Carl Levin http://michiganradio.org en Carl Levin not coasting through his last few months in office http://michiganradio.org/post/carl-levin-not-coasting-through-his-last-few-months-office <p></p><p></p><p>I didn’t stay on Mackinac Island during the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s conference last week.</p><p>For a number of reasons, I’m glad about that. One of which is that I took the ferry over one morning with Sen. Carl Levin and his wife, Barbara. There was a reason he didn’t stay on Mackinac, and it had nothing to do with not finding a room.</p><p>There was another conference about the Mackinac Conference 55 miles away in Charlevoix.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:38:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17821 at http://michiganradio.org Carl Levin not coasting through his last few months in office 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-champion-10-congress-and-right-now-theyre-winning <p>If Congress has its way, it looks like the country’s fleet of A-10 warplanes <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140522/NEWS/140529937/latest-defense-bills-save-selfridge-air-fleet-more-than-700-jobs">will keep on flying for at least for another year</a>.</p><p>The Obama Administration has repeatedly tried to retire the A-10 “Warthog,” an aircraft with origins in the Cold War era. The Defense Department says it’s now obsolete.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17749 at http://michiganradio.org 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-hitting-exit-replacements-scramble-money <p>Congressmen don’t stay on the job forever, though it sometimes seems like it.</p><p>This year will be the last for Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, first elected in 1978, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, the all-time longevity champ, who has represented a Detroit-area district since 1955.</p><p>Their retirements, while momentous, weren’t very surprising. Indeed, Carl Levin announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election more than a year ago. Far more shocking was the sudden decision by two mid-Michigan Republican Congressmen to bow out.</p><p>Both Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, had safe seats, a fair amount of seniority, and are youngish men by congressional standards. Yet within the last few days, both said they wouldn’t run for re-election.</p><p>That set off something of a mad scramble.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:34:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17143 at http://michiganradio.org With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-selects-lisa-brown-running-mate-camp-decides-against-seeking-re-election <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>Earlier today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer announced that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown will be his running mate for the upcoming 2014 election. Brown served two terms in the state House of Representatives and has served as the Oakland County Clerk since 2012, a position long held by Republicans.</p><p>Susan Demas indicates&nbsp;the selection of&nbsp;Brown will bolster the ticket because of her name recognition with voters in Southeast Michigan and she resonates well with female voters.&nbsp;</p><p>“Lisa Brown...gained a lot of attention in 2012 with the debate over the controversial abortion legislation, and was known for the ‘vagina-gate’ scandal when she was not allowed to speak on the floor.”</p><p>Meanwhile, a fourth member of Michigan’s congressional delegation&nbsp;announced&nbsp;he will not&nbsp;seek re-election. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, will step down, along with Mike Rogers, Carl Levin and John Dingell.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17096 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-must-do-some-fast-thinking-if-they-want-rogers-seat <p>A political stunner slapped all of our political cheeks awake this morning, just like that <a href="http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&amp;type=A010US0&amp;p=mukuly+culkin+face+slap+aftershave">scene with Macaulay Culkin</a> in Home Alone.</p><p>The news? Seven-term Republican Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mike-rogers">Mike Rogers </a>announced he is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-mike-rogers-wont-seek-re-election">retiring from Congress</a>. Retiring from Congress, but not the political circus. He is going to start a national radio show devoted to foreign policy and national defense, which is his bailiwick as the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.</p><p>Rogers is also a well-known talking head. Last year, he <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/mike-rogers-sunday-shows-101603.html">appeared more than any other elected official </a>on the Sunday morning news circuit. And he’s got the TV sound bites down, just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkx7NWPH1TQ">last week on Meet the Press</a>, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin, “goes to bed thinking of Peter the Great and wakes up thinking of Stalin.”</p><p>It’s not just how fond he seemed of Congress that is what makes Rogers’, who represents Lansing, Brighton, Howell and parts of Northern Oakland County, announcement so surprising, but his fondness in particular for the House of Representatives. In fact, there was speculation last year that the reason he didn’t jump into the race for Carl Levin’s<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/isnt-another-levin-retrospective-were-talking-political-implications-his-retirement"> open Senate seat </a>was because he enjoyed his job in the House so much. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17019 at http://michiganradio.org Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-supports-us-sanctions-russia-over-crimea <p>Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are hopeful that U.S. and European Union sanctions will put enough pressure on Russia to change what’s been happening in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/16/290525623/crimeans-vote-on-splitting-from-ukraine-to-join-russia">Crimea.</a></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16877 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington http://michiganradio.org/post/propane-shortage-drawing-interest-washington <p>Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter this week to President Obama to deal with the propane shortage hitting the Midwest.</p><p></p><p>Propane is in short supply this winter for several reasons. Prices have doubled in some parts of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Joe Ross is the spokesman for the Michigan Propane Gas Association. Ross says new propane supplies are coming from as far away as Texas. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>“There’s a huge supply chain. It involves hundreds of different companies,” says Ross, “It’s not like turning on your water so you can get more.”]</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16267 at http://michiganradio.org Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention http://michiganradio.org/post/battles-over-unemployment-benefits-mackinac-s-oil-pipeline-gain-federal-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "</span><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20140108/NEWS04/301080011/Oil-pipeline-through-Straits-Mackinac-US-tries-reassure-Levin-Stabenow" style="line-height: 1.5;">jitters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" over an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oil pipeline running through the Straits of </span>Mackinac: B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oth are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.</span></p><p>More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.</p><p>The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.</p><p>On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p>Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15936 at http://michiganradio.org Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/us-senators-want-more-info-enbridge-pipeline-running-through-straits-mackinac <p>Three U.S. senators want a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters.</p><p>The 60-year-old pipeline passes beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. It was the first pipeline Enbridge built through Michigan.</p><p>Environmentalists <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits">protested the pipeline </a>expansion earlier this year. They sent divers down to check out the condition of the pipeline firsthand.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=qCMfDDcyRb0</p><p>Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan want the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1216">to provide details of the agency’s safety tests </a>on the line. PHMSA is a division of the Department of Transportation. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:14:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15649 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-chairman-carl-levin-backs-deal-irans-nuclear-programs-iran <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Senate Defense Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan says he supports the agreement between Iran and six leading nations that curbs some of Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for the easing of sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.<br /><br />The Democratic lawmaker said Sunday that the interim agreement "is a realistic, practical way to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months while we seek a long-range diplomatic end to Iran's nuclear weapon ambition."<br /> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15415 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-carl-levin-attacks-tea-party-we-weren-t-shut-down-911 <p>Democratic Senator Carl Levin says House Republican leaders bowing to the Tea Party is the reason for the federal government shutdown.</p><p>Levin accuses the Tea Party of doing what the 9/11 terrorists could not: shut down the federal government.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:18:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 14662 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations http://michiganradio.org/post/willow-run-airport-receives-additional-12-million-runway-renovations <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving the Wayne County Airport Authority a $12 million federal grant to renovate a runway at the Willow Run Airport, according to <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/levin-stabenow-dingell-and-conyers-announce-additional-12-million-grant-for-willow-run-airport">Congressmen John Dingell and John Conyers, Jr. and Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow</a>.</p><p>This is on top of the $9 million in federal funding awarded to the airport in July. This additional $12 million will go towards the repaving of runway 05R/23L.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:27:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14525 at http://michiganradio.org Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations Senator Levin introduces bill to close tax loopholes, hopes it’ll help close federal deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/senator-levin-introduces-bill-close-tax-loopholes-hopes-it-ll-help-close-federal-deficit <p>U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced legislation Thursday he says will close a number of tax loopholes. Levin sees the bill as part of a larger plan to reduce the federal deficit.</p><p>Levin says his bill would provide about $220 billion more in tax revenue over ten years.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:32:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14508 at http://michiganradio.org Senator Levin introduces bill to close tax loopholes, hopes it’ll help close federal deficit Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-declines-run-michigan-us-senate-seat <p>CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Republican congressman from western Michigan has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening with the retirement of Democrat Carl Levin.<br><br>Justin Amash of Kent County's Cascade Township confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night that he won't run. The libertarian conservative has gained a higher profile in the House with a challenge to the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records.<br><br>Amash's announcement further clears the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to proceed with her campaign.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:09:03 +0000 The Associated Press 14471 at http://michiganradio.org Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-remains-divided-syria-after-presidents-speech <p>The president’s speech last night on Syria is drawing mixed reactions from Michigan’s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Senator Carl Levin says the president “made a forceful and persuasive case” for confronting the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress should approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria as a way of supporting diplomatic efforts.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:04:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-look-forward-syria-debate <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the President’s call for congressional authorization for military action in Syria.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator says he’s glad the President is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.</p><p></p><p>In a written statement, Democratic Senator Carl Levin says “A congressional vote to authorize the use of force would strengthen the President’s decision to take military action.” Levin adds the President should also use this time to help the Syrian people “defend themselves”.</p><p></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:41:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 14222 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate Should the US cut off aid to Egypt? Michigan US Senators cautious http://michiganradio.org/post/should-us-cut-aid-egypt-michigan-us-senators-cautious <p>Michigan’s two U.S. Senators say the Obama administration should act cautiously to calls to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt.</p><p>The U.S. sends $1.5 billion in Military and Economic aid to the Egyptian government.</p><p>Critics say all U.S. aid should be cut in response to the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the elected government and the clashes involving the Muslim Brotherhood that has followed.</p><p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the situation needs further review before taking action to shut down the aid to Egypt.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:15:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 14049 at http://michiganradio.org Should the US cut off aid to Egypt? Michigan US Senators cautious Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-considering-sleeping-bear-wilderness-bill <p style="margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px;" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:apcm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apcm" xmlns:apnm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apnm" xmlns:o="http://w3.org/ns/odrl/2/"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:27:17 +0000 The Associated Press 13691 at http://michiganradio.org Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill Half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore would be wilderness area http://michiganradio.org/post/half-sleeping-bear-dunes-national-lakeshore-would-be-wilderness-area <p>On Wednesday, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill that brings Congress one step closer to declare a portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, some 32,557 acres,&nbsp; as a "wilderness area."</p><p>Though the Sleeping Bear Dunes is already protected, it hasn't been declared a wilderness area yet.</p><p>Congress can designates wilderness areas under the <a href="http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ut/natural_resources/utah_wilderness.Par.37346.File.dat/thewildernessact.pdf">Wilderness Act</a>:</p><blockquote><p><i>“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”</i></p></blockquote><p>Wilderness areas try erase any trace of human activity. These designations can be controversial when some believe human history in the area should be preserved. The National Park Service has faced <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=2347" target="_blank">situations like this</a> in the past.</p><p>The bill was sponsored by Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, and will affect almost half of the 35 miles of National Lakeshore.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:52:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13167 at http://michiganradio.org Half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore would be wilderness area