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12.20.18

Senator Stabenow: President Trump Signs Bipartisan Farm Bill

Today U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow applauded the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill after President Trump signed the bill into law. Stabenow co-authored the bill as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. "The 2018 Farm Bill is now the law of the land," said Senator Stabenow. "In Michigan, agriculture is our second largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. This bill will grow our state's diverse agricultural economy and support our farmers, fami… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Senate Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Stabenow Bill to Ensure Veterans in Michigan Receive Full Housing Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced unanimous Senate passage of legislation she cosponsored, the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans in Michigan for missed or underpaid housing benefits. In 2017, Congress passed the Forever GI Bill which was designed to reimburse student veterans based on the zip code they live in and not the location of their school. Following passage, the VA issued a number of improper payme… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Senator Stabenow, Mayor Duggan, Agriculture Leaders Highlight Farm Bill Wins for Michigan

DETROIT - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Michigan agriculture leaders today highlighted the wins for Michigan in the recently passed 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill at an event at Eastern Market. They were joined by Mike DiBernardo from Eastern Market, Pete and Paul Blake from Blake's Orchard, as well as Jerry Ann Hebron from Oakland Avenue Urban Farm. "It was so great to join … Continue Reading


12.15.18

Stabenow Statement on Federal Court Ruling Threatening Health Care for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the ruling by a federal judge in Texas overturning the Affordable Care Act: "This outrageous ruling threatens health coverage for millions of Americans. If you have a pre-existing condition, you could be denied insurance or have to pay more for your coverage. Without the federal tax credits, insurance would become unaffordable for many Americans and being a woman could once again be considered a pre-e… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Howell Post Office after WWII Veteran

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6020 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building." Sergeant Burgett lived almost his entire adult life in Howell and was a World War II combat veteran. This legislation, authored by Congressman Mike Bishop, passed the House of Representatives in September and Senators Stabenow and Peters led… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Senate Passes Final Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill Co-Authored by Senator Stabenow

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry announced Senate passage of the Farm Bill conference report, which represents the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest industry. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan's Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, prom… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Stabenow: Final Farm Bill has Michigan on Every Page

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry praised the release of the Farm Bill conference report, which represents the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest industry. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan's Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Stabenow & Peters Urge EPA to Protect Michiganders from Lead in Drinking Water

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pressing the agency to implement all of the recommended policies from a July 2017 EPA Inspector General report regarding best practices to prevent another drinking water crisis from lead contamination. While EPA has acted on many of the Inspector General's recommendations, the agency has refused to establish national controls to ensure states are co… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce $40.7 Million for Infrastructure Projects in Sault Ste. Marie, Berrien County

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award two grants totaling $40.7 million for infrastructure projects in Sault Ste. Marie and Berrien County. The $20.7 million will go towards repairs for the Carbide Dock Port, which is located on the same waterway as the Soo Locks and serves as a staging area for vessels needing emergency assistance. The additional $20 million will help directly connect US-31 to I-94 in Berrien Co… Continue Reading


12.04.18

Senator Stabenow, Colleagues Call For Inspector General Investigation into VA’s Failure to Pay Veterans Full Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General Michael Missal to launch an investigation into missed or underpaid VA benefits. Stabenow joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Boozman (R-AR) in a bipartisan letter to the VA's Inspector General calling for answers on how the technical errors occurred, how quickly any reimbursements will be made, and how the VA plans to make sure all benefits will continue to be paid out without interruption. … Continue Reading


12.01.18

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush: "We mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush and honor his lifetime of service to our country - as a Navy pilot in World War II, a diplomat, and a statesman who brought principled leadership to the world. Our hearts are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time."… Continue Reading


11.26.18

Senator Stabenow Statement on the General Motors Plant Closures in Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released the following statement after General Motors announced they plan to close plants in Detroit-Hamtramck and Warren: "I am deeply disappointed by the GM plant closures announcement today and the devastating impact it will have on our workers, their families and our communities. Michigan has the best autoworkers in the world and I know there's no job that they can't handle. As GM considers future investments and products, it is critical that tho… Continue Reading


11.16.18

Stabenow, Peters, Moolenaar Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Beaverton Post Office after WWII Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04) today announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6116 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton as the "Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office." Colonel Asch was a native of Beaverton and a decorated World War II combat veteran. This legislation, authored by Congressman John Moolenaar, passed the House of Representatives in September … Continue Reading


11.15.18

Senator Stabenow, Colleagues Call For Increased Transparency and Action at VA to Process Delayed Veterans Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to provide additional details about its efforts to expedite processing of living stipend payments for veterans receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Stabenow sent a letter with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). According to recent media reports, on-going problems with VA's IT system have resulted in many veterans not receivin… Continue Reading


11.01.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Victory for Michigan Cherry Growers Affected by Unfair Trade

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced a major step forward to protect Michigan's cherry industry, which has struggled from unfair trade practices by other countries. Starting on November 1, U.S. trade officials will no longer allow duty-free access for cherry juice imports from Turkey, providing certainty for Michigan cherry growers. "In Michigan, we grow more tart cherries than any state in… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $1 Million in Funding to Address Oscoda PFAS Contamination

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1 million in new federal funding to help Oscoda Township provide safe drinking water and address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Oscoda Township utilized changes made by Senators Stabenow and Peters in the 2018 bipartisan budget bill to raise the maximum amount of USDA emergency water grants from $500,000 to $1 million. This increase allowed the township to be awarded $1 million in… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Senators Stabenow, Peters Urge the Administration to Take Action to Protect Michigan Students from Lead in Drinking Water

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were joined by 33 of their colleagues this week in calling on the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to protect students from lead in drinking water. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows an estimated 41 percent of public school districts did not test for lead in school drinking water, and a third of districts that were tested showed elevated levels. In Michigan, schools in Detr… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Stabenow, Peters & Kildee Press EPA on Dismissal of Children’s Health Protection Office Director

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the removal of the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection Director, Dr. Ruth Etzel. The lawmakers pressed Wheeler for more details surrounding the dismissal, especially during a period when families across Michigan are facing numerous drinking water contamination crises. "It is imperative that the EPA … Continue Reading


10.10.18

Senator Stabenow Statement on Senate Passage of Her Legislation Authorizing $922 Million for Soo Locks Modernization

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released a statement following Senate passage of her legislation that authorizes full funding for the modernization of the Soo Locks. Her Soo Locks Modernization Act passed the Senate as part of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Stabenow's bipartisan legislation authorizes Congress to provide the necessary funding to construct another Poe-size lock. Earlier this year, Senator Stabenow successfully called on the Army Corps of Engineers and t… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senator Stabenow Announces Extension of Essential Air Service for Eight Airports Serving Communities Across UP and Northern Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced the five-year extension of the Essential Air Service program as part of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Funded through the U.S Department of Transportation, the program provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, helping to grow area businesses and support economic growth. Eight airports in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan will continue to receive Essential Air Service funding … Continue Reading

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