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Levin Signs Petition to Reopen the Government, Calls on Republicans to Sign On

U.S. Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI) today signed a petition that would force a vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government without any strings attached, ending the government shutdown that is now in its 12th day. 

Levin Statement on Bi-partisan Letter from 230 Members urging U.S. to address currency manipulation in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations that now include Japan.
I enthusiastically endorse Rudy Hobbs’ candidacy for Congress. 
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Romney-Ryan tax plan at a press conference ahead of Rep. Ryan's visit to Oakland County:
Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan cannot calm the fears of seniors and near retirees worried about his plan to convert Medicare into a voucher program by promising them that only those younger than 55 will be affected.
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement regarding Gov. Romney's tax returns:

Gov. Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans — led by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp — continue to repeat a widely discredited claim that President Barack Obama is dismantling work requirements for welfare recipients.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Romney was pressed this morning in a Fox News interview to explain his tax haven investments through the Cayman Islands and Swiss bank accounts.  His answers defy common sense, for the reasons outlined below, and give rise to more questions about his investments in tax havens.
 

Gov. Romney was pressed this morning in a Fox News interview to explain his tax haven investments through the Cayman Islands and Swiss bank accounts. His answers defy common sense, for the reasons outlined below, and give rise to more questions about his investments in tax havens.
Call on House Republicans to pass immediately to ensure tax cuts continue for middle class.
Ways and Means Committee Democrats today introduced two pieces of legislation to provide tax credits for advanced energy manufacturing and renew the Build America Bond program. H.R. 6182: The American Advanced Energy Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2012, introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), extends and expands the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit.  It will uncap the credit for certain advanced manufacturing -- solar, fuel cell, battery – and provide a $3 billion capped credit for other manufacturing. H.R. 6206: The Build America Bonds Act, introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) would help finance needed state and local capital projects including schools, transportation infrastructure, and public safety facilities and equipment, which build infrastructure and create jobs.
Legislation would require 10 years of tax returns and disclosure of overseas accounts and other financial transactions

The Clinton River is a very different waterway today than it was 40 years ago thanks to two key developments in 1972 that have had a profound impact on the river’s water quality.
U.S. House of Representative Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following statement in response to a recent announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services that it would consider requests from the states to operate demonstration projects within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to help recipients prepare for, find and maintain employment:
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following statement on the House floor in opposition to the latest House Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare:
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) issued the following statement today regarding the release of the June jobs report:
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following statement applauding the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
The President made an important statement about equality yesterday, speaking to the progress underway in our nation recognizing the rights of all individuals in long-term committed relationships. I agree that same sex couples should be able to marry legally.
Today’s report is another clear sign that our effort to restart America’s jobs machine is working.  We are making significant strides yet still have a substantial way to go.  
State action results in significant loss of federally funded unemployment insurance 

Legislation would fix loophole that enables private equity managers to pay reduced income tax rates
Close to 30 states will follow Michigan and lose some Unemployment Insurance in first six months of 2012
Gov. Romney likely benefits from loophole for private equity managers
State Action Could Jeopardize Another 53 Weeks of Federal Unemployment Insurance
acomb County's six countywide elected officials today released the following statement endorsing U.S. Rep. Sander Levin's reelection in the new 9th Congressional District in 2012.
Voters in Michigan have never before faced such a shamelessly partisan redrawing of congressional boundaries. 
Recent studies indicate China’s currency is even more undervalued today than it was a year ago, when China promised us progress,” said Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander M. Levin.  “Eight years of quiet diplomacy have yielded meager results.  It is time for Congress to provide relief to U.S. companies and workers injured by China’s practices, and to provide U.S. officials greater leverage in their negotiations with China.
Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Sander Levin, Pete Stark, John D. Dingell, George Miller, and Rob Andrews have introduced legislation that would save the government billions by reducing Medicare Part D drug costs for taxpayers.  The bill would save more than $100 billion – without resorting to the Republicans’ reckless proposal to double seniors’ health care costs by 2022 by dismantling Medicare.
Over the last months, there has been a great deal of discussion about the need for tax reform – a discussion that I welcome.   Twenty-five years ago, I was not yet on the Ways & Means Committee, but I took a keen interest in the work that went into the Tax Reform Act of 1986.  In 1985, the Ways & Means Committee held 30 days of full committee hearings on tax reform, followed by 26 days of mark-up.  Members debated every aspect of the tax code, often provision by provision.
In announcing this hearing, Chairman Camp indicated that it would include an examination of “the trade-offs that… companies might be willing to make given current fiscal constraints.”  I think most of us agree that a lower corporate rate is desirable.  But the trade-offs involved in getting there truly matter. 
The recent tornados and flooding that have devastated the lives of hundreds of American families and there is a clear need for emergency funding,” said Rep. Levin. “We are also at a critical juncture in the commercialization of advanced vehicle technology to power the next generation of cars and trucks.  It is vital that the federal government continue its partnership with industry to ensure the new advanced vehicles and their critical components are manufactured here in America.
This is indeed an open rule. In the sense it's so open that if you vote for the rule you're voting to end Medicare. Republicans have done this once. If you vote for this you're going to do it twice. And the gentleman who is handling this for the majority earlier talked about Medicare and said the Republicans are trying to save it. You don't save something by ending it -- purely and simply. And to come to this floor and say you're saving it when you're ending it -- that kind of talk is a big lie.
Mr. Speaker, bringing up this bill in this fashion is a ploy so egregious that Republicans have had to spend the last week pleading with Wall Street not to take it seriously and risk our economic recovery.
Republicans are trying to change the subject from their plan to end Medicare after Tuesday’s stunning public rebuke. In doing so, they’ve landed on a proposal equally distressing: a plan that would inevitably raise taxes on the middle class.
Chrysler's ability to secure private financing and repay the debt portion of its federal assistance is another important milestone in the revitalization of the domestic auto industry. 
In a letter to Reps. Michael K. Simpson and James Moran, the top lawmakers on the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Rep. Levin and 18 other House members requested $375 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, a $75 million increase from this year.
Democratic Ways and Means Committee Members today joined with 147 other House colleagues in a letter to President Obama calling for a five-year reauthorization of the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which expired in February. 
We do not need to tear up what America has done in the past in order to build for the future. We should not confront present and future problems, including the nation's deficit, as we must, by repealing America's past.

Rep. Levin and Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama this week spearheaded a letter signed by 135 other members that cautions Army Secretary John McHugh that halting production “could end up costing more in the long run and result in lost capacity and readiness. They urged continuation of the program – at least on a limited basis – during the intervening period.
House Republicans should follow the Senate’s lead in considering legislation to end unjustified tax subsidies for Big Oil.  With consumers facing soaring gas prices, and Big Oil raking in huge profits, the people’s House should not be taking a back seat in repealing these giveaways.
This investment will provide a strong federal partnership in enhancing a significant rail corridor that will result in immediate ridership growth, job creation, and local economic development,” said Rep. Levin. “Upgrading our nation’s transportation infrastructure is a vital step in our effort to compete on a global scale and high-speed rail is a key ingredient in that effort.
Today real workers have been harmed by Republicans’ refusal to extend 2009 TAA reforms, and thousands of others are being short-changed in their effort to transition to new work. Republicans in Congress let those reforms lapse and today, we are seeing the consequences of that irresponsible decision
This is the opposite of a jobs bill – it is a hatchet job on the unemployment insurance program. With this legislation, Republicans are proposing to end this year’s guaranteed benefit for the long-term unemployed, just like they’ve proposed ending the guaranteed benefit for Medicare recipients
Democrats in the U.S. House have been working to change U.S. trade policy for over a decade.  In the era of increasing globalization, trade policy must be a tool to shape the rules of competition and spread the benefits of globalization. 
Today we remember the victims of 9-11 and hope that the death of Osama bin Laden provides some comfort to their families and to our nation.  We stand in unity and respect for the laser-like, dogged determination of the President, the intelligence community and the U.S. military in bringing about justice after 10 long years.
 U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today congratulated Macomb Community College on its selection as one of 120 community colleges to compete for the $1 million  Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence.
President Obama today made clear that he will stand firmly in the path of Republican efforts to dismantle Medicare, ram through cuts to Social Security and break the fundamental social contract in America. 
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today is urging Republican House Speaker John Boehner not to shut down the government, but to come to an agreement before tonight’s midnight deadline.
The scientific community has been telling us for years, with growing urgency, that greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to changes in the climate and that the impact of these changes will be overwhelmingly negative going forward.
Today’s report is encouraging news for American workers and illustrates that the policies put in place by President Obama and Democrats in Congress during the last two years are leading toward a continued economic recovery.
Trade speech entitled "Reshaping U.S. Trade Policy in a Globalizing Economy," to the Peterson Institute for International Economic
Michigan’s Democratic U.S. Congressional delegation, in a joint letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday, urged him to veto HB 4408, legislation that would cut state unemployment insurance in Michigan from 26 weeks to 20 weeks and turn back the clock on 50 years of needed protections for the 
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today criticized Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of a bill that will permanently cut Michigan unemployment insurance from 26 weeks to 20 weeks, giving Michigan the dubious distinction of being the ONLY state in the country that provides fewer than 26 weeks of UI benefits. 
Gov. Snyder should veto legislation that would make Michigan only state to provide fewer than 26 weeks of unemployment insurance
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), in a letter to State Legislative leaders, urged action so that tens of thousands of Michiganders don’t lose an additional 20 weeks of 100% federally funded unemployment benefits. Unless the Legislature makes a minor technical change to State Law by April 1, Michigan will be the only state in the country whose workers won’t benefit from the 20 extra weeks of 100% federally funded extended unemployment benefits. 
By a vote of 247 to 161 the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, to save or create hundreds of thousands of American jobs.  Not only does H.R. 1586 prevent layoffs and provide funds to hire teachers and prevent law enforcement officers from losing their jobs, the bill is paid for by closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas and other provisions which, have a net effect of reducing the Federal deficit by $1.4 billion dollars according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The House of Representatives approved sweeping legislation today to hold oil companies responsible for spills and reforming federal oversight of oil drilling.  The Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act passed by a vote of  209 to 193 .
Levin: (7/30/2010)
During Obama visit Chrysler announces Sterling Heights plant to remain open, add 900 jobs
This is the first-ever labor case brought under any free trade agreement, and the significance of that should not be understated,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI).  “The labor provisions in CAFTA, negotiated by the previous Administration, did not incorporate the strong international labor standards fought for by House Democrats. 
The House of Representatives voted today in support of Democrats' “Make it in America” strategy by passing three bills that help rebuild the American manufacturing base with an emphasis on competitiveness, innovation, and exports and the creation of high-skill, high-wage jobs.
b programs. By closing loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, the legislation would spur job creation here in the U.S. by extending successful Recovery Act provisions including the Build America Bonds program to fundBy closing loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, the legislation would spur job creation here in the U.S. by extending successful Recovery Act provisions including the Build America Bonds program to fund domestic infrastructure improvements and the Emergency Fund for Job Creation and Assistance program to help States immediately support job programs.  domestic infrastructure improvements and the Emergency Fund for Job Creation and Assistance program to help States immediately support job programs. 
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) today released draft legislative text of the Domestic Manufacturing and Energy Jobs Act of 2010. The draft legislation would make a significant investment in domestic manufacturing to create jobs and see to it that the clean energy technologies of the future are made here in the United States.  The bill would also provide long-term certainty that the United States will continue to support renewable energy and energy efficiency, and will encourage manufacturers to build facilities in the United States.
Congressman Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, delivered the following remarks in favor of extending unemployment insurance earlier today.  Video of the remarks is available here.  The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation this afternoon.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider important legislation to support thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs this week.  H.R. 4380, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin issued the following statement today following a meeting of Committee Democrats
Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Jim McDermott (D-WA) joined
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA) today commented on the release of rules by the Administration clarifying incentives for adoption of health IT systems
 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that Macomb County will receive $660,795 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.  A local board, chaired by the United Way for Southeast Michigan
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that Macomb County will receive $660,795 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.  A local board, chaired by the United Way for Southeast Michigan
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, critical legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits to millions of American workers 
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, critical legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits to millions of American workers through 
The House of Representatives passed today a comprehensive set of measures to put in place an orderly resolution process for failing financial institutions and create a consumer financial protection bureau.
  The House of Representatives today voted to extend the closing deadline for taxpayers seeking the homebuyer’s tax credit.  H.R. 5623, the Homebuyers Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010 would extend the current 
Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported that Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) suggested Social Security should be cut
House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin welcomed news today that employers, unions, and state and local governments that offer health coverage to early retirees can now apply for help with those costs.

Today, House Republicans voted down a critical extension of unemployment insurance that would benefit millions of American families, including the estimated 1.7 million Americans 

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI) and Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Jim McDermott (D-WA) today introduced H.R. 5618

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI) made the following statement on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act
To help residents of the 12th Congressional District access the services provided by his District Office, Congressman Levin's staff will be available to help constituents at the locations listed below after normal business hours.
The United States Department of Labor announced today that Michigan is the recipient of a $3.7 million Recovery Act grant which will allow Michigan Works! offices to support training partnerships with employers to fill specific job needs.
Congressman Sander Levin welcomed the announcement today by Governor Granholm that the State of Michigan will use $20 million in Recovery Act funds to provide
The House of Representatives voted today to strengthen elections and provide more information to voters about political spending done by corporations, unions, and third party advocacy organizations. 
Today the Republican minority in the United States Senate filibustered and prevented the body from debating critical provisions to create jobs, cut taxes and provide vital assistance to millions of unemployed workers.
Today President Obama announced the enactment of new consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act, adding to the growing list of implementation accomplishments since the bill was signed into law 90 days ago. The new regulations will
On Friday, leaders of the Committee on Ways and Means sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner expressing support for a proposed regulation to protect Social Security beneficiaries from unlawful debt collection practices such as garnishment and levy.
To help residents of the 12th Congressional District access the services provided by his District Office, Congressman Levin's staff will be available to help constituents at the locations listed below after normal business hours.
The House of Representatives passed legislation today to speed loans to small businesses through community bank lending and state collateral support programs.  The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act [H.R. 5297] passed by a vote of 241 to 182.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI) issued the following opening statement at today’s full Committee hearing
   Today the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5486, the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010, by a bipartisan majority of 247-170.  The legislation would provide much-needed tax cuts for small businesses to help them grow and create new jobs. 
To help residents of the 12th Congressional District access the services provided by his District Office, Congressman Levin's staff will be available to help constituents at the locations listed below after normal business hours.


   
  Today, seniors will begin receiving financial relief to help pay for the cost of prescription drugs as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delivers the first round 
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act

 

As we take the time this Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and courage of the men and women who have fought for our country,

Last week Congressman Levin and Senator Max Baucus introduced the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act which includes several provisions that are important to the State of Michigan, Michigan businesses and Michigan families.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D]MT) will today release legislative text of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act
Representative Sander Levin recognized today the artistic talents of local high school students who entered the 29th Annual Congressional Art Competition.
U.S. Representatives Gary Peters, Sander Levin and John Dingell have introduced legislation to help promote small business lending and create jobs.
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