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01.25.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient James “Doc” McCloughan as Her State of the Union Guest

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that her guest for the 2018 State of the Union address will be James "Doc" McCloughan, a Vietnam veteran and South Haven native who last year received the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military honor. Legislation passed by Senator Stabenow and signed into law by President Obama made McCloughan eligible for the Congressional Medal of Honor. "I am so honored to have hero Jim McCloughan as my guest for this year's State o… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Stabenow, Peters Statements on Trump Administration’s Tariff Decision

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today released statements on the Trump Administration's decision to impose tariffs on foreign-made washing machines. This follows calls from Stabenow and Peters for the International Trade Commission to recommend that the Trump Administration take strong action against these imports that harm domestic manufacturers. "Our Michigan workers and manufacturers are the best in the world and can compete with anyone when given a level pla… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Call to Fund Testing and Development of Self-Driving Cars in Government Spending Deal

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today led a bipartisan call to fund the testing and development of connected and self-driving cars as part of any government spending deal that is negotiated for 2018. The Senators made their request in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), respectively. U.S. Senators Thom Ti… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Howell

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Howell as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow was joined by the Howell area Chamber of Commerce as she met with business owners at Uptown Coffeehouse, Heart of Michigan, Cleary's Pub and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Howell was recently named as a finalist for the National Main Street Award. Stabenow's tour has included over 130 stops in communities across the state including Indian Village, West Village, Munising,… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Push to Fund Critical Strategy to Protect Great Lakes Coastline in Next Year’s Budget

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, today led a bipartisan push to provide funding for the Great Lakes Coastline Resiliency Study, a critical strategy to protect coastlines across the state, in the fiscal year 2019 budget. Following recent hurricanes that have caused massive flooding across the country, this study would help Great Lakes states to b… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Stabenow Statement on Passing of Shirley Rodgers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the passing of longtime Lansing Board of Education member Shirley Rodgers: "I am very sad to hear of the passing of my dear friend, Shirley Rodgers. Shirley dedicated her life to public service and was a champion for the people of Lansing throughout her years in local government. Shirley's passion for improving the lives of those around her was evident to all. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirl… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Stabenow Applauds $890,000 Investment to Improve Maple River Watershed Fishing

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $890,000, which will be matched by private investments, to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Maple River Watershed. This innovative new partnership is one of ten projects in Michigan made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill's Regional Conservation Partnership Program, authored by Stabenow. "This pro… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Stabenow Applauds $1 Million Investment to Protect Lake Erie and Productive Ann Arbor Farmland

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $1,040,000, which will be matched by private funds, to restore Lake Erie and preserve productive farmland around Ann Arbor. This innovative new partnership is one of ten projects in Michigan made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill's Regional Conservation Partnership Program, authored by Stabenow. "This project… Continue Reading


12.26.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow tonight released the following statement on the passing of Tom Baldini, Mayor of Marquette: "Tom Baldini has been an icon in Michigan Democratic politics and the ultimate champion for our UP. His life epitomized the meaning of public service. He was a mentor to so many over the years, and I always valued his friendship and advice. Although his passing leaves a big void, his legacy is a lasting reminder to all of us of what it means to serve. My thoughts and praye… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Senator Stabenow Nominates 44 Michigan Students to Military Academies

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today that she has nominated 44 Michigan students for placement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. "Michigan is fortunate to have so many exceptional students who want to serve our country through military service," said Senator Stabenow. "Having demonstrate… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Stabenow Statement Following Vote on Republican Tax Bill Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following the Senate's vote on the Republican tax bill conference report: "We need tax reform that puts more money in the pockets of the middle class, closes tax loopholes that send jobs overseas and supports small businesses and farms across Michigan-unfortunately, this bill does none of these things. This bill actually raises taxes on middle-class families and seniors and leaves Michigan families without health ins… Continue Reading


12.14.17

Senator Stabenow Announces Legislation to Improve Veterans Health Care

After repeated complaints from providers, veterans, and hospitals across the state, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced new legislation, the Veterans Deserve Better Act, to address serious problems in the federal Veterans Choice program. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which was signed into law in 2014, was designed to reduce wait times and provide medical services to veterans in their own communities. This program is especially critical for veterans in ru… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Senator Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Give Veterans Same Preventive Health Services as General Public

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced bipartisan legislation to give veterans the same preventive health insurance coverage as the general public. The Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness Act will ensure many veterans will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs for preventive health services that are provided free to other Americans. This legislation also adds preventive medications and services to the list of no-fee treatments covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Michigan Delegation Members Encourage Strong EPA Role in Addressing Water Contamination Sites in Belmont, Military Installations Across State

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) today led a letter from members of the Michigan delegation encouraging a strong Environmental Protection Agency role to address water contamination across the state, including the Belmont area and several military installations. In addition to Stabenow, Peters, and Upton, Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05), Dave Trott (MI-11), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Sander Levin (MI-09), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Paul Mi… Continue Reading


12.02.17

Stabenow Statement on Announcement of Rep. Sandy Levin Retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the news that Congressman Sandy Levin (MI-09) will not seek reelection: "For 35 years, the people of Southeast Michigan have known that they could count on Sandy Levin to fight for them in Washington. Every day Sandy has made the people of Michigan his top priority: expanding access to health care, protecting Social Security and unemployment insurance, championing American jobs and workers, supporting … Continue Reading


12.02.17

Stabenow Statement Following Senate Vote on Republican Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement following the Senate's vote on the Republican tax bill: "I've said from the beginning that we need tax reform that makes the tax system simpler, puts more money in your pocket, closes tax loopholes that send jobs overseas and supports small businesses and farms across Michigan. Unfortunately, that isn't at all what this Republican bill does. "I voted no because I could not support raising taxes o… Continue Reading


11.27.17

Stabenow, Peters Raise Alarm over Delay in Finalizing Critical Asian Carp Study

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters, member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter to the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works raising alarm over the delay in finalizing the Brandon Road Study, a critical action-plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Upon news of a second extension of the comment period for a new public meeting in New Orleans, the Senators expressed serious concern once … Continue Reading


11.08.17

Senator Stabenow: Veterans Day Floor Statement

U.S. Senator Stabenow paid tribute to Michigan veterans, including Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan, in advance of Veterans Day. Text of her Floor Statement: Mr. President: I rise today to reflect on Veterans Day and the debt of gratitude each of us owes those who are willing to serve our country in our armed forces. Each year I have the honor of attending Veterans Day events across Michigan. And at each parade, commemoration and solemn ceremony, I am struck not only by the … Continue Reading


11.08.17

Stabenow Calls on Trump Administration to Support Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Following last week's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined 21 other Senators calling on President Trump to provide the necessary funding to combat the opioid epidemic. Only $57,000 is currently available in the Public Health Emergency Fund, which is not enough to make a meaningful difference in the face of an epidemic that claimed nearly 60,000 lives last year. In 2015, Michigan had the seventh most deaths of any sta… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Stabenow, Peters Raise Serious Concerns about Line 5 Pipeline Conditions and Call for Investigation into Enbridge’s Compliance with Reporting and Safety Requirements

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today raised serious concerns about the current conditions of Enbridge's Line 5 Pipeline and called for an investigation into whether Enbridge complied with reporting and safety requirements. The Senators sent letters to the CEO of Enbridge and the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) following recent news reports that Enbridge did not disclose problems in the protective coating of the Line 5 Pipeline for more t… Continue Reading

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