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09.18.17

Stabenow Opposes Republican Proposal to Take Away Tax-Deferred Retirement Plans

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined other top Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee in opposition to a reported Republican tax proposal that could take away the option of tax-deferred retirement plans, such as 401(k)s and traditional IRAs, to pay for corporate tax breaks. This proposal could force all workers into Roth retirement savings plans, reducing workers' take home pay, and taking away their freedom to choose the retirement plan they want. "At a time when working families a… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Oxford Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Oxford Fire Department will receive $333,706 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program for staffing. "Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help Oxford Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an eme… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $3.8 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive $3,830,587 to improve security. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program. "This investment will make traveling to and from Grand Rapids safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow. "Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Stabenow Introduces Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act to Strengthen Buy American Requirements

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has introduced three amendments to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that will ensure the Defense Department is complying with Buy American purchasing requirements. These will ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are being used to benefit Michigan workers and businesses and not foreign companies. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes annual defense spending and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Investment for Wayne County Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two Wayne County fire departments will receive $140,211 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The City of Wayne Fire Department will receive $14,972 to train officers in fire inspection, and the Westland Fire Department will receive $125,239 to purchase and install smoke alarms in senior and low income homes. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts goes a long way… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $300,000 in Fire Prevention Funding for Grand Rapids Fire Department

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Grand Rapids Fire Department will receive $347,781 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to expand local fire prevention programs in residential areas of Grand Rapids and provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts goes a long way toward saving lives during emergencies," said Senator Peters. "With this funding, the Grand Rapids Fire… Continue Reading


09.08.17

ICYMI: Stabenow Holds Six Workforce Discussions across State, Highlights Great Lakes Restoration Success Stories

Throughout the month of August, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) held a series of workforce discussions focused on how to better fill the demand for skilled workers in Michigan and provide professional career and training opportunities for students who don't choose a four-year college path after high school or workers who want to be retrained for new jobs. The six discussions with business and labor leaders, as well as parents, students, and educators, were held at the Detroit Electrical Indu… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Maple Rapids Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $94,000 for the Maple Rapids Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Maple Rapids put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do their jobs more safely an… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Two Upper Peninsula Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $150,701 for two fire departments in the Upper Peninsula to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Kingsford Public Safety Department will receive a $51,979 grant. The Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department will receive a $98,722 grant. "Our firefighters and first responders in the Upper Peninsula put their lives on the lin… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $1.1 Million in Support for West Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1,159,525 for fire departments in West Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Bronson Fire Department will receive a $218,264 grant. The Burlington Township Fire Department will receive an $80,917 grant. The Charter Township Department of Comstock Fire & Rescue will receive an $860,344 regional grant. "Our firefig… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $680,000 for Chippewa County International Airport

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie will receive a $689,269 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the construction of replacement runway lighting systems, runway rehabilitation, an approach survey to identify existing obstructions to runway approaches, and an update to the Airports Geographic Information System data. "Chippewa County International Airport is a critical source for l… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1,600,000 in Support of Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

- U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two fire departments in Southeast Michigan will receive $1,603,144 in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help recruit and hire new firefighters. Redford Township Fire Department is receiving $1,446,584 to hire six new full time firefighters and Armada Township Fire Department is getting $156,560 to recruit new on-call firefighters. "Fi… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Investment in Fire Prevention for West Michigan

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc., a fire safety educational organization in Kalamazoo, will receive $23,334 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase and install 10-year long-life battery sealed smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to West Michigan children and families. "Providing communities with fire safety training and reliable smoke alarms will ensure that Michigand… Continue Reading


09.01.17

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 City of Ishpeming, Marquette County and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to celebrate the Partridge Creek Diversion Project that was critical to Deer Lake receiving a clean bill of health in 2014. Stabenow authored the GLRI in 2010 and is leading the bi… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Fire and Rescue Department

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Fire and Rescue Department will receive $193,816 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help hire two new full-time firefighter EMTs. "The community depends on the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Fire and Rescue Department to protect their homes, businesses and loved ones duri… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Senator Stabenow Continues Statewide Series of Workforce Discussions in Marquette

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today continued her week-long series of workforce discussions across Michigan at Northern Michigan University's Jacobetti Complex in Marquette. The discussion focused on how to better fill the demand for skilled workers in Michigan and provide professional career and training opportunities for students who don't choose a four-year college path after high school or workers who want to be retrained for new jobs. Stabenow met with local business and labor leaders, North… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Munising

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Munising as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at VanLandschoot & Sons Fish Market, Muldoons Pasties and the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises. Stabenow's tour has included over 110 stops in communities across the state including Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bang… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Senator Stabenow Continues Statewide Series of Workforce Discussions in Traverse City

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today continued her week-long series of workforce discussions across Michigan at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center in Traverse City. The discussion focused on how to better fill the demand for skilled workers in Michigan and provide professional career and training opportunities for students who don't choose a four-year college path after high school or workers who want to be retrained for new jobs. Stabenow met with local business and labor leaders, Nor… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $1.1 Million for Charlevoix Municipal Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the City of Charlevoix will receive $1,176,592 to rehabilitate runways at Charlevoix Municipal 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 travelling to and from Northern Michigan safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow. "Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage bus… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Senator Stabenow Continues Statewide Series of Workforce Discussions in Grand Rapids

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow continued her week-long series of workforce discussions across Michigan at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids. The discussion focused on how to better fill the demand for skilled workers in Michigan and provide professional career and training opportunities for students who don't choose a four-year college path after high school or workers who want to be retrained for new jobs. Stabenow met with local business and labor leaders, Grand Rapids Community Colleg… Continue Reading

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