Congressman Sandy Levin and Local Coalition Chat with School Students about Substance Abuse

May 17, 2017

Rep. Levin joined eighth graders in Birmingham to hear first–hand the effects of substance abuse. Advocates who have been through the cycle of drug and substance abuse and the long road to recovery talked to students about the dangers of addiction.  Rep. Levin and Senator Rob Portman originally authored the law that created the Drug Free Communities Program 20 years ago. It is now reportedly slated for elimination in the President's new federal budget. Rep. Levin noted the drug Free Communities Program is a proven evidence-based and accountable program that reduces substance abuse among youth and he urged the federal Office of Management and Budget to fully fund the program for the fiscal year 2018.

Congressman Levin hosts Military Service Academy Reception
Last week, Rep. Levin held a reception for five students in the 9th Congressional District who have been accepted into the four Military Service Academies. Each year, members of congress nominate outstanding students in their districts for appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

This year, Rep. Levin congratulated three West Point appointees, one Naval Academy appointee, and one Air Force Academy appointee as they prepared to depart for school in July. Current high school students interested in the service academies are encouraged to contact Kyle Pollet in Congressman Levin’s District Office at 586-498-7122 for more information on applying to a service academy and the nomination process.

Rep. Levin Cosponsors Resolution Recognizing National Foster Care Month
The month of May is National Foster Care Month and Rep. Levin recently join more than 130 colleagues in cosponsoring H.Res.314, recognizing this month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges facing children in the foster care system and encouraging Congress to put in place policies that improve the outcomes of all children.  This can be done through initiatives that support vulnerable families, invest in prevention and reunification services, promote adoption where reunification is not possible, adequately serve children in the foster care system, and facilitate successful transition into adulthood.  This month is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the contributions of foster parents, family members, mentors, volunteers, child welfare professionals and others in the community who enhance the lives of the more than 400,000 in foster care and help children find permanent homes.  You can learn more about National Foster Care Month here.

Rep Levin Outlines Priorities for Tax Reform
In advance of a May 18th hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means on tax reform, Rep. Levin outlined his vision for an improved tax code in a recent op-ed in the Hill Newspaper.  Levin said tax reform should focus on helping the middle class succeed, rather than on showering the wealthy with more tax breaks.  His op-ed also highlighted that tax cuts do not pay for themselves, as the Trump Administration has suggested.  You can see Rep. Levin’s full views here.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week: The House returns from a district work period this week to consider two measures.  The first, the Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115), would expand the list of aggravating factors a jury must consider when determining imposition of the death penalty.  The second is the Probation Officer Protection Act (H.R. 1039), which would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.