Rep. Levin Helps Secure Infrastructure Grant for Local Project

Jun 6, 2018 Issues: LGBT Rights, Environment, Health Care

Rep. Levin Helps Secure Infrastructure Grant for Local Project

This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the selection of the Mound Road Industrial Corridor Technology and Innovation Project to receive a $97 million grant to overhaul and revitalize a portion of Mound Road in the cities of Sterling Heights and Warren. Rep. Levin has worked with local officials, stakeholders, and supporters of the project to advocate for its selection, noting the transformative nature of the project. It will deploy next generation improvements and technologies that will result in reduced congestion, upgraded infrastructure, and greater safety. You can read Rep. Levin’s statement announcing the grant here.

Medicare Trustees Report Highlights Harmful Impact of Republican Policies

On Tuesday, the Medicare Trustees released their annual report on the financial status of the program. Due in substantial part to Republican policies, including the recent tax bill which will increase the number of uninsured Americans, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will become insolvent in 2026, three years earlier than expected. This will partially reverse the gains made by the Affordable Care Act, which had extended the life of the Trust Fund by more than a decade. In addition, the report highlights the harmful consequences of inaction by the Trump Administration in addressing prescription drug costs, which continue to rise well in excess of inflation. Congressman Levin’s statement on the Trustees report is available here.

Rep. Levin joins the City of Ferndale to celebrate Pride month

On Friday, June 1, Rep. Levin joined with city and community leaders in Ferndale to commence the celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride month celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQ community with community celebrations, events, and continued advocacy. Ferndale Pride is now in its eighth year. Rep. Levin spoke to the crowd about the progress the LGBTQ community has made in gaining securing legal rights. He also spoke about the future of LGBTQ advocacy in fighting against workplace and community discrimination. As a fierce ally, Rep. Levin continues to fight for achieving equal justice and opportunity for all LGBTQ Americans.

U.N. Marks World Environment Day!

The United Nations designated June 5th as World Environment Day. This proclamation began in 1972 and each year the host country, alongside the UN chooses a theme to focus on. This year, the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution. This theme was chosen to bring awareness to the heavy burden of plastic pollution all around the world that particularly is affecting our wildlife, natural resources, and human health. Plastic can be very valuable, however, we often use plastic items once and dispose of them. According to World Environment Day, around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute and 5 trillion disposable plastic bags are used in a year. One third of plastic packaging does not make it to the collection systems and pollutes our city streets, oceans, and other natural environments. This can greatly affect marine life and pollute drinking water. There are a couple ways to lower plastic use such as bringing your own shopping bags to the supermarket, or refusing to use plastic cutlery. The motto for this year is: if you can’t reuse it, refuse it.

This week on the House floor:

This week the House will consider legislation that establishes the Project Safe Neighborhoods Block Grant Program at the Department of Justice to foster and improve efforts addressing violent crime (H.R. 3249).  The House will also consider the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 8), a bill that authorizes the study or construction of water infrastructure projects important to navigation, flood and storm risk management, and ecosystem restoration.  These projects are carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Finally, the House will consider a package of three funding bills for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5895) that fund government operations in military construction and at various departments including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, and some activities at the Interior Department.