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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


04.03.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds Progress to Provide Relief for Michigan Dairy Farmers

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's (USDA) announcement allowing Michigan dairy farmers to sign up for much-needed support through the new-and-improved Margin Protection Program. Stabenow secured the new assistance for dairy farmers in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act, which offers retroactive coverage to the beginning of the year. The recent improvements a… Continue Reading


04.02.18

Stabenow Announces VA is Moving Forward with Building of New Health Clinic in Traverse City

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected a site and will be moving forward with the construction of a new expanded health clinic in Traverse City. The expanded clinic will be approximately 22,000 square feet and will help alleviate crowding at the current clinic. Plans for the expansion of the VA health clinic in Traverse City have been in the works for years. Stabenow spoke to former VA Se… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Stabenow Unveils New Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) unveiled new legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs during events across the state in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ishpeming, and Traverse City. Americans pay - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Prices for the most popular brand-name drugs have risen 208% from 2008 to 2016, according to AARP. "I continue to stand up to the drug lobbyists and special interests because it is mo… Continue Reading


03.26.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Investment in Michigan State University Agricultural Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of $99,370 for Michigan State University agricultural research. This funding, which comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help Michigan State University conduct important economic research on crop insurance to identify ways to protect farmers against crop damage and income loss … Continue Reading


03.26.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Investment in University of Michigan Agricultural Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of $100,000 for University of Michigan agricultural research. This research funding, which comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will strengthen the nation's biosecurity by testing the effectiveness of air filters in barns to protect livestock from airborne diseases. "There are a… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Announce Funding to Address Drinking Water Contamination in Federal Budget Bill

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill includes funding to address ongoing drinking water contamination issues in communities across Michigan. The appropriations bill now goes before the full House and Senate. The lawmakers: Secured $10 million to fund a health study on the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure, which is critically needed to establ… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Stabenow Announces Full Restoration of Great Lakes Funding and Actions to Combat Asian Carp in Federal Budget Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today announced that the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill restores full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take near- and long-term actions to combat Asian carp. The budget now goes before the full House and Senate. "This budget bill includes important priorities for Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "It restores full funding for the Great … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Stabenow, Peters Call on Small Business Administration to Take Action on State Request for Disaster Declaration in Flood-Damaged Communities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today called on the Small Business Administration to take action on the State of Michigan's request to determine which Michigan counties affected by recent severe flooding may qualify for a federal disaster declaration. The Small Business Administration can provide low-interest loans to eligible residents and businesses so that they can repair and replace property and business assets that were damaged or destroyed. "Heavy rain and snow melts on … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Development of Trail Loop around Belle Isle Park

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $750,000 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to develop a six-mile, multi-use loop trail around Belle Isle Park. The funding is provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program. "Belle Isle is a crown jewel in the City of Detroit." said Senator Stabenow. "It's exciting to see how this and other investments are making Belle Isle an even better dest… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce $3 Million for Improvements to Holly Road in Oakland County

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced the Road Commission for Oakland County will receive $3 million to make safety improvements to Holly Road. The grant will support efforts to resurface and address issues on approximately 4.5 miles on North Holly Road from Grange Hall Road to County Line Road. This two-lane rural road provides access to a regional hospital, a national cemetery and I-75. The project will include drainage improvements, cutting hills to improve sight d… Continue Reading

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