Rep. Levin Honors Dr. Jim Jacobs of Macomb County Community College

Jun 14, 2017

Last week, Rep. Levin joined in honoring Dr. Jim Jacobs as he prepares to retire as President of Macomb County Community College after 50 years of service to the college.  Rep. Levin submitted a Congressional Record statement in tribute to Dr. Jacobs work and accomplishment.

Dr. Jacobs has been an advocate for helping residents overcome the challenges of a changing economy through new skills training. During his tenure as president, MCC has enhanced its reputation as an institution for workers displaced by economic change to gain the skills needed to achieve career success. Over the years, Rep. Levin has partnered with Dr. Jacobs at MCC to address issues of jobs training, economic forecasts, industry investment, and many other pressing topics. Dr. Jacobs’ expertise will surely be missed, but the legacy he leaves at MCC will continue to have a positive impact throughout Michigan.

Rep. Levin Recognizes Antiquities Act; Takes Action to Protect National Monuments
This month we celebrate the 111th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, a law used by presidents of both parties to establish National Monuments. The bill has allowed for the preservation and protection of critical natural, historical, and scientific resources on federal lands for future generations. Just last month, Rep. Levin continued his commitment to public land preservation by signing a letting to Secretary of the Interior Zinke which discouraged the Trump Administration from moving forward with plans to recommend to Congress changes or removal of National Monuments.  You can review our letter here.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
This week marks the 20th anniversary since Rep. Levin and colleagues formed the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.  Over the years, the Caucus has championed important issues including passing legislation that led to the establishment of the Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial in Washington, D.C., supporting democratic reforms during the Orange Revolution and the Maidan protests, and advocating on behalf of advocates detained by Russian authorities.  On this anniversary, we celebrate the special bond between the people of the United States, Ukraine, and the Ukrainian-American diaspora, who are joined by a shared history, values for democracy, and rule of law.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
This month turns purple as we recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease with no cure and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.5 million Americans are living with the disease.  In 2017, Alzheimer’s and dementia-related health care costs will total $259 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid expected to cover 67 percent.  The number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as health care costs are expected to rise significantly by 2050.  It is a condition that impacts not just the patient, but family caregivers, relatives, and friends.  In fact, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Rep. Levin continues to work to ensure more is done to advance research, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as to support families and caregivers.  Click here to learn more.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week, the House will consider the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094), legislation intended to address management at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The House will also consider three bills designed to tweak the harmful Republican-passed American Health Care Act:  the Verify First Act (H.R. 2581), which prevents taxpayers without Social Security numbers from accessing health care tax credits; the VETERAN Act (H.R. 2372), a bill that deals with questions regarding veterans’ eligibility for health care tax credits under the AHCA; and the Broader Options for Americans Act (H.R. 2579), legislation that would allow workers to use the paltry tax credits provided in the AHCA to purchase COBRA coverage when separating from employment.  Finally, the House will consider legislation related to medical malpractice claims (H.R. 1215).