Rep. Levin Joins House Democrats on Legislation to End Family Separation

Jun 20, 2018 Issues: Trade, Foreign Affairs, Health Care

Rep. Levin Joins House Democrats on Legislation to End Family Separation

In response to the Trump Administration’s family separation policy at the U.S. border, Rep. Levin joined more than 190 House Democrats yesterday in introducing legislation to end the cruel practice.  The Keep Families Together Act (H.R.6135) would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from separating children from their parents except in extraordinary circumstances, increase child welfare training, and require DHS to establish procedures for locating and reuniting separated family members. Rep. Levin will continue to hold the Administration accountable for its reckless approach to immigration.

Rep. Levin Commemorates World Refugee Day

Rep. Levin joined with his colleagues to commemorate World Refugee Day. June 20th is recognized as World Refugee Day and the Congressman is a cosponsor of H.Res.395, a bipartisan resolution drawing attention to the plight of refugees.

Rep. Levin Highlights Negative Impact of GOP Tax Bill on Medicare

Rep. Levin authored an opinion piece outlining the harmful impact Republican policies have had on Medicare. Focusing on the 2018 Medicare Trustees report, he noted that Republican tax cuts in combination with the elimination of the individual mandate have created a two-pronged attack on the durability of the program - diminishing its resources while increasing the amount of uninsured individuals whose care would then be funded by Medicare. Rep. Levin pointed to alternative approaches that can strengthen Medicare and urges Congress to return to responsible stewardship of the program. You can read his piece here.

Royal Oak Graduate Honored by C-SPAN

Rep. Levin and other elected officials congratulated Zoe Kernohan, a recent graduate of Royal Oak High School, who won an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s 2018 StudentCam documentary competition. For the competition, students were required to create a 5-7 minute video illustrating the personal importance of a provision of the U.S. Constitution. Zoe’s entry, “Keep It Separate,” examined the separation of church and state, a topic which elicits many strong points of view. Zoe, who was was one of several thousand students from across the country to enter the competition, received a $250 prize in addition to the honorable mention award for her outstanding work.

Rep. Levin Speaks on Trade Panel at Stimson Center

On Tuesday, Rep. Levin spoke on a panel at the Stimson Center to discuss the latest in trade policy. The panel was moderated by Robert Berg, and included Nate Olson and Florizelle Liser, to discuss the launch of, The Potential for Expanded U.S. Trade with Middle Income Countries. This is a new policy paper recommending a number of steps to promote trade with middle income countries. During the panel, Rep. Levin spoke to recommendations of the paper, as well as the impact that trade has on people and economies. You can watch a recording of the panel here.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week, the House will consider three bills in response to the opioid epidemic.  The House will consider legislation that allows Medicaid funds to be used to treat substance use disorder in facilities with more than 16 beds, but only for opioids use disorder (H.R. 5797).  The House will consider a bill intended to expand the circumstances under which medical records relating to substance use disorders can be disclosed without consent (H.R. 6082).  Finally, the House will consider the Support for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which makes improvements in Medicaid to prevent and treat opioid addiction, expands Medicare coverage of opioid treatment, and increases the types of providers that can administer medication-assisted treatment.

The House is also expected to consider two controversial immigration bills authored by House Republicans that fail to address the issues facing our nation’s immigration system.