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02.17.17

Senator Stabenow Votes Against Confirming Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) voted against confirming Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She delivered the remarks against his nomination on the Senate Floor. Video of her speech may be found here and her remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: M. President I rise to join my colleagues in opposing Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA Administrator is a … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Spur Investment in Michigan Railroad Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) in introducing the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy, or BRACE Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads, commonly used to distribute agricultural products. "I have met with farmers across the state about the problems with our rail system which they rely on to get their products to market," said Stabenow. "This legislation will help make sure that Mi… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Peters, Stabenow, Donnelly, Reed, Feinstein and Brown Introduce Outsourcing Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jack Reed (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Outsourcing Accountability Act which will help consumers identify which companies are sending jobs overseas by requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their total numbers of employees by location, including by state and by country. The legislation will also require companies to report the total number of employees and percentage … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Statement Following Senate Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney as Next Director of the Office of Management and Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "Rep. Mick Mulvaney's extreme record in the House of Representatives makes him a concerning choice to be the next head of the Office of Management and Budget," said Senator Stabenow. "Rep. Mulvaney has consistently advocated for cutting Social Security, raising the retirement age, and ending Medicare as we know it. … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Statement on Andrew Puzder’s Withdrawal from Consideration as Labor Secretary

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration as Labor Secretary: "This is a win for working families in Michigan and across the country. As a CEO, Andrew Puzder showed a stunning disregard for fair pay and the health and safety of his employees. Michigan workers deserve better!"… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Marshall

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with businesses in Marshall as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Darling Ace Hardware, Dark Horse Brewing Company, and Schuler's Restaurant. Senator Stabenow's small business tour has included stops in Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, South Haven, Bangor, St. Johns, Imlay City, Lapeer, Battle Creek, Albion, Portland, Ionia, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Utica, Plainwell, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Ja… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Stabenow Pays Tribute to Detroit Entrepreneur Mike Ilitch in Official Congressional Record

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) paid tribute to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. Text of her remarks in the Congressional Record: M. President I rise today to honor a champion for Detroit and for Michigan, Mike Ilitch. Everyone from Michigan knows his life story: the son of Macedonian immigrants, he founded Little Caesars Pizza, one of the largest pizza chains in the world, and rebuilt both the Detroit Tigers and the D… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Hallways to Health Act to help school-based health centers improve health care services for children. In Michigan, there are more than 120 school-based health centers that play a major role in providing basic health services for thousands of students who have limited access to medical care outside of school. Typically, a school-based health center… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Stabenow, Peters Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Protecting Scientists from Government Interference

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined 26 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that will protect scientists working for the federal government from political interference. The Senators introduced the legislation in response to recent reports that the Trump Administration placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and halted public communication from other agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the D… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Senator Stabenow Statement Following Senate Republican Confirmation of Tom Price

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after Senate Republicans confirmed Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services: "As a leading advocate of dismantling Medicare and Medicaid and our entire healthcare system, Tom Price's policies are not in the best interest of Michigan seniors and families. That is why I voted against his nomination on the Senate floor. The decisions of the next Secretary will affect everyone and the people of Michigan e… Continue Reading


02.09.17

In Advance of His Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Senators Urge President Trump to Address Japan’s Unfair Trade Practices in Auto Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Gary Peters (D-MI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to President Trump asking him to make Japan's longstanding unfair trade practices in the auto sector a priority for the bilateral meeting. The Senators called on Trump to address Japan's use of currency manipulation, a practice that hurts American workers and p… Continue Reading


02.09.17

In Advance of His Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Stabenow and Peters Urge President Trump to Address Japan’s Unfair Trade Practices in Auto Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), joined by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to President Trump asking him to make Japan's longstanding unfair trade practices in the auto sector a priority for the bilateral meeting. The Senators called on Trump to address Japan's use of currency manipulation, a practice that hurts Michigan … Continue Reading


02.08.17

Stabenow, Peters Push for Answers About Price Hike for Lifesaving Anti-Opioid Drug

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined 29 other Senators in a letter pushing for answers from a leading pharmaceutical company about the dramatic price hike for a life-saving medication used to respond to opioid overdoses. Recent reports unveiled that drug maker Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an easy-to-use injector device containing the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, raised its price from $690 in 2014, to $4,500 currently. While the Evzio device has the pote… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Senator Stabenow Statement Following Senate Republican Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement after Senate Republicans confirmed Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education, despite her failure to get a majority of Senators to support her nomination: "I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education. I've heard from an overwhelming number of Michigan families who have shared their strong concerns about her long record of pushing po… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Senator Stabenow Announces Opposition to Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that she will oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and will vote against his nomination on the Senate Floor. She released the following statement: "The Great Lakes are so important to our economy and our Michigan way-of-life, which is why we need an EPA Administrator we can trust to protect them. I am deeply concerned by Scott Pruitt's record of siding with polluters over sound science when it comes to p… Continue Reading


01.30.17

Stabenow Introduces “Bring Jobs Home Act” to Cut Taxes for Companies that Move Jobs Back to America

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced legislation to encourage businesses to bring jobs to America and discourage companies from shipping jobs overseas. Stabenow unveiled her legislation, the Bring Jobs Home Act of 2017, at GalaxE.Solutions in downtown Detroit. By cutting taxes and closing a tax loophole, Stabenow's Bring Jobs Home Act of 2017 will grow the economy and bring jobs home to Michigan. Senator Stabenow first introduced this legislation in 2012, and in every Congress since, but Senat… Continue Reading


01.29.17

Senator Stabenow's Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order on immigration: "Our country faces real and serious threats from terrorism. Not only does the President's Executive Order do nothing to address these threats and keep us safer, it is ruining America's reputation in the world, undermining our relationships with our most critical allies, and most heart-breakingly, destroying the lives of good and law-abiding people. In M… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Stabenow, Peters Demand Trump Exempt Entire VA from Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserve, joined a group of 53 members of Congress to demand President Trump exempt the entire VA and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring. The Senate and House Members say Trump's hiring freeze will have devastating impacts on veterans and their families. "A hiring freeze at VA will delay veterans' access to health care and resolution o… Continue Reading


01.24.17

VIDEO: Under Questioning from Senator Stabenow, HHS Nominee Tom Price Fails to Say if Women Should Have to Pay More for Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During today's Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) asked him if he believes women should have to pay more for health insurance. Under questioning from Senator Stabenow, Rep. Tom Price failed to say whether health plans should continue to include maternity care and coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Video of the exchange is available here … Continue Reading


01.24.17

VIDEO: Under Questioning from Senator Stabenow, OMB Nominee Mulvaney Doubles Down on Statement that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In today's hearing in the Senate Budget Committee on the nomination of Congressman Mick Mulvaney to be the next head of the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) questioned Mulvaney about his beliefs on Social Security and Medicare. Under questioning from Senator Stabenow, Rep. Mulvaney failed to reverse his previous statements that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and failed to say whether he would advise President Trump that Social Security i… Continue Reading

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