Memorial Day Parades

Jun 7, 2017

Over Memorial Day weekend, communities throughout the 9th District held parades and ceremonies in remembrance of the men and women of our country’s Armed Forces who have given their lives to protect our country. This year, Rep. Levin was honored to join military personnel, veterans, community groups, and elected leaders in parades in Madison Heights, Saint Clair Shores, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, and Eastpointe to pay tribute to the brave Americans whose sacrifices in service to our nation must never be forgotten.

Rep. Levin Responds to ill-advised Financial Times Opinion-Editorial on NAFTA    
The Financial Times wrote an editorial May 21 on trade with Mexico that said in part, “Indeed, if anything, NAFTA may have saved jobs in American industry. By introducing the option of low-cost labour, companies have constructed efficient supply chains based on the comparative advantages of the three economies, with the US and Canada doing more advanced, higher-skilled work and Mexico cheaper assembly.”  Rep. Levin responded forcefully to this notion saying, “If introducing the low-cost labour of Mexico into the North American supply chain was so beneficial to the US economy why don’t we just bring child labour back to the US? That would really make us competitive vis-à-vis China, and heck our companies wouldn’t even have to move south of border. Thankfully that twisting of comparative advantage was rejected long ago.”  You can review the full response and ideas for re-negotiating NAFTA here.

Rep. Levin Co-Sponsors Resolution Condemning Violence by Turkish Security Forces Against Peaceful Protesters
Rep. Levin joined with 33 of his colleagues in the House in co-sponsoring a resolution that condemns the Turkish security forces that used violence against peaceful protestors on American soil. By signing onto this resolution, Rep. Levin reaffirmed his support for human rights at home and around the world. The resolution sends a message that America expects better from our allies and that this sort of violence, especially on American soil, will not be tolerated. Free speech and the right to peacefully protest are bedrocks of our society, and any assault on those basic freedoms is an assault on all Americans.  The resolution passed the House yesterday by a vote of 397-0.

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month
During the month of June, we commemorate the events that took place in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, often considered the beginning of a movement fighting discrimination, striving for equality, and forging a more inclusive society.  As an ally, Rep. Levin continues to fight for achieving equal justice and opportunity for all LGBTQ Americans. To learn more about Pride Month and how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, visit the Library of Congress.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week the House will consider the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2213), which waives polygraph requirements for specific categories of Customs and Border Patrol job applicants.  The House will also consider the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), Republican-sponsored legislation that would dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, put consumers at risk of abusive financial practices, weaken regulators’ ability to act, and ultimately jeopardize the stability of the financial system.