Rep. Levin Urges Caution on Medicaid Changes in Michigan

Apr 18, 2018 Issues: Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health Care

Rep. Levin Urges Caution on Medicaid Changes in Michigan

Rep. Levin led Michigan Democrats in sending a letter to Governor Rick Snyder expressing concerns over legislation coming before the Michigan Senate to deny Medicaid to individuals who cannot meet a proposed work requirement. The Members urged the Governor to conduct an analysis on how many Michiganders might lose Medicaid coverage under the proposed changes before any further action is taken. Their letter notes that most Medicaid recipients already work or are unable to work, and that some of the proposed requirements for Michigan would be the harshest in the nation. You can read the letter here.

Congressman Levin co-sponsors H.Res. 401

Last week, Rep. Levin cosponsored H. Res. 401, a resolution introduced calling attention to dog and cat meat industry around the world.  The resolution urges the governments of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and the world to outlaw the cruel dog and cat meat trade and calls on all countries to enforce existing laws against the trade. The resolution also calls for increased efforts to prevent dog or cat leather or fur from entering international markets.

National Park Week About To Begin!

Starting April 21 through April 29, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are celebrating National Park Week!  Nationwide, the National Park System boasts 417 sites encompassing more than 84 million acres. These sites not only include our majestic national parks, but also lakeshores, heritage areas, historic parks, scenic trails, and monuments, which together celebrate cultural heritage, honor conservation, and showcase our nation’s natural splendor. The theme this year is “Park Stars,” which according to the NPS, celebrates everything from starry skies to volunteers to park features.

Michigan is home to several national park sites visited by more than 2.6 million people each year.  Rep. Levin has been a strong supporter of the NPS, our national parks, and heritage areas, recognizing their importance to the region. To learn more about National Park Week, visit the NPS. And to learn more about NPS sites in Michigan, click here.

Rep. Levin Honored for Service and Support

Rep. Levin received a special tribute at the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce last Friday for his support of the Chaldean community. Nearly 900 civic, business, and community members gathered for Chamber’s Annual Gala. The Chamber seeks to serve and represent Aramaic-speaking people, including Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. Rep. Levin has been actively working to persuade the Trump Administration to stop deportations of members of the Chaldean community who were swept up by ICE last summer. He continues to fight for transparency, due process, and a fair consideration of their cases noting that they only know themselves as Americans who have enriched our community and seek to remain together as a family.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week the House is considering legislation to improve IRS customer service, modernize IRS technology and security, and broadly combat identity theft. The Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 5444) seeks to redesign and improve IRS customer service and appeals process, and provide additional taxpayer protections in collections and enforcement. Also being considered is the 21st Century IRS Act (H.R. 5445), to modernize the IRS’ information technology infrastructure, enhance cybersecurity measures, strengthen tax identity theft prevention efforts, and establish more efficient IRS online services. Finally, the House is considering the Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act (H.R. 5192), which seeks to combat synthetic identity theft by permitting financial institutions to verify the validity names matching Social Security numbers through the Social Security Administration’s database.