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09.25.18

Stabenow Applauds House Passage of Her Legislation to Eliminate Gag Clauses that Force Customers to Pay More at the Pharmacy Counter

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following House passage of her bipartisan legislation to eliminate outrageous gag clauses that stop pharmacists from telling customers that they could pay less for their prescription if they pay out of pocket. Stabenow's bipartisan Know the Lowest Price Act, which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this month, cracks down on this practice by prohibiting Medicare Part D Plans from restricting a pharmacy's ability to provide drug price in… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Stabenow, Peters Urge the Administration to Take Action to Improve Coverage of Oral and Dental Health for Seniors in Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters as well as 26 of their colleagues yesterday called on the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to improve Medicare coverage of medically necessary oral and dental treatment. Providing seniors in Michigan traditional Medicare coverage for medically necessary oral and dental care will improve oral health and overall wellness as well as potentially reduce costs to the Medicare program. "We urge CMS to use existing regulatory author… Continue Reading


09.20.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Selection of Michigan’s First Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that four Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as the state's first-ever Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. The four clinics are Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Easter Seals Michigan Inc. in Auburn Hills, West Michigan Community Mental Health System in Ludington and Muskegon HealthWest. Each clinic will receive $4 million in funding over the next two years to provide comprehensive beha… Continue Reading


09.11.18

In Grand Rapids, Senator Stabenow Releases New “Buy American” Report

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released her "Buy American" Report, during an event at Plasan North America in Grand Rapids. Her report reveals that federal agencies used loopholes in our nation's Buy American laws to issue over $92 billion in contracts to foreign companies between 2008-2016. For example, the Department of Defense has awarded the most contracts to foreign companies-$154 billion during this time period. More than half of the Defense Department's foreign spending was due… Continue Reading


09.11.18

In Lansing, Senator Stabenow Releases New “Buy American” Report

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released her "Buy American" Report, during an event at Loc Performance in Lansing. Her report reveals that federal agencies used loopholes in our nation's Buy American laws to issue over $92 billion in contracts to foreign companies between 2008-2016. For example, the Department of Defense has awarded the most contracts to foreign companies-$154 billion during this time period. More than half of the Defense Department's foreign spending was due to Buy Am… Continue Reading


09.10.18

In Plymouth, Senator Stabenow Releases New “Buy American” Report

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released her "Buy American" Report, during an event at Loc Performance in Plymouth. Her report reveals that federal agencies used loopholes in our nation's Buy American laws to issue over $92 billion in contracts to foreign companies between 2008-2016. For example, the Department of Defense has awarded the most contracts to foreign companies-$154 billion during this time period. More than half of the Defense Department's foreign spending was due to Buy A… Continue Reading


09.10.18

In Bridgeport, Senator Stabenow Releases New “Buy American” Report

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released her "Buy American" Report, during an event at Cignys in Bridgeport. Her report reveals that federal agencies used loopholes in our nation's Buy American laws to issue over $92 billion in contracts to foreign companies between 2008-2016. For example, the Department of Defense has awarded the most contracts to foreign companies-$154 billion during this time period. More than half of the Defense Department's foreign spending was due to Buy American… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce $104,500 for City of Manistee Fire Department

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the City of Manistee Fire Department will receive $104,500 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to secure safety equipment, including a heart monitor and hydraulic rescue tools. This grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Manistee put their lives on the line to protect our families… Continue Reading


09.07.18

Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration to Support Strong Currency Language in U.S. –South Korea Free Trade Agreement

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today called on the Administration to support strong enforceable currency provisions in the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) negotiations, and to provide them with the details of what was included as part of the final deal reached last March. The Senators' letter follows updates to the KORUS agreement that were sent to Congress earlier this week but did not include any information about the currency language. "We remain concerned ab… Continue Reading


09.07.18

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Stabenow Bill to Crack Down on Gag Clauses that Force Customers to Pay More at the Pharmacy Counter

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today announced that the Senate unanimously passed her bill, the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553). This bipartisan bill cracks down on outrageous gag clauses that stop pharmacists from telling customers that they could pay less for their prescription if they pay out of pocket. Senator Stabenow's legislation is part of her plan to lower the prices of prescription drugs for Michigan families. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bill Cas… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Senator Stabenow Visits Small Businesses in Owosso and Chesaning

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Owosso and Chesaning as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow visited with business owners at The Armory in Owosso before continuing on to Ed Rehmann & Sons Clothing, Ace Hardware, Pintown Pizza & Lanes as well as Creative Passions Retreat Center in Chesaning. Stabenow's tour has included over 160 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Pl… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Stabenow Co-Leads Conference Committee Meeting to Develop a Final Bipartisan Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senators and Representatives from both parties at the first conference committee meeting to develop a final bipartisan Farm Bill. The meeting brings the conference committee one step closer to finalizing a five-year Farm Bill that will create jobs and provide certainty for Michigan's agricultural economy. "In Michigan, agriculture supports one in four jobs. I hear f… Continue Reading


08.31.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce New Legislation to Stop Expansion of Health Care Plans without Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced new legislation to overturn the expansion of health insurance plans that do not protect people with pre-existing conditions. The new legislation is cosponsored by 30 Senators and would rescind the Trump Administration's rule expanding short-term or "junk insurance" plans that do not have to provide health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions or other essential services such as maternity car… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $100,000 in Support of the Redford Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $137,991 for the Redford Township Fire Department to purchase three new hydraulic stretchers and power loading systems. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Redford Township put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help keep the public safe and give our fir… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $4 Million for the Capital Region International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Capital Region International Airport will receive $4,935,550 to expand the airport's pavement for aircraft parking and loading and unloading of cargo. This 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 the Capital Region International Airport safer and more efficient," said Senator St… Continue Reading


08.25.18

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain: "John McCain was a true American hero. He served our country bravely on the battlefield and in public service. His independent spirit and his dedication to doing what is right will be greatly missed. My prayers are with Cindy and the McCain family during this very difficult time."… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $1.5 Million for the Blue Water Transportation Commission

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Blue Water Transportation Commission will receive $1,500,000 to purchase two new electric zero-emission transit buses and provide the necessary infrastructure upgrade to recharge the buses. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. "These new buses are a win-win for our community," said Senator Stabenow. "Many families will have a safe and dependable way to get to work,… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Stabenow, Rounds, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Require Nationwide Testing for PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Detection Act (S.3382) provides the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with $45 million to develop new advanced technologies to detect PFAS and then requires USGS to conduct nationwide sampling for PFAS in the environment. "People across Michigan exposed to P… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Stabenow, Rubio, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Federal Agencies Accountable for Addressing PFAS Contamination at Military Bases Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. The PFAS Accountability Act (S. 3381) sets clear deadlines and reporting requirements for cleaning up PFAS contamination at all federal facilities across the country, including active and decommissioned military ba… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Honoring Aretha Franklin

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Senate passage of a resolution they introduced celebrating the life and legacy of singer Aretha Franklin. Franklin moved to Detroit as a young girl and began her singing career at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. Stabenow and Peters were joined by a bipartisan group of 36 cosponsors. "Aretha Franklin's voice and soul were truly larger than life," said Senator Stabenow. "Today, we celebrate her legacy and recognize her contribut… Continue Reading

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