Rep. Levin Co-leads letter with 107 Democrats Opposing Anti-Worker Legislation in Mexican Congress

Apr 25, 2018 Issues: Trade, Foreign Affairs, Health Care, AntiDrug

Rep. Levin Co-leads letter with 107 Democrats Opposing Anti-Worker Legislation in Mexican Congress

Last week Rep. Levin led a letter to the US Trade Representative with 107 Democrats opposing pending anti-worker legislation in the Mexican Congress. As of now and in part because of this effort, the legislation is not proceeding. The bill would have maintained the corrupt labor oversight system that has prevented Mexican workers from exercising their rights to organize and bargain for higher wages for decades. This directly undermines the ongoing effort to create a fair playing field for U.S. workers and U.S. businesses throughout the NAFTA region. As all three countries continue to negotiate for an updated NAFTA, and Rep. Levin is actively engaged to ensure U.S. workers will benefit from any new agreement.

Care House Honors Rep. Levin with 2018 Champion for Children Award

Last Thursday, Rep. Levin received the 2018 Champion for Children Award from Care House, a nonprofit organization in Macomb County that works to protect, heal, and serve children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse. These vital services are provided at no cost to the families Care House serves. Rep. Levin has strongly advocated for fully funding federal programs including the Department of Justice Victims of Crime Act and Community Development Block Grants, which provide resources to Care House and other organizations that provide important services in our communities.

Of being recognized by Care House, Rep. Levin said, “While it was my honor to receive this award, I am humbled by the compassionate care and dedication of the Care House community. They are an inspiration to all of us who continue to fight for the wellbeing of children.”

Rep. Levin Urges President Trump to Properly Commemorate the Armenian Genocide

Last week, Rep. Levin joined over 100 House colleagues in signing a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to properly reaffirm the Armenian Genocide. Past administrations have typically issued a statement commemorating the Armenian Genocide every April 24th but recent presidents have avoided using the word genocide out of concerns of angering the Republic of Turkey. President Ronald Reagan was the last sitting President to do so.

Rep. Levin is also a cosponsor of H.Res.220, a resolution commemorating the Armenian Genocide that has over 100 bipartisan cosponsors and is led by fellow Michigan Congressman David Trott.

In the years immediately following the genocide, the congressionally-created Near East Relief organization raised over $116 million ($2.7 billion in 2018 dollars) to aid the victims of the massacres and forced deportations.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Coming Up

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 28, 2018. Rep. Levin has long highlighted the importance of turning in old or unwanted prescription drugs to be safely disposed. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second-most common type of drug abuse in the U.S. according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  To help promote safe disposal, you can drop off your unused prescription drugs at drop off boxes in your neighborhoods. To look up locations in your neighborhood click here or call 1-800-882-9539.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week, the House will consider the Federal Columbia River Power System Operations Act (H.R. 3144), which will undermine environmental laws, jeopardize fishing and related industry jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and harm tribal interests.  The House will also consider the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4), legislation that renews Federal Aviation Administration programs for five years.