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  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Small Business Access to Capital Act

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help Michigan small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative that both lawmakers championed in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs that leverage private financing to help small businesses access the capital they need.
    Friday, Jul 31, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Shaheen, Peters Introduce Small Business Access to Capital Act

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative created in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which has made over $1 billion available to help small businesses across the country access capital. For years, Senators Stabenow, Shaheen, and Peters have led the fight to make sure small businesses have access to opportunities that lead to a stronger economy.
    Friday, Jul 31, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.3 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $3,345,654 for the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, extend its taxiway, install taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, which is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked.
    Friday, Jul 31, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Calls On Agriculture Secretary to Take Immediate Action to Help Improve Water Quality in Lake Erie

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senators and Committee members Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to encourage states, businesses, universities, and organizations to work together to help improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. These partnerships will help stop another algae bloom - like the one contaminated drinking water in Southeast Michigan last summer - from forming and expanding in Lake Erie. Just last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found evidence of a bloom near the Lake Erie Islands, which are about 40 miles off Michigan's coast.
    Friday, Jul 31, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Assistance for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Washington Township Fire Department, Westland Fire Department and Inkster Fire Department will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.
    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 Read More
  • Stabenow, Peters Applaud Over $2 Million for Saginaw Fire Department

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded $2,017,145 in assistance for the Saginaw Fire Department to support the recruitment and retention of firefighters. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.
    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 Read More
  • Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Advances in Senate

    Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) advanced in the Senate today when it was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA) promotes investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and support American auto manufacturers.
    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 Read More
  • Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.4 Million for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The partnership is comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies. The Commission will receive $3,482,549 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $2.5 Million for Michigan Coastal Management Program

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes to protect, restore and develop coastal ecosystems and communities. The Michigan Coastal Management Program, housed in the Office of the Great Lakes, will receive more than $2,516,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Seniors in St. Clair Shores

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the City of St. Clair Shores to renovate and expand its Senior Activity Center, which offers programs and activities to people 50 and over. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to expand the fitness center by approximately 2,000 square feet and renovate the kitchen space to include a small coffee shop, among other improvements. This $1,760,000 loan will also be used to add a partially-covered patio and renovate offices and common areas.
    Monday, Jul 27, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Tours Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-chair of Senate Manufacturing Caucus and Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force visited Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac on July 24. Rec Boat Holdings, which manufactures Four Winns, Glastron, and Wellcraft fiberglass powerboats in Cadillac, employs nearly 500 people and sells their products to approximately 200 dealers across North America. Rec Boat Holdings is a member of the Cadillac Area Industrial Group.
    Friday, Jul 24, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Win Fight to Preserve Funds to Keep Michigan Cities, Neighborhoods Safe

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today made the following statement regarding the commitment to remove a provision in the U.S. Senate's transportation bill that would have eliminated $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund allows cities across the country to invest in blight removal efforts and help homeowners. If this provision had passed, funding for blight removal in cities throughout Michigan would have been significantly cut.
    Friday, Jul 24, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Addressing Country-of-Origin Labeling

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to address country-of-origin labeling following the World Trade Organization ruling in May 2015. According to the WTO's finding, the United States' mandatory label must be reformed to honor existing trade relations with Canada and Mexico. As a result, Stabenow and Hoeven introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 that would comply with the WTO ruling by removing certain meat products from the mandatory labeling program. Additionally, this legislation will put in place a voluntary label to help empower consumers by ensuring they have accessible to products labeled "Product of the U.S."
    Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 Read More
  • Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Expansion of Crop Insurance Options for Michigan Fruit Growers

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing additional crop insurance options to fruit and nut producers. The announcement, made possible by Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, expands the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) program to additional producers in select counties for the 2016 year.
    Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Oronoko Township Fire Department

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $29,406 for the Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Fire Department in Berrien County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
    Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Statement on Eliminating Funding to Improve Michigan Cities, Neighborhoods

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the Senate Republican transportation legislation, which would eliminate $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and dramatically cut funding for Michigan's blight removal efforts. This cut will affect cities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Adrian, Ecorse, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster, Ironwood, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, Port Huron, River Rouge, and Saginaw.
    Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Measure to Protect Homeowners from Higher Taxes Advances in Senate

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today praised the Committee's extension of a provision that will ensure that homeowners working with their banks to reduce their mortgage payments will not be hit with a huge tax bill. In addition, the Committee passed her amendment to provide additional certainty to homeowners who might be eligible for this tax relief. This measure, based on Senator Stabenow's Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act introduced earlier this year, was included in the Committee's tax extenders package. This legislation prevents homeowners from being required to pay additional taxes when they receive mortgage principal forgiveness on their homes or sell their homes in what are commonly called "short sales."
    Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Measure to Create Job Opportunities in America’s Hardest-Hit Cities Advances in Senate

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today applauded the Committee's passage of an amendment that will help spur economic growth and create job opportunities in cities across the country - including Detroit and other Michigan cities - by improving the Empowerment Zone program. The amendment, based on Senator Stabenow and Senator Roy Blunt's (R-MO) Empowering Jobs Act of 2015, will make the program more effective by expanding the way businesses and local governments can take advantage of their allocations of tax-exempt bonds. Additionally, this legislation eases the requirements on the ways these bonds can be used and encourages more businesses to invest in America's hardest-hit cities.
    Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Attends University of Michigan MCity Grand Opening

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow attended the University of Michigan's MCity Grand Opening on July 20. MCity is a new 32-acre testing ground for highly automated vehicles and driverless cars.
    Monday, Jul 20, 2015 Read More
  • Stabenow, Peters Announce Nearly $700,000 for Fire Departments in Clay Township, Bedford Township

    U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Clay Township Fire Department in St. Clair County and the Bedford Township Fire Department in Monroe County will receive funding from the Department of Homeland Security to assist in the hiring, recruitment and retention of more firefighters. The Clay Township Fire Department will receive $691,980 for hiring more firefighters, while the Bedford Township Fire Department will receive $6,000 towards the recruitment and retention of first responders.
    Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 Read More
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