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06.21.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Downtown Marquette Business

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced new federal support for Donckers, a historic Marquette restaurant and chocolatier. The $11,364 grant will be used to help the business install solar panels. "I've had the opportunity to visit Donckers and know how special they are to Marquette's unique Downtown," said Senator Stabenow. "This support will not only help them be more energy efficient and support Michigan'… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Stabenow, Peters, Bergman Ready to Support Flood-Damaged Communities in the Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) as well as Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) offered support of any request by the State of Michigan for federal assistance in responding to the widespread flooding that occurred following the heavy rainfall in Houghton and Menominee Counties. On Monday, Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster in Houghton and Menominee counties to make state resources available in the response and recovery effort. "We understand the State of M… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Stabenow Calls on Trump to Oppose Oil and Gas Drilling in the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today raised the alarm that President Trump's recent Executive Order could open the door to oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. This would violate the law passed by Senator Stabenow that bans oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. "The economic and environmental significance of the Great Lakes cannot be overstated," Stabenow wrote. "Our Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth, supply drinking water to over 4… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Stabenow Votes for Senate Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) voted in favor of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate by a margin of 85-10. The bill now heads to conference with the House of Representatives. "This bill makes a big investment in Michigan's defense industry and gives a pay raise to our troops," said Senator Stabenow. "We also made important progress towards upgrading the Soo Locks and increased support to address the growing problem of PFAS chemical con… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Michigan Leaders Agree: Senator Stabenow’s Bipartisan Farm Bill is a Win for Michigan

Today, Michigan agricultural, conservation, healthy food and business groups widely praised the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill, co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. The Farm Bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a strong bipartisan vote of 20-1 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest in… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Stabenow’s Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow's 2018 Farm Bill by a wide bipartisan margin, 20-1. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest industry. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan's Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting Michigan forestry, supporting local food economies and providing hea… Continue Reading


06.06.18

Stabenow Introduces Legislation Requiring Trump Administration to Release Buy American Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced the Keep Buying American Act of 2018 (S. 3006) requiring the federal agencies covered by President Trump's April 2017 Buy American executive order to publicly release reports on how they are complying with our nation's Buy American laws. These reports should contain recommendations to strengthen compliance with Buy American laws to protect American workers and manufacturers. They are not currently available to the public or … Continue Reading


06.05.18

Senator Stabenow Visits Small Businesses in Dearborn

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Dearborn as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with the business owners at Dearborn Fresh Supermarket, New Yasmeen Bakery and Qahwah House. 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 Hav… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Senator Stabenow Visits Small Business in Cheboygan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Cheboygan as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with the business owners at U.S. Ski Pole Company which is the only manufacturer of 100% carbon fiber ski poles in the United States. 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 Rapid… Continue Reading


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

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