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House Appropriations Committee holds hearing on billion-dollar spending supplement

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A more than one-billion-dollar spending bill received a hearing before the Michigan House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

The bill uses federal money to help the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services fight COVID-19.

Republican Representative Julie Calley is its sponsor. She says the bill’s focus on early treatment can help vaccinated people as well.

 “It’s an added layer of support so almost adding another shield. And we want to make sure that those opportunities are available as well. As I mentioned, we will continue support for the vaccine itself. It is in here. That will be a state focus”

Main spending areas in the bill include health care worker recruitment and retention and increasing testing capacity.