Levin Introduces Bill to Ensure Equality for All Married Couples under U.S. Tax Code

Jul 22, 2015

Levin Introduces Bill to Ensure Equality for All Married Couples under U.S. Tax Code

On July 16, Rep. Levin introduced legislation [H.R. 3105] to clarify equal treatment for all married couples under the U.S. tax code.  Levin’s Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act would update the U.S. tax code to be consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, and would make sure the U.S. tax code is updated to both reflect the ruling and ensure equality for all married Americans.

“As the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of marriage equality, my bill would effectuate this equality to all married couples under our country’s tax code, providing them with the fairness, dignity, and basic rights we all deserve,” said Rep. Levin.

House Approved 21st Century Cures Act

On July 10, the House overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act [H.R. 6], a bipartisan bill designed to encourage biomedical innovation and the development of new treatments and cures.  The bill provides $8.75 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next five years.  These funds will spur scientific innovation and discovery by providing an additional, supplementary funding stream to NIH.  Rep. Levin strongly supported H.R. 6, which passed the House on a vote of 344 to 77.

Lawmakers Sign Letter to President Obama Supporting New Overtime Rules

Rep. Levin joined over 110 other Members of Congress and Senators to share their support for the Department of Labor’s proposed action to strengthen overtime standards.  The proposed rule would bring overtime pay to millions of American workers by raising the threshold so that workers earning less than $50,440 a year can earn overtime pay. Under current regulations – which have not been updated since 1975 – the salary threshold for a worker to earn overtime pay is $23,600 – which is below the poverty line for a family of four. You can read the full text of the letter and see the other signers here.

National my Social Security Week

This week is National my Social Security Week.  my Social Security is a free, secure, online account that allows you access to your personal Social Security information.  You can use this tool to view your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits.  If you are already receiving Social Security benefits or Medicare, you can use my Social Security to check your benefit information, change your address, change your electronic payment method, obtain a verification letter, or even get a replacement Medicare card.  my Social Security also ! allows you access to a Retirement Estimator where you can compute potential future Social Security benefits by changing variables, such as retirement dates and future earnings.  Check it out and sign up for my Social Security atwww.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Rep. Levin Backs Long-Term Transportation Bill

On July 15, Rep. Levin joined other concerned House Democrats to introduce the GROW AMERICA Act.  The bill would authorize President Obama’s six-year transportation plan, providing $478 billion over that period to rebuild America’s infrastructure – a major increase over current levels that would add nearly 2 million jobs to our economy.  

The bill includes a significant down payment on that investment by tightening restrictions on corporate tax inversions, limiting the ability of American companies to avoid U.S. taxation by moving their mailing address overseas.  This raises $41 billion and, combined with existing highway trust fund revenues, would pay for the first two years of this legislation. For more information, click here.