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12.04.20

Senator Stabenow: Pass COVID-19 Help for Michigan Families Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Debbie Stabenow today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the COVID-19 crisis and the need for Congress to pass a survival package for families in Michigan. "We're not just facing a health crisis right now. We're facing an economic crisis. We're facing a housing crisis. And we're facing a hunger crisis, all at the same time. People in Michigan and across this country are crying out for help. It's time for Congress to listen, and it's time for us to act," sai… Continue Reading


12.04.20

Senator Stabenow on the Passage of the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act with bipartisan support. "Families in Michigan coping with an ALS diagnosis already endure tremendous hardships. The last thing they should deal with is unnecessary waiting periods for their Social Security Disability Insurance. I'm so pleased that legislation I have co-sponsored will make sure that people with ALS can immediately receive the s… Continue Reading


11.30.20

Senator Stabenow on Janet Yellen’s Nomination to Serve as Secretary of the Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on President-elect Biden's nomination of Janet Yellen to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. "Our next Treasury Secretary will face a historic challenge of rebuilding our economy as we manage and move forward from the COVID-19 crisis. Janet Yellen is exceptionally qualified and will be ready on Day One to tackle the difficult year ahead. She is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Treasury Secretary." ###… Continue Reading


11.20.20

NIH Agrees to Strengthen Licensing Process and Increase Transparency on Drug and Vaccine Patents Following GAO Review Requested by Senator Stabenow and House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Maloney

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report reviewing the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) management of their intellectual property. The report recommends HHS fix a deficiency in their commercial licensing process and publicly report more about the licensing of their intellectual property. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) requested this report in o… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Senator Stabenow to Vote No on Judge Barrett’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Debbie Stabenow will vote no this evening on the vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In a speech on the U.S. Senate floor yesterday, Senator Stabenow highlighted Judge Barrett's previous statements against the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care to more than 1 million people in Michigan and critical protections to everyone with private health insurance. In just two weeks, the Supreme Court will take up the Republican case to strike… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce $15.6 Million Federal Grant for Michigan Rail Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $15.6 million in federal funding to rehabilitate railroad tracks, replace over 16 miles of rail and enhance track crossing protections in the corridor between Ypsilanti and Jackson. This federal grant comes from the Department of Transportation's Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program. "This is an important higher-speed route… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Stabenow, Peters Call on Trump Administration to Extend Health Insurance Enrollment Period for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today called on the Trump Administration to extend the health care enrollment period in order to provide Michiganders, including those without insurance, additional time to secure coverage. In their letter, the Senators requested that the upcoming enrollment period that begins November 1 be extended through the end of January 2021 - instead of through December 15 - to allow more Michiganders the opportunity to obtain qualit… Continue Reading


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

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