House Leaders Sends Members Home; a Pile of Unfinished Work Awaits Their Return

Sep 25, 2014

House Leaders Sends Members Home; a Pile of Unfinished Work Awaits Their Return

Speaker Boehner sent House Members home on September 18, the earliest departure of the Congress for the elections since 1960.  Of course, House Members can and do work back home in their districts; however, the 113th Congress is on track to be one of the most unproductive in history.

The House Leadership has spent most of this year on ideological bills to sue President Obama, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and give away the store to the oil and coal industries.  Left undone is any action to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work, increase the minimum wage, extend vitally-needed unemployment benefits, fix our broken immigration laws, or end tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas.

Congress Approves Bill to Combat ISIS Terrorists

Americans overwhelmingly agree that something needs to be done to stop the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).  ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, a British foreign aid worker, and hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria.  In the last several months, hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been uprooted from their homes and forced to flee the systematic killing by ISIS.  Religious minorities, including the Christian population in northern Iraq, have been told to convert to ISIS’s perverted form of religion or be killed.  Women and children are being sold into slavery. 

But Americans are also wary about getting involved in another war in the Middle East.  President Obama has ordered air strikes against ISIS, and he is mobilizing an international coalition to combat these terrorists.  The President also urged Congress to grant him authority to train those in the Syrian opposition who are willing to fight ISIS.  After several days of debate, the House voted 273 to 156 to move forward with this plan.  To read Rep. Levin’s Floor statement on this, click here.

Lawmakers Work to Stop Nuclear Waste Dump Next to Great Lakes

Rep. Levin has joined other concerned Great Lakes lawmakers in cosponsoring House Resolution 716, which urges the Canadian Government not to move forward with plans to build a permanent nuclear waste repository less than one mile from Lake Huron.  The proposed facility would hold up to 52 million gallons of nuclear waste.