Another Government Shutdown Ahead?

Sep 10, 2015

Another Government Shutdown Ahead?

As Congress returns to work this week, the time available to prevent another shutdown of the federal government is running out.  The new fiscal year begins on October 1, but Congress has not approved any of the annual funding bills needed to keep the government fully up and running.  In previous years, the House and Senate have passed short-term budget extensions, known as continuing resolutions, to keep the government open at current funding levels and give lawmakers additional time to hammer out a final budget accord. 

However, a group of 28 conservative members of the House recently wrote to Speaker Boehner to indicate they were determined to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and that they would not support any funding bill that does so – even if it means shutting down the federal government.  House and Senate Republican Leaders have only a handful of session days left to resolve the issue.  It’s time for bipartisan budget negotiations to avert a shutdown.


Congress Debates Iran Nuclear Agreement

This week the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will debate resolutions that would disapprove the Iran nuclear agreement that was reached between Iran, the U.S., France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and Germany.  The Agreement is broadly supported by nuclear and defense experts, as well as prominent Americans like former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeline Albright, as well as Brent Scowcroft, who served as National Security Advisor under Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush.

After carefully reviewing the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Levin announced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.  To read Rep. Levin’s statement on this far-reaching agreement, click here.


President Orders Government Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Leave

On Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.  The President’s directive will give approximately 300,000 people working on federal contracts the new ability to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave each year – a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked

Roughly 40 percent of the total private-sector workforce does not have access to paid sick leave; and low- and middle-income workers are less likely to have paid sick leave than high-income workers.  The Executive Order will help protect public health of employees of federal contractors and their customers by ensuring employees are allowed to stay home when they have communicable diseases.


Rep. Levin Joins Michigan Communities to Celebrate 80 Years of Social Security

On August 28, Rep. Levin joined over 100 senior residents and community leaders at the Clinton Township Senior Center to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security.  “Social Security is instrumental to our economic security,” said Rep. Levin.  “As we celebrate this important milestone, we must also recommit to protecting and strengthening this important program so it will continue to be there for our children and grandchildren.”  Social Security provides retirement benefits to seniors, disability insurance for workers who become medically unable to work, and survivor benefits after a parent or spouse passes away.”  For more information, click here.!

Sixty million people – nearly one-fifth of all Americans alive today – receive Social Security benefits.