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 15, 2019 Press Release

An amendment to H.R. 4863, a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, authored by Congressman Andy Levin to give a voice to workers impacted by the bank’s financing passed the House of Representatives today.

November 7, 2019 In The News

House Democrats have launched an inquiry into whether the Department of Education singled out a federally funded program for Middle East studies by “creating novel requirements targeted at penalizing the Duke-UNC Consortium.”

October 31, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee, today joined Chairman Bobby Scott and other committee Democrats to advance out of committee the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive overhaul of the higher education system that lowers the cost of college for students and families, improves the quality of higher education and expands opportunity for current and future students.

October 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee, today joined Chairman Bobby Scott and other committee Democrats to introduce the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive overhaul of the higher education system that lowers the cost of college for students and families, improves the quality of higher education and expands opportunity for current and future students.

September 27, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, a longtime union organizer and vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee, today helped to pass landmark labor law reform out of committee. Congressman Levin rebutted attacks against and advocated for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the most comprehensive legislation in recent history to strengthen workers’ right to organize and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

September 24, 2019 Press Release

Following the Trump Administration’s failure to support workers by issuing a new rule that sets the overtime pay salary threshold at a meager $35,568, Education and Labor Committee Vice Chair Andy Levin made the following statement:

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.