Andy Levin

‘There will never be another Carl Levin’: Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator dies at 87

BY: - July 30, 2021

Updated, 3:43 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from President Biden Carl Levin, former Detroit City Council member and U.S. senator, died Thursday at 87. The cause of death is not known. The Levin Center at Wayne State University issued a statement, saying, “With great sadness and heavy hearts, the [center and family] announce the passing of […]

Lawmakers urge Biden admin to secure release of Michigan journalist in Myanmar

BY: - June 27, 2021

The state House has adopted a resolution to “urge the Biden Administration and U.S. Department of State to act with the utmost urgency to secure the release” of Danny Fenster, a Michigan native and American journalist detained in Myanmar.  House Resolution 118, which was introduced by Rep. Regina Weiss (D-Oak Park), passed Wednesday and urges […]

Lawrence: Minimum wage for tipped workers is ‘an insult’

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers. During their own virtual event, lawmakers […]

6 Michigan Republicans vote against sweeping voting rights package that passes U.S. House

BY: and - March 4, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. All seven Michigan Democrats backed the bill and six Republicans voted against it. U.S. Rep. Jack […]

Dems move to strip committee assignments from Greene

BY: and - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Rules Committee is set to meet on Wednesday to consider a resolution that would strip Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments. If approved for debate by the panel, the resolution would move to the floor of the Democratic-controlled House for a vote. It is […]

Andiamo owner leading charge to defy COVID-19 order netted at least $1.8M in PPP funds

BY: - December 1, 2020

Updated, 4:44 p.m., 12/2/20 As Michigan closes in on 10,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 pandemic, metro Detroit businessman Joe Vicari is calling on restaurants across the state to defy any additional health restrictions. Earlier this year, the owner of the Andiamo chain received more than $1 million in federal pandemic funding. “Our industry cannot survive […]

Census protesters

6 Mich. Congress members demand answers on the state’s Census count

BY: - November 24, 2020

A number of Michigan’s Democratic members of Congress penned a letter Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham asking for details about the accuracy of the 2020 Census count in Michigan.  U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary […]

Union leaders eye Rep. Levin for Biden labor secretary 

BY: - November 11, 2020

Updated, 8:56 a.m., 11/12/20 U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is garnering support from union leaders for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for labor secretary.  Levin has experience as a former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO and as the acting director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic […]

Levin says McConnell’s priorities are ‘completely ass-backwards’ on COVID-19 and SCOTUS 

BY: - October 26, 2020

As America speeds toward the Nov. 3 election, millions of parents and kids across the country are waiting on a split Congress to nail down another round of coronavirus relief funding for everything from schools to food and nutrition assistance programs. “Every single agency nonprofit I’ve talked to that deals with hunger issues says that […]

Levin, education leaders say more federal funding is ‘urgent’ during pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2020

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, said on Wednesday that now is not the time for leaders in Washington, D.C., to withhold federal funding for Michigan’s public schools.  “With the state government and local governments facing a huge budget deficit, it’s just a double whammy loss […]

USDA extends free student meal programs through end of 2020 

BY: - September 1, 2020

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday granted requests from federal lawmakers for extensions on free meal programs for schoolchildren. After his department received numerous requests for flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, no-cost summer meal programs have been extended through the fall, per Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who called the situation “unprecedented.”  “This extension […]

Peters lays into postmaster general over 1000s of complaints

BY: - August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile U.S. Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the President Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic, but said the agency is fully […]