Peace and Human Rights
As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and long-time human rights advocate, I am committed to fighting for civil and human rights for all people at home and abroad.
The U.S. must partner with our neighbors across the globe to maintain national security and peace, fight infectious disease, and tackle injustice. We have to keep our commitments and continue to invest in foreign assistance, without which we cannot hope to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world. And we must always choose diplomacy and engagement over saber-rattling and war.
We must also fight immigration policies that violate the rights of those seeking safety in our country. Policies like separating families and detaining children are an abomination, and we must reunify families while affording people—especially those who have spent years living, working and paying taxes here—a fair, legal path to citizenship.
Immigrants in our communities also deserve not to be treated as a monolith, but to have their cases heard individually in immigration courts. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act to protect Iraqi nationals—including Chaldean Christians—who will face persecution for their religion, ethnicity or ties to America if they are forced back to Iraq against their will.
More on Peace and Human Rights
An amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) that would help to inform the public about the state of domestic terrorism in the United States was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today. The amendment was part of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2019, which passed the House by 397-31.
Royal Oak — U.S. Rep. Andy Levin asked a group of Christian and Jewish clergy members for their partnership in opposing the mass deportation of Iraqi-born nationals who have been ordered removed from the U.S.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Defense Authorization Act that contained language from Congressman Levin’s AUMF Clarification Act, which would make clear that the President does not have Congressional authorization to initiate a war with Iran. The bill passed 251-170 wit bipartisan support.
Following a vote in the House on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3401, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) made the following statement:
“We are caught up in an awful situation, with an amoral president and a spineless Republican Senate. House Democrats fought as best we could—item-by-item and line-by-line—to win real improvements for desperate and innocent people. We hammered out strong protections for babies, children and families, and I felt privileged to work with such passionate and gifted colleagues to craft a bill that upheld our values.
In a letter sent today to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04) requested assistance to prevent the detention and deportation of Iraqi nationals living the United States, including numerous Chaldean Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities.
The House Committee on Ways and Means yesterday passed a bill that contains Congressman Andy Levin’s Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would modernize the tax code to remove outdated gendered language and to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ couples and families. The bill was included as part of H.R. 3299, the Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act of 2019.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee today voted to pass a bill introduced by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) calling for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma and directing the State Department to bolster its efforts to that end.
The bill is endorsed by Amnesty International and PEN America.
Watch his remarks HERE.
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 questioned R. Clarke Cooper, the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, about the Administration’s decision to ignore opposition from Congress and declare an “emergency” to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement in celebration of Pride Month:
“I am in awe by the progress our country has made in affirming the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people. It is because of the leadership and sacrifices of so many, especially transgender women of color and other intersectionally marginalized groups, that our country has made so much progress.