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  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow: Seven More Michigan Counties Declared Free of Bovine Tuberculosis

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared that seven Northern Michigan counties are free of bovine tuberculosis, which is a serious threat to Michigan's agriculture industry and rural economy. Since Sen. Stabenow's initial call on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2011 to address the spread of the disease, Michigan livestock producers have received increased resources to battle the epidemic. USDA's announcement that seven more counties are "tuberculosis free" is welcome news for livestock producers and Michigan's economy.
    Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 Read More
  • Senate Republicans Block Bill to Lower Student Loan Payments for Millions of Americans

    Senate Republicans today blocked legislation co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that would lower the student loan payments of more than 25 million Americans, including nearly one million in Michigan alone. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, introduced by Senator Stabenow, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and others, would allow people to refinance their existing loans at the lower rates available to new borrowers during the 2013-2014 school year. The effect would be significant savings for borrowers on their monthly loan payments. The legislation is fully paid for and would save taxpayers billions of dollars by enacting the Buffett Rule, which ensures that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. Senate Republicans also blocked the passage of this bill in June.
    Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 Read More
  • Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms

    Researchers at the University of Michigan will receive a federal grant of $653,097 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop tools to predict water quality and forecast harmful algal blooms (HABS) in the Great Lakes, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. The grant will also support outreach activities to let the public know about the presence of HABS.
    Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 Read More
  • Senate Republicans Once Again Block Passage of Bill that Would Guarantee Equal Pay for Women

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans today blocked a final vote on legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have helped reduce gender discrimination by empowering women to negotiate for equal pay, close loopholes courts have created in the law, and create strong incentives for employers to obey the laws by strengthening federal enforcement efforts. This is the second time just this year that Senate Republicans filibustered this commonsense legislation.
    Monday, Sep 15, 2014 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Participates in M-1 RAIL Community Celebration, Highlights New Federal Support for Rail Project

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today participated in a community celebration to highlight additional federal support for the M-1 RAIL project. Sen. Stabenow and Southeast Michigan's Congressional Delegation helped secure $12.2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will allow the transit project to be finalized by the end of 2016. In 2013, Sen. Stabenow and her colleagues also helped secure a $25 million federal grant to invest in M-1 RAIL and have worked closely with business and community leaders, philanthropic partners, Wayne State University and others on the project.
    Monday, Sep 15, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $5 Million for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Rehabilitate Taxiway

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to rehabilitate its taxiway. The $5,000,000 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    Monday, Sep 15, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for University of Michigan Project to Study Effects of Climate Change on the Great Lakes

    Senators Debbie Stabenow, vice chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Carl Levin, chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, announced today a $321,448 grant for the University of Michigan's Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research through the School of Natural Resources and Environment. This support, which comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, will help researchers study the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes' water quantity and quality.
    Monday, Sep 15, 2014 Read More
  • Stabenow, Levin Announce $8 Million for Michigan Community Health Centers to Expand Access to Care

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced federal support for 36 Michigan Community Health Centers. The funding, which will expand access to affordable and quality care, comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was made available by the Affordable Care Act.
    Friday, Sep 12, 2014 Read More
  • Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to Expand Access to Healthy Foods

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support to expand healthy food options in Grand Rapids. This grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids roll out and expand several projects to provide healthy and nutritious foods to urban and low income communities.
    Friday, Sep 12, 2014 Read More
  • Senate Republicans Block Measure to Limit the Role of Special Interests in Elections

    Senate Republicans today filibustered a final vote on a constitutional amendment that would have responded to the Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United and related cases, which have unleashed hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending from outside special interest groups and secretive billionaires, by restoring the longstanding authority of Congress and the states to regulate campaign spending. Senator Stabenow is a co-sponsor of the amendment authored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). Senate Republicans also previously blocked the DISCLOSE Act, which would require transparency so voters know who is paying for the attack ads they see on TV.
    Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 Read More

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