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Backwards

By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Monday, June 27, 2011

Actions speak louder than words. And if you look at the actions of the Republicans in Washington and Lansing lately, it is clear that they are only focused on one goal: keeping themselves in power.

Despite talk of bipartisanship and cooperation for the good of Michigan, the Republican legislature is trying to ram through a new Congressional district map that would deny fair representation to voters across Southeast Michigan.

Right in Your Backyard

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Monday, June 27, 2011

If Republicans are going to take control of the Senate, they are going to have to come right through our backyard to win Michigan.

That is why Tea Party operatives are on the ground in Michigan right now looking for a right-wing candidate to hand-pick as your next Senator.

Afghanistan

By U.S. Senator Carl Levin
Friday, June 24, 2011

I wanted to share with you my comments on President Obama's address to the nation Wednesday night on Afghanistan:

"The president's decision represents a positive development, although in my view the conditions on the ground justify an even larger drawdown of U.S. troops this year than the president announced tonight.

"I will continue to advocate for an accelerated drawdown in the months ahead, and for enhanced training and partnering with Afghan forces, because only they can provide durable security for their nation.

Help Save Medicare

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Washington Republicans are pushing an extreme plan to end Medicare and I need your help to stop it.

House Republicans passed a plan to end Medicare and dismantle Medicaid. Medicare would be replaced by a voucher scheme that would put seniors at the mercy of big insurance company bureaucrats. States would have no choice but to significantly cut the safety and quality of nursing homes, putting America’s seniors in danger of abuse and neglect. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the plan would dramatically increase healthcare costs for seniors.

Fighting Back on Tax "Reform"

By Congressman Sander Levin
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As you know, Republicans have proposed a massive tax cut for the very wealthy -- dropping the top individual and corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. The change would leave a $1 trillion hole in the federal budget over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Worse still, Republicans have breezily pointed toward so-called tax expenditures as a way of paying for the tax cut for the wealthy -- without explaining what that would mean for the middle class.

Open Letter Urging Congress to Bring the Troops Home

The following letter was introduced and unanimously approved at the Berkley Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

The Honorable Carl Levin, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Gary Peters, U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Senators and Representative:

On December 1, 2009, in a national address, President Obama announced a surge in Afghanistan to be followed by a withdrawal. He said, "Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011."

Let's End the Epidemic of Preventable Bicycling and Pedestrian Fatalities

From the League of American Bicyclists
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We learned recently, with the release of the League of American Bicyclists Fair Share for Safety (PDF document) from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and Transportation for America’s Dangerous by Design (PDF document), that the federal government and many state departments of transportation have made a dangerous choice by prioritizing speeding traffic over the safety of people.

Service

By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Monday, May 30, 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago, this nation began fighting its most costly war in a battle for the very definition of freedom. Mothers from Michigan and wives from Wisconsin sent off their sons and their husbands to fight in battlefields that stretched from the Potomac River to the Mississippi and beyond to ensure that our great nation could fulfill its full promise.