GOP Tax Plan is Huge Giveaway to the Wealthy and Corporations

Nov 8, 2017

The GOP partisan tax plan provides a huge giveaway to the wealthy and corporations financed by debt that middle-class families will ultimately have to pay for.  This bill reduces tax credits that help many middle class families, like the state and local tax deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the itemized deduction for medical expenses. At the same time it gives the very wealthiest families a huge tax break by ending the estate tax, which now applies to only the richest 0.2 percent of all estate. 

According to new information from Congress’ official scorekeeper one out of every five taxpayers with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000 will be hit with a tax increase of more than $500 in 2023 under the Republican tax bill. You can see Rep. Levin speak on the issue during the debate of the Blumenauer Amendment, which can be viewed here.   For additional information on the tax debate, see Rep. Levin’s blog here.

Rep. Levin Introduces Resolution Commemorating 85th Anniversary of Holodomor Famine-Genocide
Rep. Levin joined his fellow Co-Chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus in introducing a resolution commemorating the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide.  The full text of the resolution can be found here

Rep. Levin authored legislation to establish the Holodomor Famine-Genocide Memorial in Washington, D.C. which was opened near Union Station in 2015.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment is Underway
Open enrollment for 2018 individual health insurance coverage began on November 1, and reports are that more than twice as many people signed up for a plan on the federal health insurance marketplace than on the first day as in 2016. The last day to enroll in an individual health insurance plan or is December 15th. Visit healthcare.gov to enroll or to find a trained application specialist near you if you need assistance.

Rep. Levin cosponsors Animal Welfare Legislation
This Congress, Rep. Levin has cosponsored two bills to help protect man’s best friend. He is a cosponsor of H.Res.30 which, if passed, would condemn the annual Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China. He is also a cosponsor of Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 1406) which would prohibit the slaughter of cats and dogs for consumption.

Honor Veteran’s Day with the Community
To thank and honor the men and women of the armed forced who have served our country with integrity and distinction, there are multiple Veteran’s Day events in the community this week.

November 6-10: Join the Macomb Community College (MCC) student veterans who are showcasing a photo exhibit of their military journey and memories. The event will be taking place at the MCC South Campus (12 Mile Road and Hayes, in Warren), K building main floor.

Saturday, November 11: Join the Royal Oak Mayor, city commissioners, and representatives from multiple Royal Oak veteran’s organizations in starting the day off with a walk/run from Barbara Hallman Plaza and ending with a ceremony at the Veteran’s War Memorial Plaza located near the Public Library.  The run/walk starts at 11am.

Saturday, November 11: The Resurrection Cemetery will be hosting a Veterans Day Service at 1pm.  The event will feature a short ceremony, and there will be dedicated tablets for those heroes whose family members want to memorialize in the Veterans Section. The event is located at 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.

Saturday, November 11: The Sterling Heights Senior Center will be hosting their annual ceremony which includes remarks from veterans, music, and the laying of wreaths which is followed by a pizza luncheon. The event starts at 11am, and the Senior Center is located at 40200 Utica Rd, in Sterling Heights.

Saturday, November 11: Join the VFW Bruce Post on Jefferson Avenue for a Veteran’s Day ceremony and luncheon. The event begins at 11am and is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores.

This week on the House Floor:
This week, the House considers several bills that continue to strip away protections for workers and the environment. 

The Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441) dramatically narrows the definition of joint employer under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The measure would allow employers to evade liability for labor law violations, which could impact wage theft, overtime, and equal pay cases, as well as the ability of workers to bargain with employers. 

The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043) makes a number of changes to hydropower policy, including modifying the process for licensing hydroelectric facilities, and changing the hearing process. This bill will harm farmers, fishermen, tribes, and water quality.