LANSING, Mich., Feb. 12, 2021 — Yesterday, 30 Republican State House members authored a letter siding with Canadian protesters who have blockaded the Ambassador Bridge for the past five days. As a critical international trade route, the Ambassador Bridge bears over $300 million in auto parts, agriculture products, and supplies every day. Michigan vehicle manufacturers unable to get the supplies they need, have been forced to cancel shifts and slow down production. In response to the Republicans’ letter, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) issued the following statement:


“Every day this reckless disruption continues is a crushing blow to our industry and our workers as critical elements of our economy and infrastructure are held hostage by international agitators, who have now unbelievably found 30 new spokespeople in the ranks of the Republican majority. It is absolutely unconscionable that the 30 Republican legislators who signed onto this letter are calling upon our Governor to deliver the bridge’s ransom to the international protesters strangling our auto industry and vital supply chains throughout Michigan. It is time to stand with Michigan industry and not the time to sell-out our values and sovereignty to those peddling anti-vaccine propaganda across the border.”