GOP Poverty Plans Should Not Attack Poor People

Jun 2, 2016

Rep. Levin Calls on Republicans Not to Undercut Programs That are Working
Fifty years ago, we as a nation declared a war on poverty and began our mission to create policies that help lift families out of poverty, improve nutrition and health care, and promote work. This effort has succeeded in reducing poverty in America by nearly 50 percent in 2014.

Now, there’s definitely more work to do. Today, 47 million Americans live in poverty, including one in five children. But to suggest that our current policies have done more harm than good is pure myth. Slashing or undercutting these programs – as Republicans are expected to propose again next week in their latest “blueprint” – would be an attack on families living in poverty, not on poverty itself.  You can read Rep. Levin’s opinion piece in The Washington Post here.

Rep. Levin Cosponsors Resolution Recognizing May as National Foster Care Month
Rep. Levin joined 81 House Members to cosponsor a bipartisan resolution to help raise awareness about the challenges that children face in the foster-care system. The resolution also encourages Congress to implement policy that improves the lives of children in the foster-care system. Back at home in Michigan, Rep. Levin had the opportunity to meet with foster youth in the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative program. They discussed the challenges facing older foster youth as well as the importance of programs and services available to improve outcomes for youths as they transition from foster care to adulthood.

We must continue to ensure that children are placed into loving homes as quickly as possible to make a comfortable transition to new lives that provide them with greater opportunities for the future. We also must continue to help foster care youth transition successfully into adulthood. 

House passes Chemical Safety Reform Bill
Last week, with Rep. Levin’s support, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act [H.R. 2576] which would improve and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA was passed in 1976 and is in desperate need of improvement. H.R. 2576 will strengthen the current law so the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the tools it needs to ensure that human health and the environment are protected against hazardous toxins. This bipartisan legislation would require the EPA to determine whether a new chemical is likely to meet safety standards before it reaches the market instead of waiting for a problem to arise to investigate, and to begin to evaluating the backlog of chemicals that were allowed to go to market without testing. It also improves the transparency of the chemical industry by requiring that confidentiality claims of “trade secrets” be substantiated. This legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Levin Office Welcomes Interns to Washington and Roseville
This summer 6 college students will intern in our Washington office, and 5 will intern in our Roseville office. They will participate in a wide variety of activities from answering the phones and taking constituent opinions, attending briefings and writing legislative memos, drafting letters and doing research. We always looks forward to learning about their interests and providing them with opportunities to learn about the work of our congressional offices.