Over the past three decades, Michigan has seen unprecedented rises in temperature, heavier rainfalls, and more extreme weather events due to climate change.
Climate change is damaging our Great Lakes, forests, and farm lands, all of which are vital to our Michigan way of life. As a nature lover and committed environmentalist, I cannot overstate how important it is for our nation to protect our environment and address climate change with urgency and creativity. This means investing in green renewable energy resources that will create reliable, good-paying jobs, keeping the commitments our country made in the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, and ensuring full funding for vital conservation programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
In addition to tackling climate change, we must also take action to fight pollutants that plague our air, land and waterways and poison our drinking water. Sadly, Michigan is all too familiar with the dangers that unsafe and polluted drinking water pose for our communities. Dangerous levels of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—man-made chemicals that are used in many consumer products and industrial applications—are consistently being found across our great state. That’s why I joined the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, which works to urgently address the public health threat created by these dangerous chemicals, protect our communities and ensure access to safe drinking water.
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Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) yesterday submitted the below testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis:
– Following reports that President Trump plans to revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe emission rules, Congressman Andy Levin released the following statement:
A bipartisan amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) to end the use of seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean today was passed as a part of the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), a bill to protect coastal economies and environments from the far-reaching and detrimental impacts of oil spills.
Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) today led a letter with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) that was signed by 162 bipartisan House members asking National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 conferees to retain House and Senate provisions that address PFAS contamination and cleanup.
The members said in their letter:
Legislation authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and co-sponsored by Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) that would ensure the safe elimination of PFAS chemicals today passed in the House of Representatives. The legislation was an amendment made to the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 220-197.
Two Fiscal Year 2020 spending bills—H.R. 2740 and H.R. 3055—each passed the House with amendments introduced by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) prioritizing funding to improve the Chapaton Retention Basin.
Congressman Levin spoke on the House Floor last week about the importance of funding improvements to the Chapaton Retention Basin. WATCH.
Two amendments and two funding requests made by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, were included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act that passed today.
Congressman Andy Levin today released a report detailing the findings of an infrastructure survey he sent to city and township leaders across Michigan’s 9th Congressional District. The assessment identified 80 infrastructure priorities across 10 communities in Macomb County and 11 in Oakland County. The report includes 49 of the identified projects that represent the diversity of priorities in the district.
Congressman Andy Levin today sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Sam Graves laying out relevant infrastructure priorities for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District as the committee crafts infrastructure legislation for American’s future.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, or which he is an original cosponsor: