August 2011 Newsletter
Recently, Sen. Levin called for an end to an "era of slashing programs that help middle-class Americans, with no shared sacrifice by the wealthiest among us;" wrote about the benefits of a new partnership to develop manufacturing technology; looked forward to an alliance between the Army and the Department of Energy to develop new ways to power ground vehicles; fought to protect Michigan auto jobs; introduced bills to end tax loopholes and cut the deficit; and marked the passing of Michigan's own former first lady, Betty Ford.
Debt Ceiling Agreement Must Clear Way for Shared Sacrifice
With a vote to approve this bill, which we must, it is my hope that we have reached the high tide of an ideological movement that has sought to hold tax cuts for the wealthy sacred, while imposing increasingly draconian cuts on American families, and threatened economic calamity if that movement did not get its way. The era of slashing programs that help middle-class Americans, with no shared sacrifice by the wealthiest among us, that era must end, and give way to an era in which fairness and balance guide our efforts. Passing this legislation today hopefully will drive us to make that transition.
Partnership Shows Commitment to Manufacturing
When we think of Michigan's economy, we think of many things: tourists drawn to our lakes and beaches and forests, our developing industries such as biotechnology and alternative fuels, and our thriving agriculture. But more than anything else, we still think of manufacturing. Michigan makes things, and we have for more than a century. Whether it's the world's best cars and trucks, or office furniture, or vehicles and equipment for our defense, Michigan has long boasted world-class manufacturers. Manufacturing will continue to be the beating heart of the Michigan economy long into the future. Indeed it is a growing sector. That's why a new initiative announced by President Obama is good news for our state. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership will use a whole range of existing federal programs to bring together private industry, academic institutions, and federal agencies to pursue new technologies that will boost manufacturing and provide the jobs working families depend on.
More News from Senator Levin
- Sen. Levin joined members of Michigan's congressional delegation in calling for fuel economy rules that protect American jobs and said the Obama administration's proposed rules will meet those goals if all parties abide by committments to a single natioanl fuel-economy standard.
- He marked the passing of former First Lady Betty Ford who he called "a woman of incredible grace and courage."
- He wrote that a new alliance between the Army and the Department of Energy will break down barriers that hamper development of more effective vehicles for our troops.
- He introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act which would end abuses of off-shore tax shelters that cost American taxpayers up to $100 billion a year.
- He went to the Senate floor to oppose a Republican spending plan that would increase medical costs for seniors and damage important priorities such as border security and food inspections.
- He and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio introduced legislation that would reduce the deficit by $25 billion over 10 years by closing a tax loophole that effectively uses taxpayer money to subsidize pay for corporate executives.
- In a speech to the Aspen Institute he recognized the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and called on federal regulators to implement the law as Congress intended.
- He and Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa introduced a bipartisan bill to combat money laundering, terrorism and tax evasion by prevening corporations from hiding their owners.
- He helped celebrate the dedication of a new ferry dock and terminal that will bring cruise ships and other economic activity to Detroit.
- He welcomed the president's certification that the military is ready to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
- He chaired the nomination hearing for Gen. Martin Dempsey, the president's nominee to serve as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- He and Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska introduced legislation to modernize tax lien filings and save taxpayers $150 million.
- He met with actors Martin Sheen and Matthew Perry who helped honor him for his work in promoting drug courts.
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