Standard of Living

Every policy decision I make as a Member of Congress and as the vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee is about raising the standard of living for working people and guaranteeing economic justice for all. Our country, our economy and our education system must work for every American—not just a wealthy few.

As we work to restore economic mobility and rebuild the middle class in America, we must make sure that that a full-time job guarantees the ability to live with dignity. This means restoring the freedom to form unions and organize collectively, raising the minimum wage, establishing a national paid leave insurance program so everyone can afford to take necessary time off to care for themselves and their loved ones, and ensuring strong workplace protections so that no one has to face discrimination, harassment or unsafe conditions on the job. In fact, the first bill I introduced as a Member of Congress, H.J. Res. 44, would reverse a Trump administration rule that eliminated certain protections for workers in cases of workplace injuries.

We must also ensure all children and Americans, regardless of their zip code, have access to a safe place to live and a high-quality education that provides them with the resources and support necessary to reach their full potential. Investing in universal public education from pre-school to college and enhancing our trade school programs and workplace training will build a strong future for Michigan’s kids and workers.

Affordable housing, an equitable education system, effective worker training programs and strong worker protections lift all working families and will help build a stronger economy for Michigan and our nation.

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November 18, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI - Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, today released the following statement regarding the announcement by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted in collaboration with the AFL-CIO of a Pioneering Partnership to Develop the Next Generation of Offshore Wind Workers:

November 13, 2020 In The News

President Trump addressed the nation on Thursday, sharing baseless claims and outright lies about voter fraud meant to undermine the legitimacy of the election.

Multiple news outlets, including NPR and WDET, carried only a few minutes of the speech before cutting away to provide fact-checking about the false information being shared by Trump.

November 13, 2020 In The News

Democrats charged into the election as a unified party, setting aside deeply felt divisions to maximize Joe Biden’s chances of defeating President Trump.

November 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor (DOL) announcing a final rule making Environmental, Sustainable, Governance (ESG) investing more difficult for plan fiduciaries.

November 1, 2020 In The News

Every year, Health Fitness Revolution recognizes politicians who choose to demonstrate healthy lifestyles for themselves, in addition to promoting physical activity within their communities. We recently published our new list of Top 40 Fittest U.S. Representatives 2020 as part of this effort to promote health and fitness in the U.S.

October 30, 2020 In The News


Congressman Andy Levin, Representing Michigan’s 9th District

The Federal Legislator of the Year is awarded to elected officials in recognition of outstanding leadership in promoting libraries and supporting legislation or amendments that advance our legislative goals.

October 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­– Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement following the Senate’s vote to confirm a Justice to the United States Supreme Court with eight days remaining to vote in the presidential election:

October 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released the following statement calling on Republican lawmakers to pass comprehensive COVID relief legislation for the American people following the Senate’s vote on a standalone bill funding a loan program for small businesses without protecting workers, avoiding state and local budget cuts, and more:

October 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) has been commended by the Chair of the House Committee on Rules, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), for passing the second most amendments in the 116th Congress among freshman members of Congress.