Michigan lawmakers to attend inauguration

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Michigan's lawmakers in Washington are getting ready for Inauguration Day. While they have mixed views on President-elect Donald Trump, they’re all waiting to see how Trump’s policies will impact Michigan.

When Trump takes the oath of office this Friday, several members them will be there to see it happen.

“It’s an amazing experience to be part of America’s history," said Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).

“You won’t find this anywhere else in the world. It’s a peaceful transition of power," said Rep. Mike Bishop.

Both congressmen say Trump will be good for Michigan.

Walberg described a meeting he had with the soon-to-be president.

“I said, ‘I hope you’ll do things to encourage manufacturing.’ He said, ‘Absolutely. There’s no way that Michigan shouldn’t have a turnaround. Because I want to see that type of framework in place where we lead the world in manufacturing capabilities,'" said Walberg.

“We’ve already seen a positive impact from this president [elect] in regard to our economy – how the autos responded," explained Bishop. "It wasn’t the president [elect] who made that decision, but I think the environment is such that people are regaining confidence that this country is really putting itself in a position where this economy can grow and prosper.”

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) will also attend Friday’s inauguration, but he says he’s going to keep a close eye on the policies Trump puts forth, especially when it comes to outsourcing jobs.

“The president-elect talked about ending outsourcing, and I hope he follows through on that. I know the president-elect knows an awful lot about outsourcing, because he’s outsourced most of his businesses," said Peters.

Peters calls outsourcing a "significant problem” that causes wages to drop.

“We recently had the president-elect do a photo op at a company to save some jobs. That’s wonderful and great, but this should not be about picking winners and losers of one company. This should be about every American, no matter what company you work for," he said.

After Friday’s ceremonial traditions are over, Michigan lawmakers will be looking for results.

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