While Democrats are hard at work in negotiations to get to the finish line on passing the Build Back Better agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the GOP has spent nearly nine months proving time and again that they have no interest in helping the people they were elected to serve. In Michigan, Representatives Bergman, Huizenga, McClain, Meijer, Moolenar, Upton, and Walberg have made it clear that their goal of obstruction for political gain will always trump every opportunity to help the Michiganders they are supposed to represent.
As Michigan Democrats in the House and Senate fight tooth and nail to deliver for American families, here are five questions every House Republican from Michigan must answer:
- Why do Michigan House Republicans protect tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations, which added billions to the national debt, after refusing to support tax cuts for middle-class families?
- The expanded Child Tax Credit has helped over one million families in Michigan meet household needs with an average $443 in monthly payments. Data shows that 18% of children in Michigan are living in poverty and 8% are in extreme poverty, but these wildly popular tax cuts for working families have helped cut the child poverty rate in half. So what do Republicans like Congressman Upton have to say for their opposition to providing relief for millions of hard working parents?
- Why don’t Michigan Republicans want to lower health care costs for the American people? Because of the American Rescue Plan, Michiganders can save hundreds per month, with lower monthly premiums, if they receive coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Yet, every single Michigan Republican in Congress voted against the American Rescue Plan, and all of them are still opposing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
- Is the Michigan GOP prepared to bring down the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the hopes it will hurt Democrats and President Biden politically, even though there has been decades of bipartisan agreement that our nation needs to make critical new investments in infrastructure? The bipartisan infrastructure bill was approved by 19 Republicans in the Senate, including Mitch McConnell, yet Michigan Republicans like Congressman Bergman continue to say no.
- Why did Representatives McClain and Walberg vote against a critical pandemic relief bill which included checks in the pockets of American families, aid to small businesses, and resources to safely reopen schools in their districts?