Michigan Lawmakers Call for Federal Aid for Flint

Jan 19, 2016

On January 15, Rep. Levin joined other members of the Michigan delegation in writing a letter to President Obama to urge federal assistance to address the widespread exposure of Flint residents to dangerous levels of lead from their drinking water.  President Obama responded the next day by declaring that an emergency exists in the State of Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts.

We must do everything we can to remedy this man-made crisis.

Michigan Native Released in Iran Prisoner Swap

This weekend, the United States won a diplomatic victory with the negotiation of the release of five citizens held in prison in Iran. One of those released was Michigan native and U.S. Marine Amir Hekamti, who has was detained in 2011 on charges of espionage, while visiting his family. Along with the other prisoners, Hekmati was released and on Sunday, he reunited with his family in Germany.

You can read more about Amir Hekamti here.

Curing Cancer

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama called for a new American “moonshot” effort to cure cancer, saying: “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”  This new national effort will be lead by Vice President Biden, whose son died of brain cancer last year. 

If we are going to cure cancer and other dreaded diseases, it is essential to provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the resources they need.  Medical research at NIH has been underfunded for the last several years, but, at the urging of Rep. Levin and other concerned lawmakers, last month Congress increased funding for life-saving research at NIH by $2 billion.