Expanding Economic Opportunities for Working
Fighting for Fair Trade Practices. As co-chair of the
Senate Auto Caucus and the Senate Auto Parts Task Force, Sen. Levin
led the effort to urge the Administration to negotiate a new and
tougher trade agreement with Japan that would improve the trade
balance of autos and auto parts. The now expired 1995 Framework
Agreement on Autos and Auto Parts has had little impact on reducing
the nation's large automotive trade deficit with Japan. Sen. Levin
also introduced a concurrent resolution urging Korea to remove
automotive trade barriers to U.S. automotive exports.
Fighting for Fair Steel Trade. Successfully urged the Bush
Administration to conduct two Commerce Department investigations
into steel trade. The "Section 201" import surge investigation found
that steel imports have indeed injured the domestic steel industry.
The International Trade Commission recommended remedies to the
President. Sen. Levin testified for a strong remedy and urged the
President to take stronger action to help domestic steel industry
- Helped secure funding to assist Detroit's Focus: HOPE in its
mission to provide education, training and placement in technology
and manufacturing jobs. In the FY02 Department of Defense
Appropriations bill, Sen. Levin secured $5.6 million for the
Army's Mobile Parts Hospital, a state-of-the-art project that,
when completed, will enable the Army to machine and fashion
replacement parts for military systems in the field.
- Helped obtain $750,000 for the Machinist Training Institute,
which provides Michigan state-licensed training in precision
machining and tool work for thousands of students.
- Helped to secure $500,000 for the Information Technology
Center at Focus: HOPE.
The Automotive Research Center (ARC). Secured $2 million
to enable the U.S. Army's National Automotive Center in Warren to
increase its assistance to the ARC for basic research programs. ARC
is a university-based, U.S. Army Center of Excellence tasked with
creating advanced simulation software, and conducting studies of
related technologies for military and civilian ground vehicles. The
University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Oakland
University are three of the schools that comprise this
eight-university consortium, which the University of Michigan
Casting Emissions Reduction Program. Secured $5.8 million
for the Casting Emissions Reduction Program (CERP), the largest
experimental, full production casting facility. CERP is a
partnership between private industry and the U.S. Army. A portion of
these funds will be used to assist the efforts of General Motors'
Malleable Iron Plant, located in Saginaw, to develop new,
environmentally friendly metal casting technology.
Mott Community College. Secured $1 million for Mott
Community College's Workforce Development for Manufacturing
Simulation Project, a program designed to increase permanent
employment opportunities in high skill technology industries
nationwide for workers in the fields of computer engineering,
modeling and simulation, and virtual manufacturing.
National Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and
Refrigeration (HVACR) Education Center at Ferris State University.
Secured $500,000 for this education center to train HVACR
technicians and professionals. For each student graduating from the
current Engineering Technology Program at Ferris State, there are,
on average, 25 job openings. Development of this national center
will fill a needed technical niche in industry and will provide
students will valuable engineering skills.
Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self- Determination.
Secured $200,000 for the Institute to expand its Pathways to Freedom
and Learning Center programs. The Pathways to Freedom program traces
history from the days of the Underground Railroad to the civil
rights movement of the 1960s and beyond. The Learning Center program
includes an intergenerational mentoring and computer skills
partnership program in which computer savvy young people are paired
with senior citizens and teach them how to use computers.
Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Secured $1 million for the
Vista Tech Center for equipment to provide extensive connectivity to
Minimum Wage Increase. Original cosponsor of legislation
to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 per hour in three increments.
Keeping Our Families Safe and
Wayne State University and the University of
Detroit-Mercy. Helped secure $440,000 for Wayne State University
and the University of Detroit-Mercy for a joint project to expand
nurse anesthesia education. The expansion of the program will allow
the universities to develop an instructional technology system for
collaborative design, teaching and broadcasting throughout Michigan.
This joint program will help address a nationwide shortage of nurses
and nurse anesthetists.
Project Access - Muskegon County. Secured $500,000 for
Project Access in Muskegon County, a program which provides quality,
affordable medical insurance to over 3,000 uninsured workers,
primarily in small businesses, and to low-income individuals.
Detroit Medical Center. Secured $800,000 for the Detroit
Medical Center for several renovation projects including building a
new rehabilitation center and substantially refurbishing the women's
center and two floors in the children's hospital.
Charlevoix Area Hospital. Secured $225,000 for Charlevoix
Area Hospital for the construction of a helicopter landing pad at
the hospital which will also enable the Traverse City Coast Guard
helicopters to perform patient evacuations from water craft on Lake
Michigan as well as Beaver Island.
Marquette General Health System. Secured $250,000 for
Marquette General Health System, a community hospital as well as a
rural referral center, which will use the funds to renovate their
Automated Clinical Practice Guidelines. Helped secure $6.4
million to support collaborative efforts between Tripler Army
Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). The goal of the
HFHS-Tripler partnership is to collect data for medical practices so
that automated clinical practice guidelines can be designed and
implemented. The data is collected and placed in personal electronic
records so that medical service can be tailored to individual needs,
and so that large studies can be conducted. In fiscal year 2002, the
program will be expanded to address the promotion of women's health
issues, such as uncomplicated pregnancies.
Managed Care Reform. Cosponsored the Patients' Bill of
Rights which passed the Senate in June 2001. The bill gives patients
sweeping new rights when dealing with managed care companies.
Medicare Prescription Drugs. Original cosponsor of
legislation which would create a universally available, but
voluntary, prescription drug benefit as part of the Medicare
Family and Medical Leave. Cosponsored legislation that
amends the Family and Medical Leave Act to extend coverage to
employees at work sites with at least 25 employees. Currently the
number stands at 50 employees.
Improving Immigrant Health Care. Cosponsored legislation
that would grant states the option of enrolling legal resident
aliens in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance
Helping Health Care Providers Deal with Substantial Medicare
Cuts. Cosponsored legislation that would prevent cuts in
Medicare payments to hospitals that are scheduled to take place in
Assisting Physicians with Medicare Reimbursement.
Cosponsored legislation that diminishes the proposed decrease in
Medicare reimbursement scheduled for 2002.
Assisting Rural Health Care Providers. Cosponsored
legislation that helps rural Medicare providers by increasing rural
reimbursement rates, revising existing loan guarantee programs and
creating new programs to provide grants to rural providers.
Modernizing Medicare. Original cosponsor of legislation
that would modernize Medicare by adding preventative benefits to the
program such as tobacco cessation counseling, hypertension screening
and counseling for post-menopausal women.
Alleviating Health Care Professional Shortages.
Cosponsored legislation which the Senate passed that addresses
shortage of trained nurses.
Mental Health Parity. Cosponsored legislation the Senate
passed that requires equal coverage of mental health benefits with
respect to health insurance.
Ending Inequity in Home Health Care. Cosponsored
legislation to create a fairer, more efficient home health care
system that would help Michigan's home health care providers.
Wayne Area Justice Information System (WAJIS). Helped
secure $2 million for the WAJIS, which will electronically connect
43 police and district court systems to Wayne County's Wide Area
Network. Wayne County is working to: set up standard data
applications to be used by all agencies; develop a comprehensive
data warehouse for all agencies; update the jail's information
system for the benefit of the police departments; provide
participating agencies with a secure e-mail system to exchange
information in real time; provide local police with computer
hardware and software needed for connectivity; provide agencies with
video cameras for video arraignment and conferencing; and build a
Geographic Information System application.
Wayne County Juvenile Justice "At-Risk Youth Program."
Helped secure $2 million for this innovative approach to keep young
people out of trouble by preventing truancy in the county's schools.
Each day in the Detroit Public Schools, approximately 48,000
students from grades 6 through 12 are truant from school. The
Department of Community Justice has formed partnerships with
community and faith-based organizations, as well as law enforcement
and school resource officers, to provide a wide range of prevention
and treatment services for young people and their families.
"High Course Correction Program." Helped obtain $300,000
for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to support their work with
more than 1,200 at-risk youth at their facilities in Detroit and
Howell. The funding will support the development of a "High Course
Correction Program," a boot-camp style program designed to help
at-risk youth build leadership skills, improve self-esteem, enhance
communication skills, develop conflict resolution skills, increase
personal responsibility and become productive citizens.
Disaster Assistance for Detroit Homeowners. Won a 30-day
extension from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the
deadline for applying for emergency assistance. This extension
allowed hundreds of Detroit homeowners to receive disaster so they
could repair the extreme damages to their homes which occurred
during the fall thunderstorms in Southeast Michigan. FEMA awarded
over $50 million to homeowners in the greater Detroit area.
Emergency Fire Equipment. Helped secure valuable funding
for fire departments throughout Michigan. The Congressional Fire
Services Institute selected Sen. Levin as one of its "Legislators of
the Year" for his contributions to the Assistance to Firefighters
Energy Assistance. Worked with other Senators to increase
funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by
$300 million to help thousands of Michigan residents who are unable
to pay their utility bills.
Railroad Crossing Bill. Introduced the "Railroad Crossing
Delay Reduction Act" to require regulations to address the safety
concerns that arise when trains block traffic at railroad crossings.
These delays prevent ambulances, police vehiclesand fire trucks from
reaching their emergency destinations, raising serious public health
and safety concerns. There is currently no federal limit on how long
trains can block railroad crossings.
Assisting Railroad Retirees and their Families.
Cosponsored and voted for final passage of the Railroad
Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act which substantially
improves the antiquated retirement system.
Protecting the Great Lakes and Michigan's
THE GREAT LAKES:
Moratorium on Oil and Gas Slant Drilling in the Great
Lakes. Helped enact a two-year moratorium on new permits being
issued while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts a study on the
environmental impacts of drilling in the Great Lakes.
Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration. Secured $200,000 for a
program which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to cooperate with
other federal, state and local agencies and the Great Lakes Fishery
Commission to plan, implement and evaluate projects supporting the
restoration of the fishery, ecosystem, and beneficial uses of the
Great Lakes. Fiscal year 2002 funds will be used to develop a plan
to support the management of Great Lakes fisheries.
Biohydrology Inventory. Secured funding for the Army Corps
of Engineers to finish compiling existing information within the
federal government which is relevant to sustainable water use
management. This information will be needed to make decisions about
the appropriate, sustainable use of Great Lakes waters.
Great Lakes Water Levels.
- Made assistance available to Great Lakes marina owners to
conduct dredging operations through a Small Business
Administration low interest loan program and urged SBA to perform
better outreach to marina owners so they know about the low
- Worked to provide $3.5 million to the International Joint
Commission (IJC) for the second year of the Lake Ontario/St.
Lawrence River Study. This 5-year study will provide the
information needed to evaluate the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River
Orders of Control (orders that dictate the regulation of Great
Lakes water), which have not been formally reviewed for 50 years.
- Secured $2 million for a Real-Time Great Lakes Water
Level-Environmental Monitoring Network within the National Ocean
Service Tide and Current program of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. This network will provide real-time
water level and meteorological information to federal, state, and
local governments and to the public. The network information will
have broader application for navigation and coastal management
Great Lakes Center for Excellence. Obtained $1.25 million
for the Great Lakes Hydrological Center for Excellence, a
partnership between Western Michigan University (WMU) and Altarum,
formerly the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), to
study, manage and, ultimately, deliver solutions that improve the
quality of water flowing into the Great Lakes system.
Fish Consumption Study. Secured passage of legislation
directing the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) to report to Congress on the feasibility of establishing a
Pilot Program in Michigan in conjunction with the Great Lakes Human
Health Effects Research Program to develop risk communication
strategies to reduce toxic chemical exposures from contaminated fish
from the Great Lakes and to evaluate the effectiveness of targeting
health education to specific audiences who eat fish from the Great
Lakes, such as women of reproductive age and minority anglers.
- Helped secure $3 million in construction funds for the larger
replacement lock at Sault Ste. Marie. Over 80 million tons of
cargo move through this lock complex, so it is vital to the
regional industries, the lake carriers, and the ports that larger
ships be able to navigate through this passage.
- Worked to fund the second year of two studies so that the Army
Corps of Engineers can complete (1) the Great Lakes Navigation
Study, which will consider improvements to locks, dams, harbors
and ports; and (2) a comprehensive Great Lakes Strategic Plan in
which the Corps would provide Congress with recommendations for
navigation improvements; environmental restoration activities;
water level control; flood damage reduction; and other activities.
- Worked to provide $1 million for low water dredging of the St.
Mary's River. Because of low water levels during the past few
navigation seasons, the efficiency of Great Lakes shipping has
declined, and additional dredging at the Little Rapids Cut of the
St. Mary's River will provide some relief to the shipping
Review of Federal Great Lakes Programs. Called upon the
General Accounting Office (GAO) to review all federally authorized
Great Lakes protection and environmental restoration programs. As
part of this assessment, GAO will inventory all of the existing
programs, their respective purposes, the various agencies involved,
and their roles and responsibilities for each of the programs, and
report what overall progress has been made under these programs.
Belle Isle. Secured $150,000 for Belle Isle for a
restoration project providing 7.7 acres of fish (smallmouth bass,
musky, pike, walleye, yellow perch etc.) feeding, spawning and
refuge areas along with winter habitat. The project involves
dredging sediments and placing clean sand and some riprap.
Black Lagoon. Obtained $50,000 for Black Lagoon for a
2.3-acre project to restore coastal wetland habitat. The project
consists of cutting a channel through the shoreline and increasing
water flow through the channel into the lagoon. It is anticipated
that the migratory, spawning, forage and nursery activities of a
diverse population of fish, wildlife, waterfowl, amphibians, and
other indigenous flora and fauna, will benefit from the proposed
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Won Senate
passage of legislation to establish the Detroit River International
Wildlife Refuge. This legislation, which President Bush signed into
law in December 2001, will protect remaining high-quality fish and
wildlife habitats, authorize international efforts to conserve,
restore, and manage the fish and wildlife habitats both in Canada
and the United States, and encourage cooperation to promote public
awareness of the resources of the Detroit River.
Grand Marais. Obtained $200,000 for the preparation of an
Army Corps of Engineers Major Rehabilitation Report for Grand Marais
Houghton Lake/Clearwater Lake. Secured $500,000 for
Houghton Lake and $80,000 for Clearwater Lake to eradicate harmful
Eurasion watermilfoil which can lower oxygen levels in water bodies,
killing fish and making navigation difficult.
Detroit River. Helped secure $200,000 for environmental
dredging of the Detroit River.
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).
Helped secure $2.5 million for the National Alternative Fuels
Training Consortium. These funds will aid 20 member institutions,
including Lansing Community College develop training curricula and
materials for technicians who service alternative fuels
Clean Cities Program. Worked with other Senators to
increase funding for the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities
Program, which provides grants that encourage more widespread use of
alternative fuel vehicles.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs. Worked with
other Senators to increase funding for the State Energy Program, the
Federal Energy Management Program and the Energy Information
Administration. Also increased funding for research and development
programs in solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, hydrogen, geothermal and
South Fox Island. Was successful in passing legislation to
protect lands with a federal interest on South Fox Island, including
critical dunes habitat, designated piping plover habitat, and the
nationally recognized historic South Fox Island lighthouse.
Keweenaw National Historical Park. Secured $2.5 million
for building restoration and $800,000 for land acquisition at
Keweenaw National Historical Park.
Sleeping Bear Dunes. Secured $1.1 million for land
acquisition at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
North Country National Scenic Trail. Secured an increase
in base operations funding for the North Country National Scenic
Friend of the National Parks and Trails. Was presented the
"Friend of the National Parks" award by the National Parks
Conservation Association. Senator Levin also received the "Vanguard
Award for Public Service" from the North Country National Scenic
Trail for his help and support with the North Country National
Soil Erosion. Secured $800,000 for Allegan County's
National Shoreline Erosion Control Development and Demonstration
Program. This partnership with Western Michigan University includes
testing a unique ground-water removal system and long-term
monitoring of bluff movements to work to stabilize slopes along the
Great Lakes shorelines.
Sewer Funding. Throughout Michigan, municipalities are
struggling to finance much-needed improvements to municipal sewer
systems to prevent discharges to the environment or private
property. These communities have very high water and sewer tax rates
and cannot handle additional debt. Senator Levin has worked to
increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's water
infrastructure and water quality programs, including the State
Revolving Fund and the new sewer overflow control grant program. In
2000, Senator Levin was successful in getting authorizations for the
Army Corps of Engineers to assist in the effort to upgrade
Michigan's sewers. In 2001, three of these projects were funded in
the Energy & Water Appropriations bill: $250,000 was
appropriated for the Twelve Towns Drain Retention Facility; $150,000
was appropriated for the City of Negaunee, and $250,000 was
appropriated for Genesee County. Further, Senator Levin helped to
secure an additional $3 million for the City of Negaunee, an
additional $1 million for Genesee County, $2.2 million for the
George Kuhn Drainage District, $900,000 for the City of Grand
Rapids, $675,000 for the City of Almont, $485,000 for the Detroit
Sewer and Water Department , $1.5 million for the City of
Farmington, $900,000 for the City of Bad Axe and $1.8 million for
the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project for sewer
Detroit Revitalization. Secured $100,000 for the Detroit
River Greenway Masterplan effort. This funding will help the City of
Detroit develop a revitalization plan which integrates of numerous
shoreline protection, flood control, navigation, and other
hydrological and logistical elements. Also obtained $100,000 for the
City of Detroit's shoreline erosion protection project, which will
help to protect critical municipal facilities and will be an
integral part of the Detroit shoreline erosion revitalization
effort, and $250,000 for shoreline stabilization projects on Belle
Energy Efficiency in Department of Defense Facilities.
Directed the Department of Defense to develop and submit to the
House and Senate Armed Services Committees a comprehensive plan for
replacing standard light bulbs with energy efficient light
Brownfields Redevelopment. Introduced two bills to help
communities expedite the economic redevelopment of brownfields.
Brownfields are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and
commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is
complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. The
"Brownfields Site Redevelopment Assistance Act of 2001" would create
a program to target assistance to projects that redevelop brownfield
sites. The "Brownfields Economic Development Act of 2001" would make
it easier for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to
give economic development grants to local governments.
Smart Growth Task Force. As co-chairman of the Smart
Growth Task Force, Sen. Levin organized briefings for Senators and
staff to educate them about smart growth issues and legislation.
Sen. Levin cosponsored, with Smart Growth Task Force co-chairman
Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT), numerous smart growth bills. The General
Accounting Office completed two reports at the request of the Smart
Growth Task Force.
Focusing on Education
Family Literacy. Authored an amendment to the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization of 2001, which
permits the use of "Reading First" funds for a proven program that
helps parents whose literacy skills are low build the confidence
they need to help their children (ages 6 - 10) learn to read. The
program has been specifically designed to teach discussion
techniques that stimulate interest in reading. This initiative,
entitled "Prime Time Family Reading Time," has been a successful
pilot program in a few public libraries, including the Alma Powell
Branch Library in Kalamazoo. In authorizing the program, the Levin
amendment converts the program from a pilot program in a few
libraries in a few states, to a program available to all libraries
in every state through grants from Local Education Agencies.
Education Technology. Authored an amendment to the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization of
2001 to permit the use of funds under the Enhancing Education
Through Technology program for preparing K - 12 teachers as
technology leaders in their schools and for bonus payments to such
teachers. These technology leaders will, in turn, serve as experts
who train other teachers in the effective use of technology in the
Lifelong Learning Center. Helped secure $500,000 for a
Lifelong Learning Center at Northwestern Michigan College West Bay
Campus in Traverse City. The center will serve as a convening point
of learning groups, allowing for a central facility on the NMC
campus to house innovative educational partnerships from the public
and private sectors.
University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Secured $2 million for the University of Michigan's Gerald R.
Ford School of Public Policy for curriculum development and
Grand Valley State University Teacher Academy. Helped
obtain $200,000 for a teacher academy to train a cadre of master
teachers who will develop a curriculum and mentor incoming and
novice science and math teachers. The academy will address
curriculum development, inquiry-based teaching, assessment
strategies, and integration of technologies.
Detroit Science Center Urban Intervention Science
Programs. Helped secure $500,000 for the Detroit Science Center
to develop an educational series to introduce students to careers in
science, technology, and engineering through multi-media
presentations featuring diverse professionals drawn from the
sciences and industry.
Lake Superior State University. Helped obtain $200,000 for
the development of a new degree program to meet the demand for
skilled tradesmen and women who are trained in new technologies. The
program will combine an apprenticeship program with an associate's
degree in applied science. Project activities include the
development and delivery of seven online courses using the resources
of Michigan Virtual University, faculty and staff training, distance
learner orientation, and comprehensive support services.
Jason Foundation Funding. Helped obtain $2.5 million in
funding for the Jason Foundation, which seeks to increase student
aptitude in math and science by using state-of-the-art educational
technology to create hands-on learning experiences.
B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship Program. Helped secure $1
million in funding to defray the cost of education for U.S. athletes
while they are training for the Olympic Games.
Fighting Terrorism by Curbing Money Laundering. Authored
the anti-money laundering provisions in the "Uniting and
Strengthening America Act" to make it difficult for terrorists to
use U.S. banks to carry out illicit activities.
Promoting Homeland Defense. Worked with Governor Tom
Ridge, Director of Homeland Defense, to provide the funding
necessary for the Michigan National Guard to assist Customs
officials at border crossings between Michigan and Canada.
Northern Border Security. Worked to authorize a tripling
of the number of Border Patrol agents, Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS) inspectors, and Customs inspectors at
the Northern Border as well as $50 million each to the INS and
Customs Service to make improvements in technology for monitoring at
the Northern Border. Also fought for more resources to be dedicated
to the Northern Border, including $28 million for the hiring
initiative which will increase staffing along the Northern Border by
approximately 308 Customs officers, 97 of whom will be allocated to
Michigan. Funding was also approved for the INS to add 348
inspectors nationwide (approximately 105 in Michigan) and for the
Border Patrol to increase their numbers by 570 agents (about 45
agents assigned to Michigan).
Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams. Ensured
that Michigan will be one of five states to deploy a new Weapons of
Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST). The Michigan Army
National Guard will operate the team, which will assist first
responders in the event of an attack involving weapons of mass
Tightening Security Policy at the Border. Chaired a
hearing of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to examine
the Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service
policy of releasing aliens who have been arrested while attempting
to enter the U.S. illegally. Prior to the PSI hearing, the agencies
often released arrested aliens on their own recognizance and without
a criminal background check pending their removal hearing. Many, if
not most, of the aliens who were released never showed up for their
removal hearing. As a result of Sen. Levin's PSI hearing, the INS
began mandating criminal background checks on all arrested
Combating Bioterrorism. Cosponsored legislation which both
the Senate and House passed that strengthens our nation's ability to
combat bioterrorism attacks by protecting our national food supply,
developing new countermeasures, and improving our federal
Working to Improve Our Military
Important Michigan Defense Projects. Led efforts to secure
funding for military construction projects in Mt. Clemens, Battle
Creek, Ft. Custer and Lansing. Helped secure funding for M1 tank
upgrades, the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle, the Improved
Recovery Vehicle, the Army's Future Combat System, the 21st Century
Truck Initiative, the Mobile Parts Hospital, the Competitive
Sustainment Initiative, and the Network STEP Enabled Production, all
of which will be substantially performed in Michigan.
Commercially-Based Tactical Truck (COMBATT) Program.
- Helped secure $14 million for hybrid truck research,
development and testing to accelerate the Army's COMBATT program,
supporting the development of 18 hybrid prototypes at the U.S.
Army's Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren.
- Authored legislation requiring the National Automotive Center
to prepare a "road map" for further development and production of
Military Pay. Helped enact a targeted military pay raise
ranging from five percent to ten percent, with non-commissioned
officers and junior officers receiving the largest raises.
Education Benefits. Helped enact provisions authorizing
the military services to permit service members with critical skills
to transfer up to 18 months of unused Montgomery GI Bill benefits to
family members and to provide education savings bonds as a retention
tool to military personnel with critical skills who reenlist for at
least six additional years.
Guard and Reserve. Helped enact provisions increasing
full-time manning, the top readiness issue for the Guard and
Reserve, by 298 Army Reservists and 724 Army National Guardsmen on
active duty, and by 4,876 military technicians in the Army Reserve
and 250 military technicians in the Army National Guard.
Base Closures. Led the enactment of a new round of base
realignments and closures, to occur in 2005, which will add to the
$6 billion a year that Department of Defense (DOD) officials
estimate the Department is currently saving from the four previous
rounds. The civilian and military leadership of DOD has testified
repeatedly, through two Administrations, that the Department has
excess infrastructure and needs a new round of base closures to free
up funds for higher priority defense needs.
Arms Control. Led successful effort to repeal the statute
prohibiting the retirement or dismantlement of certain U.S. nuclear
forces until START II enters into force. This repeal provided the
President the authority to negotiate reductions in U.S. nuclear
forces with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Federal Prison Industries. Led the enactment of provision
ensuring that the DOD, rather than Federal Prison Industries (FPI),
is responsible for determining whether FPI products meet the
Department's needs and authorizing the Department to seek
competitive bids for products produced by FPI.
Acquisition Reform. Led the enactment of provisions to
improve the management of the $50 billion of services contracts
awarded by the Pentagon every year, which should save $1.3 billion
in FY 02 alone.
Financial Management. Led the enactment of provisions
addressing the Pentagon's inability to produce reliable financial
information or auditable financial statements. The implementation of
these provisions will enable DOD officials to make decisions on the
basis of sound financial information.
DOD Environmental Programs.
- Led the enactment of provisions requiring DOD to develop a
comprehensive plan for addressing environmental problems caused by
unexploded ordnance on current and former military facilities.
- Led the enactment of a provision requiring the Department to
carry out a program to significantly improve the energy efficiency
of its facilities over the next ten years.
Hybrid Vehicle Purchase. Authored legislation approved by
Congress requiring that only hybrid vehicles be purchased or leased
for light duty truck fleet use beginning in 2005 for fleets not now
covered by the Energy Policy Act. For "covered" fleets under the
Energy Policy Act, the number of light duty trucks that are
alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles will be increased by five
percent in 2005 and 2006, and by ten percent in 2007 and beyond.
This will amount to an annual increase of up to 6000-7000 hybrid
vehicles in the DOD federal fleet of light duty trucks beginning in
Project IMPACT. Helped secure $3.5 million for Project
IMPACT (Improved Materials and Powertrain Architectures for 21st
Century Trucks). The U.S. Army program located at TACOM and the
commercial truck industry are developing the 21st Century Truck
Initiative, designed to promote the manufacturing of military and
commercial trucks that are more environmentally compliant and fuel
efficient. This program will conduct research into lightweight
steels, vehicle weight and cost reduction, corrosion control, and
vehicle shape optimization. This effort arose from the successful
partnership between the growing commercial truck sector and the
Army, which operates an extensive truck fleet.
Veterans' Cemetery in Detroit Area. Helped obtain funding
to purchase land to construct a Veterans' Cemetery in Detroit.
Detroit is the largest metropolitan area in the nation without a
Veterans' cemetery. The completion of this cemetery will serve the
needs of approximately 927,000 veterans and their families living in
Military Voters. Helped enact several provisions that
enhance the ability of military personnel and their families to vote
in federal, state and local elections. These include improvements to
DOD voting assistance programs, simplification of voter registration
and absentee ballot application procedures, and an electronic voting
demonstration project for absent military voters in the 2002
Michigan Roads and Transport
Updating and Improving Michigan Airports.
- Helped win Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to
Detroit Metro Airport and Willow Run Airport of $5.6 million and
$1.4 million, respectively, for safety and infrastructure
improvements at the two airports.
- Assisted in getting the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport into the
Military Airport Program (MAP), a five year FAA program that
provides millions of dollars in federal funds to convert former
military bases into civilian airports.
- Helped get $17 million for Detroit Metro; nearly $8 million
for the Flint and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airports; nearly $8
million for KIS and Chippawa County International Airports in the
Upper Peninsula; over $5 million for Lansing Airport (for
expanding the terminal building), over $3 million in grants for
Saginaw and Traverse City Airports, and funding for Kalamazoo,
Alpena, Escanaba and Pellston Airports.
- Secured $1.75 million for relocation of flight tower at
Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek; $2 million for land acquisition
and implementation of noise reduction plan Oakland County Int'l
Airport; and $1 million for airway strengthening and widening
Otsego Regional Airport.
Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. Helped
secure over $127 million for the Partnership for a New Generation of
Vehicles (PNGV) to continue the program's progress on high-risk
research to develop clean, highly-efficient automotive technologies.
Funding for New Buses and Transit Infrastructure in
- Helped get $27 million for Michigan buses and bus facilities.
- Secured $500,000 for Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
(SEMCOG) for the Metropolitan/Wayne County Airport rail project.
The money will be used for an alternative analysis for the project
in Southeast Michigan.
- Helped get $750,000 for a Grand Rapids Metro Area Major
Corridor Study; $1 million for the Flint Reverse Commute Program;
$7.25 million for Intelligent Transportation Systems which
encourage using advanced technologies to improve traffic flow and
increase transportation safety; $2 million for the Next Generation
High Speed Rail, which aims to introduce cost-effective high speed
rail service to regions outside the Northeast Corridor, such as
the corridor between Detroit and Chicago.
Other Transportation Related Funding for Michigan.
- Helped secure nearly $37 million in funding for Michigan
transportation initiatives, including a $3.8 million grant for the
Detroit Department of Transportation.
- Helped secure $500,000 for the Detroit Recreation Department
to develop a pedestrian overpass park which would traverse I-75,
linking Eastern Farmers Market with the Gratiot Central Market; $9
million for Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Ambassador Bridge national corridor planning and border crossing
infrastructure; $893.37 million for statewide federal highway
funds; $750,000 for Michigan Technological University's Institute
for Aggregate Research; $3.1 million to rebuild the Port Huron
Coast Guard station; $300,000 to reconstruct the north wall on
Escanaba's municipal dock; $1 million for a White Lake Road
transportation pilot program; $3.3 million for Pennsylvania Avenue
Bridge; $3.5 million for the I-96/Latson Road Interchange in
Automobile National Heritage Area. Helped obtain $500,000
for the Automobile National Heritage Area (ANHA) which interprets
and preserves the automobile history in Michigan. The funds will
enable ANHA to develop a Michigan curriculum unit in conjunction
with the United Auto Workers and the W.P. Reuther Library to ensure
that every school child in Michigan will have the opportunity to
learn about the state's rich automotive and labor heritage; to
coordinate with the regional tourism industry to promote economic
development in Michigan; and to enhance the ANHA website.
Henry Ford - "America's Transportation" Museum and Greenfield
Village. Secured $2 million for public exhibition of "America's
Transportation Stories" at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
Preserving Michigan's Agricultural Resources and
Assistance to Apple Growers.
- Secured $75 million in the Department of Agriculture (USDA)
FY02 Appropriations bill to provide grants to area apple growers
who have suffered severe losses from a variety of factors,
- Secured $489,000 to support research to help protect future
crops from fireblight. -- Prompted the USDA to release $100
million in market loss assistance payments for U.S. apple growers,
funds that were approved by Congress as part of the FY01
Agriculture Appropriations bill.
Assistance to Michigan Cherry Growers. Obtained $160,000
to begin a five-to-seven year research project at Michigan State
University, which will be known as the Armillaria Task Force.
Armillaria is a disease that renders soil unable to sustain fruit
trees. It is found in stone fruit regions worldwide, but losses are
greatest in North America. There is no known method to control the
Eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis in Michigan. Helped win
Senate approval for over $8 million for bovine tuberculosis (TB)
eradication efforts in Michigan and $318,000 for bovine TB research
at Michigan State University.
Other Agricultural Projects.
- Secured $5.670 million for a USDA Cooperative State Research
Education and Extension Service (CSREES) project to develop
advanced technologies for hardwood utilization. Michigan State
University is one of the institutions participating in this
multi-state research consortium.
- Secured $239,000 for a USDA CSREES project to develop improved
fruit practices at MSU and $435,000 for a USDA CSREES project
regarding sustainable agriculture research at MSU.