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activist group calls on Michigan Republicans to hurry and pass COVID-19 relief bill

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Michigan Legislative Republicans have introduced their COVID-19 relief plans. They say oversight is needed, so their plan would roll out money meant for small businesses, workers, and schools slowly. Michigan would miss out on millions in federal money meant for things like rent-assistance if the GOP plan is adopted.

The liberal-leaning Committee to Protect Medicare says state Republicans should hurry up. 

Doctor Rob Davidson is a West Michigan physician and director of the group. He says now is not the time to go with the cheaper option.

“When you go to a doctor with a life threatening condition, you want the best treatment possible, not the cheapest treatment to get you back to normal," said Davidson. "The fact is, you cannot nickel and dime your way out of a pandemic.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan would dish out the money quickly to aid vaccine distribution and get schools ready for in-person instruction in addition to getting money to small businesses.