August 2014 Newsletter
In recent weeks, Sen. Levin has introduced legislation to ban federal contracts for companies that use a legal gimmick to avoid paying federal taxes; announced good news for the Great Lakes; and urged rapid federal assistance for Southeast Michigan to help the region recover from massive floods.
Dodge taxes? Don't ask for taxpayer-funded contracts
Over the last few months, there has been a growing rush of U.S. corporations seeking to swear off their U.S. citizenship and move their mailboxes, for tax purposes, to a low-tax jurisdiction. That's not right, and it's time we put a stop to it. Three months ago, Sen. Levin introduced the Stop Corporate Inversions Act with 22 cosponsors, which would do just that. And now he has joined with other senators to introduce legislation that would make sure companies that shift their address offshore for tax purposes can't profit from federal contracts paid for with your tax dollars.
Efforts to protect Great Lakes show progress
From a congressional hearing on Sen. Levin's legislation to boost restoration efforts to new announcements on funding for research to help protect the Great Lakes, recent weeks have seen a number of important developments for the lakes.
More news from Senator Levin
- Sen. Levin and Sen. Stabenow urged quick action to get federal disaster assistance to Southeast Michigan and welcomed federal Department of Transportation emergency funding to help repair flood damage to roads and bridges in the area.
- He supported the president's decision to act against Islamic extremists threatening Iraq.
- He spoke out against the CIA's proposed redactions to a still-classified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the detention and interrogations of CIA detainees.
- He announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee would review a Pentagon program that transfers surplus military equipment to local police agencies.