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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August 14, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin today led a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor Patrick Pizzella requesting information on the department’s efforts to proactively anticipate and respond to layoffs, as laid out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The letter was also sent by Congresswomen Susan Davis (CA-53), chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Susan Wild (PA-07).

August 8, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today led a letter signed by 28 Members of Congress and sent to President Trump expressing their opposition to the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be the next Secretary of Labor.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, yesterday voted to pass the Butch Lewis Act, which could save the pensions of up to 1.3 million workers and retirees.

July 24, 2019 Press Release

Representative Andy Levin, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today reintroduced the America’s College Promise Act. This legislation would create a new federal-state partnership to provide two years of tuition-free access to community or technical college programs that lead to a degree or industry-recognized credential.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee Rep. Andy Levin today voted to increase the minimum wage, which has not been raised in more than a decade—the longest span of time without a minimum wage increase since it was established eight decades ago. The Raise the Wage Act, which passed the House 233-199, would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and give 104,800 workers in Michigan’s 9th District a raise.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and five of his Democratic committee colleagues on Friday sent a letter to National Center on Education Statistics (NCES) Commissioner James Woodworth asking the center to study college students’ basic needs including food and housing insecurity.

In addition to Rep. Andy Levin (MI-09), the letter was signed by Reps. Lucy McBath (GA-06), Gregorio Sablan (MP-AL), Alma Adams (NC-12), Susan Wild (PA-07) and Kim Schrier (WA-08).

July 10, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today released the following statement:

“I am deeply alarmed by the role Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta played when he was U.S. Attorney in allowing Jeffrey Epstein to avoid serious and appropriate consequences for the horrifying child sex trafficking he engaged in over a period of years.

July 8, 2019 Press Release

House Education and Labor Committee Vice Chair Andy Levin made this statement following the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report on the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024:

“Today, the Congressional Budget Office made one thing absolutely clear: the benefits of the Raise the Wage Act for workers, for people in poverty, for children, and for our economy far outweigh potential downsides.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

In a letter sent today to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, 27 freshman House Democrats laid out their concerns about the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and demanded that negotiations be re-opened so that changes could be made. The letter was led by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07), a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

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.