Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today welcomed Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling to Detroit for meetings with local and state leaders on ways to assist the city. The Obama administration will announce $300 million in new or repurposed federal assistance from existing programs to help improve public safety, transportation and other public services. Levin was scheduled to attend today's meetings in person, but due to Senate votes scheduled for today, he will join the meeting by videoconference. Levin issued the following statement:
"I wish I could welcome Attorney General Holder, Secretaries Donovan and Fox, and National Economic Council Director Sperling to Detroit today in person as planned, but I look forward to joining the meeting by video conference. I am grateful for their efforts to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy a stronger city. Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have worked with the Obama administration to identify existing resources that could assist Detroit's rebirth, and as today's announcement shows, those efforts have yielded positive early results. I want to thank President Obama and the officials visiting Detroit today for their leadership, and I look forward to keeping up the work with local, state and federal officials to help get Detroit back on a sound financial footing."