Rep. Levin Receives Community Legacy Award

May 3, 2017

Rep. Levin was recently the recipient of the Community Legacy Award presented by Leaps and Bounds Family Services in recognition of his support for its important work in the community.

Leaps and Bounds is a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults through education and services.  Since 1988, its programming has educated child care providers and families to develop more effective learning strategies and raise literacy rates among children. Leaps and Bounds continues to make a positive impact in the 9th Congressional District and Congressman Levin expressed his continued support and deepest appreciation for this recognition.  You can find out more about the services provided by Leaps and Bounds Family Services here.       

Rep. Levin Reintroduces Legislation to Close the Carried Interest Loophole
Yesterday, Rep. Levin reintroduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act (H.R. 2295) with Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.  H.R. 2295 would close a loophole in the tax code that allows hedge fund and other investment managers to pay the lower tax capital gains tax rate on income received as compensation, rather than paying ordinary income tax rates like most American workers.  At a press conference announcing the bill, Rep. Levin called on President Trump to fulfill his promise to close this loophole and prevent hedge fund managers from paying an even lower rate as some have asserted might happen under his tax plan.  The Carried Interest Fairness Act is an important step in efforts to ensure a fairer tax code for all Americans.

Rep. Levin and Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Support Refugees
Last week, Rep. Levin and 105 Democrats wrote to President Trump urging him to rescind his March 2017 executive order that suspended refugee admission for 120 days.  The ban against Syrians  who are fleeing deplorable conditions and caught between the Assad regime and ISIS, is neither an effective national security strategy nor reflective of our character as a nation.  The current refugee admission program includes a rigorous and lengthy process which takes between 18-24 months and involves multiple federal intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies. The process includes biometrics (fingerprint) to confirm identity, multiple layers of biographical and background checks, medical screenings, and in-person interviews.  We can and must both fight terrorism and help those who seek to escape it.

Democrats Reintroduce the Equality Act
Yesterday, Rep. Levin joined  along with almost the entire Democratic Delegation in Congress, reintroduced the Equality Act. This legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation. The Supreme Court decision affirmed marriage equality in 2015, however discrimination against LGBT individuals still remains legal in most states. It is critical for the United States to promote critical human rights for the LGBT community. The bill specifically provides anti-discrimination protections in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service.

FCC Chairman Announces Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations
Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced he would begin to undo the protections put in place by net neutrality rules during the Obama Administration. Net neutrality ensures that everyone has equal access to broadband internet and blocks internet providers from slowing down the delivery of web content. The implementation of net neutrality rules was a clear win for consumers and Rep. Levin remains troubled to see that the FCC will move to undo this regulation. Earlier this month, Rep. Levin sent a letter to the Chairman in support of net neutrality regulations. Click here to read the letter. 

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week the House is considering legislation that would allow employers to provide compensatory time off to workers in lieu of paying earned overtime pay, even though there is no guarantee workers would be able to use that compensatory time when they need or want to use it.  The House will also consider a FY 2017 appropriations bill that provides funding for government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The House may also consider the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act if the majority can wrangle enough votes to push it through the House.