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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September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, participated in a virtual briefing to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child hunger, the federal response to date, and what more the federal government must do to ensure that children have sufficient food.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Andy Levin (MI-09), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Colin Allred (TX-32) introduced legislation to criminalize the concealment of foreign spending in U.S. elections through American shell companies. The Shell Company Abuse Act makes it a felony to use or create an American shell company as a vector for illegal political spending by foreign nationals.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, a landmark veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention bill that includes Congressman Andy Levin’s bipartisan VA Emergency Department Safety Planning Act, which will help expand a promising mental health program developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, introduced legislation to codify and streamline standards for registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs. The ‘Strengthening Training and Accessibility for New and Diverse Apprenticeships through Relevant and Dependable Standards Act, or the STANDARDS Act, safeguards and expands the rights of workers who partake in apprenticeships, one of the United States’ longest and most successful workforce development programs.

September 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee delivered remarks from the House Floor in strong support of the Strength in Diversity Act slated for a vote later today, highlighting the inequities that exist in his congressional district comprised of the suburbs immediately surrounding the majority Black city of Detroit.

Watch Rep. Levin’s remarks here or read excepts below:

 

September 11, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. v. Betsy DeVos, opposing the Department of Education’s illegal attempt to divert CARES Act money from public schools to private schools:

September 11, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee and member of the PFAS Taskforce, today released the following statement in reaction to a report from the nonprofit, non-partisan Environmental Working Group on the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS discharging within one mile of child care centers and schools, including in Michigan:

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education & Labor, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the Committee on Education & Labor, and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following statement after a New York federal judge invalidated most of the Department of Labor’s interpretative rule narrowing joint employment liability. 

“This ruling quashes yet another Trump administration attempt to deny workers their basic rights.

September 2, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI—Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, today hosted a press conference with a group of educators and school officials to highlight the dire circumstances facing Michigan schools that have not received enough federal COVID-19 relief funding to return students to classrooms safely or teach online effectively. Rep. Levin was joined by:

August 31, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s extension of waivers giving states and schools the flexibility to operate emergency summer meal programs until December 31, 2020: