Rep. Levin Attends Trade Meeting with Chinese Delegation

Rep. Levin Attends Trade Meeting with Chinese Delegation

Rep. Levin, along with other members of the House Ways and Means Committee, met with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He. The meeting focused on the current trade issues between China and the United States. The United States Trade Representative is preparing to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in response to Chinese intellectual property rights and forced technology transfer policies. Also discussed were recent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which are related to Chinese overproduction of these commodities (Rep. Levin’s statement on tariffs). Rep. Levin remains committed to addressing the imbalance in Chinese trade policies that affect workers and consumers in Michigan and the United States.

National Police Week is Underway

This week is National Police Week where thousands of law enforcement officers and their families will visit our nation’s capital to commemorate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Last Sunday, on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Ryan Keith Settlemoir from the Madison Heights Police Department, and Eric Brian Overall from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall. Their names join thousands of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

May is Community Action Month!

May is National Community Action Month, dedicated to raising awareness about local agencies that assist low-income families on their path toward self-sufficiency. Community Action Agencies transform the lives of individuals and families by providing essential resources such as food, affordable housing, child care, and job training. These agencies design programs and services that specifically address local concerns in order to effectively combat poverty and foster independence. Through community-based efforts, Community Action Agencies help individuals attain self-sufficiency and economic stability, both of which are integral parts of a quality life.

Two agencies – the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) and Macomb Community Action (MCA) – serve constituents throughout the 9th Congressional District. If you are seeking assistance or would like more information, you may contact OLHSA at (248) 209-2600 or MCA at 586-469-5222.

May is Lupus Awareness Month!

Lupus is an autoimmune disease affecting an estimated that 1.5 million Americans. Nine out of ten people afflicted with lupus are women. Early diagnosis and reduction in sun exposure can help manage the disease.  Though there is no cure, there are multiple medications that aid with the various Lupus symptoms. May 18 is Put on Purple Day, you can raise awareness for Lupus and Lupus research by wearing purple.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week the House is considering legislation that expands caregiver benefits to pre-9/11 veterans and makes changes to VA private sector health programs (S. 2372) and a separate bill that would create a new offense for targeting law enforcement officers (H.R. 5698).  Finally, the House will consider the Farm Bill (H.R. 2), cutting $23 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps combat hunger among the elderly, Americans with disabilities, children, and working families.  The bill also fails to adequately address the needs of our nation’s farmers and undermines conservation efforts