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LEVIN STATEMENT ON IRAQ RESOLUTION U.S. Representative Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) today made the following statement in opposition to House Resolution 861, which declared that "the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq."  

LEVIN STATEMENT ON BILL TURNING THE ARCTIC WILDLIFE REFUGE OVER TO THE OIL COMPANIES (Washington, DC) - U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) today made the following Floor statement in opposition to H.R. 5429, legislation by Representative Pombo to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.   

LEVIN STATEMENT ON 2007 BUDGET RESOLUTION U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today made the following floor statement in opposition to the Republican budget resolution, and in support of the budget alternative offered by Representative John Spratt of South Carolina.   

LEVIN STATEMENT ON ROLLING BACK OIL COMPANIES' TAX BREAKS U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), today made the following floor statement in support of closing $5.4 billion in unjustified tax breaks for large oil companies.  

LEVIN SLAMS GOP LOBBYING BILL U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) today opposed the GOP's Lobbying proposal saying it was reform in name only and was a smoke a mirror tactic of the Republican Majority. Levin instead supported the Democratic reform proposal, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was restricted from debate under the House Republican Leadership's rules.  

LEVIN STATEMENT ON GASOLINE PRICES AND TAX LOOPHOLES FOR BIG OIL COMPANIES (Washington D.C.)- U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), today made the following floor statement in support of closing abusive loopholes in the tax code that favor big oil companies.  

LEVIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE DARFUR PEACE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (H.R. 3127) U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), today made the following floor statement in support of legislation to strengthen US efforts to halt the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  

LEVIN STATEMENT ON MANUFACTURING: THE PERSONAL VOICES OF THOSE AFFECTED U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), today made the following floor statement in support of the manufacturing sector by reflecting on the personal voices of those the manufacturing jobs crisis has affected in Michigan.  

LEVIN STATEMENT ON THE HIGHER EDUCATION REAUTHORIZATION (Washington D.C.)- U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) today delivered the following statement on the Republican failure to address the ballooning cost of higher education in America. Levin opposed the reauthorization of the Republican higher education plan because it failed to reverse earlier cuts to student aid, while doing nothing to make college more accessible nor affordable. As a result of this misguided approach, a college education will become even harder to obtain for thousands of Michiganders needing to secure a post-secondary degree given current economic conditions. The Republican approach to higher education puts tax cuts for the very rich ahead of the needs of working families illustrating just how out of touch the Republican-controlled Congress has become.  

LEVIN STATEMENT ON US POLICY IN IRAQ (Washington D.C.)- U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) today opposed a resolution on U.S. policy in Iraq that was offered by the Republican House Leadership. The resolution, under the guise of commending the people of Iraq for their December 15 election, spends more time trying to justify an open-ended commitment of U.S. troops in Iraq than on congratulating the Iraqis.  Democrats were not allowed to offer amendments to the resolution or offer a nonpartisan resolution expressing congratulating the Iraqi people on their elections and commending our troops. The resolution offered by the House Leadership was adopted on a vote of 279 to 109, with 34 Members voting �present� to protest the closed procedure under which the resolution was considered by the House.    

USA PATRIOT ACT (Washington D.C.)- Today, U.S. Rep. Sander Levin submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record, commenting on his opposition to the USA Patriot Act:  

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVENESS ACT OF 2005 Mr. LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I simply want to say, listening to this debate, to the gentleman from Georgia; to my friend from Michigan; to the gentleman from California (Mr. Dreier), the chairman of the Committee on Rules; and to the Speaker of the House; and to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. DeLay), this is outrageous. You have no excuse. Three million manufacturing jobs lost in the last 4 years or so, another 110,000 the first 8 months, and you will not allow a debate on an amendment that relates to manufacturing, the ATP amendment of Mr. Honda's. 

ESTABLISHING THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE PREPARATION FOR AND RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA Mr. LEVIN.  Mr. Speaker, this is a very important debate for our country.  I cannot imagine anything more important to the American people than an independent investigation of why the response to Hurricane Katrina fell so short of expectations.  We need a full accounting of what went wrong at all levels of government so such failures don't happen again.  

PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SECOND EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT TO MEET IMMEDIATE NEEDS ARISING FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF HURRICANE KATRINA, 200} Mr. LEVIN.  Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the emergency funding bill that the House will consider later today to continue relief and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  We need to approve this measure today with all deliberate speed. I do object to the procedure in which the House will take up this emergency measure, which provides just 40 minutes to debate a $51 billion appropriation, with no amendments allowed.