Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined their colleagues to introduce legislation to establish an interagency task force charged with identifying and addressing disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities in Michigan during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus outbreak has heightened the urgent need to address longstanding inequities in the American health care system, particularly for minority communities who have long struggled to access high-qualit… Continue Reading


Democrats and Republicans Urge the Trump Administration to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), John Cornyn (TX), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), and Dan Sullivan (AK), along with 22 of their colleagues, urged the Trump Administration to fund behavioral health centers that provide treatment to Americans with mental health and substance use disorders. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, behavioral health services are needed now more than ever while funding is being reduced. In a letter, the Senators asked the Administration to support Community Behavioral Health… Continue Reading


Stabenow & Peters Call for Efficient, Coordinated Contact Tracing to Limit Spread of Coronavirus and Help Reopen Economy

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters this week called on Congressional Leaders to include $8 billion in new funding for contact tracing initiatives in the next Congressional Coronavirus response package. Infectious disease experts argue that robust contact tracing programs are key to stopping the spread of the virus and safely reopening the economy. The funding would be used to help states and localities recruit, hire, and train contact tracers and deploy voluntary digital tools that ca… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Call for Stronger Federal Response to Coronavirus Pandemic by Incentivizing Companies to Manufacture Critical Medical Supplies

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced they are joining their colleagues to introduce legislation to strengthen the federal government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic under the Defense Production Act, which gives the government the ability to incentivize and direct companies to produce vital medical supplies. The Trump Administration has not fully utilized authorities under the law to address the pandemic, including to direct additional manufacturing of personal protectiv… Continue Reading


Report: Racial Disparities on Full Display: COVID-19 is Disproportionately Affecting Communities of Color

Senator Debbie Stabenow released a report detailing how communities of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The report can be found here. ###… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on the U.S. Navy choosing Marinette Marine Shipyard to Build New Ships

Today, Senator Stabenow celebrated the announcement that Marinette Marine shipyard, which employs a number of Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula, will build new ships for the U.S. Navy. "Today's announcement is great news for Michigan workers and great news for our economy here in the Great Lakes region. This contract will create new jobs and help to ensure Michigan's manufacturing workforce remains strong long into the future. Both workers in the Upper Peninsula and suppliers throughout th… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Press Trump Administration to Take Immediate Steps, Provide Immediate Relief to Hospital & Health Care Providers in Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters pressed the Trump Administration to ensure that health care providers and hospitals gain immediate access to the additional funding recently passed by Congress. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, Stabenow and Peters reiterated the need to ensure that all $175 billion issued in financial relief for hospitals and health care systems be distributed without further delay. "Michigan providers are under se… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Announces Over $54 Million in New Funding For Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Across Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that 18 Michigan community mental health organizations have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. Michigan will receive $54,452,014 in new funding for the clinics. This is a result of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act by Senator Stabenow and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). This law established new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which are transforming the way behavioral health… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Fourth Bipartisan Coronavirus Package to Bolster Small Businesses and Health Care Needs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced the U.S. Senate passed a $484 billion package to support small businesses, provide additional funding for hospitals and health care providers, and invest in a widespread testing plan. "Michigan families, farms, and businesses are facing unprecedented hardship while COVID-19 is still taking too many precious lives in Michigan. I know so many businesses and workers are understandably eager to get back to work. And we won't be able to do that … Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Back Whitmer’s Call to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for Federal Assistance to Battle Coronavirus

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant Governor Gretchen Whitmer's request to waive all cost-sharing requirements for the State of Michigan in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On March 27, President Trump granted the State of Michigan a Major Disaster Declaration and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Under the Public Assistance program, emergency work, including Dir… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Announces $762,000 Investment to Improve Water Quality and Fishing Opportunities in West Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a new $762,740 investment, which will be matched by private investments, to improve water quality and fishing opportunities in six West Michigan counties. This innovative new partnership is one of 11 projects in Michigan made possible by the Farm Bill's Regional Conservation Partnership Program, authored by Stabenow. "Bringing together local leaders to work… Continue Reading


After Push from Stabenow & Peters, Veterans to Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that $1,200 stimulus checks will automatically go to veterans currently receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senators now have succeeded in getting the Trump Administration to reverse course and automatically send stimulus checks to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients as well as VA beneficiar… Continue Reading


Report: U.S. Lags the World in Testing, Leads the World in COVID-19 Cases

Senator Debbie Stabenow released a report detailing how the United States is drastically behind in testing compared in other countries. The report can be found here. ###… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Help Address Reported Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Outcomes

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bill this week to help address the reported racial disparities in COVID-19 testing, treatment, and outcomes. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data about the testing, treatment, and outcomes of COVID-19. The Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act of 2020 requires HHS to provide a report to Congress with this data wit… Continue Reading


Following Calls from Stabenow & Peters, IRS to Automatically Send Stimulus Checks to SSI Beneficiaries

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the agency will automatically send $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans currently receiving benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Earlier this month the Senators called on the Trump Administration to automatically issue stimulus checks to recipients of benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to file a tax re… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters to Participate in Virtual Town Hall Thursday to Answer Constituent Questions about COVID-19

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced their participation in a special one-hour virtual town hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to answer constituent questions about the COVID-19 crisis. The live town hall will be broadcast on Channels 2 (WJBK-TV), 4 (WDIV-TV), 7 (WXYZ-TV), 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV). This broadcast will be shared with broadcast TV and radio stations across Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Association o… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration for Information and Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force to lead a national inventory of the country's COVID-19 diagnostic test supply, release public data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. In their letter, the Senators point out the need for widespread diagnostic testing in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak. "Over three weeks a… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Urge COVID-19 Relief for Michigan Farmers

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide relief to Michigan farmers and keep families supplied with food during the COVID-19 crisis. "Michigan farmers have been hit hard by this global pandemic and will continue to struggle with the disruptions caused by this disease," wrote the Senators. "Our farmers need assistance during this crisis as they continue to work every day to prevent shortages and keep us supplied wit… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Announce Michigan Hospitals, Health Care Providers Will Receive More Than $936 Million for Coronavirus Response Efforts

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be distributing more than $936 million to hospitals and health care providers in Michigan. Stabenow and Peters successfully fought for an increase in funding for hospitals and health care providers during negotiations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure those fighting on the front lines would receive the support and resources … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow: Michigan First in Nation to Provide Pandemic Nutrition Assistance for Children During COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that Michigan is the first state in the nation to provide additional nutrition assistance through a new program for 750,000 children who lost access to school meals during closures. Stabenow led the effort to ensure the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program was included in the Families First Coronavirus Act. "I'm pleased that Michigan will be th… Continue Reading

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