Rep. Elissa Slotkin said she supports Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to restart manufacturing in the state, and called on manufacturers to communicate clearly with their employees and follow all recommended public health standards.
“Michigan has led the nation in retooling to produce vital medical supplies and equipment, showing the country how Michigan and our manufacturing base responds when tested. Now we have the opportunity to lead the way in showing how the manufacturing sector can safely and responsibly re-open in a hard-hit state,” Slotkin said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time Slotkin has called on constituents to work together. In April protesters descended on the state capitol to voice their displeasure with Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Many were not wearing masks and refused to follow social distancing guidelines and carrying rifles, according to reports.
After the incident Slotkin said Americans have the right to protest, but asked them to consider the health of their fellow citizens.
“The right to free speech is so fundamental that the protesters today were able to exercise their rights at the expense of the health of the police sergeant at arms officers, staff and elected leaders who they yelled at, at close range without face masks,” Slotkin said in a statement. “We also have the right to speak out against that behavior, and honor the vast majority of our fellow citizens who choose a different path.”
Slotkin explained the decision on when to transition Michigan back towards normal life should be rooted in science and facts.
“We should get back to work in a safe and responsible way, as soon as we can. We should not go back if it risks a second, deadly wave of COVID, nor should we stay home any longer than necessary. Angry slogans and threatening signs won’t get us there any faster. Working together will,” she said.