House Passes Measure to Reduce Long Security Lines at Airports

Jun 8, 2016

House Passes Measure to Reduce Long Security Lines at Airports
Long security lines at airports can be very frustrating, especially as we approach the peak summer travel season.  That is why the House passed the Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act to increase staffing flexibility for Transportation Security Administration, while maintaining passenger security as the number one priority.  This measure allows TSA to utilize all personnel to address longer wait lines at airport security checkpoints, including reallocating behavior detection officers to speed up passenger screening efforts and giving greater authority to local federal security directors to make staffing decisions.

Financial Assistance Available to Some Water Customers
Residents in participating communities including Bingham Farms, Clawson, Clinton Township, Ferndale, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores, and Sterling Heights may be eligible for assistance paying their water bills.  The Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) can provide income eligible residents with a $25 monthly bill credit and assistance with home water audits and repairs.  To see if you qualify, contact (313) 386-9727 or visit https://waynemetro.org/wrap/. 

Rep. Levin Commends Administration on Guidelines for Transgender Students
Rep. Levin joined with other members of Congress last week in commending the Departments of Education and Justice for issuing joint guidance on how Title IX funding affects the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. Even as our country moves towards greater acceptance for LGBT rights, LGBT people still face overwhelming discrimination. Many states have discriminatory laws that restrict LGBT civil rights. North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2, a piece of legislation that, among other things, prohibits schools from giving transgender students access to facilities that correspond to their gender identity. It is our duty not only as members of Congress but as parents and grandparents to protect our nation’s young people from this kind of intolerance. The new joint guidance requires schools to give transgender students access to facilities and activities in accordance with their gender identity to receive federal funding. While this is an important step forward, we must continue to work to ensure that no one in our nation is limited by laws that would strip them of basic rights because of their sexual orientation or gender.    

Rep. Levin cosponsors legislation to help small businesses grow
This week, Rep. Levin cosponsored the America’s Small Businesses Act [H.R.5113] which will help extend affordable credit to women and minority small businesses across the United States. Today, women and minority owned businesses are more likely to encounter higher borrowing costs, receive smaller loans, or have their applications rejected all together more often than others. H.R. 5113 would provide small businesses in underserved communities with small loans in order to help grow and expand their businesses. This bill is vital because one of the major constraints limiting the growth and expansion of small businesses, particularly for women and minorities, is lack of capital.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week: The House will debate legislation that weakens air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act (H.R. 4775) and continues consideration of Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bills by taking up the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 5325).  The House will also take up a bill written to address the current fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico (H.R. 5278).  Finally, Congress will meet in a joint session to hear an address from His Excellency Narendra Modi, prime minister of India.