. “I pray this medical center lives up to his expectations as caring for the veterans as he did,” Kinzinger said.mlive.com
Ann Arbor High School student art to be displayed at U.S. Capitol
ANN ARBOR, MI-- An Ann Arbor high school student won first place in the the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s 12th District. Michael Zhou, a senior at Ann Arbor Skyline High School, won for his piece titled ‘Embrace.’ Zhou’s art will be displayed alongside other first place winners in the main hall between the U.S. Capitol and House Office Buildings in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell’s office. “We are extremely proud of all the impressive work from our students this year and for the opportunity to showcase the incredible talent in Michigan’s 12th District,” Dingell said. “Education in the arts has been proven to greatly increase students’ success and it helps them grow a greater sense of self-confidence and self-worth. When young people have the opportunity to tap into their creativity, new doors are opened and new paths are discovered.”Winners were selected by leaders in the Southeast Michigan’s art community.mlive.com
Willow Run Airport awarded more than $15 million in federal funding for upgrades
Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI) announced on Tuesday that Willow Run Airport will receive $15,275,685 from the Department of Transportation. The airport will use the Federal Aviation Administration grant to improve its existing runways. “I’m pleased to announce this federal grant, which will help improve Willow Run’s daily operations.”“Investing in Willow Run Airport will support economic development in the region,” Senator Stabenow said in a release. “Willow Run Airport is a critical gateway for our local economy in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw, as well as throughout the entire tri-county area,” Congresswoman Dingell said in a release. “With more than $15 million in federal funds, Willow Run can make critical improvements to their runway that will keep pilots and passengers safe, while increasing cargo capability arriving at and departing from the airport.
How Michigan’s women lawmakers are breaking barriers
DETROIT – A group of Michigan women hold powerful positions in Washington, D.C., representing all of us in the House of Representatives and Senate. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. When it comes to Michigan’s voices in the halls of power, many of those voices are women. “I believe in listening to people, hearing what they really have to say,” Dingell said. “She said, ‘Make sure you always know that you’re representing women everywhere.’”And women everywhere now look to Michigan for their advice.
COVID-19 law sparks dialogue on nursing home alternatives
Now, the COVID-19 relief bill is offering states a generous funding boost for home- and community-based care as an alternative to institutionalizing disabled people. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WASHINGTON – With the memory of the pandemic's toll in nursing homes still raw, the COVID-19 relief law is offering states a generous funding boost for home- and community-based care as an alternative to institutionalizing disabled people. As it has grown to cover about 1 in 5 Americans, it's also become the nation's default long-term care program, although qualifying is often an arduous process. While the federal government requires state Medicaid programs to cover nursing home care for low-income people, that's not the case for home- and community-based support services. For now, states and advocates for the disabled are awaiting guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how the money in the COVID-19 law can be spent.
Michigan lawmakers join 7UP workers picketing in Redford
REDFORD, Mich. – For the 10th day in a row, 7UP workers picket outside the distribution center in Redford. Workers said they are on strike to fight a two-tier wage system and for a fair disciplinary process. “He worked for this company and he’s out here saying he’s never seen anything like this. “They’re not going to let their jobs get diminished. We’re not going to work for a second-tier wage.”Parent company Keurig Dr Pepper released the following statement regarding the strike:
House Democrats vow to pass minimum wage hike
The version sent to the Senate won’t include a plan to raise the minimum wage. “When it comes to the minimum wage, I am going to be one of the loudest screamers about it,” Dingell said Feb. 7. “There will be a lot of discussions about minimum wage and you may see it being moved as a separate bill,” Dingell said. The last time the federal minimum wage was raised was July 24, 2009. It is currently the longest period the U.S. has gone without raising the federal minimum wage since it was instituted in 1938.
Michigan Democrats call for federal COVID relief funds to be released immediately
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Democrats are pressuring state Republicans to vote to release more than $5 billion in COVID relief, chastising them for holding the funds. “Republicans need to stop holding these federal stimulus dollars hostage. This is not a partisan issue, these dollars should be at work here in Michigan right now,” said Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski. READ: Michigan Republicans unveil $2B COVID relief plan for residents struggling due to shutdownsRepublicans have held funding, hoping to get Gov. In a statement, a spokesperson for Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth said, “Our plan addresses all needs...
Michigan officials walk seniors through COVID vaccine sign up process amid confusion
Beyond getting the actual shot, getting signed up for a vaccination appointment can be a huge and confusing process for elderly residents -- especially since computers are needed to do so. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, from Michigan, had called on the state to set up a phone system to help simplify the appointment scheduling process for seniors. On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) held a virtual COVID vaccine information session, hearing from seniors who are beyond frustrated by the sign up process. Michigan health officials walked seniors through the state’s COVID vaccine website, where individuals are advised to seek information about vaccinations in their local communities. Officials then encouraged seniors to call 2-1-1 for assistance with scheduling a vaccination appointment, especially if they do not have access to the internet or a computer.
Cheney says she won't quit the House after Wyoming censure
FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. On Saturday, the Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney. Ad“We need to honor President Trump. About two-thirds of House Republicans voted to back Trump’s effort to overturn his November election loss — just hours after his supporters’ deadly siege of the Capitol.
Flashpoint 2/7/21: SOS puts forth her prescription for strengthening Michigan’s elections
DETROIT – A million vaccines have been distributed in Michigan, which sounds like a lot, until you realize it isn’t nearly enough. On Sunday’s episode we turned to one of the leading authorities on vaccines. Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health spoke about where we stand on vaccine distribution. And Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson puts forth her prescription for strengthening Michigan’s elections. The state leader spoke about the issue more on Sunday.
Rep. Debbie Dingell pushes own vaccine fears aside to set example for others
Like many Americans, one congresswoman has some fears about receiving a coronavirus vaccine -- but she says that shouldn’t stop anyone from receiving their shot. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, from Michigan, tells Local 4 that her personal experience with vaccinations has made her fearful about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. However, the congresswoman says she has been assured by several experts -- including the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci -- that the COVID vaccine is not dangerous and will not affect her the same way. She says despite her fears, she is going to receive the vaccine when it’s her turn. She also hopes that anyone who is scared like her will overcome their fear of the vaccine and get vaccinated when they can.
Michigan lawmakers frustrated with vaccine rollout as most vulnerable struggle to get vaccinated
Ann Mapes is a Michigan senior who didn’t need to show identification, she was just asked to roll up her sleeve. We have to make the system work for everybody.”READ: Tracking COVID-19 cases, deaths by Michigan countyThe only local county leader to speak with the Local 4 Defenders was Macomb County executive Mark Hackel. Macomb County has 165,000 people over the age of 65. Gretchen Whitmer opened the state to Phase 1B to include more people, the number of Macomb County Reisdents eligible to be vaccinated jumped to 265,000. The state sent Macomb County 7,200 doses this week -- enough to last the county two days, Hackel said.
Dingell staffer joins Biden administration, becomes first Arab American to serve in Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
According to Dingell, Ramadan will become the first Arab American to serve in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Ahmad will also be the first Arab American to serve in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and I have no doubt he will continue to build broad coalitions throughout our federal government. It is with tremendous gratitude to both Rep. Debbie Dingell and my colleagues that I look back on my two years as a member of team Dingell. I’m honored to serve in the Biden administration and hope to make you proud. I can’t wait to celebrate the success and appointments of many more individuals in the near future,” said Ramadan.
Metro Detroit leaders respond to the repeal of Trump’s ‘Muslim travel ban’
DETROIT – One of President Joe Biden’s first moves in the White House was to repeal former President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries. When Trump enacted the travel ban, thousands of Metro Detroiters protested nearly immediately. Initially the ban restricted travel from many Middle Eastern countries. And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system. But we will not turn our backs on our values with discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.
Democratic Michigan leaders eager to ‘get to work’ with Biden, Harris sworn in
Senator Debbie Stabenow, from Michigan“It was such an honor to witness history today as President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office. More than a trailblazer and trusted voice for President Biden, Vice President Harris will fight for justice and equality in this nation. And I look forward to getting the job done with President Biden and Vice President Harris.” Rep. DingellU.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, Michigan’s 13th district“I congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration. The inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris completed the peaceful transfer of power as required by our Constitution. The success of President Biden and Vice President Harris will be a success we all share.
Washtenaw County law enforcement, Rep. Debbie Dingell release joint statement ahead of presidential inauguration
ANN ARBOR – Rep. Debbie Dingell and police departments across Washtenaw County have released a joint statement about community safety ahead of Inauguration Day. Although the group said no imminent threat within the county leading up to the inauguration has been reported, officials said they are working closely with their state and federal colleagues to ensure the community remains safe. “Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration,” read the statement. Ahead of expected armed protests this weekend at Michigan’s Capitol, Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and the FBI now have an increased presence at the building and throughout downtown Lansing. To see the full statement, click here.
Fury at the shaken Capitol over the attack, security, virus
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – This time the fury enveloping the U.S. Capitol comes not from an insurgent mob but from within. The anger on display is searing — Democrat against Republican; Republican against Republican; legislators of both parties against the catastrophic security failure that left top leaders of the government vulnerable to last week's violence as well as to the coronavirus in their ranks. Shaken members, long accustomed to protective bubbles, inquired whether they can expense their own bulletproof vests to taxpayers (yes they can). McCarthy had joined most House Republicans in December in supporting a lawsuit to block Biden’s election, and again last week in two votes against certifying Biden’s win. In their oath of office, lawmakers vow to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Fury at the shaken Capitol over the attack, security, virus
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – This time the fury enveloping the Capitol comes not from an insurgent mob but from within. The anger on display is searing — Democrat against Republican; Republican against Republican; legislators of both parties against the catastrophic security failure that left top leaders of the government vulnerable to last week's violence as well as to the coronavirus in their ranks. Shaken members, long accustomed to protective bubbles, inquired whether they can expense their own bulletproof vests to taxpayers (yes they can). McCarthy had joined most House Republicans in December in supporting a lawsuit to block Biden’s election, and again last week in two votes against certifying Biden’s win. In their oath of office, lawmakers vow to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Congress members could face $1,000 fine for not wearing a face mask under proposed legislation
A second Democratic member of the House who was forced to go into lockdown during last weeks violent protest has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington says she has tested positive. She criticized Republican members of Congress who declined to wear a mask when it was offered to them. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)Lawmakers are proposing that members of Congress should be fined if they do not wear a face mask on Capitol grounds after several representatives tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The legislation comes after multiple lawmakers tested positive for the virus this week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 -- a potential super-spreader event.
Michigan’s members of Congress weigh in on possible second impeachment of President Trump
The U.S. House of Representatives geared up to move forward with impeachment, with proceedings on Monday led by Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. During the short session Monday morning, Democrats tried to pass a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Michigan’s members of Congress weighed in on a possible second impeachment of President Donald Trump. So far, none of Michigan’s Republican members have said whether they will vote for the articles of impeachment introduced Monday. “We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter late Sunday to colleagues.
‘They didn’t care if they hurt people’ -- Michigan lawmakers react to deadly DC riots
DETROIT – Michigan members of Congress shared details of the violent and deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday. READ: Michigan lawmakers respond to deadly siege on US Capitol BuildingMembers of Congress continue to reel from the insurrection on Capitol Hill as stories of fear, chaos and bravery have come out. Bill Huizenga was one of them trying to take benches to try and secure the chamber,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell. “I started seeing clips and began to realize that there were mobs that didn’t care if they hurt people or damaged people,” Dingell recalled. Michigan officials are calling for the removal of Maddock and any representative who participated in the violence.
Dingell renews push to change drunk driving law 2 years after Abbas family tragedy
DETROIT – It’s been two years since a drunk driver took the lives of a Metro Detroit family. All five in the vehicle, Issam Abbas, 42, Rima Abbas, 38, Ali Abbas, 14, Isabella Abbas, 13, and Giselle Abbas, 7, died. “The beautiful, young Abbas family was stolen from us by a drunk driver who never should have been behind the wheel of a car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study in July 2020 which found that more than 9,400 drunk driving deaths could be prevented each year when drunk driving prevention technology is made standard on every new car. Also see: Fund established in honor of Dearborn family killed in drunk driving crashLegislation Introduced Calling for Drunk Driving Safety & Technology Standards
Michigan lawmakers respond to deadly siege on US Capitol Building
DETROIT – Some Michigan lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office as they recount the terrifying moments when they were told to hide and find shelter. READ: Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from officeThe deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building took place while the entire Congress was on their respective floors. Sen. Debbie Stabenow described the chaos and confusion Thursday morning and said many staffers were visibly upset after reaching a secure location. Related: Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell on Capitol riot: ‘They were attacking what is the symbol of our country and our democracy’“They opened some back doors and -- without telling us exactly what was happening -- they started yelling ‘Go go go go go!’” Stabenow recalled. Related: Michigan GOP Rep. Lisa McClain describes situation inside U.S. CapitolMore coverage
Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell on Capitol riot: ‘They were attacking what is the symbol of our country and our democracy’
Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has offered a description of what is was like to be in the U.S. House chambers on Wednesday when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building. “They were attacking the symbol of our country and our democracy, and we have to fight for it.”Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan gives @SavannahGuthrie a firsthand account of what it was like inside the Capitol as pro-Trump rioters broke in on Wednesday afternoon. You saw law enforcement obviously engaged on the floor. You saw law enforcement then -- their protection detail -- take leadership very quickly off of the floor. “They were attacking what is the symbol of our country and our democracy, and we have to fight for it, all of us ...