Rep. Levin Urges Action on Jobs Plan

Sep 13, 2011

Rep. Levin Urges Action on Jobs Plan

On September 8, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to lay out a plan to create jobs.  The President’s proposal would cut the payroll tax for workers; extends unemployment benefits for have lost jobs; gives incentives for businesses to invest and hire; provides funds to build and repair highway infrastructure; and provides assistance to states and cities to help prevent layoffs of teachers and first-responders.  Click here to view or read the President’s address to Congress.

Rep. Levin and other Democrats have written to the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to call for hearings on the President’s jobs package.  To read their letter, click here.

Lawmakers Cry Foul on China’s Trade Distorting Policies

Responding to media reports detailing that China is requiring U.S. auto companies to transfer their technologies to China in order to be eligible for that country’s green-tech subsidies, Rep. Levin said, “I call on the Administration and Congress to stand up to China’s trade distorting policies....   China is systematically deploying an arsenal of trade distorting policies to corner the global market in green technology products, whether it be electric cars, wind turbines or solar products.”  For more information, click here.

Remembering the Victims of 9-11

On September 9, the House unanimous approved a resolution [H. Res. 391] recognizing September 11 as a day of solemn commemoration and extends the House’s deepest sympathies to the friends, families and loved ones of the thousands of innocent victims of the terrorist attacks.  Click here to read the resolution.

Rep. Levin joined over 200 people at the fire station in Birmingham at the unveiling of a steel remnant from the World Trade Center.  He also attended 9-11 remembrance programs at the VFW Post 2645 in Southfield as well as the Warren Civic Center, where he joined local leaders in laying a wreath at the City of Warren & Interfaith Center for Racial Justice Memorial.

The Week Ahead

The House will complete consideration of legislation [H.R. 2218] to renew the charter school program established under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The House is also expected to consider legislation advanced by the Republican House Leadership to render workers’ right unenforceable and make it easier to ship jobs overseas (for more information, click here).