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05.24.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce New Pipeline Safety Legislation

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced a package of bills that would increase pipeline safety in and around the Great Lakes and account for the unique needs of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The bills announced today would raise liability caps for Great Lakes pipeline operators; expand and clarify U.S. Secretary of Transportation's authority to suspend or shut down unsafe oil pipelines; strengthen federal review of oil spill response plans; increase transparency surrounding o… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Stabenow Statement on CBO Score of Trumpcare

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on the Congressional Budget Office's score of Trumpcare that shows 23 million people would lose health insurance: "Today's non-partisan report confirms once again that Trumpcare is a bad deal for Michigan families. It raises costs and takes us back to the days when insurance companies were in charge of your health care. If you or your family member has a "preexisting condition" like cancer, pregnancy, or diabetes, you could lose cover… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Stabenow Statement on Trump Budget Request that Eliminates Great Lakes Funding

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following news that President Trump's full budget request for the 2018 fiscal year still completely eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: "It's official-President Trump's 2018 budget zeros out funding for our Great Lakes. Thanks to thousands of people across Michigan speaking out, we already stopped cuts for this year. This is a moment for Michigan when we all need to stand together to protect our Great Lake… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Stabenow Statement Following DeVos Speech Outlining Massive Cuts to Public Education

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following a speech by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos outlining a proposal to make massive cuts to public education: "Parents' worst fears were realized today when Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the Trump Administration's plan to shift billions of dollars away from our nation's public schools. These policies have already failed children and families in Michigan and now Secretary DeVos wants to implement them nationwide. Instead o… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Saugatuck Township Fire District

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $41,885 for the Saugatuck Township Fire District to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Saugatuck 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 and effect… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $458,666 for two fire departments in Southeast Michigan to help purchase equipment. The grants come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Ypsilanti City Fire Department has been awarded $451,237, and the Armada Township Fire Department has been awarded $7,429. "Our firefighters in Southeast Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration’s NAFTA Renegotiation Notice

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's NAFTA renegotiation notice: "In the 23 years since NAFTA was signed, our country has lost too many good-paying manufacturing jobs to other countries. No other state has felt the pain of those losses more than Michigan. Given NAFTA's importance to our workers, our farmers, and our economy, a modernization is long overdue. As we move forward, we need to make sure that any changes to NAFTA lead… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Stabenow, Peters & Alexander Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced they are reintroducing the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act to encourage investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In the 114th Congress, Senators Peters, Stabenow and Alexander introduced similar legislation, which was approved by the U.S. Senate as part of the Energy Po… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Stabenow Statement on Appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following news that the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel in the Russia investigation: "I welcome the news that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to look into ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is a highly qualified and well-respected law enforcement official who served both Presidents B… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Senator Stabenow Receives Praise and Recognition from Small Business Council of America

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was presented with the Small Business Council of America's Special Congressional Achievement award during the 34th Annual Congressional Awards Reception. Stabenow was recognized for her tireless work as a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees and her continued role as a champion of small businesses. She is only the 6th member of Congress to ever receive this award. Senator Stabenow has been a strong advocate for small businesses, cutting taxes and incre… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Support for Four West Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded $479,055 for four West Michigan fire departments to help purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses. The regional award will be shared by Algoma Township Fire Department, Sparta Fire Department, Rockford Fire Department, and Courtland Township Fire Department. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in West Michigan put their lives on the line to protec… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Stabenow, Peters Call on Trump Administration to Protect Worker and Retiree Pensions

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today led a group of 14 Senators outlining the importance of protecting pensions for workers and retirees. The Senators requested information from the Administration on its plan to address critical issues in the multiemployer pension system. "As you may know, millions of American workers and retirees - through no fault of their own - are at risk of losing a substantial portion of their pensions because their plans are at imminent risk of becomi… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senator Stabenow Votes to Confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next United States Trade Representative: "Robert Lighthizer has decades of international trade experience that I expect him to use to hold countries like China accountable when they violate our trade laws and hurt our Michigan workers and businesses. I look forward to working with him on a trade agenda that levels the playing field for our workers and manufacturers and… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $500,000 in Support for Five Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $505,964 for five fire departments in Southeast Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. Lincoln Park Fire Department has been awarded an $85,455 grant. Waterford Regional Fire Department has been awarded a $250,091 grant. Dearborn Heights Fire Department has been awarded a $63,637 grant. Kenockee Township Fire Department has been awarded… Continue Reading


05.06.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Hosts Farm Bill Field Hearing in Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the Farm Bill field hearing in Frankenmuth, Mich. entitled: Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: First, I'd like to thank our witnesses for taking time out of their weekend to be with us for… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on House Passage of American Health Care Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to advance the American Health Care Act: "I'm committed to working across the aisle to lower health care costs for Michigan families and small businesses, make prescription drugs more affordable, and improve care for middle-class families. House Republicans instead passed a plan today that would raise costs for Michigan families, eliminate protections if you or a family member has a … Continue Reading


05.03.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Funding for Economic Development in West Michigan

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission will receive a $210,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help spur economic development in West Michigan. "Strong regional coordination helps attract new businesses and new jobs to West Michigan," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this funding, which will help ensure the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission can… Continue Reading


05.03.17

Federal Funding Bill Includes Stabenow’s Legislation to Reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the fiscal year 2017 federal appropriations bill includes her legislation to reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants for college students in Michigan and across the country. Stabenow's bill includes provisions that will allow low and moderate income students to use Pell Grants for three semesters each academic year, rather than the current law's limit of two semesters. "I am committed to supporting the 257,000 students in Michigan who rely on Pe… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Senator Stabenow Continues Small Business Tour in Three Rivers

Last weekend, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow continued her Michigan small business tour in Three Rivers. Senator Stabenow toured MVB Improvements, Parker Jewelers and PinUp Salon. After last weekend's stops Senator Stabenow's tour has visited over 80 small businesses in Michigan. "The community in Three Rivers truly knows the definition of hard work and it is clear the focus here is on empowering small business," said Senator Stabenow. "It is truly inspiring to talk to those who have invested t… Continue Reading


05.01.17

Stabenow Statement on Bipartisan Effort to Protect Great Lakes Funding in Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement on her bipartisan efforts to stop President Trump's proposed $50 million cut in Great Lakes funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill: "I am pleased to have successfully led the bipartisan effort to stop President Trump from cutting $50 million in Great Lakes funding this year. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has always received bipartisan support and is absolutely cr… Continue Reading

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