Every policy decision I make as a member of Congress and as a member of the House Education & Labor Committee in the 117th Congress 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.
A path to the middle class starts with high quality education and job training, a right of every American. My America’s College Promise Act was inspired by the outstanding institutions of Macomb and Oakland Community Colleges in Michigan’s Ninth District. I worked with both colleges during my time as Chief Workforce Officer for the State of Michigan putting underemployed Michiganders back to school to earn degrees or certificates leading to in-demand jobs during the Great Recession. The America’s College Promise Act would provide two years of free community college for everyone. I fought hard for and won the inclusion of the America’s College Promise Act in the College Affordability Act, landmark legislation that would overhaul the higher education system and lower the cost of college for students and families.
Alternatives to the classroom are also a necessary part of the equation. That’s why I introduced the STANDARDS Act, which ensures that apprenticeships continue to offer Americans reliable opportunities for good-paying jobs. Working closely with Rep. Bobby Scott, Chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee, I included the STANDARDS Act in the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which expands and standardizes apprenticeship programs across the country.
As a union organizer whose life’s mission is to help workers in this country, I am proud that the Speaker of the House and the Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee selected me to defend the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on the floor of the House and then to celebrate it in the Democratic Weekly address after we passed it. The PRO Act is the most comprehensive legislation in recent history to strengthen workers’ right to form unions and bargain for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. I also cosponsored and voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage, close the gender wage gap and reform multiemployer pension plans.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed deep inequalities in our society’s economic, health care and political systems, and I worked hard to write and support legislation that provided working class Americans with tangible economic relief while establishing a robust public health response to the pandemic. I introduced the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act with Senator Elizabeth Warren to stand up a national contact tracing program and employ workers in their own communities who had lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. I also introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act to authorize funding to help workers sharpen their skills and quickly re-enter the workforce. Working with House Democratic leadership, I was able to include key provisions of the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act and the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act in the original and updated HEROES Act, the comprehensive COVID relief and public health legislation passed by the House of Representatives in May and October of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic not only endangered the health and livelihoods of working Americans, but also led to significant attacks on worker rights. I led efforts to protect workers’ freedom to organize unions by introducing the bipartisan SAFE Workers Act to remove a harmful prohibition of electronic voting in union elections and direct funds to the National Labor Relations Board to ensure safe, remote union elections. Key provisions of this bill were passed by the House of Representatives in July 2020 as part of the annual appropriations process.
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WARREN, MI – Today, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Sindicato Nacional Independiente de Trabajadores de Industrias y de Servicios Movimiento 20/32 (SNITIS) and Public Citizen announced they have filed the first complaint under the Rapid Response Mechanism of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) against Tridonex, an auto parts factory located in Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipa
WARREN, MI – Today Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) announced a list of ten local projects he has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for funding consideration. The committee is providing an opportunity for members of Congress to submit funding requests for community projects from their districts.
“These projects would improve the water quality of Lake St. Clair; fund education and certification programming for adult learners; extend the life of local roads; replace lead service lines; and much more,” said Rep. Levin.
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) authored four letters to the House Appropriations Committee reflecting key priorities for Michigan’s Ninth Congressional District.
WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement as details of the American Families Plan became public ahead of President Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Long-Term Unemployment Elimination Act, bicameral legislation to create a subsidized jobs program in order to combat the long-term unemployment crisis in the United States. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, released in April, specifically endorses a subsidized jobs program for long-term unemployed and underemployed workers.
WARREN, MI – Today Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) announced a list of twelve local surface transportation projects he has submitted to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for funding consideration. The committee is providing an opportunity for members of Congress to submit funding requests for surface transportation projects from their districts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), a member of the House Education & Labor Committee, along with Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) and Congressman David Trone (MD-06), both members of the House Education & Labor Committee, introduced a resolution to declare the week of April 5 through April 9 National Assistant Principals Week.
WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Andy Levin (D-Mich.) today announced legislation to use the enormous breadth of U.S. federal procurement to help fight the climate crisis, spur innovation, and boost demand for American-made clean energy products at home and in the rapidly-growing markets for green products abroad.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) led 45 House Members in calling on President Joe Biden to make workforce training a central part of his recovery agenda and include a $50 billion investment in the U.S. workforce system in the next recovery package.