Levin Joins Community Safe Youth Launch
On Tuesday, Rep. Levin participated in a press conference: Parents, School, and Community Together! Keeping Our Youth Safe and Alcohol-Free. The press conference was hosted by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, CARE, and the Macomb County Office of Substance Abuse. The conference called attention to the dangers and legal consequences of underage drinking as prom and graduation season are approaching. Rep. Levin spoke on the importance of community involvement and the continued need for federal funding to support outreach, educational services, and drug and alcohol prevention efforts. After the press conference,high school students partnered with police officers to drive to local retailers and distribute information about the consequences of selling alcohol to minors and the dangers of underage alcohol consumption.
Efforts to Reveal President Trump's Tax Returns
On Saturday, Rep. Levin joined hundreds of citizens gathering at the Detroit IRS office to call on President Trump to release his tax returns. Since the 1970s, every president, Democrat and Republican, has provided tax information voluntarily. Rep. Levin has voted several times, both in the Committee on Ways and Means and on the House floor to require public scrutiny of these documents. Unfortunately, these resolutions have failed on party-line votes, with Republicans blocking them. During these debates, Rep. Levin has made the point that the president's tax returns are directly relevant to his stated desire to enact tax reform, as well as to providing information about financial entanglements he may have with foreign entities or individuals.
Rep. Levin Supports Public Broadcasting
In his proposed budget blueprint released last month, President Trump eliminated funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides unique services in the areas of education, public safety, and civic leadership. About 70 percent of CPB funds go out to local television and radio stations across the country, supporting 20,000 local jobs. In response to the President's drastic proposal, Rep. Levin joined other concerned colleagues writing to the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the CPB expressing their support and underscoring the valuable impact the CPB has in communities across the country. Members also urged the subcommittee provide strong funding for the CPB in FY 2018. You can read the full letter and see the list of cosigners here.
Rep. Levin Fights for the Community Development Block Grant Program
Just last month, President Trump's FY 2018 budget blueprint eliminated funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In response, Rep. Levin joined his colleagues and signed a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding for the CDBG program in FY 2018.
Since its creation in 1974, CDBG has invested more than $149 billion in more than 7,200 urban, suburban, and rural communities. These funds go to a number of community efforts that strengthen local areas and revitalize communities. Additionally, CDBG has been successful in leveraging investments from non-federal sources. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, every CDBG dollar invested is used to leverage, on average, $3.60 in other funds, including private investments. Continued support for this program is critical to communities across the United States. You can read the letter here.