BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana House Republicans put pen to paper and signed a petition which aims to end “the Governor’s unprecedented expansion of executive power under his never-ending COVID-19 Emergency Declaration,” according to a spokesperson for the Louisiana Republican Party.
This comes after lawmakers in the state recently voted to pass a bill that would slow the emergency powers of Gov. Edwards.
House Republican Delegation Chairman Blake Miguez issued the following statements:
“When any emergency process lasts this long, the public deserves transparency. The Governor should be providing more information and data, not more mandates and restrictions. We trust Louisianans to keep their families, neighbors, and customers safe.”
“For months, Republicans in the House worked tirelessly, exploring every available option to reopen Louisiana safely. We have repeatedly asked Governor Edwards to share additional information with our constituents and explain his endless restrictions on their families, churches, and businesses. Unfortunately, it’s become clear the Governor will not surrender his temporary emergency powers. His refusal to give the people of Louisiana (through their elected representatives) a voice in the discussion of how to move our state forward is unacceptable.”
House Democrats are making a statement about the petition to overturn the governor’s COVID-19 Orders.
The statement can be found below:
“Dangerous, reckless and short-sighted don’t begin to describe the decision made by the group of Republican Representatives that signed this petition. If this petition successfully ends Governor Edwards’ emergency order, 4.5 million Louisianans will needlessly face additional risk of catching COVID and experiencing dire consequences, including death. If this petition is successful, Louisiana risks losing billions of dollars in federal funding, free community COVID testing, access to PPE, food banks and other crucial lifelines our people are depending on in the midst of this global pandemic and in the fallout of multiple severe hurricanes.
We’re entering flu season. If this petition is successful, state government will lose the ability to respond if COVID cases surge and hospital beds fill up. Our economy cannot operate if our people have no access to healthcare.
This virus doesn’t only affect Democrats. They’re putting every legislative district in the state at risk. If this petition is successful, what are these legislators going to do if their local hospital gets overrun? What are they going to say to the countless people in their districts of advanced age or with comorbidities that will no longer feel safe leaving the house? The stakes could not be higher, but this group of Republican legislators is willing to gamble with the lives of their constituents to try to win a cheap political victory.
It also begs the question: why did we spend nearly $2 million on a special session, spend weeks having divisive arguments over the governor’s power and ignoring our people, if this petition was going to be signed?
Under Governor Edwards, we have made great strides with our COVID mitigation efforts. In Phase 3, a sense of normalcy was returning to life in our state. We are doing better with COVID mitigation than most of the other states in America. This petition threatens to erase all the hard-won gains we have made in the fight against COVID.
In times of trouble and hardship, regular Louisianans come together to help each other, often making tremendous sacrifices for the good of their community. We are resilient, we are giving, and we love each other. It is a shame that in this time of unprecedented, once-in-a-century crisis, some of our state’s leaders have failed to live up to that example set by our people. We pray that this petition fails, and we remain committed to working with any legislator that wants to help our state responsibly manage the COVID pandemic.”
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