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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March 20, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today sent a bipartisan letter to Congressional leaders signed by 36 House members requesting additional support for libraries in future COVID-19 relief packages.

A section of the letter reads:

March 20, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) announced the steps that small businesses can take to apply for aid due to coronavirus-related business disruptions. The announcement follows a decision by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to approve Michigan’s request for an Economic Injury Disaster declaration.

March 10, 2020 Press Release

Today, the House passed H.R. 3598, the bipartisan Federally Requiring Earned Education-Debt Discharges for Veterans Act (FREED Vets Act). Introduced by Representative Andy Levin (MI-09), and Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) and Joe Courtney (CT-02), the legislation would require the U.S.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, tonight made the following remarks on the House Floor in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act):

I have spent most of my career helping workers form unions and bargain collectively. The power of workers to unite and demand fair wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions is truly inspiring, and it’s essential for working families simply trying to get by.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, a former green energy entrepreneur and state workforce officer, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez today unveiled the Electric Vehicle (EV) Freedom Act, a bill that will create good-paying jobs nationwide, electrify America’s highway system and take necessary steps to combat climate change.

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, who represents Michigan’s 9th Congressional District that includes the city of Warren, made the following statement ahead of President’s event in Macomb County this afternoon:

I am so proud to represent the people of Macomb and Oakland Counties, and to have witnessed their steady manufacturing growth following the Obama Administration’s major investments a decade ago.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today released the following statement ahead of the signing of the USMCA:

President Donald Trump today will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which he touts as a silver bullet to revitalize American manufacturing and the middle class. In reality, the USMCA is a modest rewrite of NAFTA, one of the worst trade deals in U.S. history.

January 16, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today voted for H.J.Res. 76, a resolution titled Blocking DeVos Rule That Denies Debt Relief to Students Defrauded by Predatory Colleges. The resolution blocks Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rule that makes it much harder for students defrauded by predatory colleges to get the relief they desperately need.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin today made the below remarks from the House Floor on the USMCA vote:

“The threshold question for any NAFTA replacement must be whether it will finally stop the outflow of American jobs and raise the standard of living for Mexican, Canadian, and, of course, American workers.

“My Democratic colleagues have worked tirelessly to ensure NAFTA’s replacement leads to positive change. And I thank them for their efforts, which have improved the deal President Trump originally negotiated.