New Report Confirms Rep. Levin’s Concern about Significant Problem in GOP Tax Law

May 2, 2018 Issues: Health Care

New Report Confirms Rep. Levin’s Concern about Significant Problem in GOP Tax Law

During the Congressional debate on the Republican tax bill, Rep. Levin highlighted that a provision changing the taxation of pass-through business income would provide a huge windfall to the very wealthy.  Last week, the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation released an analysis that confirms those with income over $1 million will get 44% of the benefit in 2018 from this change in the law, rising to over 50% of the benefit (equaling over $31 billion) in 2024. Meanwhile, those earning under $75,000 a year get less than 5% of the tax benefit.  Just one more example of how lopsided the tax legislation was in providing huge benefits to the very top.

Rep. Levin Speaks at Subcommittee Hearing on Innovation in Health Care

On Thursday, April 26th, Rep. Levin delivered opening remarks at a Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on innovation in the health care system. He highlighted the progress made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has helped to modernize health care delivery by shifting toward a system that emphasizes value in health care, rather than the volume of services provided. For example, the ACA established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which tested a number of promising new payment and health care delivery models under the Obama Administration. In addition, the law facilitated the creation of hundreds of Accountable Care Organizations, which allow doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes. The full text of his speech is available here.

2018 Congressional Art Competition Reception

Rep. Levin held the annual Congressional Art Competition Reception this past Sunday at Dovetail Café in Warren. Ten schools participated with a total of 52 art entries. The pieces were examined by four judges from the arts community: Deanne Clyne of the Anton Art Center, Alysa Diebolt, a fused glass artist, Walt Kempski of Walt Kempski Graphics LLC., and Tom Sherry of the Lakeside Palette Club.

The judges selected the top three entries.  Third place went to Kellen Tran, a 9th grade student at Sterling Heights High School and second place was Lili Faulkner, a 12th grade student at Center Line High School. First place was awarded to  Lillian Glendenning, a 9th grade student at Lakeview High School. Lillian’s artwork, entitled “Expression of Femininity” will be displayed in the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC for one year.

It was a wonderful moment for the arts and Rep. Levin expressed appreciation to the judges and students for their participation!

Visiting Washington: Where are the Pandas?

The National Zoo in Washington DC is one of only four zoos in the United States to have Giant Red Pandas from China. Giant Pandas have been an exhibit at this zoo since 2006. Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub Bei Bei, who was born in 2015, are the current panda residents of the National Zoo. They are located on the Asia Trail along with Asian small-clawed otters, clouded leopards, fishing cats and sloth bears and more. The best part, admission to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. is always free!