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06.05.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Over $97 Million in Federal Funds to Make Much-Needed Upgrades to Mound Road

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced over $97 million in federal funding to make critical upgrades to Mound Road, an 18-mile corridor that is vital to the economy and the defense sector in Southeast Michigan. In total, $217 million is needed to rehabilitate Mound Road. "Repairing Mound Road is not only critical to public safety but is also vital for commerce and Southeast Michigan's defense corridor," said Senator Stabenow. "I have worked closely with Macomb County… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senator Stabenow Praises New Support for Michigan Cherry Growers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of new support for Michigan's tart cherry industry. Senator Stabenow has urged the USDA to take action to help Michigan cherry growers, who have recently faced uncertainty from unfair trade practices by other countries. "In Michigan, we grow more tart cherries than any state in the country," said Se… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Senate Passes Stabenow Legislation to Improve Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that legislation she authored to improve veterans' health care by requiring prompt payment to Veterans Choice Program providers passed the Senate as part of the VA Mission Act. The bill now heads to the President's desk for signature. Passage of this legislation is one of Stabenow's latest actions to improve care, which also include championing efforts to open new and expanded VA clinics across Michigan and expanding health s… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Stabenow Helps Lead Successful Effort to Reinstate Net Neutrality, Preserve Free and Open Internet for Michigan Families and Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a leader in the fight to save equal access to the internet, today voted for the Senate resolution to reinstate net neutrality rules that guarantee free and open access to the internet for all Americans. The resolution passed the Senate by a margin of 52-47 and now heads to the House for consideration. "Internet access is not a luxury for people in Michigan; it's a necessity," said Senator Stabenow. "Small businesses and farmers shouldn'… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Stabenow, Peters Call for Trump Administration to Release Study on Health Effects of PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today called on the Trump Administration to release a study on the health effects of perfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. Recent news reports indicate that Trump Administration officials intervened in order to delay release of the study, which reportedly concludes that PFAS chemicals pose a danger to human health at a far lower level than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously said was safe. "If … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Stabenow, Peters Raise Concerns over Defense Department Response to Water Contamination across Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters raised concerns with the Department of Defense's response to water contaminated from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at and around defense installations across Michigan. PFAS chemicals were used for decades in firefighting foam. Now a growing number of active and decommissioned military installations across Michigan are uncovering alarmingly high levels of PFAS, including Wurtsmith, Camp Grayling, KI Sawyer, Selfridge, Alpena Combat Readin… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senator Stabenow Delivers Weekly Democratic Address on Prescription Drugs

The Weekly Democratic Address is available in both audio and video format. You may download the audio of the address HERE and view the video of the address HERE. Stabenow's remarks as delivered follows: "Today, President Trump is scheduled to speak about the need to fight rising prescription drug prices and that's a good thing. But you and your family don't need more words. You need more action. Democrats believe that health care is a basic human right, and that includes the ability… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Michigan Farmer Veterans

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry joined committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to introduce new legislation that expands support for Michigan veterans in agriculture. The Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018 makes all new veterans eligible for support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill also improves access for Michigan farmer veterans across eight existing initiatives to mak… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Stabenow, Peters Urge President Trump to Follow Through on Commitment to Modernize Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) called on President Trump to follow through on his commitment to modernize the aging Soo Locks. They urged his Administration to complete a critical economic assessment that is necessary for Congress to fund an upgrade of the locks and to support the funding necessary to maintain the lock system before construction of a new lock is completed. "The Soo Locks facility currently consists of four parallel locks: the P… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Senator Stabenow Calls on Trump Administration to Immediately Release Buy American Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today called on the Trump Administration to immediately release the Buy American report mandated in President Trump's executive order signed on April 18, 2017. The report, which should contain recommendations to strengthen implementation of Buy American laws to protect American workers and manufacturers, was supposed to be completed by November 24, 2017. "Even though the deadline for completion was not met, I understand that the report w… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Stabenow, Peters Raise Alarm over Secretary DeVos Actions to Restore Federal Recognition of Failed For-Profit Accrediting Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today raised alarm over recent actions by the Department of Education to restore the federal recognition of failed for-profit accrediting organization, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges (ACICS). ACICS gave its stamp of approval to unscrupulous for-profit colleges like ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, which defrauded thousands of students in Michigan and left them saddled with debt. "Even with this staggering evi… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Support for Howard City Fire Department

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced new federal support for the Howard City Fire Department. The Village of Howard City's Fire Department will receive $12,000 to purchase new radios, turnout gear, hoses and other equipment that will help protect more than 1,800 local residents. "Emergency responders need reliable equipment to protect our families, homes, and businesses," said Senator Stabenow. "… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Senator Stabenow Announces New Support for West Branch and Hampton Township Police Departments

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced new federal support for the West Branch and Hampton Township Police Departments. The West Branch Police Department will receive $25,900 and the Hampton Township Police Department will receive $14,000 to help purchase new patrol vehicles. "Emergency responders in our rural communities need to travel many miles to protect our families, homes, and businesses," s… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Senator Stabenow Announces New Support for Public Health and Safety in the Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced new federal support to help fund the purchase of new patrol vehicles in Houghton and Iron County and new radiology equipment at Munising Hospital. Munising Memorial Hospital in Alger County will receive $28,000 to purchase new radiology equipment to improve medical services for UP residents. The City of Houghton Police Department will receive $19,000 and the I… Continue Reading


05.01.18

Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Call for Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Next Year’s Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling for full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the fiscal year 2019 federal funding bill. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has provided more than $600 million in funding to Michigan, is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration to Take Immediate Action to Reduce Price of Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today led 14 of their colleagues in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to reduce the price of naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug. The Senators' letter follows a recent national advisory issued by the United States Surgeon General urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use naloxone delivery devices. In 2016, Michigan had the eighth most deaths of any sta… Continue Reading


04.16.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Berrien Springs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Berrien Springs as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Lemon Creek Winery and Zick's Specialty Meats. Stabenow's tour has included over 140 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, … Continue Reading


04.13.18

Senator Stabenow Statement on Line 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on Line 5: "The reported damage to Line 5 in the Straits is very disturbing. A visual inspection must be completed to confirm that the safety and integrity of the line was not compromised. Line 5 should not operate until we know it's safe."… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Senator Stabenow Introduces the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2018, S. 2637, which will improve maternity care for women and newborns. The United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. Michigan has the 17th highest rate of infant mortality in the country, with 6.68 infant deaths per 1,000 births. "We all have a stake in keeping moms and babies healthy," said Senator … Continue Reading


04.10.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Montague and Whitehall

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Montague and Whitehall as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at The Book Nook & Java Shop while in Montague before continuing to Colby's Hokey Pokey and The Lewis House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall. During her visit, Stabenow was joined by Amy VanLoon, the Executive Director of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Stabenow's tour has included over 140 stops in communities acros… Continue Reading

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