April 2012 Newsletter
In recent weeks, Sen. Levin has led the fight against excessive speculation that is pushing up the price of gas; called on the Air Force to reconsider their proposal in the FY 2013 defense budget to make disproportionate cuts in the force structure of the Air National Guard; and sought changes in a flawed bill that could endanger the ability of U.S. businesses to attract the capital they need to create jobs.
Market speculation raises prices at the pump
High gas prices are threatening to dampen America's economic recovery, hurting families and businesses. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which Sen. Levin chairs, has found that excessive speculation - investments in oil not by producers or users, but by those seeking to profit on price changes - is a significant contributor to the volatility of oil prices. Sen. Levin has been speaking out on the need to protect Michigan families and businesses from the damage done by oil speculators.
Sen. Levin fights to protect our National Guard
Budget cuts proposed by the Air Force would fall hardest on the Air National Guard, including Michigan National Guard units. As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Levin has questioned the logic of the Air Force's proposals, urged Air Force officials to work with the Council of Governors to develop a more balanced approach, and gotten them to agree not to implement their plans until Congress has a chance to review them.
Sen. Levin leads fight against misnamed "jobs bill"
Sen. Levin helped lead the fight in the Senate against legislation that, while promoted as a way to help boost job creation, will actually put jobs at risk by making financial markets more risky. The legislation eliminates important investor protections that give investors the confidence to put their money to work helping the economy grow. "By making our financial markets less dependable, less transparent, less honest and less accountable, this legislation threatens to discourage investors from participating in capital markets.That damage would make it harder, not easier, for companies to attract the capital they need to grow and to hire new workers," Sen. Levin said.
Read his Senate floor speeches laying out the flaws in the bill:
More news from Senator Levin
- Sen. Levin supported final passage of the STOCK Act to protect against insider trading by members of Congress.
- He and other Great Lakes lawmakers outlined their priorities for the lakes.
- He welcomed a decision that will help preserve commercial airline service in Manistee.
- He and Sen. Debbie Stabenow welcomed the announcement of grants that will help agencies across Michigan aid homeless vets.
- In a newspaper column, he outlined how the Affordable Care Act is already helping thousands of Michigan families.
- In an address to military and civilian leaders on missile defense, he outlined how missile defenses are helping protect American interests in the Middle East and elsewhere.
- He and Sen. John McCain of Arizona released a Government Accountability Office study showing that China is failing to stop the flow of counterfeit electronic parts into the defense supply system.
- He chaired Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the situation in Afghanistan and on U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command.