Oakland County Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Opiate Epidemic

Mar 22, 2017

Rep. Levin recently met with coalition leaders, representatives from the healthcare community, substance abuse treatment providers, and law enforcement officials to discuss the prescription drug abuse and the opiate epidemic. Surprisingly, this life-threatening issue often begins with a valid prescription medication from a trusted doctor or dentist.  Local anti-drug coalitions are working to promote healthier communities by mobilizing public education efforts on prescription drug and opiate abuse. If you are interested in getting involved with your local community anti-drug coalition click here.

Rep. Levin Supports Funding for Diplomacy, Cultural and International Exchange Programs
Rep. Levin joined his colleagues in support of funding for diplomacy, international, and cultural exchange programs that promote peace and security.  Funding for these types of programs is especially important since President Trump released his proposed budget, which made severe cuts to State Department’s cultural and exchange programs. These programs are important because they are an effective way for the United States to remain internationally competitive, develop American leaders, and promote shared values around the globe.

Rep. Levin Cosponsors Legislation Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Last week, the House passed H.R. 267, a bill that would redesignate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in the state of Georgia as the "Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park." Rep. Levin cosponsored the legislation introduced by Rep. John Lewis, a leader of the Civil Rights era, so that Americans may continue to honor, remember, and be inspired by Dr. King’s courage and commitment to civil rights. 

The current Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, established in 1980, includes buildings central to the life of King, Jr. such as his boyhood home, the church where he and his father served as pastors, and his final place of burial.

Preventing Seniors from Going Hungry
Rep. Levin is leading the push for continued support for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) as the Appropriations Committee begins work on FY 2018 funding bills.  The CSFP provides nearly 700,000 nutritious food packages each month to seniors who make less than $15,444 a year and have no means of transportation. CSFP is often a program of last resort for seniors who qualify for no other form of nutrition assistance.  By providing for delivery of fresh food packages, the CSFP plays a crucial role in ensuring that even the homebound have their nutrition needs met.

Rep. Levin Supports Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees
Rep. Levin recently cosponsored H.R. 1022, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2017, which would establish six weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees. Studies have long recognized the positive health and economic effects that paid parental leave have on families, yet the United States remains the only major industrialized nation that does not provide paid leave upon the birth of a child.  The bill awaits action by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Administration Committee.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This the week the House will consider a bill similar to legislation passed in 2010 that partially repeals the anti-trust exemption for health insurance and a measure that would leave the majority of small businesses and their workers susceptible to higher health costs with fewer benefits.  The House will also consider the Republican Majority’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  The bill would cause 24 million Americans to lose insurance, increase premiums and out of pocket costs, especially for older workers, and provide a $600 billion tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.