Reps. Levin, Dingell, Kildee Highlight the Devastating Impact of the GOP Tax Bill

Nov 15, 2017

On Sunday, Rep. Levin joined Reps. Dingell and Kildee, as well as Michigan families and students to discuss just how the GOP bill would impact them. The bill would raise taxes on tens of millions of working families across the country, while providing an enormous tax cut to the wealthy and large corporations.

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, families in Michigan who make $20,000 to $50,000 a year could see a tax increase in 2023 under the Republican tax bill. Analyses also show that larger families will be especially hard hit. While it would raise the standard deduction, the bill would eliminate the personal exemptions, which lets taxpayers deduct roughly $4,000 for every person in their household. You can read more about the event here, or watch the livestream from Rep. Dingell’s Facebook page here.

ACA Open Enrollment Period is Going Strong
During the first four days of the Open Enrollment Period for 2018, about 600,000 Americans signed up for individual market coverage through Affordable Care Act. Be sure to sign up for the plan that’s right for you! Consumers in Michigan can shop for a plan through Healthcare.gov, and middle class individuals and families may be eligible for tax credits that help cover the cost of premiums. The last day to enroll in coverage is December 15. You can locate a trained application counselor near you here.

Homeless Awareness Week
This week is National Homelessness Awareness week. In Michigan there are over 66,000 individuals and families who are considered homeless, and particularly troubling is the amount of veterans, youth and senior citizens who are or at-risk for homelessness. For these reasons, Rep. Levin has been a longtime supporter of federal programs and policies that expand access to affordable housing specifically to families, seniors and veterans. For example, the HUD-VASH program helps veterans escape homelessness by providing rental assistance and supportive services.

If you are or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, you can contact one of the following agencies:

Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST)-586.415.5101
Community Housing Network-248.928.0120
Macomb Homeless Coalition-586.213.5757

For Veterans:
OLHSA-517.546.8500 or veterans@olhsa.org
Macomb County Veterans Services-586.469.5315

Rep. Levin’s Office is Accepting Internship Applications for the Winter and Summer of 2018
Rep. Levin’s office is happy to announce that we are currently accepting applications for internship positions for the winter and summer of next year, in both our district office in Roseville and our Washington, DC office. Internships are available for the purpose of furthering educational objectives. They are unpaid and awarded to college-level students. In order to apply please submit a cover letter, a resume, and a brief writing sample. If you would like more detailed information on this subject, please click here.

This week on the House Floor: 
This week the House will consider a House and Senate agreement on the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets priorities for defense spending for the current fiscal year (H.R. 2810). The House will also consider legislation that makes changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that could impose affordability challenges on policyholders and fails to provide the resources necessary to update flood maps and help homeowners and communities engage in flood mitigation efforts (H.R. 2874).  Finally, the House will consider the Republican Tax (H.R. 1).  This legislation will add $1.7 trillion to the national debt in order to provide corporate interests and the wealthiest Americans generous tax cuts while tens of millions of low- and middle-income families could face tax increases.  It also takes away or changes credits and deductions that middle class taxpayers use for state and local income taxes, student loan interest, dependent care assistance, and mortgage interest.