Senate Passes Budget Bill with Important Wins for Michigan

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Stabenow Secured Significant Investments for our Communities and our Families


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate today passed the federal budget bill with significant wins for Michigan. The budget bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.


“This budget will continue to fuel Michigan’s economic recovery and help communities in every region of our state. From protecting our Great Lakes and water, to providing critical mental health and addiction services, to lowering costs for families, to addressing the workforce needs of our employers, this bill makes significant investments in our future,” said Senator Stabenow.


Highlights of the bill include:


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: $348 million in funding for fiscal year 2022. This funding is an increase of $18 million from fiscal year 2021 and is in addition to the $1 billion in funding in the recently-passed infrastructure law. Stabenow authored the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2010, and since then, this landmark program has funded more than 6,000 projects cleaning up and protecting our Great Lakes and waterways.


Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services: $315 million in additional funding for Senator Stabenow’s signature Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. This program is transforming the way we fund mental health and addiction treatment in this country. There are currently 33 locations being funded in Michigan.


Michigan Military Installations:$94 million for four military construction projects in Michigan for the Southfield Area Maintenance Support Activity, Battle Creek Reserve Center and Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Alpena County Regional Airport Aircraft Maintenance Hangar/Shops, and WK Kellogg Regional Airport Main Base Entrance Construction.


Lowering the cost of college:Increases the maximum Pell Grant $400 to $6,895. This is the largest increase in the maximum award in more than a decade. There are nearly 184,000 students in Michigan receiving Pell Grants.


Priorities in Local Communities:56 local projects submitted to Senator Stabenow by local governments and community organizations across the state were funded. These projects reflect the priorities of local communities and address investments in infrastructure, water resources, health care (including behavioral health and addiction treatment), public safety, workforce development, jobs, education, broadband and other community priorities. To view a list of local projects, click here.