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08.18.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $400,000 in Support for Madison Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Madison Township Fire Department will receive $411,654 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program to help hire three new full-time firefighters. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help Madison Township Fire Department make sure there is alw… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $100,000 of Support for Armada Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Armada Township Fire Department will receive $104,762 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase a new quick attack/brush truck, a firefighting vehicle that can operate in a range of environments. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "It is critical that our firefighters and first responders have t… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $320,000 of Support for West Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two fire departments in West Michigan will receive $328,583 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. Montcalm County Emergency Services has been awarded $154,773 to purchase ten Automatic Compression Devices (ACD) that will provide First Responders with another set of hands when treating a patient. The Allegan Fire District has been awarded $173,810 to purchase 24 ne… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Stabenow Statement on Beginning of Talks to Renegotiate NAFTA

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on the beginning of talks between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to renegotiate NAFTA: "Given NAFTA's importance to our workers, businesses, farmers, and our economy in Michigan, a modernization is long overdue. As talks begin this week, it is critical that the Trump Administration focus on stronger trade enforcement, combating currency manipulation, enacting strong and effective labor and environmental rules, and updating prov… Continue Reading


08.14.17

Stabenow Announces New Legislation to Crack Down on Prescription Drug Costs and Increase Drug Price Transparency

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced two new bills she is sponsoring to crack down on skyrocketing prescription drug prices. The Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act would allow Medicare to negotiate the best possible prices of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies and bans Medicare from doing so. The Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry fr… Continue Reading


08.14.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Eaton Rapids

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Eaton Rapids as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Auntie's Deli, Pettit Hardware and Mark's Place. Stabenow's tour has included over 100 stops in communities across the state including Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portl… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Wayne and Dundee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Wayne and Dundee as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Icon Computer and Karma Coffee Shop in Wayne before traveling to Dundee to visit Swan Creek Candle, Cella-Mar Studio of Hair Design and Dave Arthur Architect. Stabenow's tour has included over 100 stops in communities across the state including Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Riv… Continue Reading


08.10.17

Stabenow, Collins, Capito, Markey Announce TRICARE Will Cover New Care Plans for Families of Alzheimer’s Patients

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Ed Markey (D-MA) today announced that the Department of Defense would cover new care plans to support Alzheimer's patients covered through TRICARE and their families. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and more than 15 million people serve as their caregivers. The Senators had strongly urged the Department of Defense to make sure that anyone who receives TRICARE could also ha… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Sen. Stabenow Highlights Great Lakes Restoration Success Stories Across Michigan, Importance of Federal Funding

This month, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is highlighting Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) success stories throughout Michigan and the importance of federal funding to protect our lakes and waterways. Stabenow today joined Bill Rose, the President and CEO of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Jamie McCarthy, the Watershed Coordinator for the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, and Tim Suprise, the founder and CEO of Arcadia Ales, to highlight the completion of the Kalamazoo Fen Restoration. Sta… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Stabenow Statement on Release of Brandon Road Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Brandon Road Study, a draft plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes: "After news that a live silver carp was found only nine miles from Lake Michigan, the Administration has finally released this critical study. It is encouraging that the Army Corps is considering concrete actions to stop the carp from entering our Great Lakes. Its urgent that we… Continue Reading


08.07.17

Senator Stabenow Announces More Than $3.5 Million to Expand Double Up Food Bucks throughout Michigan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today announced more than $3.5 million in new federal funding to expand the successful Double Up Food Bucks program in Michigan. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program, which Stabenow authored in the 2014 Farm Bill. The grant will be matched by private funding, totaling to $7 million in new… Continue Reading


08.04.17

Senator Stabenow Returns Blue Slip for Nomination of Justice Joan Larsen to Serve on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has returned the blue slip for Justice Joan Larsen's nomination to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. "Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments," said Senator Stabenow. "As part of my constitutional duty, I have consulted with Michigan's legal community, reviewed Justice Larson's background and qualifications and most recently, personally met with her. My meeting with Justice Larson was productive. I have returne… Continue Reading


08.04.17

Senator Stabenow Highlights Great Lakes Restoration Success Stories Across Michigan, Importance of Federal Funding

This month, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is highlighting Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) success stories throughout Michigan and the importance of federal funding to protect our lakes and waterways. Stabenow today joined the Alliance of Rouge Communities, the City of Wayne, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the Rouge River to see the completed Wayne Road Dam Removal and Habitat Improvement Project. Stabenow authored the GLRI in 2010 and is leading the bi… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Senator Stabenow Announces Medicare at 55 Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced the Medicare at 55 Act, which provides an option for people between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare. There are 1.4 million people in Michigan between the ages of 55 and 64, and many of them are burdened by high insurance premiums, unaffordable deductibles and limited options. "People between the ages of 55 and 64 often have more health problems and face higher health care costs but aren't yet eligible for Medicare," said Senat… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $2.4 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Kalamazoo County will receive $2,458,304 to rehabilitate runways at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "This investment will make traveling to and from Southwest Michigan safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow. "Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage bu… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Stabenow, Peters Announce an Additional $2.5 Million for Ford Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Ford Airport in Iron Mountain/Kingsford will receive an additional $2,597,745 grant from the Department of Transportation to complete the rehabilitation of the runway and the reconstruction of its lighting. Last week, Stabenow and Peters announced that Ford Airport would receive a $2,246,044 grant to address these improvements. In total, the airport will receive $4,843,789 in funding. "This investment will make travelling to and from … Continue Reading


08.02.17

Stabenow, Peters Commend Federal Action on Flood Assistance for Michigan Families

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today commended the approval of a major disaster declaration for the State of Michigan providing assistance to families following severe flooding that affected Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland Counties. The four counties have declared states of emergency, and the damage from the flooding is estimated to be over $100 million. "Michigan families are resilient," said Senator Stabenow. "Today's declaration will provide critical federal support t… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Coldwater and Kalamazoo

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Coldwater and Kalamazoo as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Jeannie's Diner, Lilah's Bridal, and Tilted Tulip Florist in Coldwater before traveling to Kalamazoo to visit Bell's Brewery. Stabenow's tour has included over 100 stops in communities across the state including Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Plea… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Over $640,000 in Support of Southeastern Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded the announcement that two fire departments in Southeastern Michigan will receive $643,105 in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Brandon Fire Department will receive $11,286, which will fund an air unit to support their self-contained breathing apparatus. The St. Clair Shores Fire Department will receive $631,819, which will be used to purchase a new hybrid ladder/pumpe… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Nomination of Former Representative Pete Hoekstra to be U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced their support for former Representative Pete Hoekstra to be United States Ambassador to the Netherlands. "Former Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously said: 'Politics stop at the water's edge,'" said Senator Stabenow. "While Pete and I have often been on opposite sides of issues, I know he is well suited to serve our country in this new role as Ambassador. I look forward to supporting his nomination and intr… Continue Reading

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