Peters, Portman, Stabenow, Duckworth Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Great Lakes Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. Despite holding one-fifth of… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Former Congressman John Dingell

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following the passing of former U.S. Congressman John Dingell: "Congressman John Dingell-the Dean of the House and my dear friend-was not merely a witness to history. He was a maker of it. His original family name, translated into Polish, meant 'blacksmith.' Nothing could be more fitting for a man who hammered out our nation's laws, forging a stronger union that could weather the challenges of the future. John Dingell loved Michigan. H… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Announce $19.2 Million for Flash Flooding Recovery Efforts in the Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a grant totaling $19.2 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for disaster recovery projects in Gogebic, Houghton and Meonminee Counties. The funding will be used to repair highways and roads that were significantly damaged as a result of the flash flooding t… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), as well as Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced in August 2018 in the wake of Franklin's passing. The Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act would honor Franklin's role in shaping the nation's c… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address: "I am deeply concerned about the direction of our country reflected in the President's address this evening. We need to come together and find bipartisan solutions on issues important to Michigan like fixing our nation's infrastructure, lowering the cost of health care, and keeping jobs in the United States."… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Introduces Bill to Stop President from Using Emergency Declaration to Raid Critical Michigan Priorities

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations (RAIDER) Act of 2019. This legislation prevents the president from utilizing the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to raid any funding from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Military Construction accounts for construction, land acquisition, or other activities related to President's Trump's border wall following any potent… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Funding to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced seven school-based health centers in Michigan will receive $696,861 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resouces and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding will increase access to mental health, substance abuse and childhood obesity-related services in school-based health centers. The centers receiving funding are:… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Announces New Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that two new Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. St. Clair County Community Mental Health Authority will receive $4 million and Washtenaw County will receive $3,426,420. Each clinic will receive this funding over the next two years to provide comprehensive behavioral health and addiction treatment services. Last year, Senator Stabenow announced the selection of the first fou… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend Community Health Center Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which would reauthorize community health center funding for five years. Funding for the program will expire September 30th this year. Community health centers, or Federally Qualified Health Centers, provide comprehensive medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services to underserved communities. In addition, the bipartisan bill provides annual fundi… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow and Peters Request Update from Army Corps on Plans to Divert Money from Soo Locks, Other Michigan Infrastructure Priorities to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following news reports that President Trump is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to identify funds that could be used for construction of a border wall, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, wrote to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to request an update on any intentions to reallocate funds away from the Soo Locks and other Michigan infrastructu… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Americans pay - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Already this year, prices on more than 1,000 medications have experienced an average price hike of six percent. "It's absurd that our own government is prohibited from negotiating lower prescription drug prices for seniors under Medicare a… Continue Reading


Given Changes in Tax Code, Stabenow, Wyden, Senators Ask Treasury Secretary Why Taxpayer Advocate Not Considered Essential Service during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), member of the Senate Finance Committee, Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 15 other Senators today raised concerns regarding the impact of the government shutdown on services to taxpayers at the beginning of the first filing season under the new tax code. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators asked why the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which directly helps more than 200,000 taxpayers resolve tax and filing issues mos… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: "The next head of the EPA must stand with us to protect our Great Lakes and make decisions based on sound science. I voted against Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy EPA Administrator because I had no confidence he would do that. I am deeply concerned that he will continue Scott Pruitt's legacy of undermining protections… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Delivers Floor Remarks on Impact of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today spoke on the Senate Floor regarding the ongoing government shutdown and its impact on families in Michigan and across the country. "This shutdown fight shouldn't be about politics. It should be about people," said Stabenow. "And it's the American people who are losing. A transcript of her remarks may be found below. Video of her remarks may be found here. ### "Mr. President: "Here in Washington, President Trump i… Continue Reading


Stabenow Calls on Senate Republicans to Allow Vote on Funding Bills That Would Re-Open Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed government funding bills that would end the 13-day partial government shutdown: "This government shutdown is hurting Michigan and our country. It is forcing thousands of border agents and TSA officers to work without pay, creating instability for our farmers, and threatening funding for our Great Lakes. Tonight, the House of Representatives passed two bills to re-op… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Nominates 32 Michigan Students to Military Academies

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today that she has nominated 32 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


Stabenow, Peters, Amash Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Lake Odessa Post Office after Michigan’s First Female Letter Carrier

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) as well as U.S. Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 1850 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa as the "Donna Sauers Besko Post Office Building." Donna Sauers Besko was an Okemos native who became Michigan's first female letter carrier. This legislation, authored by Congressman Justin Amash, passed the House of Representatives earlier this mont… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow: President Trump Signs Bipartisan Farm Bill

Today U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow applauded the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill after President Trump signed the bill into law. Stabenow co-authored the bill as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. "The 2018 Farm Bill is now the law of the land," said Senator Stabenow. "In Michigan, agriculture is our second largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. This bill will grow our state's diverse agricultural economy and support our farmers, fami… Continue Reading


Senate Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Stabenow Bill to Ensure Veterans in Michigan Receive Full Housing Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced unanimous Senate passage of legislation she cosponsored, the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans in Michigan for missed or underpaid housing benefits. In 2017, Congress passed the Forever GI Bill which was designed to reimburse student veterans based on the zip code they live in and not the location of their school. Following passage, the VA issued a number of improper payme… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow, Mayor Duggan, Agriculture Leaders Highlight Farm Bill Wins for Michigan

DETROIT - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Michigan agriculture leaders today highlighted the wins for Michigan in the recently passed 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill at an event at Eastern Market. They were joined by Mike DiBernardo from Eastern Market, Pete and Paul Blake from Blake's Orchard, as well as Jerry Ann Hebron from Oakland Avenue Urban Farm. "It was so great to join … Continue Reading

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