Michigan's Two Democrat Senators Vote Differently to End COVID Emergency

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Well, in Michigan, occasionally a blind squirrel finds a nut, or even rarer, the two Democrat Senators from Michigan decide to vote separately on ending a “national emergency” suggested by Tony Fauci.

Truly, miracles shall never cease.

Here I am on this Friday evening, winding down for the last day of March and happen to come across a story from the fine folks at CapCon that alerted me to a split on an issue with both of our United States Senators here. I had to rub my eyes and grab my glasses, to be sure that I was reading correctly that Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow had not voted in lockstep.

I was amazed.

From Michigan Capitol Confidential

Often times, Michigan’s congressional delegation votes down party lines. But on House Resolution 7, a bill to terminate the three-year-long COVID-19 national emergency, senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, split from one another.

Peters voted yes on the bill, which end the emergency. He was part of a majority of 68 senators who voted yes.

Stabenow was one of 23 senators who voted no, which would continue the emergency.

Nine others did not vote, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is still recovering from injuries from a fall earlier this month.

Stabenow has been consistent in voting against ending the COVID emergency; she was on the short end of a 62-36 vote last November, in the previous Congress, to “terminate” the national emergency.

Now, this is a little surprising but only because Peters voted to end it not that Stabenow voted yes. Usually these two vote in lockstep, so much so you would think that they’re Siamese twins. But I have a theory on this.

Stabenow has never been accused of being one of the brighter bulbs in the Senate, and she follows in lockstep with certain people that believe government overreach is never a bad thing. She has decided that her time in Washington is done and announced late last year that she would not be seeking another term in the United States Senate in the 2024 election. So, there is no consequence for her to vote to continue a national emergency that should have never been instituted in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, though. Even if she had decided to run again, she would win by four points easily, being Michigan is a Blue State, and all the sincere wishes it was not are useless.

Peters and his yes vote, though, has surprised me just a little bit. Here is the reason why.

Gary won re-election in 2020 and while it was much closer than he or anybody expected it to be against now-US Representative John James, he still has another four years to go before he faces the voters again. Maybe Peters was just going along with a President of his party, or possibly some of his higher-profile constituents here in the state had said that they’d had enough. Whatever the actual reason, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow share one underlying philosophy that has been detrimental to this state and the country.

They believe the government is not big enough, and there is not a problem that they can’t solve.

And they are both 100 percent wrong in that underlying train of thought.

So, while the Michigan GOP is still smoldering from the November 2022 election disaster and its February 2023 convention—a mess which I covered part of here Michigan GOP Leader Admits They Are Half Million in Debt and That Is the Good News. I guess we can take solace for one brief moment that a Michigan Democrat used common sense.

I don’t expect it to last.

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