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06.20.17

ICYMI: Senator Stabenow Joins Senate Democrats to Hold the Floor, Calls on Republicans to Make Health Care Bill Public (VIDEO)

Last night, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined other Senate Democrats to hold the Senate floor and call on Republicans to make the text of their health care bill public. Video of Senator Stabenow's speech is available here and a transcript is included below. To watch the full coverage of the Senate floor, click here. "Republicans are hiding their bill because they know it is a bad deal for American families," said Senator Stabenow. "Costs go up, care goes down, all to cut taxes fo… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Stabenow, Peters, Upton Announce that President Will Award Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Congressman Fred Upton today announced that President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan on July 31, 2017. This follows legislation passed by Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Upton to make then-Private First Class McCloughan eligible for our nation's highest military honor. Their legislation passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act and was signed into law by Pres… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Plymouth and Ann Arbor

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with businesses in Plymouth and Ann Arbor as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Compari's on the Park, Dearborn Jewelers, Spa Agio, and Argus Farm Stop. Stabenow's tour has included over 90 stops in communities across the state including East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portland, Ionia, Battle Creek, Albion… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Senator Stabenow Praises New Investments to Connect Michigan Schools with Locally Grown Food

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement to award new funds to support two innovative initiatives that will bring locally grown food to Michigan school cafeterias. The grant funding was made available through USDA's Farm to School Program, which helps schools source fresh and healthy local foods. The Farm to School Program also educates students about how fo… Continue Reading


06.09.17

Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Protect and Restore Recreational Fisheries

As Free Fishing Weekend kicks off across Michigan, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced two bills to protect and restore fisheries across the state. Fishing is critical to tourism and our Michigan way of life. Millions of anglers visit the State of Michigan every year, contributing more than $4 billion to our economy. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) also introduced both bills today. "Our Great Lakes economy depends on tourism, including fishing and boating," said Se… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $200,000 for Three Land and Water Conservation Projects in Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Gary Peters announced $222,800 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to support land and water conservation projects throughout Michigan. The funding is provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program. Livingston County will receive $86,000 to develop trails, sports fields, and recreation … Continue Reading


06.08.17

Stabenow, Bergman and Michigan Delegation Members Introduce Bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Jack Bergman, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, and Representatives Sandy Levin, Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, Tim Walberg, Dan Kildee, Mike Bishop, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, and Paul Mitchell today introduced the bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act. The legislation authorizes the necessary level of funding to construct another Poe-sized lock. Introduction of this legislation comes just days after seven Members of Michigan's… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following a speech by President Trump today discussing his infrastructure proposal: "I intend to work with President Trump and his Administration on an infrastructure plan that benefits people in Michigan and across the country. It is so important to Michigan that we upgrade our aging Soo Locks and our Great Lakes harbors. We must also provide our small towns and rural communities with the tools they need to succeed, like improved w… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for Robust Funding for National Sea Grant College Program

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of 25 senators in a letter calling for robust funding for the National Sea Grant College Program, which President Trump proposed to eliminate in his fiscal year 2018 budget. The National Sea Grant College Program provides vital support to local businesses and is a crucial resource for Michigan's coastal communities. "We urge you to reject the administration's proposed elimination of the National Sea Grant College Progra… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Green Oak Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $206,757 for the Green Oak Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Green Oak Township 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 safel… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Wyoming Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $45,644 for the Wyoming Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Wyoming put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "It is important that these brave men and women have the equipment they need to help them do their jobs each and every day." "Families in Wyoming rely … Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in East Tawas and Alpena

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with businesses in East Tawas and Alpena as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Branham's Jewelry, Tawas Tools, Stoney Acres Winery, and Employment Services, Inc. (ESI). Stabenow's tour has included over 80 stops in communities across the state including Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portland, Ionia, Battle Creek, Albion, Har… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Michigan Congressional Delegation Tour Highlights Importance of Soo Locks to Economy, National Security

Seven Members of Michigan's Congressional Delegation were joined by Governor Rick Snyder on a bipartisan tour of the Soo Locks. The tour highlighted the importance of the Locks to our state and country's economy and national security. Members also discussed the critical need to upgrade and build a replacement lock, ensuring this vital gateway for commerce and jobs remains open. The Soo Locks facility is comprised of four parallel locks - the Poe, the MacArthur, the Sabin, and the Davis. T… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Flint Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $275,910 for the Flint Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Flint Township 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 ef… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $780,000 in Support for Mid-Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $786,887 for fire departments in Mid-Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Dewitt Township Fire Department has been awarded a $674,910 regional grant to be used throughout Clinton County. The Somerset Township Fire Department has been awarded a $60,667 grant. The Benton Township Fire Department has been awarded a $13,810 grant. The… Continue Reading


05.26.17

ICYMI: Senator Stabenow Questions OMB Director Mulvaney on Trump’s Budget Cuts to the Great Lakes (VIDEO)

During a hearing in the Senate Budget Committee on the President's 2018 Budget, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) questioned OMB Director Mick Mulvaney about zeroing out funding for the Great Lakes in Fiscal Year 2018. Video of the exchange is available here and a transcript is included below. To watch the full hearing, click here. Senator Stabenow: "I have tremendous concerns about a wide variety of issues in the budget and how they don't match up with priorities of Michigan families. Bu… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Support for City of Flint Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded $267,069 for the City of Flint Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Flint 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 effectively.… Continue Reading


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

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