Rep. Levin Signs Discharge Petition to Protect Net Neutrality

Jun 13, 2018 Issues: Gun Safety, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Housing, Health Care, AntiDrug

Rep. Levin Signs Discharge Petition to Protect Net Neutrality

On Monday, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) action to end net neutrality officially took effect.  As a result, internet service providers can now block or slow the content of websites or prioritize their own content over their competitors’ by granting faster internet speed to particular websites and slowing down the content of others.

Rep. Levin has stood in strong opposition to the FCC’s decisions.  In addition to cosponsoring H.J. Res. 129,  a resolution of disapproval that if passed by Congress and signed into law would undo the FCC’s action, Rep. Levin has signed a discharge petition to force consideration of the measure.  The Senate has passed a similar resolution but no action has yet been taken in the House.

Rep. Levin Remembers Robert F. Kennedy

Rep. Levin joined Members of Congress, the Kennedy family, and the public from near and far, at Arlington National Cemetery to remember the life and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy.  The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s assassination on June 6, 1968.

Following Senator Kennedy’s assassination, Rep. Levin, then a member of the Michigan State Senate, was scheduled to speak to educators at Wayne State University. The event had been planned before the assassination, but in light of his death, Rep. Levin took the opportunity to reflect on gun violence, the challenges of preventing it, and the role educators play. Sadly, many of the points he raised are obstacles we continue to face today.

At the time he died, Senator Kennedy was a candidate for president and Rep. Levin met with him several times during the campaign.

Rep. Levin with his late wife, Vicki, greeting RFK in Michigan in 1968

Rep. Levin with his late wife, Vicki, greeting RFK in Michigan in 1968

Caucus Leaders Introduce Resolution Commemorating the Holodomor

On June 8, 2018, the co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Reps. Levin, Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced a resolution commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide. Between seven and 10 million Ukrainians were killed in 1932 and 1933 in a Soviet government-orchestrated famine-genocide.

When introducing the resolution, Rep. Levin said, “This resolution reaffirms the findings of the Commission on the Ukraine Famine and recommits us to educating others regarding the lessons of this genocide. It is also an expression of support for the people of Ukraine who continue to work towards building a vibrant, democratic society and free-market economy with full respect for human rights.”

Rep. Levin Criticizes New Michigan Medicaid Requirements

Last week, the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives approved SB 897, a bill that would terminate Medicaid benefits for certain recipients who fail to meet new work requirements, while also raising premiums for many working recipients in low-wage jobs. Rep. Levin criticized the action, pointing out that it would put Medicaid coverage for thousands of Michiganders at risk and increase premiums for many others. You can read Rep. Levin’s full statement here.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!

Alzheimer's is a brain disorder that deteriorates one’s memory and brain activity. An estimated 5.7 Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and every 65 seconds someone in the United states develops the illness. Currently, there is no cure for this disease but drug and non-drug treatments can help or slow down the progression of symptoms. On June 21st, the “Longest Day,” those suffering from Alzheimer's and their caregivers are celebrated for the challenges they both face. Wear purple on June 21st and throughout this month to show your support and solidary for those with Alzheimer’s.  The National Institutes of Health has more information on Alzheimer’s and other related diseases here.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week the House will consider legislation that attempts to halt the import of opioids through the mail (H.R. 5788).  It will also consider a measure that seeks to address housing challenges for individuals with substance abuse disorders but does not increase the supply of affordable housing, provides no new funding meet demand, and undercuts people already on waiting lists for affordable housing (H.R. 5735).  Finally, the House will consider a bill related to synthetic drugs that creates a new federal schedule of controlled substances (H.R. 2851).