Michigan House Democrats Unite to Urge Action on Gun Safety Legislation

Jul 6, 2016

Last week, Rep. Levin gathered with the other Michigan Democrats in the House of Representatives in Berkley to continue to call for votes on bipartisan commonsense gun safety legislation. In addition to the Representatives, the event was attended by mayors, police chiefs, members of the clergy, Michigan State representatives, as well as a number of organizations and community members committed to ending the epidemic of gun violence.

Democrats and advocates spoke in support of two bills: “No Fly No Buy,” which would prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, and another measure which would expand background checks to close the gun show and online purchase loopholes. These bills are supported by a vast majority of Americans, and should be debated and voted in Congress. You can read more about the event here.

Rep. Levin’s Statement on the passing of Dr. Wildred Webb
Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Dr. Wilfred Webb whether as a teacher, principal, superintendent or State Representative knows what a wonderful human being he was.  Rep. Levin was pleased to call him a friend for decades and made the following statement after learning of his passing.

Rep. Levin Speaks out on Human Trafficking in Malaysia
Rep. Levin expressed his disappointment that for the second year in a row the U.S. State Department allowed Malaysia to state on the Tier 2 Watch List instead of downgrading them to Tier 3.  Since the 2015 TIP Report was issued, few positive developments have occurred in Malaysia’s efforts to combat forced labor and human trafficking.”  Malaysia’s accumulated record on forced labor and human trafficking is one of very low standards and failure to achieve the major transformation in actual conditions facing huge numbers of workers, migrants, and refugees in Malaysia.  You can read Rep. Levin’s full analysis here.

Rep. Levin Co-sponsors the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp
Rep. Levin joined 65 members of the House in co-sponsoring this legislation which supports the issuance of an Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp from the United States Postal Service. The proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be donated to the National Institutes of Health to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and further to fund critical research efforts which aid in finding an effective cure to this prevalent disease which affects more than 5 million Americans.

Rep. Levin Supports Addressing the Haiti Cholera Epidemic
Last week, Rep. Levin signed a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, addressing the Haiti cholera epidemic.  At least 770,000 Haitians have been impacted by cholera since late 2010 — almost 8 percent of the population. The death toll as result of the cholera epidemic is nearly 10,000 — making it the largest and most explosive cholera epidemic in modern times.  The letter urged the United Nations (UN) to take concrete steps to eliminate the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti in 2010 by waste from a UN peacekeeper camp, and to comply with its legal and moral obligations to provide cholera victims with access to an effective remedy.