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10.20.20

Senator Stabenow Announces Over $1.9 Million to Support Michigan Fruit and Vegetable Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $1,992,250 million to support Michigan specialty crop growers who produce fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery plants, and flowers. These funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and will support 20 projects throughout the state. "Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables are not only a source… Continue Reading


10.19.20

Senator Stabenow Announces Over $100,000 to Bolster Opportunities for Native American Students to Study Agriculture

LANSING, Mich. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced Michigan State University will receive $138,920 to bolster opportunities for Native American students to study agriculture. This investment comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) New Beginning for Tribal Students grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored. "Young people are critical to th… Continue Reading


10.19.20

Senator Stabenow Announces Over $300,000 to Address the Opioid Crisis in Rural Michigan

LANSING, Mich. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced Michigan State University will receive $392,462 in federal funds to address the opioid crisis in rural Michigan. This investment comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Health & Safety Education grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored. "The opioid crisis has had a devastating … Continue Reading


10.13.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce over $300,000 to Support Rural Small Businesses in West and Southwest Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced $338,525 in federal funding to support rural small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan. This funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program, which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill that Senator Stabenow authored. The Rural Business Development Gr… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce over $100,000 to Support First Responders and Road Maintenance Workers in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced $131,574 in federal funding to purchase equipment for first responders and road maintenance workers serving communities in the Upper Peninsula. These funds come from the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Impact Initiative Grant and Community Facility Disaster Grant programs, which were included in the… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Senator Stabenow Announces $95,535 to Support Local Livestock Farmers in Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced federal support to help local livestock farmers and meat processors in Southeast Michigan. This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Local Food Promotion Program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored. "When we produce food here, we create jobs here in Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "This is a win-… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Senator Stabenow Announces $746,480 to Strengthen Local Food Economies in Southwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced a new $746,480 investment to help build local food economies, create jobs, and improve access to locally grown food in urban and rural communities in Southwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Regional Food Systems Partnerships Program, which Senator Stabenow authored in the 20… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Senator Stabenow Announces $210,060 to Grow Northwest Michigan Farmers Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced federal support to help expand five farmers markets in Northwest Michigan. This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market Promotion Program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored. "Farmers markets spur economic development in local communities, connect more families with Michigan-grown fruit… Continue Reading


09.26.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today released a statement following the announcement of President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. His announcement comes as voters in Michigan and across the country have already begun voting less than 38 days from the election. "A new Supreme Court Justice will make decisions that directly impact our daily lives and our way of life as Americans-including our health care. This nominee's record and writings make it clear that a vote for her is a… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $3,000,000 in Support for Fire Departments in Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor Township

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Dearborn Heights Fire Department will receive $1,870,020 and the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department will receive $1,434,122 in federal funding to purchase new equipment and provide training. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Our firefighters in Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor put their lives on the line to protect… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Senator Stabenow Announces $5.7 Million Investment for Land and Water Conservation in Northern Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $5,700,000 in federal funding, matched by private investment, that will help reconnect broken streams and revitalize rivers to improve fish habitats and protect forest and farm land in Northern Michigan. This funding come from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was authored by Senator Stabenow in the Farm Bill. The proje… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Stabenow, Peters Push to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable During Pandemic as Part of Bipartisan Senate Effort

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) called on the Trump Administration - with a bipartisan group of Senators - to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for undermining programs for safety net health providers during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators and their colleagues pressed the Department to penalize companies that set prices at levels higher than permitted by… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on Filling Vacant Supreme Court Seat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on filling the vacant Supreme Court seat after Justice Ginsburg's passing: "The new majority on the United States Supreme Court will make decisions that directly impact our daily lives and our way of life as Americans-on fundamental issues like health care, reproductive choice, voting rights, environmental protections and civil rights. This is a pivotal time for our country. It's critical that the people of Mich… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $15.5 Million in Federal Funding for Pedestrian Safety Crossings Along Michigan Line Rail Corridor

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $15,619,365 to complete infrastructure improvements for pedestrian rail crossings along the Michigan Line between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. Over the past four years, 12 pedestrians have been struck by trains along the Michigan Line, in addition to many near-misses. MDOT's project will improve rail crossing safety and help prevent trespassing at… Continue Reading


09.18.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow tonight released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Tonight we have lost an incredible voice for justice. As a lawyer and professor, Justice Ginsburg broke barriers for women. As a Justice of the Supreme Court, she helped build a better nation for all Americans. Justice Ginsburg spent her lifetime working to protect our people and our democracy. We must honor her legacy by continuing her fight.… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $113,000 in Federal Funding for Applegate, Adrian Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Applegate Volunteer Fire Department will receive $90,476 for vehicle acquisition and the Adrian Fire Department will receive $22,727 in federal funding for operations and safety purposes. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Our firefighters in Applegate and Adrian put their lives on the line to protect our families,… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Stabenow, Casey: Undercover GAO Investigation Shows How Consumers were Misled Into Purchasing “Junk Plans”

Washington, D.C. - Following a request from U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Bob Casey (D-PA) for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate "junk" health insurance plans being sold online, GAO found that junk plans were deceptively marketed to consumers as covering pre-existing conditions when the plans did not. The report details a "secret shopper" investigation, in which GAO made 31 undercover calls to insurance sales representatives, posing as consumers looking for hea… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $1,700,000 Million in Support for the Sterling Heights Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Sterling Heights Fire Department will receive $ 1,766,993 in federal funding to hire new staff. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Sterling Heights Fire… Continue Reading


09.14.20

Independent GAO Report Confirms Trump Administration Payments for Trade Damages Favored Large Southern Farms over Michigan Farmers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced a new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found the Trump Administration's payments to farmers harmed by the President's trade turmoil ultimately favored the South over Michigan farmers and crops, and funneled money to large agricultural operations over smaller farms. The report is the result of … Continue Reading


09.09.20

Report: Economic Justice - Fighting Racial Disparities during COVID-19 and Beyond

Senator Stabenow today released a report outlining why communities of color are suffering higher rates of unemployment and other consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlights how the Senate Democrats' Economic Justice Act is an important step in providing urgent support to communities in need and creating meaningful change for a more equitable future. The report can be found here.… Continue Reading

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