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Washington Update from Senator Carl
From: Senator Carl Levin <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Subject: Washington Update from Sen. Carl Levin
Last month, Sen. Levin addressed the Detroit Economic Club on
the need for political leaders to achieve compromise; visited
the U.P. and Southeast Michigan; spoke to the Council on Foreign
Relations on the need for Pakistan to act against extremist safe
havens; wrote about the need to end offshore tax shelter abuses;
and released a report on the failure of a tax holiday for
multinational corporations to create jobs.
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Michigan from north to south
Sen. Levin visited Southeast Michigan and the Upper Peninsula
during the last week of October 2011. In Southeast Michigan, he
spoke with students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti
and John Glenn High School in Westland. He also met with the
mayor of Southgate and visited the Southgate Fire Department. In
the U.P., Sen. Levin spoke to students at Lake Superior State
University, Northern Michigan University and Bay College. Sen.
Levin also helped cut the ribbon at the new Calumet Visitor
Center in the historic Union Building at Keweenaw National
Historical Park and later spoke at a naturalization ceremony for
new U.S. citizens at the visitor center.
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Compromise is fundamental to representative government
an Oct. 10 speech at the Detroit Economic Club, Sen. Levin
called on political leaders to abandon all-or-nothing strategies
that have created crisis after crisis and compromise for the
good of the country. "The inability to accomplish our most basic
responsibilities without sparking a crisis raises the question
of whether we in public office are up to the great challenges we
face," he said.
Read Sen. Levin's speech to the Detroit Economic Club »
Read Sen. Levin's Senate speech decrying the filibuster of the
American Jobs Act »
More News from Senator Levin
- Sen. Levin
released a report from the Permanent Subcommittee on
Investigations on the failure of a 2004 tax holiday for
multinational corporations to create jobs as promised. He
newspaper column on the report and why Congress should not
repeat the mistake.
remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington,
Sen. Levin called on Pakistan to act against terrorist safe
havens in its territory, and said the United States has the
right to act to protect its troops in Afghanistan if Pakistan
refuses to act.
- He joined a bipartisan group of
praising action against subsidies in China and India that
have cost U.S. jobs.
- He praised Senate passage of a
bill to promote the
preservation of Michigan's maritime history; announced
grants for important
Michigan transportation projects; announced grants to
farmers markets in nine Michigan cities; and announced
support for preservation programs that will
create jobs in Northern Michigan and
- He praised President Obama's
withdraw troops from Iraq and said "our thoughts should
focus above all on the bravery, sacrifice, and determination
of our service members, the sacrifices of their families, and
on the nearly 4,500 troops who have lost their lives serving
our country in Iraq. Our nation is united in gratitude for
- He wrote a newspaper column on
how we can
reduce the deficit by ending offshore tax abuses.
- He called the late
Howard Wolpe "an outstanding public servant" who possessed
a "great intellect, combined with great compassion and an
ability to relate to people in every circumstance."
- He praised a decision by the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to
ban dangerous substances labeled "bath salts."
opposed legislation that would have hampered the
government's ability to try and convict terrorists.
- As chairman of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, he sent a
letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
on the defense budget and deficit reduction.
- He spoke on the Senate floor
before votes on free-trade agreements with