Lawmakers Back Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Jul 9, 2015

Lawmakers Back Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Rep. Levin has joined more than 70 of his colleagues as a cosponsor of the Voting Rights Advancement Act [H.R. 2867]. Two years ago, the Supreme Court undercut a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The VRA was one of the most successful pieces of civil rights legislation in our nation’s history.  It swept away decades of shameful state laws that sought to restrict access to the ballot, including poll taxes and literacy tests.  Since the Court’s ruling, a number of states with histories of discrimination have already moved forward with new voting laws that unfairly target minority voters.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore VRA provisions that protect access to the ballot box for millions of Americans. The bill requires state and local governments with a history of voting rights violations to obtain “preclearance” from the federal government for any changes to voting laws. This legislation would prevent state and local governments from implementing laws meant to keep minority voters away from the polls.

Rep. Levin Discusses Climate Change with Michigan Residents

On July 1, Rep. Levin met with residents of the 9th District at the Dovetail Café in Warren for coffee and a discussion of climate change.  Among the issues discussed was Pope Francis’ recentencyclical on global warming, as well as the increasingly alarming milestones in our planet’s climate as carbon pollution continues to build up in the Earth’s atmosphere:  2014 was the hottest year on record.  With 2014 in the record books, that means that 13 of the 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000.

Rep. Levin Introduces Bill to Close Tax Loophole

On June 14, Rep. Levin introduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2015 to close a tax loophole and ensure that income earned managing other people’s money is taxed at the same ordinary income tax rates as that of the vast majority of Americans.  In a nutshell, the carried interest loophole allows wealthy fund managers on Wall Street to pay a lower effective tax rate on much of their income than kindergarten teachers on Main Street.

“At a time when income and wealth inequality in this country continues to grow at a staggering rate, we should not be allowing individuals to be taxed at a lower rate on managing other people’s money than ordinary hardworking Americans,” said Rep. Levin. “There’s no reason that these fund managers shouldn’t be paying their fair share of taxes on their income just like everyone else.” Click here for more information.