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10.04.17

Stabenow Opening Statement on Republican Budget at Committee Markup

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) delivered opening remarks at a Senate Budget Committee markup of the 2018 Republican budget resolution. The 2018 budget resolution sets the groundwork for Republicans to move forward on their tax reform proposal. Senator Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, may be found below: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman: "We need tax reform that helps small businesses, closes tax loopholes to create jobs here at home, and puts more money in the pockets of middle-cl… Continue Reading


10.04.17

Following Finance Committee Vote, Stabenow Calls on Congress to Immediately Extend Funding for Children’s Health Insurance

Following a vote this morning in the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) called on Congress to extend funding immediately for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for CHIP, which serves close to nine million children across the country and about 100,000 children in Michigan through MIChild, expired on September 30th. "It is unacceptable that Congress failed to meet the deadline to extend critical funding for children's health insurance," said Se… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Stabenow, Blunt, Lance, Matsui Announce Bill to Expand Funding for Community-Based Mental Health and Addiction Services

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Doris Matsui (CA-06) today announced a bill to significantly expand the program they championed to improve community mental health and addiction services across the country. The bill will ensure that all eight states awarded funding through an initiative based on their Excellence in Mental Health Act can be funded for another year and will expand the program to 11 more states that already appl… Continue Reading


09.29.17

Stabenow, Blunt Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Critical Funding for Community Health Centers

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) yesterday introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years. In addition, the bipartisan bill provides four percent increases for the CHCF and NHSC every year beginning in FY2019. "Michigan families rely on the health care they receive at over 260 community health center sites… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Small Business Access to Capital Act

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative that both lawmakers championed in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs that leverage private fi… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $4.3 Million for Bishop International Airport

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Bishop International Airport will receive a $4,302,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate the pavement of Taxiway C, construct asphalt shoulders and install runway guard lights at each access point to the runway. "Bishop International Airport provides critical transportation services for residents and businesses around the Flint community," said Senator Peters. "Thanks to this funding, th… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Senator Stabenow Introduces Former Rep. Hoekstra at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) yesterday introduced former Representative Pete Hoekstra at his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. President Trump nominated Hoekstra, who was born in the Netherlands, to be the next U.S. Ambassador on July 24, 2017. Following consideration by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hoekstra's nomination will be voted on by the full Senate. "As former Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously said: 'Politics stop a… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Stabenow Statement on Republican Tax Proposal

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released a statement on the Republican tax proposal: "Our tax code shouldn't be so complicated that you need to buy a computer program or hire an accountant to file your taxes. I support reform that simplifies our tax code, puts more money back into the pockets of hardworking families, helps small businesses, and spurs job creation in Michigan. I am concerned that today's proposal would give most of the be… Continue Reading


09.26.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Almost $3 Million in Support for Two Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that two fire departments in Southeast Michigan will receive $2,986,965 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program to hire 15 new full-time firefighters. The Lincoln Park Fire Department will receive $1,304,205 to hire six new firefighters. The City of Inkster Fire Department will receive $1,682,760 to hire nine new firefighters. "Our firefighters in Southeast Michigan pu… Continue Reading


09.25.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Detroit’s Indian Village and West Village

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Detroit's Indian Village and West Village as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Sister Pie, Parker Street Gallery, Goodness Gracious Alive, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, and Detroit Body Garage. Stabenow's tour has included over 120 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Thr… Continue Reading


09.22.17

Stabenow, Peters Join Health Care Leaders and Patients in Opposition to Last-Ditch Republican Effort to Take Away Health Care from Michigan Families

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today joined health care leaders and patients in opposition to the last-ditch Republican effort to take away health care from Michigan families. The bill, known as the Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal, hurts millions of children, older Americans, and people with disabilities and removes protections for patients with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Republicans are attempting to jam this proposal through Congress befor… Continue Reading


09.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.6 Million for Houghton County Memorial Airport

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Houghton County Memorial Airport will receive a $1,629,463 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which will be used to rehabilitate the runway and apron, as well as purchase snow removal equipment. "The Houghton County Memorial Airport helps bolster the local economy by connecting Keweenaw Peninsula residents and businesses with the world," said Senator Peters. "This additional support will help the airport mak… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has introduced the Keeping Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act (S. 1827), bipartisan legislation to ensure stability for vulnerable children by extending funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Current funding for CHIP will expire on September 30th unless Congress takes action. "Before the Children's Health Insurance Program, too many hardworking families in Michigan couldn't afford… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Stabenow, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort to Extend Critical Funding for Community Health Centers before End of Month Deadline

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) today led a bipartisan group of Senators to call for immediate action to extend critical funding for community health centers before funding runs out at the end of this month. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman and Ranking Member, Stabenow, Blunt, and 68 other Senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and prevent… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Stabenow Statement on Senate Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after voting in favor of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate tonight: "Today, we are making a strong investment in our men and women in uniform as well as Michigan's defense industry, which supports over 100,000 jobs and plays an important role in our nation's security. The defense bill includes one of my amendments to toughen up our Buy American law. It also protects over 1,500 jobs for Michigan work… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Stabenow Opposes Republican Proposal to Take Away Tax-Deferred Retirement Plans

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined other top Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee in opposition to a reported Republican tax proposal that could take away the option of tax-deferred retirement plans, such as 401(k)s and traditional IRAs, to pay for corporate tax breaks. This proposal could force all workers into Roth retirement savings plans, reducing workers' take home pay, and taking away their freedom to choose the retirement plan they want. "At a time when working families a… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Oxford Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Oxford Fire Department will receive $333,706 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program for staffing. "Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help Oxford Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an eme… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $3.8 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive $3,830,587 to improve security. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program. "This investment will make traveling to and from Grand Rapids safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow. "Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Stabenow Introduces Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act to Strengthen Buy American Requirements

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has introduced three amendments to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that will ensure the Defense Department is complying with Buy American purchasing requirements. These will ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are being used to benefit Michigan workers and businesses and not foreign companies. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes annual defense spending and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Investment for Wayne County Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two Wayne County fire departments will receive $140,211 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The City of Wayne Fire Department will receive $14,972 to train officers in fire inspection, and the Westland Fire Department will receive $125,239 to purchase and install smoke alarms in senior and low income homes. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts goes a long way… Continue Reading

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