Column: More Rights for Mexican Workers Will Benefit US Jobs and Trad

Sep 13, 2017

Rep. Levin authored a column in the Financial Times sharing the need to shore up labor rights for Mexican workers as a way to help increase the wages of American workers. The column explained that extremely low wages have given Mexico an advantage when it comes to attracting auto manufacturing plants, and that by 2020 it will be the fifth-largest auto producer in the world. There's no reason such plants shouldn't be built in the U.S. -- but any new NAFTA must include stronger labor provisions to help that effort.

You can read the full column here.

Rep. Levin to CMS: Explain ACA Outreach Cuts
Last week, Rep. Levin wrote to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the Trump Administration's recently announced cuts to outreach programs that support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On August 31st, Trump Administration officials released a bulletin announcing a 90 percent cut in funding for ACA advertising and educational activities, as well as a draconian new funding formula that will slash grants for ACA Navigator consumer assistance by more than 40 percent. In his letter, Rep. Levin highlighted the harmful impact these cuts would have on Michiganders and consumers across the country, and demanded the Administration provide a detailed explanation for this decision. You can read the full text of the letter here.

Rep. Levin Joins in at the Franklin, MI Labor Day Roundup
Last week, Rep. Levin joined with family, friends, and community members in Franklin to participate in the annual Labor Day Roundup celebration. This long standing annual event offers art, vendors, games, pet adoptions, a petting farm, a parade, classic cars, entertainment and more. It also coincides with the opening of the Franklin Cider Mill. This event is certainly a great tradition for the Village of Franklin.

Equifax Data Breach Has Many Concerned
The recent report about the security breach at Equifax is the latest in a long string of data breaches that has individuals scrambling to figure out the best way to protect themselves from identity theft.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating the breach and the House Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, and Energy and Commerce also intend to hold hearings on the issue in the coming weeks.

Those concerned their information may have been compromised can visit Equifax's website to learn more www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.  Equifax is offering credit monitoring, but signing up may limit your right to sue unless you notify the company. You can read more on that here.

To help reduce the risk of ID theft, individuals can place a fraud alert on their credit file.  For additional information on identity theft and extended fraud alerts, consumers can visit please visit the Federal Trade Commission's websites www.ftc.gov or www.identitytheft.gov.

Rep. Levin Supports DREAMERS
While the President has chosen to upend thousands of lives by ending DACA, Rep. Levin continues his support for DREAMers as a cosponsor of the Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440).  The measure would permanently protect DREAMers and allow them to remain in the United States without fear, and work legally to contribute to strengthening the nation they have called home since childhood.  By ending DACA and turning his back on the DREAMers, the President is diminishing the values of our nation and sowing chaos and fear in communities throughout the country. 

This Week on the House Floor:
This week, the House continues debate on amendments to a FY 2018 omnibus funding bill (H.R. 3354).  Unfortunately, this bill makes deep cuts that jeopardize women's health, undermines the Affordable Care Act, compromises environmental protection and restoration, and cuts efforts to upgrade our nation's infrastructure.  It does not prioritize education, economic development, or job training, and reduces funding streams that support local law enforcement.  The Senate is unlikely to consider this legislation.  The House will also consider legislation that will do little to ensure immigration laws are not exploited by gang members (H.R. 3697).  Instead it could lead to racial profiling, expanded mandatory detention of immigrants, and cause faith-based organizations or faith leaders to be classified as being associated with gangs simply because they aid immigrants regardless of their status, as those missions call on them to care for all in need.