Congressman Levin seeks Service Academy Nominees

Sep 7, 2016

With the passing of Labor Day, the school year has begun. This means that congressional offices are seeking the most qualified high school seniors as nominees to four of the United States’ five service academies. Rep. Levin nominates graduating seniors each year to West Point Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. These four schools train and educate the future military officers of the United States.
          
Students are eligible to apply if they meet the basic eligibility of being a U.S. Citizen living in the 9th District of Michigan, are older than 17 but younger than 23, and have no dependents. The deadline to apply for a nomination is November 18, 2016.
          
Those seeking a nomination are encouraged to reach out to Rep. Levin’s Service Academy Coordinator, Kyle Pollet, in his District Office. Kyle can be reached at 586-498-7122.

Congressman Levin Sends Letter Calling on CMS to Update Lead Screening Policy for at-risk Children
A recent investigative report by Reuters found that only 41 percent of one- and two-year-olds enrolled in Medicaid are tested for lead exposure, even though federal law and Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) policy both require universal lead screening for Medicaid-eligible children. Childhood lead exposure can have long-term negative effects impacting a child’s educational outcomes. Screening is the only way that a health care professional can identify that a child has been exposed to lead, making lead screening vital to treatment and removal of lead in a child’s home.

In response to the report, Rep. Levin joined a letter led by Rep. Kildee to CMS, requesting that CMS update its lead screening policies for at-risk children.  The letter emphasizes that CMS needs to ensure states adhere to requirements for lead screening.  Sens. Brown, Wyden, and Stabenow led a companion letter in the Senate.

Congressman Levin Co-sponsors Legislation to Award to the Congressional Gold Medal to WWII Intelligence Officers
Earlier this year, Rep. Levin joined with 313 other member of Congress in cosponsoring the Office of Strategic Services Gold Medal Act.  This legislation would authorize the Speaker of House of Representatives and the President pro tempore to arrange for the presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in recognition of their service and contributions during World War II.  The members of the OSS were pioneers in gathering intelligence and the methods they developed have evolved into the techniques currently used by the CIA. Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, which is one of the highest civilian honors that can be awarded to people who have a significant impact on America history, to members of the OSS would recognize these brave men and women for important role they had in protecting our country and helping secure the victory for the Allied Forces during World War II.

Giant Panda No Longer Endangered
The Giant Panda is no longer on the list of endangered species, but instead will be downgraded to “vulnerable.” The 17 percent rise in the population from 2004-2014 is credited to an increase in available habitat for the Pandas. As a longtime supporter of the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Levin’s office is thrilled to learn there are now more than 1,800 Pandas living in the wild.  You can read more about the Panda reclassification here.

As many as 300 Giant Pandas live in captivity around the world, including several at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. You can watch Tian Tian, Mei Xian, Bei Bei, and Bao Bao live on the Giant Panda Cam!

This week on the House floor: The House has reconvened for a four-week legislative work session.  Up for consideration this week is legislation making changes to settlement agreements involving the U.S. government, which will make it harder for agencies to address unlawful conduct and provide restitution for violations of the law.  The House will also take up two financial services bills that weaken registration requirements for selling securities, transparency requirements, and other investor protections.