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Gov. Whitmer scheduled to testify before congressional committee Tuesday

State of Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to testify about Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis before a congressional committee Tuesday.

A subcommitte of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce is scheduled to hear from Whitmer, along with the governors of Colorado and Arkansas. 

The Oversight and Investigations subcommittee's hearing is entitled "On the Frontlines: How Governors are battling the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Gov. Whitmer issued a "Stay at Home" order in March. Monday, she announced she is lifting major provisionsof the stay at home order.   

The governor is expected to testify that Michigan needs help from the federal government to address the budget hole created by the pandemic.

Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic has drawn praise and criticism. Legislative Republicans sued over Democratic governor’s use of executive orders. But the courts rejected their arguments. 

Last week, theU.S. Justice Departmentsignaled support for a lawsuit brought by Michigan business owners suing in federal court over the legality of the governor’s executive orders.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.