Press Releases

October 20, 2021

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Two Bipartisan Bills from Rep. Levin to Support Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing on two bipartisan bills from Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) to support veterans. The Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach (CVSO) Act authorizes federal funding to hire more county veterans service officers, who are often the best resource on the ground to assist veterans in securing the benefits they have earned. The Mark O'Brien VA Clothing Allowance … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Statement on Senate Republicans’ Obstruction of Key Voting Rights Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement on Senate Republicans' expected obstruction of the Freedom to Vote Act. In response to attacks on the right to vote in many states across the country, the bill would make commonsense reforms to ensure every eligible voter can participate in our democracy, combat partisan gerrymandering, and reform our campaign finance system to strengthen transparency and accountability. "The Freedom to Vote Act is a … Continue Reading


October 15, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Reflects on Hispanic Heritage Month

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) reflects on the celebration that takes place every year from September 15th to October 15th to honor the culture, heritage, history, and contributions of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. California's 49th Congressional District is home to many Latino communities whose cultural and historical richness demonstrate the strength of its' diverse people. "As the grandson of Mexican immigrants from my … Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Renews Call for End to California Offshore Drilling During House Natural Resources Committee Meetings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) renewed his call to end offshore drilling off the coast of California during a House Natural Resources Committee markup yesterday and an Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing today. Yesterday, Rep. Levin helped pass two bills out of the Natural Resources Committee to strengthen pipeline safety and oversight. The Offshore Pipeline Safety Act introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) requires the Bureau of Safety and … Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Leads Letter to House Leadership Urging Retention of Offshore Drilling Provisions in Build Back Better Act

Oceanside, CA - In response to the oil spill off the Southern California coast, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (CA-49) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) led a letter today signed by 77 House colleagues urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to ensure the Build Back Better Act retains provisions to ban any new federal oil and gas leasing off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Earlier this year, Rep. Levin introduced the American Coasts and … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Responds to Pipeline Operator’s Failure to Immediately Shut Down Pipeline and Report Spill to Authorities

San Juan Capistrano, CA - Today, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) responded to reports that Amplify Energy and its subsidiary, Beta Offshore Operating Company, failed to immediately shut down its pipeline once they became aware to the leak off Orange County and did not report the situation to authorities for six hours. "The failure of Beta Offshore to immediately shut down its pipeline once alerted to the leak is outrageous and inexcusable," said Rep. Levin. "Additionally, their decision not to report … Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin and Senator Ed Markey Introduce Legislation to Determine a Viable, Consent-Based Path Forward for Nuclear Waste

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (CA-49) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Nuclear Waste Task Force Act, legislation to establish a new task force to consider the implications of amending the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to remove exemptions from environmental laws for nuclear waste. Eliminating this loophole could help enable consent-based siting of long-term storage solutions for nuclear waste. The task force would also be responsible for providing a … Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Announces Senior Staff Promotions

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced senior staff promotions ahead of the planned departures of Chief of Staff Kara Van Stralen and District Director Francine Busby. Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director Jonathan Gilbert will replace Kara Van Stralen, who is joining Colorado Governor Jared Polis's office in Denver as Policy Director. Deputy District Director Kyle Krahel-Frolander will replace Francine Busby. Senior Legislative Assistant Faith … Continue Reading


September 23, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin to Help Pass Defense Bill with Provisions for UC San Diego Projects

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will vote for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, which includes authorizations he requested for two national security projects at UC San Diego, two amendments he authored to support servicemembers' economic opportunity, and a 2.7 percent pay increase for servicemembers. "The National Defense Authorization Act is a vital piece of legislation to support the men and women in uniform at Camp Pendleton … Continue Reading


September 15, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Schools Serving Military-Connected and Native American Students

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the Advancing Toward Impact Aid Full Funding Act to fully fund the federal Impact Aid program, which supports K-12 public schools on federal land like San Onofre Elementary and Mary Fay Elementary. The bipartisan bill creates a five-year plan to fund Impact Aid with $1.1 billion. A fact sheet on the bill is available here. Federal land-such as military installations, Indian treaty, trust or … Continue Reading


September 15, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Honors Motivational Speaker and First Generation American as Constituent of the Month

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that Erica Alfaro, a motivational speaker and first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Mexico, is the September Constituent of the Month. Erica was born in Fresno and raised in Tijuana. Her mother, Teresa, a farm worker, and her father, Claudio, a landscaper, had high hopes for their daughter from the start. The family moved to Oceanside when Erica was 13 so that Erica could pursue educational opportunities … Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Highlights Legislation to Stop Child Hunger at Frazier Farms

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) visited Frazier Farms in Oceanside where he discussed his work in Congress to expand nutrition benefits for children who struggle with food insecurity. Rep. Levin introduced the Stop Child Hunger Act earlier this year to provide families who have children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card when school is not in session. Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging VA to Expand Outreach to Post-9/11 Veterans

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, led a bipartisan letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough urging him to develop a comprehensive outreach plan for post-9/11 veterans to ensure they are receiving all of the mental health services, community support systems, and other resources they have earned. The letter particularly noted the urgency of reaching veterans who may be struggling … Continue Reading


September 02, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Hits $5 Million Milestone in Savings for Constituents through Casework Services in 2021

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced his office has secured more than $5 million for constituents through casework services so far this year. The services include successful efforts to resolve issues with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), as well as cases involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), and other federal agencies. The … Continue Reading


August 27, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Statement on Camp Pendleton Marines Killed in Kabul

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement on the Camp Pendleton Marines killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul: "Chrissy and I are devastated as we learn more about the Marines from Camp Pendleton who were killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul, and we are praying for their loved ones. These Marines are heroes who were saving lives and protecting their fellow Americans and Afghan allies. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. As … Continue Reading


August 27, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan: "Yesterday, 13 U.S. servicemembers made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their fellow Americans and our Afghan allies. My deepest sympathy goes out to their loved ones, as well as the Afghan civilians who were killed in this heinous terrorist attack. I pray the families of the fallen and injured servicemembers can find some small measure of peace in knowing they helped … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Votes on Resolution to Advance President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), issued the following statement on the House adoption of S. Con. Res. 14, A Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022: "I am pleased with the passage of the budget resolution to advance President Biden's Build Back Better Act. With support from this resolution, we can adequately address the bold provisions needed to address the climate crisis in the upcoming bipartisan infrastructure package. We can fix our roads, … Continue Reading


August 19, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Honors Marine Corps Veteran and Accomplished Para Athlete as Constituent of the Month

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that Sarah Rudder, a Marine Corps veteran from Oceanside and accomplished para athlete, is the August Constituent of the Month. After the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago, Sarah Rudder's dream of a long career in the Marine Corps came to an end when she sustained a career-ending ankle injury while recovering bodies from the ruins of the Pentagon in September 2001. After being forced to medically retire, living with … Continue Reading


August 16, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Statement on Afghanistan

Oceanside, CA - U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan: "Nearly 20 years ago, we began our mission in Afghanistan with the goal of defeating the terrorists who were responsible for the attacks of September 11 and reducing the potential for additional terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. We completed that mission, and we owe the servicemembers who sacrificed in Afghanistan - including many deployed from Camp Pendleton - and their … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Rep. Mike Levin Announces Nearly $19 Million in Federal COVID Relief Delivered to Local Venues

Oceanside, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced nearly $19 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding will go to local entertainment venues, theaters, and museums through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. A total of 28 venues in North County San Diego and South Orange County received $18,982,835 to help cover payroll, rent and mortgages, worker protection costs, and other qualified expenses. Rep. Levin helped pass the funding as part of COVID relief … Continue Reading

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