After introducing a comprehensive plan to protect Michigan from various foreign influences and threats, Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Lamont) and Rep. Will Bruck (R-Erie) this week launched the Michigan Legislature Working Group for National Security.
The working group, which is open to bipartisan participation, will delve into assessing potential threats, provide information and explanations to their legislative colleagues and the public, and guide statutory and regulatory reforms. It also intends to track, evaluate, and assign threat level ratings within the state of Michigan and publicize them.
Bruck and Meerman released the following statement:
“We are living in a time where the international, national, and subnational landscape is characterized by always evolving threats.
“State leaders are uniquely positioned to nimbly spot and engage against subnational engagements by adversarial countries of concern.
“It is imperative we are united in a bipartisan fashion and steadfast in facing these threats, particularly from the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party.
“Our working group is modeled after the important, timely and successful work of the United States House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, which was approved in a bipartisan super-majority vote of 365-65 on January 10 of this year. The committee is strongly led by Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) as they research and expose manifestations of the threat from the PRC, devising and implementing ways to tackle it.
“We are looking forward to working in a bipartisan manner with our colleagues.”
Rep. Meerman today shared his disappointment with the governor’s recent proposal to divert $670 million from the Michigan Public School Employee’s Retirement System (MPSERS), which is currently $30 million in debt.
Rep. Meerman voted against a partisan plan this week that would radically alter Michigan’s energy policy. He voiced strong concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable.
I had the profound displeasure of witnessing the Governor’s State of the State address. To hear the Governor tout progress at a time when mothers and fathers in my district are questioning whether they must find a second job just to keep up with their grocery bill shows her utter disconnect from the working families of Michigan.
After overwhelming criticism, Democrats have pulled this misguided bill off the committee docket. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.