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Senator Stabenow Returns Home to Gladwin, Delivers Keynote Speech at Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who was born in Gladwin, today delivered the keynote address at the Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. In her address, Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, discussed initiatives she has championed to help innovative Michigan businesses create the new high-tech jobs of the future.

Senator Stabenow said: "It was great coming home to Gladwin to meet with community and business leaders. We need to make things and grow things if we want to strengthen our economy. Small businesses will drive Michigan's economic comeback and we need to create the conditions to help them invest and create the jobs of the future. I'm also focused on helping to provide disaster relief and long-term certainty for our farmers and agricultural businesses so they can overcome this year's freezes and record-setting drought and continue growing Michigan's second largest industry."

Tom Tucholski, Executive Director of the Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce, said: "The Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome home our esteemed U.S. Senator, Debbie Stabenow! Senator Stabenow was born in the City of Gladwin, and we are so proud to have the Senator return home to speak to our group."

This week, Stabenow has been across Michigan on her "Jobs of the Future" Tour, where she is meeting with Michigan business leaders and discussing her initiatives to boost Michigan's new economy by helping innovative companies create the new high-tech jobs of the future. Stabenow has visited advanced manufacturers and other cutting-edge businesses across the state to highlight the job-creation potential of new industries like bio-based manufacturing - using agriculture goods instead of petroleum-based plastics and other materials in manufactured goods.

Earlier this year, Sen. Stabenow introduced her Grow It Here, Make It Here initiatives to increase access to capital for bio-based manufacturers, improve marketing of bio-based products, and spur the commercialization of new agricultural innovations to create new jobs. Senator Stabenow has also championed initiatives to boost Michigan's advanced battery and clean energy industries to help companies create the new jobs of the future.

Stabenow also highlighted her work on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill, which passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support 64-35. Senator Stabenow authored the bill as Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. The bill ends payments to farmers for crops they don't grow and streamlines programs to cut $23 billion in spending while strengthening initiatives that help Michigan farmers and agriculture businesses create jobs.

Stabenow drew widespread bipartisan praise for her work on the Farm Bill, with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling the day of its passage "a very fine day in the recent history of the Senate." Stabenow's bill has also been praised by a wide variety of Michigan-based and national organizations. For more information on the Farm Bill, click here.


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