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Senate Republican will continue to push against Whitmer's actions


A Michigan State Senate Republican says he still supports repealing Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. That’s despite his recent diagnosis for COVID-19.

24th district Senator Tom Barrett was tested on Friday as part of the Michigan National Guard’s screening in advance of his Guard unit’s summer training, and he was notified of a positive Coronavirus result on Sunday. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced the cancelation of committees and sessions this week.

Barrett has been a vocal critic of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of executive orders to close businesses and require masks. He says he’ll continue to promote the Unlock Michigan petition campaign to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act Whitmer has operated under.

“We are a self-governed society made up of a representative democracy, with three branches of government," said Barrett. "That’s true today, and it was true yesterday, and three days ago before I had this positive coronavirus test.”

Barrett says his wife Ashley was tested for Coronavirus on Monday, but does not know when results will come in. He has not had his three children tested. The Senator says he’s feeling good, other than some fatigue.