Votes and Legislation
Representative Levin is focused on working across the aisle on legislation to address local and national challenges.
Since taking office in January 2019, Rep. Levin has worked with members of both parties to introduce more than 85 pieces of legislation, including more than two dozen bipartisan bills that have been signed into law, either as standalone bills or as part of broader legislation. Some of those pieces of legislation were included in the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 7105), comprehensive legislation Rep. Levin led to strengthen and expand services for veterans.
Please see below for key legislation introduced by Rep. Levin. You can also learn more about legislation he's cosponsored here.
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Rep. Levin's bills signed into law since 2019:
- The Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act was introduced with Reps. David Scott (D-GA), Zeldin (R-NY), and Barr (R-KY) to help maintain liquidity in the veteran home loan market. The legislation was signed into law in 2019.
- H.R. 2196, a bill to expand veterans' access to STEM scholarship programs, was introduced with Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) and signed into law in 2019.
- The Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 was introduced with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) to improve the VA's Specially Adapted Housing program.
- An amendment to theServicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was introduced with Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN) to expand the list of orders that qualify for residential lease termination to include a stop movement order issued by the Department of Defense in response to a local, national, or global emergency.
- The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act was introduced with Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) to expand eligibility to receive counseling from VA Vet Centers.
- The Homeless Veteran Coronavirus Response Act was introduced with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) to expand and strengthen Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services for homeless veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill was later amended to include other bipartisan bills Levin introduced to strengthen and expand services for homeless and unemployed veterans, and was renamed the Dependable Employment and Living Improvements for Veterans' Economic Recovery (DELIVER) Act and finally the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.
- The Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020 was introduced with Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) to create a rapid retraining program to provide unemployed veterans and reservists with 12 months of educational benefits to pursue training in high-demand occupations.
- The Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act was introduced with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to ensure that homeless veterans and their families receive the resources and services they deserve.
- The Fry Scholarship Improvement Act was introduced with Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) to expand Fry Scholarship eligibility. The bill passed the House as part of the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act.
- The Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act was introduced with Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) to improve the Transition Assistance Program for servicemembers returning to civilian life.
- The Housing for Women Veterans Act was introduced with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to direct a portion of VA homelessness funding to women veterans. The bill passed as part of the Deborah Sampson Act.
- The Protect the GI Bill Act was introduced to strengthen protections against predatory, for-profit schools.
- The Veteran HOUSE Act was introduced with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) to expand HUD-VASH eligibility to veterans with Other Than Honorable discharges.
- The Pandemic Assistance for Student Veterans Act was introduced with Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) and others to minimize the impact and disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans.
- The Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act was introduced with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to require VA to provide transparency to individuals filing tort claims against the department.
- The Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Research and Development Act was introduced to foster innovation in the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and support research on dry cask storage, consolidated interim storage, deep geological storage and disposal, and used nuclear fuel transportation.
- The Training in High-demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment (THRIVE) Act was introduced to improve veterans' job training and education benefits
- The Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act was introduced to protect education benefits for veterans amid the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- H.R. 3665, which was introduced to rename the San Diego Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center after U.S. Army CPT Jennifer M. Moreno, a highly-decorated combat veteran from San Diego who was killed in action during a deployment to Afghanistan in October 2013.
- The Supporting Families of the Fallen Act was introduced with Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) and others to increase the maximum coverage amount available under life insurance programs for military families.
- Veteran Home Energy Savings Act to increase veterans’ buying power when purchasing energy-efficient homes.
- Studying Outcomes and Benchmarks for Effective Recovery (SOBER) Homes Act to improve the quality of recovery housing.
- Emergency Relief for Servicemembers Act to ensure servicemembers aren't stuck with extra cable, phone, or internet bills after receiving sudden stop movement orders.
- Drug Manufacturing Innovation Act to facilitate new manufacturing technologies to address supply chain issues and lower prices.
- Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act to ensure veterans have the educational resources and benefits they need in a future emergency.
- Veteran Eligibility for Necessities to Undertake Rewarding Entrepreneurship (VENTURE) Act to make changes to the Veteran Readiness & Employment program to give more veterans the chance at starting a business.
- Mark O’Brien Clothing Allowance Improvement Act to make it easier for veterans with service-connected conditions to receive the clothing allowances they deserve.
Other key legislative highlights:
- The American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act was introduced to prohibit any new leasing for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas along the Southern California coast, from San Diego to the northern border of San Luis Obispo County. Very similar legislation passed the House in November 2021.
- Introduced legislation to rename the San Diego Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center after U.S. Army CPT Jennifer M. Moreno, a highly-decorated combat veteran from San Diego who was killed in action during a deployment to Afghanistan in October 2013. The bill passed in the House with unanimous support in November 2021.
- The Stop Child Hunger Act was introduced to provide families who have children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card when school is not in session. Very similar legislation passed the House in November 2021.
- The Border Water Infrastructure Improvement Act was introduced with Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Scott Peters (D-CA) to help stop cross-border sewage flows from Tijuana by providing funding for wastewater projects along the border. The USMCA trade agreement included $300 million to address this pollution modeled after Rep. Levin's bill.
- The Desalination Development Act was introduced with Rep. Huffman (D-CA) to provide federal funding for local desalination projects and make projects more environmentally friendly. The bipartisan infrastructure law, passed in November 2021, provided $250 million for desalination projects, similar to the funding levels in Rep. Levin's bill.
- Introduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act to promote renewable energy on public lands in a way that supports conservation. The bill passed the House as part of the America COMPETES Act in February 2022.
- The Spent Fuel Prioritization Act was introduced with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and others to prioritize the removal of spent nuclear fuel from sites near large populations, in areas of high earthquake hazard, and locations with national security risks, such as San Onofre.
- The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act was introduced with Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) to facilitate nationwide adoption of electric and fuel cell cars.
- The Prevent Family Fire Act was introduced with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) to increase firearm safety by providing a tax credit for the sale of safe storage devices.
- The Veterans' Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act was introduced with Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) to prioritize economic programs at the VA.
- The Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 was introduced with Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) to provide GI Bill benefit parity for members of the Guard and Reserve. That bill passed the House in January 2022.
- The Higher Education Standards Improvement Act was introduced with Rep. Brownley (D-CA) to provide greater protections for students in the event that an institution of higher education closes.
- The Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act was introduced with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to improve servicemembers' housing and hold house contractors responsible.