Rep. Levin Backs Bill to Create National Infrastructure Bank

Oct 15, 2015

Rep. Levin Backs Bill to Create National Infrastructure Bank

Nearly everyone is in agreement that the U.S. needs to do far more to maintain our nation's crumbling infrastructure. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the United States must invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 to bring U.S. infrastructure up to a state of good repair.  The hard part is finding the resources needed to make these investments happen.

As part of the solution, Rep. Levin has joined over 80 other House members in cosponsoring the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act [H.R. 3337].  The infrastructure bank would have the power of any bank to make loans and guarantees in order to support regional, large-scale infrastructure projects that go unfunded today because they are too big or costly for states and localities to support on their own.

Lawmakers Support Effort to Address Prescription Drug Disposal 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Levin, has cosponsored the Dispose Responsibly Of your Pills (DROP) Act.  Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country.  According to a 2013 national survey on drug use and health, an alarming 15.3 million people 12 or older use prescription drugs non-medically.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that prescription drugs were involved in more than half of the 38,300 overdose deaths in 2010.

Part of the problem is that it is so hard to properly dispose of unwanted drugs.  The DROP Act would establish a grant program to help localities and health care providers properly dispose of outdated or unused prescription medicines. 

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown / House Speaker Boehner Resigns

Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the federal government on October 1 by approving a stop-gap bill to keep the federal government up and running through December 11th.   Conservative members of the House of Representatives had threatened to block even this temporary budget bill unless their demands for the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood were met.  The House was able to approve the temporary funding bill and prevent the government shutdown just hours before the deadline after House Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign from Congress. 

The House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to elect a new Speaker on October 29, and Republicans are preoccupied over who will lead their conference in the House.  (The leading GOP candidate for the job unexpectedly dropped out of the race.)  Meanwhile Rep. Levin and House Democrats continue to urge action on reaching a final budget agreement before December 11th deadline.  Democrats have also called for agreement on a long-term highway bill to rebuild the country’s crumbling roads.