“It is unfathomable that any elected official, let alone a Legislative Leader, would ever willingly accept the suffering of the people they represent. Sen. Shirkey’s flippant attitude towards the hardships that so many in our state are facing, through no fault of their own, is callous and mean-spirited.

“It is our duty as elected officials to assist the people of Michigan, at all times, and especially in times of crisis. Federal relief funding is on the table, funding that will go a long way in aiding our most vulnerable citizens. We absolutely must call on Congress to deliver relief to our state and use those funds responsibly once we receive them. Anything less is unacceptable.”