The Email Privacy Act Passes the House of Representatives

Feb 8, 2017

On Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act [H.R. 387] which would require the government to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause to obtain the contents of Americans' private email and other electronic communications (like private Facebook and Twitter messages) when those communications are requested from a third-party service provider.  Rep. Levin was a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation.

Rep. Levin Co-authors Op-ed on Worker Rights and NAFTA
Rep. Levin and Prof. Harley Shaiken authored a column about how worker rights should fit into any NAFTA renegotiations. The column discussed how in the auto industry, the unfair labor provisions in NAFTA have depressed wages in both Mexico and the U.S., with workers in Mexico earning much less than their counterparts in the U.S. If President Trump wants to put workers first, Rep. Levin and Prof. Shaiken argue, "he must put worker rights first in any future negotiations on NAFTA."

You can read the full column here.

Rep. Levin Cosponsor Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Hyde Amendment
In January, the House of Representatives passed the onerous H.R. 7, which would allow the federal government to interfere in a woman's private health insurance coverage decisions and make permanent the dangerous and discriminatory Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding from going to abortion even if the health of the mother is in danger.  This bill now awaits consideration in the Senate.

In light of this & other attacks on women's health, Rep. Levin joined 108 other Democrats to cosponsor the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act [H.R. 771]. If signed into law, the EACH Act would repeal the current bans on providing abortion services in government-administered health-care programs and prohibits state, local, and federal governments from interfering with abortion coverage by private insurance companies.

Congressman Levin Seeks Military Academy Nominees
Congressman 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. Current high school students in the class of 2018 will be eligible to apply for a nomination through Congressman Levin this year. Interested students should contact Rep. Levin's office for more information on the nomination process and the four schools.

Students are eligible to apply if they meet the basic eligibility of being a U.S. Citizen living in the 9th District, are older than 17 but less than 23, and have no dependents.

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.

On the Floor of the U.S. House thais week:
The House continues to consider resolutions of disapproval that would repeal Obama Administration regulations.  This week, the House has considered resolutions that would undo a Bureau of Land Management rule that updates the framework for resource management plans and facilitates public participation, requires the best available science, and directs a landscape level approach to plan design, in order to better respond to climate change.  Republican resolutions would also undo regulations issued by the Department of Education that that implement accountability standards from the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, and to help states better evaluate teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities.