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04.06.20

Stabenow, Peters Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) urged the Trump Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. In a bipartisan letter signed by 41 of their colleagues, the Senators wrote to the Secretary of Agriculture - Sonny Perdue - urging permanent flexibility in Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and equitable access to credit during this period of market u… Continue Reading


04.05.20

Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration to Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically. The Senators' letter follows their successfu… Continue Reading


04.04.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Legislation to Make Older Children and Adult Dependents Eligible for COVID-19 Relief Payments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced legislation that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child will go to most taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers. The payments will phase out in value for a … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Stabenow, Roberts Urge Small Business Administration to Provide Coronavirus Relief to Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to urge the Small Business Administration to ensure farmers and ranchers can access new loan programs created in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As the Small Business Administration has started to implement the CARES Act, there are concerns that the agency is excluding agricultural businesses that should … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $8 Million in Funding for West Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $8,596,660 in funding to help cities and counties in West Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through the Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "Cities and counties are on the front lines of this battle. This funding will give local governments addition… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $7 Million in Funding for Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $7,943,865 in funding to help cities and counties in Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "Cities and counties are on the front lines of this battle. This funding will giv… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $2 Million in Funding for Mid-Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $2,857,209 in funding to help cities in Mid-Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "Cities and counties are on the front lines of this battle. This funding will give local governments additional resources to re… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $53 Million in Funding for Southeast Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $53,823,765 in funding to help local governments in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "Local governments are on the front lines of this ba… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Decision on Fuel Efficiency Standards

Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement following the Trump Administration's announcement to roll back automobile fuel efficiency standards. "The Administration has failed to bring people together and put forth a rule that is good for our auto industry, workers, consumers, and the environment. Instead, they are taking us backwards. This rule creates more uncertainty for our auto industry and makes it more difficult for us to compete in the global market. We need a strong, ac… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Stabenow Statement on the Passing of Rep. Isaac Robinson

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Isaac Robinson. "Detroit has lost a true fighter. Rep. Isaac Robinson was a passionate advocate for the people he represented and a strong voice for social justice and equality. My heart goes out to his mom, Rose Mary, his family, and his many friends."… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Senate Passes Third Bipartisan Coronavirus Package to Help Americans During the Crisis

Legislation meets two critical goals: ~ major infusion of resources for our hospitals and health care to fight the pandemic ~ continued income for families and economic stability for workers and businesses WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help Michigan families, workers and businesses during the national coronavirus crisis. This bill provides critical funding for h… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Stabenow Statement on Coronavirus Negotiations

"We are working night and day to come to an agreement on the most effective way to address the overwhelming and immediate needs in this crisis. While the need is urgent, we have to get this right because too much is at stake. We can't lose sight of the fact that this is a public health crisis first. Our most urgent priority must be to address the need for an immediate infusion of resources to fully support our hospitals and brave health care providers. In addition, any economic package must put … Continue Reading


03.21.20

Senator Stabenow, Peters Introduce Bill to Support Workers Impacted by Coronavirus Crisis and Trade

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced a bill to support workers who lose their jobs because of trade or coronavirus related reasons. The bill improves the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which supports trade-impacted workers and provides them with benefits such as extended unemployment insurance and job-training resources. "Coronavirus has led to major disruptions in our global supply chain and affected the jobs of many of our workers. Because of t… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill, Bipartisan Response Package Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced the U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will help Michigan families during the national coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan bill will give eligible individuals paid leave and food assistance. As Congress takes additional action, Senator Stabenow strongly believes all workers should be covered with paid leave. In addition, unemployment insurance will be expanded, and Medicaid funding to states will be increa… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Stabenow, Peters Urge Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window

In light of the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) urged the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance or short-term plans to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. Currently, about 27.5 million Americans lack health insurance - and even more are underinsured - which could leave them facing expensive medical bills if hospitalized for treatme… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Senator Stabenow Statement Following Governor Whitmer’s Decision to Close K-12 Schools & Restrict Public Gatherings

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement after the Governor's decision to close all K-12 school buildings and restrict public gatherings. Stabenow has oversight of school meals and child nutrition as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. "Governor Whitmer has taken decisive action to keep our children, families and the public safe. I spoke with our State Superintendent, Dr. Michael Rice, this morning and have been w… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Michigan Farmers Who Experience Delays in Planting Due to Bad Weather

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced new bipartisan legislation to ensure that farmers can plant beneficial cover crops without facing crop insurance penalties when bad weather prevents them from planting their crops for the season. The Cover Crop Flexibility Act of 2020 was inspired by Senator Stabenow and Senator G… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senators Stabenow, Blunt, and Advocates: Time to Act to Expand Community Mental Health and Addiction Services

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) today joined the National Council for Behavioral Health to push for the passage of their bipartisan bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, which renews and expands funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The Senators also announced data from a new report outlining the success of these clinics across the country. The report, authored by the National Council for Behaviora… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Michigan Steelworkers to Receive Support from Trade Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide more than 1,700 steelworkers in southeast Michigan with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits that help workers find new jobs. This certification follows the efforts of U.S. Senators Stabenow and Peters, along with Representatives Dingell, Lawrence, and Tlaib, who urged the Department of Labor to support workers at U.S. Steel's Great Lakes Works operation who have lost their jobs or are at risk of losing their jobs due to trade. The Trade Adjust… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Michigan Delegation Members Announce $13.5 Million for PFAS Cleanup Efforts at Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today announced that the Air Force will allocate $13.5 million towards PFAS remediation efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. This funding comes from $60 million that Congress had recently provided the Department of Defense to spend to address PFAS contamination at decommissioned bases around the country. Last month, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) - along with U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representatives Dan Ki… Continue Reading

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