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June 13, 2024

THE LEVIN LETTER: Biden’s Border Executive Actions Are a Step Forward, But More Must Be Done

by Rep. Mike Levin

Last month, I visited with our Border Patrol agents at the Campo Station and Jacumba in East County San Diego. While this was the most recent of several visits I’ve made to our Southern border, I’ve never seen circumstances more difficult for our agents. Conditions on the ground have been untenable. Having seen the situation in person, it is clear that our asylum and immigration systems have been broken for some time. That’s why I joined a group of my House colleagues to call on the President … Continue Reading


May 19, 2024

Want to fix the border crisis? Stop playing politics and start working together.

by Rep. Mike Levin

Last week, I visited our Border Patrol agents at the Campo station in East County San Diego. This was the most recent of my regular visits to our Southern border, and there is no question the situation on the ground has changed for the worse in the last couple of years and is untenable. The men and women of the Border Patrol are doing their job as best they can under extremely difficult circumstances. It is clear to me that they are overwhelmed. Our asylum system is broken. The numbers of … Continue Reading


May 03, 2024

The Time for Maritime Border Security Is Now

by Rep. Mike Levin

Recently, a video went viral of an unidentified boat crashing onto the coastal shores in our district. After landing, a group of people hopped out of the boat and into cars, completely disregarding our maritime border security measures and evading law enforcement. We have no idea who these people were or where they came from.This wasn’t a one-off offense. Our district has seen these types of incidents in the past.Over the years, unidentified vessels have used our coastal waters to come into … Continue Reading


April 21, 2024

Orange County Register: Nuclear fuel removal has come a long way, but there’s still work to do

by Rep. Mike Levin

Residents of Southern California and drivers on the 5 are very familiar with the sight of the two domes that distinguish the now-decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The plant has been a permanent fixture along the coast for several decades. While no longer active, the plant’s roughly 3.55 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel pose potential environmental and health threats, especially given SONGS’ location near an active fault and on the beach as sea levels rise. … Continue Reading


April 12, 2024

Picket Fence Media: Congress Can Still Accomplish Great Things When We Work Together!

by Rep. Mike Levin

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2024 policy and district priorities for our communities. One of those priorities was to deliver the federal resources our district deserves for projects that would improve quality of life, strengthen public safety, and benefit all residents.Now, I’m excited to share an update on that goal.Last month, Congress passed its long-overdue government funding bills. In them, I secured $17.7 million for 15 projects throughout our district. These projects … Continue Reading


March 18, 2024

Orange County Register: Bipartisan compromise is key to solving border and immigration challenges

by Rep. Mike Levin

There is no denying that we have a broken immigration system and real problems at our southwest border that demand Republicans and Democrats come together to deliver pragmatic solutions. Unfortunately, far too many in Congress prefer to politicize this issue during an election year rather than find common ground. There is too much finger pointing and too little action. Recently, a bipartisan Senate border security bill was tanked by Speaker Mike Johnson, presumably to appease former President … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Picket Fence Media: The Levin Letter To Understand the Future of Nuclear Energy, Consider Past Mistakes

by Rep. Mike Levin

A short distance from our South Orange County cities, three and a half million pounds of spent nuclear fuel is stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). While SONGS is no longer operational, its spent fuel sits within 50 miles of 9 million people, on top of an active fault line, just feet from the Pacific Ocean. The spent fuel that remains at SONGS is a symptom of a far bigger problem. There are currently more than 80 sites in 36 states where spent nuclear fuel is being … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Picket Fence Media: Lowering Healthcare Costs for All Americans

by Rep. Mike Levin

Most every week, I hear from residents who are stressed about the cost of health care. For some, this means choosing between paying the rent or paying for a medical procedure. Just about everyone has seen their fair share of high health care costs. The path to lower health care costs has been a complicated one, and Congress has debated how to address these concerns for years. However, over the last few years we have made significant progress. I proudly helped pass legislation to lower … Continue Reading


January 22, 2024

Picket Fence Media: Levin’s Letter Looking Back at Our Achievements & Making Progress in 2024

by Rep. Mike Levin

The beginning of a new year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the previous one and set new goals that build on our successes and prepare for the future. For me, it gives renewed energy and allows me to look back at the work we’ve done to improve our district and set priorities for the year ahead. Last year was a challenging one for Congress. We faced complicated issues, both at home and abroad, that continue to demand action and will shape the course of 2024. I know that many of my … Continue Reading


December 08, 2023

Picket Fence Media: Want to See Congress at Work? Look No Further Than San Clemente

by Rep. Mike Levin

Over the past several decades, coastal erosion has been slowly wearing away at California’s beaches, and San Clemente is no exception. This erosion has threatened our beaches, impacted our coastal bluffs and endangered the LOSSAN Corridor—the second-busiest rail corridor in the country. The need to replenish our beaches with sand is undeniable. Despite the clear need to address the shrinking beaches, there was no recent movement from the federal government to address the issue. That’s why, … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Picket Fence Media: Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Long Overdue. We Have Begun a New Conversation

by Rep. Mike Levin

You wouldn’t know it from my last name, but I’m the grandson of Mexican immigrants on my mom’s side and a proud member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A century ago, my mom’s parents came to the United States from Mexico as children. They didn’t have much money, a formal education or English fluency. What they did have was an incredible work ethic and the desire to make a better life in America for themselves and their children.  While neither graduated from high school, they started a … Continue Reading


October 19, 2023

San Diego Union-Tribune: A bipartisan immigration bill is gaining steam in Congress. Here’s why I’m backing it.

You wouldn’t know it from my last name, but I’m the grandson of Mexican immigrants on my mom’s side and a proud member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. My mom’s parents, Rosendo Bringas and Amalia Castaños, both came to the United States from Mexico at a young age in the 1910s. They didn’t have much money, a formal education or English fluency. What they did have was an incredible work ethic and the desire to make a better life in America for themselves and their children. While neither … Continue Reading


October 06, 2023

Picket Fence Media: Congress Must Keep Its Promise to Fully Fund the Government; Our Servicemembers Count on It

by Rep. Mike Levin

Last weekend, Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to pass a bipartisan funding bill to keep our government open until Nov. 17, after facing significant hurdles that threatened a shutdown.  We’re not out of the woods yet. We have a little over a month to reach a bipartisan agreement to fully fund the government for Fiscal Year 2024 and avert another shutdown threat. Our servicemembers are counting on us to get this done. Too many of our men and women in uniform are living … Continue Reading


April 28, 2023

San Diego Union-Tribune: My congressional district includes San Onofre. Here’s my plan for moving nuclear waste.

by Rep. Mike Levin

Since I took office in 2019, one of my top priorities has been moving the spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as quickly and safely as possible. Keeping spent fuel at the San Onofre station long term is unacceptable, with its location about 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean, near active fault lines, surrounded by highly populated areas and within the Camp Pendleton military base. The situation at the San Onofre nuclear plant is the symptom of a far larger problem. … Continue Reading


April 27, 2023

The Washington Post: Why resuming tariffs on Chinese solar firms threatens U.S. climate goals

by Analysis by Maxine Joselow with research by Vanessa Montalbano

Below, we have an exclusive on a new permitting proposal from Reps. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) and Mike Levin (D-Calif.). But first: To counter China, Congress could reimpose crushing tariffs on solar imports A growing number of congressional Democrats are backing a measure that would undo President Biden’s temporary pause on crushing tariffs on certain solar imports. It’s the latest example of how mounting anti-China sentiment in Washington has … Continue Reading


April 21, 2023

Times of San Diego: Earth Day Is a Yearly Reminder that Congress Must Prioritize Action on Climate Change

by Rep. Mike Levin

As we enter into spring’s warmer weather and celebrate Earth Day, it’s important to recognize all those who work to protect and preserve our environment for future generations and what’s at risk if we don’t take immediate action on climate change. Our region is home to many natural wonders, from beaches and estuaries to canyons and wildlife, and each year on Earth Day we celebrate and promote environmental awareness and encourage actions to protect our planet. It is a … Continue Reading


November 11, 2022

Times of San Diego: Rep. Mike Levin: Veterans Day a Reminder That Congress Must Continue to Help Our Vets

by Rep. Mike Levin

As we move past a tumultuous election season full of negative attacks and partisanship, I think it's important to remember what public service is really about. And for me, there is no better time to do that than Veterans Day. Each year on Veterans Day, our nation gives thanks for the heroism of the millions of veterans who have served and fought to defend our democracy. The brave men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Times of San Diego: ‘Gut Punch’: 3 Congress Members Tell Abortion Allies How They Really Feel

by Ken Stone

Rep. Mike Levin said he was "angry and disgusted." Rep. Scott Peters saw it as "something out of some horror/sci-fi movie." Rep. Sara Jacobs described a "gut punch." And county Supervisor Nora Vargas admitted being "pissed." Twenty-four hours after stunning news dropped about a draft opinion of the U.S Supreme Court spelling the end to a half-century of legal abortion in America, top Democrats channeled rage at a downtown rally Tuesday. But it was Loxie Gant, a 36-year-old activist for … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

San Clemente Times: News Next Door: Bipartisan Legislation Supports Desalination Research, Projects

by Breeana Greenberg

New legislation that U.S. Reps. Mike Levin and Nancy Mace introduced late last month could provide more grant funding to the study and advancement of desalination technology, benefiting endeavors including the proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Dana Point. If enacted, H.R. 7612, or the Desalination Research Advancement Act, would increase the number of research grants the Bureau of Reclamation is authorized to fund, raising the cap from $5 million to $20 million per year through … Continue Reading


April 22, 2022

The Capistrano Dispatch: Efforts to Move Nuclear Fuel Out of SONGS Continue as Government Officials Note Progress

by C. Jayden Smith

Rep. Mike Levin and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Southern California Edison officials Thursday, April 21, at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to review the decommissioned facility's safety measures. While there has not been tangible movement since DOE closed its request for information regarding the consent-based siting process to store the nation's spent nuclear fuel (SNF), the government figures left assured that Edison was properly … Continue Reading

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