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December 30, 2020

Coast News: Levin’s bill aimed at helping homeless veterans awaits Trump’s approval

by Samantha Nelson

REGION - In mid-December, Congress passed a bipartisan-supported bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) that aims to strengthen and expand services for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Formally called the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act, the bill allows the Department of Veteran Affairs to increase services for homeless veterans during the pandemic. According to Levin, the government should be doing … Continue Reading


December 26, 2020

Times of San Diego: Rep. Mike Levin Delivers Democrats’ National Weekly Address on Christmas Day

by CHRIS JENNEWEIN

Rep. Mike Levin, who represents north San Diego and South Orange counties in Congress, delivered the national Democratic Party's weekly address on Christmas Day. "As we celebrate the holidays this year, we also mourn the loss of more than 320,000 Americans to this pandemic - including more than 5,500 veterans, a profound tragedy for our nation," said Levin. "Each individual lost was somebody's parent or grandparent, a son or daughter, a friend or co-worker who will be deeply missed, … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

San Clemente Times: California Legislators Address Coronavirus Relief Package

by Collin Breaux

Following Congress' passage of a $900 billion package intended to alleviate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent criticism of individual payments being only $600 under the legislation, several House Representatives from California discussed aspects of the bill during a press call hosted by the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Democratic legislators on the call variously said the measures were too small but better than nothing, noting the … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Coast News: Congress approves regional projects, funding for Camp Pendleton

by Samantha Nelson

REGION - Congress is expected to pass two bills before the end of the year that will bring millions to the region for local priorities including Camp Pendleton construction projects as well as area bluff erosion and flood protection projects. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act, a bill that authorizes development for local projects in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Specifically, the bill includes an authorization for … Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Times of San Diego: Opinion: Bipartisan COVID Bill Isn’t Perfect, But America Needs Relief Now

by Rep. Mike Levin

It has been more than ten months since the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, and we are just now experiencing the most devastating stretch of this pandemic. More than 14.8 million people have been infected, and at least 282,000 have tragically died, including more than 1,000 in San Diego County alone. Hospitals are being overrun, small businesses are failing, and job losses are mounting every day. Americans are in pain, and Congress must meet this moment. It's long past time … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Times of San Diego: NCTD Getting $10M in Federal Funding to Modernize Train, Crossing Controls

by Ken Stone

The North County Transit District will receive $9,836,917 in grant funding to modernize its train and crossing control systems, it was announced Monday by Democratic Congressman Mike Levin. The grant comes from the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair. "The rail corridor through North County San Diego is vital for our regional economy, and I'm excited to announce that the North County Transit District will receive nearly $10 million in federal funding to upgrade its … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune: Levin introduces nuclear waste inspection bill

by ROB NIKOLEWSKI

Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, has introduced a bill on Capitol Hill that would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep an inspector at decommissioned nuclear power plants across the country when the facilities transfer nuclear waste from wet storage pools into canisters. The proposed legislation comes after Levin's call for a full-time inspector to be stationed at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station during the plant's transfer operations was turned back by the NRC … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Times of San Diego: House Passes Legislation by Rep. Levin to Aid San Onofre Cleanup

by CHRIS JENNEWEIN

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that includes language by Rep. Mike Levin to create a spent nuclear fuel research and development program at the Department of Energy. The spent nuclear fuel that remains at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating in Levin's district is seen as a long-term problem by the congressman and many of his constituents. "The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will make long-overdue investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

OC Register: US Postal Service would get $25 billion lifeline under request led by O.C. Rep. Mike Levin

by Brooke Staggs

The struggling United States Postal Service could get a $25 billion lifeline if the Senate approves an emergency funding request from a bipartisan group of 137 House members, led by Rep. Mike Levin of Orange County. The federal bailout, which could be voted on as early as this week, is needed to offset losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, which postal officials say will total more than $22 billion over the next 18 months and could force the 245-year-old agency to close for good. "If … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Dana Point Times: State and Federal Representative Respond to Racial Injustices

U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued a statement on Thursday, June 4, on the protests in response to the death of George Floyd and other black Americans, outlining actions he is taking to address systemic racial injustice in America and to reform law enforcement. (The four Minneapolis police officers involved in the Floyd arrest face various murder charges.) “Our country is in crisis, broken by generations of systemic racial injustice, and it’s clear that only real change will allow … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Connecting Vets: Veterans Affairs lawmakers introduce major bill to help homeless vets during pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, veteran advocates have increasingly warned that the economic downturn could lead to more homeless vets. But the Department of Veterans Affairs is limited in what help it can offer. VA even put out a public call for donations to help. Now, lawmakers are stepping in aiming to change that. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Mike Levin, D-Calif., in the House and Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in the … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Rep. Mike Levin hear from San Diego leaders about relief priorities

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Mike Levin heard from a variety San Diego County community members Friday about priorities for Washington’s COVID-19 relief efforts. They discussed the need for expanded COVID-19 testing, small business relief and more financial aid for local governments. The hour-plus Zoom discussion featured representatives of small businesses, community health clinics, labor, law enforcement, the city of Carlsbad, and postal workers. It showcased the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

San Clemente Times: Levin Joins SBDC in Town Hall Meeting for Small Business Resources

Rep. Mike Levin, whose district includes Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, joined Mike Daniel and Mike Hill from the Orange County Office of Small Business Development Centers to further educate small businesses on resources for economic relief. In a Zoom “town hall” conference on Tuesday, April 28, Levin stressed the importance of government and businesses working together to weather the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent impacts that reacting policies have had on the … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

San Clemente Times: Levin Releases Resource Guide for CARES Act

Rep. Mike Levin has released a federal resource guide detailing information related to the $2 trillion relief measure Congress passed last month amid the coronavirus pandemic, answering frequently asked questions from the community, the congressman’s office announced this week. The guide lays out information regarding the stimulus checks that individuals and families are expected to receive in the coming weeks, details on how the aid package expands unemployment compensation, and resources … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

The Coast News: Congressman Levin discusses pandemic response with San Diego Veterans Affairs director

REGION — Medical treatment and financial assistance for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic were the main focuses for Rep. Mike Levin’s (D-San Juan Capistrano) April 8 virtual town hall. Since March, Levin has been hosting weekly virtual town hall discussions every Wednesday with local health professionals from the 49th district. Throughout his town halls, Levin has maintained that there are currently two related crises happening right now: the public health crisis and the financial … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

City News Service: Rep. Levin Slams Lack Of Enforcement Of Sober-Living Homes Law

Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, Monday said it was “unacceptable” that the Department of Justice has not found a single case to prosecute under a 2018 law that cracks down on the illegal recruiting of patients for sober-living facilities. “President (Donald) Trump, to his credit, signed it into law in October 2018,” Levin said of the law that prohibits what critics call “body or patient brokering.” The law prohibits the recruiting of patients for rehab homes for finder’s fees in a … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

San Clemente Times: State SOS Padilla, Rep. Levin Talk New Voting System, Voter Fraud, Census

Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) sat alongside California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Saddleback College to discuss election reform, voting rights and the 2020 Census. The town hall shed light on Orange County’s transition toward the Voter’s Choice Act for the presidential primary election on March 3. Under the new election model, every registered voter should automatically receive their ballot by mail and have options for how to return their ballot. Voters can either … Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Times of San Diego: Rep. Levin Warns Constituents of Fraudulent Census Mailings

Rep. Mike Levin warned Monday that deceptive letters disguised as U.S. Census Bureau documents are being sent to voters in the 49th District. Levin, a Democrat, said misleading documents use terms like “2020 Congressional District Census” and “do not destroy, official document,” but they are actually sent by the Republican National Committee to solicit personal information and donations. “The official 2020 U.S. Census is a critically important endeavor — required by our Constitution — to … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Del Mar Times: Levin, local leaders discuss federal funding for bluff stabilization

After his wife, daughter and sister-in-law died in a bluff collapse last summer, Encinitas resident Pat Davis joined the many local voices calling for federal funding to combat the erosion, sea level rise and other environmental factors that caused it. He and U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, marked the recent allocation of the first $400,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a Feb. 21 news conference at Grandview Beach in Encinitas, steps away from the fatal collapse. … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

San Clemente Times: San Clemente Gets Federal Funding for Shoreline Project

More than $500,000 in federal funding will come to San Clemente to help complete the design phase of an ongoing sand replenishment project, Rep. Mike Levin, D-CA, announced last week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate $505,000 in federal funding for the Planning, Engineering and Design phase of the San Clemente Shoreline Project, which is meant to mitigate beach erosion and protect the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor. The project, a press release from … Continue Reading

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