Rep. Levin hosts Anti-Drug Conference

Nov 1, 2017

On Monday, Rep. Levin hosted over 180 individuals and 28 Community Coalitions at an anti-drug and substance abuse conference in Warren. The conference was headlined by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) who trained community members including school staff, local officials, public health advocates, law enforcement, and high school students on the best practices for drug prevention.

The conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Drug Free Communities Act, written by Rep. Levin and Senator Rob Portman, which established funding for local coalitions to work towards reducing drug use. The purpose of DFC is to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youths under 18 and the community as a whole.

To learn more about DFC and to find a coalition in your area, click here.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period Begins Today
Today, November 1, is your first day to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2018! Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers in Michigan can shop for a plan though, and middle class individuals and families may be eligible for tax credits that help keep premiums affordable. Be sure to shop around to find the plan that’s right for you and your family. The deadline to enroll in coverage is December 15. You can locate a trained application counselor near you here.

Amicus Brief in Support of LGBTQ Equality sent to Supreme Court; Rep. Levin Adds his Name
This week Rep. Levin, along with 200 other Members of Congress and Senators, signed a legal brief to the Supreme Court in support of the LGBTQ community in the matter of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, where a bakery in Lakewood, CO., refused to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding reception in 2012. Should the Court rule in favor of the plaintiff, it would open a legal loophole for discrimination against the LGBTQ community.  As as strong supporter of equality for all Americans, Rep. Levin believes discrimination should be quashed and not legitimized in our country. For more information on this subject please read here.

Rep. Levin Launches New Blog on Tax Changes
To stay connected with constituents as Congressional Republicans rush their tax plan through the House, Rep. Levin will provide daily updates on the latest news on a blog, which will be hosted on his website.  His first post highlights that “Congressional Republicans just recently passed a partisan budget resolution, paving the way for a massive tax cut package that would primarily benefit large corporations and the very wealthy. The budget allows Republicans to pass tax cuts that add $1.5 trillion to the deficit – sticking the middle class with a future deficit tax.” Be sure to check the blog for the latest on tax reform.

This week on the House Floor: This week the House will consider the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936), legislation that will undermine environmental laws and potentially make it more difficult for federal agencies to manage forests and fight wildfires.  In addition, the House will consider legislation that extends critical health programs Republicans allowed to expire in September, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers, but does so by undermining the Affordable Care Act.  Finally, rather than focusing on stabilizing health insurance markets and improving the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans will bring up a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board even though it has no members and action may not be needed until 2021.  By taking this up this week, Republicans will add $17 billion to the deficit by not paying for the legislation.