Rep. Levin Leads Fights Back against Administration's Proposed Cuts to Key Drug Prevention Program

May 10, 2017

On Tuesday, Rep. Levin and Senator Rob Portman wrote to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney expressing serious concern with the Trump Administration's proposal to eliminate all funding for the Drug Free Communities Program, an effective substance abuse prevention program for young people.  Rep. Levin and Senator Portman were the authors of the 1997 law that created the Drug-Free Communities, which has become deeply rooted in local communities across the country, and engages a cross section of local stakeholders, including schools, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and volunteer organizations.   No other drug prevention program has achieved the same reductions in youth drug use as consistently as the DFC program. It is senseless and reckless to cut a proven, effective program in the midst of a nationwide-wide effort to combat the opioid epidemic.  You can read the entire letter here.

Rep. Levin Cosponsors Legislation to Strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Rep. Levin recently signed on as a cosponsor of the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act (H.R. 1332).  This bill would expand access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which helps more than 3.3 million children per day, by authorizing an additional reimbursement to child care centers so they can serve a third meal to kids in child care for more than eight hours a day.  Currently, the program only authorizes two meals reimbursements per day, even though many of the participating children spend a full day in child care. This unfortunately, leaves some of the most vulnerable children hungry while their parents are working.

9th District Art Students Recognized
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Rep. Levin was pleased to host the competition again this year and was extremely impressed by the artwork submitted by the talented young people within the 9th District.

A reception was held on May 6th at the Dovetail Café in Warren for students, their families and teachers. First place was awarded to Logan McGinnis, an 11th grader at Shrine Catholic High School. Logan's scratchboard illustration entitled "Ed" will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Logan and all who participated this year.

Democratic Members of Congress Oppose President Trump's Harmful Policies on Women's Health
Congressman Levin recently joined with nearly 150 Democrats in writing to oppose President Trump's harmful policies on women's health and reproductive rights. The letter, sent nearly 100 days after the historic Women's March on Washington, condemns the President's proposals to eliminate access to crucial health services and gut funding for women's health care. Among its dangerous policies, the Administration has proposed to: eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, appoint radicals to key executive and judicial positions, gut domestic and global health programs, and repeal the Affordable Care Act's guarantees of maternity coverage and free preventive care.