A path to the middle class starts with high quality education and job training. My America’s College Promise Act was inspired by the outstanding institutions of Macomb and Oakland Community Colleges in Michigan’s Ninth District. I worked with both colleges during my time as Chief Workforce Officer for the State of Michigan, helping underemployed Michiganders go back to school to earn degrees or certificates leading to in-demand jobs during the Great Recession. The America’s College Promise Act would provide two years of free community college for everyone so they can do just that. I fought hard for and won the inclusion of the America’s College Promise Act in the College Affordability Act, the landmark legislation that would overhaul the higher education system and lower the cost of college for students and families.
I believe education should take place in the workplace as well as the classroom. I worked closely with my colleagues on the Education and Labor Committee to update and reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act, which would invest more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to apprenticeships, one of the United States’ longest and most successful workforce development programs. The National Apprenticeship Act contains my STANDARDS Act, which streamlines standards for apprenticeships so that all workers receive best-in-class training on their way to good-paying careers. I also contributed an amendment to the bill to ensure organizations that speak for workers and apprentices are at the table when federal funds are used for creating new programs or expanding existing programs.
Fixing our education system will require more than making college affordable for our children. Millions of Americans today are paying off crippling amounts of student loan debt. Reducing and reforming student loan debt is vital to both the health of the economy and the well-being of current and future students. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I introduced and cosponsored meaningful legislation that addresses the student loan crisis.
The College Affordability Act, which I voted to pass, eases the burden of student loans by making existing student loans cheaper and easier to pay off. I also voted to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, which provides nearly $130 billion to help schools take the steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure students and educators can return to the classroom safely. The bill also provides nearly $40 billion for institutions of higher education that are struggling to make up for lost revenue following campus closures and $39 billion in assistance to child care providers to stabilize the child care system.
In addition to this work, I have supported legislation that would send billions of dollars to schools serving low-income communities, provide badly needed funding to upgrade school infrastructure through the Rebuild America’s Schools Act and lift up our nation’s libraries, which are a crucial resource for students and communities, through the Library Stabilization Fund Act.
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WARREN, MI – Today Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), member of the House Education and Labor Committee and member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, released the following statement after accepting the 2021 Champion for Public Education Award from the K-12 Alliance of Michigan during its Advocacy Week. The board voted unanimously to nominate Rep. Levin for the award.
WARREN, MI – Today Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) announced a list of ten local projects he has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for funding consideration. The committee is providing an opportunity for members of Congress to submit funding requests for community projects from their districts.
“These projects would improve the water quality of Lake St. Clair; fund education and certification programming for adult learners; extend the life of local roads; replace lead service lines; and much more,” said Rep. Levin.
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) authored four letters to the House Appropriations Committee reflecting key priorities for Michigan’s Ninth Congressional District.
WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement as details of the American Families Plan became public ahead of President Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Long-Term Unemployment Elimination Act, bicameral legislation to create a subsidized jobs program in order to combat the long-term unemployment crisis in the United States. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, released in April, specifically endorses a subsidized jobs program for long-term unemployed and underemployed workers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), a member of the House Education & Labor Committee, along with Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) and Congressman David Trone (MD-06), both members of the House Education & Labor Committee, introduced a resolution to declare the week of April 5 through April 9 National Assistant Principals Week.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) led 45 House Members in calling on President Joe Biden to make workforce training a central part of his recovery agenda and include a $50 billion investment in the U.S. workforce system in the next recovery package.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), along with Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV), Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Congressman John Katko (R-NY), Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bill that expands high quality workforce development opportunities for students and workers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), Member of the House Education & Labor Committee, signed a letter led by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT) sent to GOP Leadership asking that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) not be seated on the Education & Labor Committee in light of her endorsement of violence and conspiracy theories, particularly with regard to school shootings.