Levin Takes Action to Preserve the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Mar 8, 2017

This month, Rep. Levin is spearheading an effort to preserve funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in Fiscal Year 2018.  After the Trump Administration proposed drastic cuts to the GLRI, Rep. Levin is leading a letter to be sent to the House Appropriations Committee urging continued funding for the GLRI at $300 million. Reducing the level of federal commitment to the GLRI would dramatically reduce the program's impact and jeopardize the environmental and economic health of the Great Lakes region.

International Women’s Day
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the cultural, economic, and political achievements made by women. Support and recognition of International Women’s Day continues to grow each year as more governments, NGOs, corporations, and women’s groups unite to honor women’s local and global contributions.  International Women’s Day is also a reminder to continue the fight for gender equity both at home and abroad. For information on International Women’s Day, please visit here.

Military Museum Coming to Warren
Veteran’s Memorial Park in Warren will soon be the new home of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum.  The museum will feature military vehicles and interactive displays and will be located less than a mile from a former U.S. Army Tank Plant.  It will feature two exhibits every six months and park military vehicles outside so visitors can gain an up-close experience.  Within the facility, there are possible plans to include a conference center to host civic organizations, a learning center for the Department of Defense, and a Veteran’s History Project that will feature collections of interviews from World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Cold War and Vietnam Veterans.  It is an exciting time for Warren as the city begins planning for this museum.

House Majority Begins Attempt To Dismantle the Affordable Care Act
Two days after releasing their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the House Ways and Means Committee is marking up their proposal that will increase costs and jeopardize health insurance coverage for millions of American in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.  Rep. Levin offered an amendment calling for any ACA repeal legislation to have a public score from the Congressional Budget Office available seven days prior to committee consideration.  Republicans are pressing forward without such a score, not knowing how much their plan will cost or how many Americans will lose health coverage.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week the House will consider the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 1301), which funds defense operations for FY 2017.  In addition, the House will consider three bills that would make it difficult for individuals to join class action lawsuits against corporate wrongdoing, impose broad or impossible standards on litigants that will dissuade victims of injustice from coming forward or give defendants more chances to engage in delay tactics, and increase litigation costs and burdens on plaintiffs.  In addition, legislation will also make it more difficult for asbestos victims to receive compensation and undermine their privacy through reporting requirements.  The bills to be debated are the creatively named the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 720), the Innocent Party Protection Act (H.R. 725), and the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Further Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (H.R. 985).