Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senator Levin has served on the Governmental Affairs Committee, now called the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, during his entire Senate career. As the most senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Levin has worked to increase accountability and efficiency in the federal government and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.
Among other initiatives, he has helped expose corporate misconduct, increase federal contract competition, protect whistleblowers, reform the federal regulatory process, improve federal Great Lakes programs, toughen consumer protections, and strengthen homeland security.
Senator Levin has been a member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Senate’s premier investigating committee, since 1999. He has chaired the subcommittee from June 2001 to January 2003 and from 2007 to the present.
In 2010, Senator Levin led Congress’ most in-depth examination into Wall Street and the financial crisis. He has also investigated the credit card industry, shell companies, abusive tax schemes, and offshore tax havens. The PSI investigations have made major contributions to several laws including the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Credit CARD Act.
Earlier investigations included a probe into how commodity markets set prices for gasoline and food, culminating in enactment of new legislation to protect American consumers and businesses, and a multi-year investigation of how U.S. banks are vulnerable to money laundering and foreign corruption, leading to adoption of stronger anti-money laundering laws in the USA Patriot Act.