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July 22, 2021

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego Rep. Levin forms bipartisan caucus for safe disposal of nuclear fuel waste

by Deborah Sullivan Brennan

Rep. Mike Levin Wednesday announced the formation of a Spent Nuclear Fuels Solutions Caucus in Congress to guide the disposal of nuclear waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and other power plants around the United States. The radioactive material is being held in temporary storage around the country, including at San Onofre. "The current issue of spent nuclear fuel is simply not sustainable," said Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano. "It is also a violation of the promise, codified … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Dana Point Times: House Appropriations bills earmark funding for local infrastructure projects

House appropriations legislation making its way through Congress currently includes more than $22 million in funding to largely support infrastructure projects in North San Diego County, along with Dana Point and San Clemente, Rep. Mike Levin's office announced last week. Levin, a Democrat whose district includes South Orange County and North San Diego County, secured the funding for several projects in the bill that was recently approved by an appropriations subcommittee. If the bill is … Continue Reading

July 08, 2021

San Clemente Times: The Levin Letter: We Can't Let New Offshore Drilling Devastate the South OC Economy

by Rep. Mike Levin

As most people in South Orange County know, our coastal waters are the lifeblood of our local economy. From boating to surfing to hospitality, ocean-based economic activity employs tens of thousands of Orange County residents. However, offshore drilling threatens our waters, along with the communities that rely on the ocean to make ends meet. We must eliminate the possibility of new drilling along our shores. As an environmental attorney and an advocate for coastal preservation, I've long … Continue Reading

July 07, 2021

The Coast News: House passes bill proposing $20M for local infrastructure projects

by Samantha Nelson

REGION - Millions of federal dollars could be coming to the 49th Congressional District after a huge infrastructure bill made it through the House of Representatives. Last Thursday, July 1, the House passed the INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion, comprehensive surface transportation and clean water bill that aims to create "good-paying jobs" that will rebuild and "reimagine" the nation's roads, bridges, rail and other transit options as well as wastewater and drinking water infrastructure … Continue Reading

July 05, 2021

Associated Press: New infrastructure deal must focus on climate, activists say

by Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Climate activists and their Democratic allies in Congress are pressing with renewed urgency for huge investments to slow global warming, after a bipartisan infrastructure plan cut out some of President Joe Biden's key climate initiatives. Supporters say a larger, Democratic-only package now being developed in Congress must meet Biden's promise to move the country toward carbon-free electricity, make America a global leader in electric vehicles and create millions of jobs in … Continue Reading

June 21, 2021

Times of San Diego: Opinion--To Fight Poverty, Congress Must Support Permanent Expansion of Child Tax Credit

by Rep. Mike Levin

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of families have struggled under the weight of child care expenses. With two young children of our own at home, my wife and I know firsthand how costly child care can be. A key federal program to help parents with these expenses is the Child Tax Credit, which has lifted millions of children out of poverty. During the public health and economic crises of the past year, it became clear that parents needed even more help, which is why Democrats in … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

The Coast News: Levin: New plan curbs childcare costs, gets Americans back to work

by Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE - With summer here and more pandemic restrictions being lifted, summer camps have started to keep children entertained and cared for while school is out and parents are at work. Due to the growing costs of childcare, Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) met with Oceanside Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Jodi Diamond to discuss how additional federal funds can help childcare become more affordable for parents and the non-profits that run them. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a quarter of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2021

San Clemente Times: The Levin Letter: South OC Veterans Remind Us of Public Service

by Rep. Mike Levin

This past Memorial Day, those of us who are vaccinated were able to safely gather again with friends and family, returning to all of the traditions that we cherish. While the day marked a new milestone in the pandemic-a sense of normalcy as we begin the summer-it's important for us to remember what Memorial Day really means. The veterans honored in South Orange County continue to remind us of the service and sacrifices that have been made for our country. I had the opportunity to join … Continue Reading

June 02, 2021

San Diego Union-Tribune: How San Diego’s veterans will benefit from the American Rescue Plan

by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

SAN DIEGO - Thousands of veterans who lost their jobs, paid medical bills and dealt with other hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for financial assistance and other benefits under the country's $1.9 trillion federal relief package. The American Rescue Plan, an economic relief package President Joe Biden signed into law in March, allocates money for direct payments to individuals, aid to state and local governments, and a range of other efforts to help … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

ABC 10 San Diego: Bill proposes to rename SD VA Medical Center after female combat veteran

by City News Service

OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, introduced legislation Tuesday to rename the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center after Army Capt. Jennifer Moreno, a decorated combat veteran from San Diego killed in action during a deployment to Afghanistan in October 2013. "As we continue to reflect on Memorial Day and the sacrifices of our servicemembers, it's paramount that we recognize the many women who have defended our nation in uniform," Levin said. "Far too often, … Continue Reading

May 28, 2021

San Diego Union-Tribune: Opinion--My grandpa served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. I keep fighting for the values he taught me.

by Rep. Mike Levin

Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, has represented San Diego's North County in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019, and serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. He lives in San Juan Capistrano. My grandpa, Ted Levin, served as a gunner with the 867th Bomb Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He lost many friends during the war, and taught me that there is no higher calling than honoring the courage and bravery of our fallen heroes. On Memorial Day and every … Continue Reading

May 26, 2021

NBC News: Democratic lawmakers aim to make Biden's summer food program for kids permanent

by Phil McCausland

Democratic lawmakers will introduce a bill late Wednesday to make permanent a temporary children's summer food program created because of the pandemic. The proposed law would cement and slightly expand a program first created in the American Rescue Plan that provides cash for an estimated 33 million kids in low-income families. Earlier this year, the Biden administration called it "the largest summer food program in U.S. history." The effort would also secure one piece of the expanded social … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

The Coast News: Rep. Mike Levin proposes offshore drilling ban along SoCal coast

by Samantha Nelson

REGION - The 49th District's congressman wants to ban offshore drilling along Southern California's coastline. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) introduced the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act to ban any new leasing for the exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas along the coast from San Diego to the northern border of San Luis Obispo County. The House Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the bill and other offshore drilling legislation … Continue Reading

May 08, 2021

Dana Point Times: The Levin Letter: Restoring SALT Fairness

by Rep. Mike Levin

As I travel around South Orange County and the rest of our district, there's one issue that I hear about consistently from constituents across the ideological spectrum: the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction. The SALT deduction has been around since the Revenue Act of 1913, allowing taxpayers to claim deductions for the taxes they pay to state and local governments. However, the 2017 tax bill capped the SALT deduction at $10,000, meaning many families in South Orange County can no longer … Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

The Coast News: Levin honors Vista Community Clinic’s vaccine effort

by Samantha Nelson

VISTA - The 49th District's congressman recently paid the Vista Community Clinic a visit to highlight its role in making sure the area's underserved populations have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) took a tour of the clinic's headquarters in Vista on April 12, learning about the day-to-day operations of the clinic and how it's working to vaccinate as many people as possible. "They do incredible work to serve the community, particularly those who are … Continue Reading

April 17, 2021

Times of San Diego: Rep. Levin Leads Call for Congress to End Cap on State and Local Tax Deductions

by Chris Jennewein

Rep. Mike Levin led a group of 41 members of Congress from California in calling on President Biden to end the cap on state and local tax deductions. The Trump administration's 2017 tax legislation put a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes - often referred to as SALT - resulting in significantly higher federal tax bills for many California residents. The cap was viewed by many political observers as punishment for primarily Democratic states with high housing costs and state … Continue Reading

April 08, 2021

San Clemente Times: The Levin Letter: Federal dollars will help get our kids back in school

by Rep. Mike Levin

My wife, Chrissy, and I are proud to send our two young children to Capistrano Unified schools. Like so many children, they have done remote learning throughout this pandemic. And like so many parents, we know what it's like trying to make sure they're logged on to their classes at the right times, juggling both of our jobs with sometimes unusual schedules, working through technology issues, and more. We've all been forced to play the role of teacher's assistant. It can be exhausting. We … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

The Coast News: Levin, Sanchez discuss new COVID-19 relief at virtual townhall

by Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE - Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) together with Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez answered constituent questions and celebrated federal COVID-19 relief going directly to cities located within the 49th Congressional District during a March 24 virtual town hall. Levin highlighted how the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joseph Biden earlier this month, will positively impact the district. "There's so much in this bill that's going to help us and our neighbors," … Continue Reading

March 13, 2021

Del Mar Times: Del Mar, Solana Beach among small cities to receive funding in new aid bill

by Luke Harold

North Coastal cities will receive direct payments from the new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, after a population requirement in last year's CARES Act excluded all small cities. Solana Beach will receive an estimated $2.5 million and Del Mar a little more than $800,000. Encinitas will get approximately $8.8 million, Carlsbad $13.4 million and Oceanside $33.4 million. The CARES Act allocated funding to local governments that served populations of at least 500,000. In San Diego, only the city … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021 Proposed Legislation Would Supercharge GI Bill Benefits for National Guard

by Steve Beynon

A new bill introduced in the House would make it much easier for National Guard troops to accrue GI Bill benefits. On Thursday, Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., introduced the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act, which aims to eliminate most of the confusion over which types of duty allow Guard troops to qualify for federal education benefits, instead greenlighting all days in service, including weekend drills and state active duty, to count toward the Post-9/11 GI Bill. "The men and women who … Continue Reading

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