Michigan U.S. House Democrats: Michigan’s Middle Class Deserves Tax Reform

Oct 25, 2017

Reps. Levin, Conyers, Dingell, Kildee, and Lawrence joined together in authoring a column in The Detroit News on the importance of focusing on helping the middle class in any tax reform. It’s expected that the House of Representatives will consider tax reform in November, but so far, Republicans have rejected the notion of bipartisanship, opting for a closed-door, Republicans-only approach.

The piece highlighted that the current Republican plan would be a huge giveaway for the wealthy, and supported that claim with facts from an analysis done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Ultimately, any tax reform enacted by Congress should focus on the middle class and those struggling to get by -- and eliminate unfair loopholes that benefit corporations and the wealthy. You can read the piece here.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Approaching
Rep. Levin is a strong supporter of community based efforts to address prescription drug abuse and addiction. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Community anti-drug coalitions, along with local police departments, schools, churches, and community centers are doing their part to end prescription drug abuse by participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday October 28, 2017. For more information or to find a site near you, click here

Rep. Levin Supports Refugees
Rep Levin joined his colleagues in sending a letter to the Trump administration urging the President to reconsider his decision to cap the refugee admission rate at 45,000, the lowest in decades, at a time of overwhelming global need.  The world currently faces the largest refugee crisis in history. An unprecedented 65.6 million people across the globe have been forcibly displaced from their homes because of violence, persecution, and war. Approximately 22.5 million of those individuals are refugees, and more than half are children.  In order to come to the United States, refugee applicants undergo a robust and thorough screening process that takes roughly two years and involves our nation’s top security and counter-terror experts.  Rep. Levin has said we can and must both fight terrorism and help those who seek to escape it.  

This week on the House Floor:
This week the House will consider a bill that would undermine the ability of federal civil enforcement agencies to adequately address unlawful conduct and provide complete restitution for violations of the law (H.R. 732).  The House will also take up a bill that would significantly delay the enforcement of statutory deadlines, jeopardizing public health and safety, and override privacy protections for people involved in legal actions.  Finally, the House will consider the Senate-passed FY 2018 Budget Resolution that will allow Republicans to fast-track massive tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.  The Budget also calls for $1.3 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and other health programs, $473 billion in cuts to Medicare, and deep cuts to domestic funding that threatens areas such as health research, education, and infrastructure.