No Guns for Terror Suspects

Dec 9, 2015

No Guns for Terror Suspects

If an individual is on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist, they shouldn’t be allowed easy access to firearms.  However, due to a loophole in federal law, persons suspected of planning or carrying out terrorist activity can legally purchase guns in the United States.  Since 2004, more than 2000 suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist have successfully purchased weapons in the U.S. 

Last week, House Democrats attempted three times to have the House of Representatives take up a commonsense bill [H.R. 1076, the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act”] that would close the outrageous loophole that allows suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist to buy guns.  Each time, House Republicans voted to block action on this needed measure.

Crunch Time for Congress as Lawmakers Debate “Riders” to Must-Pass Funding Bill

In recent years, Congress has gotten into the bad habit of adding controversial policy provisions to must-pass budget bills.  These legislative “riders” often seek to water down environmental laws, attack women’s right to choose, roll back health care protections, or grant sweetheart deals for Wall Street, biotech, and other special interest groups. 

With Congress facing a December 11 deadline to reach agreement on a bill to prevent a government shutdown, literally dozens of divisive riders have been proposed.  Rep. Levin recently joined over 160 other House members in writing to House leaders to urge them to reject all controversial policy riders on this must-pass funding bill.

Congress Passes Multi-year Highway Bill

On December 3, Congress voted 359 to 65 to pass a long-delayed major highway bill, and the President has signed that bill into law. This bipartisan legislation provides $281 billion in guaranteed funding for highways, bridges, transportation safety, and public transit projects.  By providing guaranteed funding for these programs over five years, this measure will allow critical infrastructure projects to go forward.  The bill included key provisions to strengthen the Buy American program requirements to maximize American job creation, and provides dedicated funding specifically for freight projects – which will boost commerce and strengthen our economic competitiveness.

High School Students Invited to Participate in Congressional App Challenge

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is vital for engaging creativity and encouraging student participation in STEM fields. 

Rep. Levin invites all high school students who live in or attend high school in the 9th Congressional District to participate in the second annual “Congressional App Challenge.”  This competition is a nationwide event that allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer device on platforms of their choice.  Each congressional district will choose one winner, and the winning app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and online.  For additional information on participating in the Congressional App Challenge, click here.