Representative Mike Gallagher says leaders in Wisconsin need to be more clear when it comes to how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, but doesn’t see the need for a uniform mask mandate across the entire state.
Rep. Gallagher was a guest on WTMJ 2021.
“I just think we need to do a better job,” Gallagher said. “All of us who are public officials, all of us who have a platform, to encourage Wisconsinites to step up and do whatever they can.”
“But then there are some interpretations of a mask mandate that make no sense to me at all. Particularly in rural parts of Wisconsin,” Gallagher said.
“So for example, we have a spike going on in Brown County, but we have some highly rural parts of Brown County that don’t look anything like Green Bay, where mask wearing may not be as necessary.”
Gallagher says he blames House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the inaction in Washington D.C. when it comes to a fresh round of stimulus relief.
“I have to conclude that she doesn’t want a deal,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher did say he wants to see one particular thing done to help Wisconsinites who are suffering amid the pandemic.
“Take the unused PPP money, there’s over $130 billion that hasn’t been used, and make it eligible for Wisconsin businesses that still need that support,” Gallagher said.
“And then beyond that, let’s have a conversation about pairing liability protections for businesses that want to reopen responsibly but don’t want to be sued by overeager trial lawyers, pairing that with targeted aid directly to schools that need our help, directly to the healthcare system. Not to corrupt state governments that will misuse that money for things that predate coronavirus.”
Representative Gallagher was a guest on WTMJ 2021.