June 2014 Newsletter

Issues Update

In recent weeks, Sen. Levin held a forum on ways to increase access to a life-saving drug for treating heroin addiction; chaired a hearing exposing conflicts of interest that shortchange stock market investors; introduced legislation requiring an assessment of whether more Great Lakes waters should receive protection as national marine sanctuaries; and delivered remarks at a Capitol Hill ceremony honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Forum seeks to boost heroin addiction treatment

June 2014 newsletter - buprenorphine forumFor years, Sen. Levin has worked with Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to help patients gain access to buprenorphine, a drug that helps break the cycle of addiction to heroin and other narcotics. Earlier this year, he surveyed Michigan doctors who prescribe the drug and met with several doctors in their offices, where they described "incredible" successes at helping patients recover from addiction. But along with that success has come frustration at several hurdles that limit patients' ability to get buprenorphine. So the senators held a Capitol Hill forum with physicians, addiction experts, Obama administration officials and recovering addicts to discuss ways to increase access to this life-changing treatment.

Read a recap of the Capitol Hill forum »

Read Sen. Levin's opening statement from the forum »

Watch video of the forum »

Hearing exposes conflicts of interest in stock markets

June 2014 newsletter - PSI high speed trading hearing

In an era of computerized, high-speed trading, a number of conflicts of interest have emerged that encourage financial firms to place their own profits above the interests of the pension funds, 401(k) plans and individual investors they are supposed to represent. Sen. Levin chaired a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing highlighting the need for reforms that end those conflicts of interest.

Read a press release outlining the hearing's purpose »

Read Sen. Levin's opening statement »

More news from Senator Levin

  • With Michigan's Sen. Debbie Stabenow, he urged Secretary of State John Kerry to protect the Great Lakes from a Canadian plan to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron.
  • He said the United States can only take additional military action to address the security situation in Iraq if its leaders take public steps toward healing their political and sectarian divisions.
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