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03.20.17

Peters, Stabenow, Announce $1.2 Million to Expand Head Start Programs for Scottville Area Children

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1.2 million to FiveCAP, Inc. in Scottville, Michigan to support expanded Early Head Start programs for children through their Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program. "Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide vital educational and support services to families and children that put them on the path to success," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to help ann… Continue Reading


03.20.17

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce $5.5 Million to Expand Flint Early Head Start

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman Dan Kildee today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $2.3 million to Genesee County and $3.2 million to the Genesee Intermediate School District to support expanded Early Head Start for children in the Flint area through their Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs. "The children of Flint have been particularly impacted by the water crisis given their vulnerability to the long-term da… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Announce Environmental Protection Agency Approval of $100 Million in Federal Funds for City of Flint

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency approved $100 million in federal emergency funding for the City of Flint. Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Kildee secured the funding in a bipartisan agreement that passed Congress at the end of 2016. "Today we have good news for families in Flint who have already waited far too long for their water system to be fixed," said Senato… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Budget Request that Completely Eliminates Great Lakes Funding

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement in response to President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget request, which completely eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: "It is outrageous that President Trump's budget request completely eliminates funding to protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has always received bipartisan support and continues to be absolutely critical t… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Introduce Resolution Opposing Nuclear Waste Storage Site in Great Lakes Basin

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced resolutions, in both the House and Senate, expressing opposition to construction of a nuclear waste repository less than a mile from Lake Huron in Ontario. "Canada is facing a critical decision that will impact generations in both our countries," said Senator Stabenow. "A nuclear waste spill near the Great Lakes could have a devastating impact on our health and environment and threat… Continue Reading


03.10.17

Stabenow, Portman Lead Bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force Letter Expressing Concern about Trump Administration’s Reported 97 Percent Cut to Great Lakes Funding

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today led a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing concern about reports that the Trump Administration's 2018 budget request will include a 97 percent cut to Great Lakes funding. Great Lakes Task Force Vice Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Task Force members Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Al Franken (D-MN)… Continue Reading


03.09.17

As China Continues Approving New Trump Trademarks, Stabenow and Cardin Call on President to Keep His Promises

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a press conference following reports that China has conditionally granted approval of 38 new Trump trademarks. The Senators raised concerns regarding President Trump's conflicts of interest and ongoing refusal to divest his assets and Senator Stabenow called on President Trump to keep the promises he made to workers across the country to name China a currency ma… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Senator Stabenow Introduces Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act to Help Lower Cost of Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined her colleagues to introduce legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to buy safe, low-cost medicine from Canada. The bill, S.469 the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, was introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Robert Casey (D-PA), along with 16 others. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services in two years to allow importation f… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Stabenow Statement on Trump’s Revised Executive Order on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following the release of President Trump's revised executive order on immigration: "Our country faces serious threats from terrorism and once again, the President's Executive Order doesn't address these threats or keep us safer. Instead it is ruining America's reputation in the world, undermining our relationships with our most critical allies, and hurting law-abiding people. In Michigan, those being hurt are our frien… Continue Reading


03.03.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Fenton

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with businesses in Fenton as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Red Fox Outfitters, CRUST, and The Iron Grate. Stabenow's tour has included over 60 stops in communities across the state including Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portland, Ionia, Battle Creek, Albion, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Utica, Plainwell, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Monroe,… Continue Reading


03.03.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on Leaked Reports that President Trump’s Budget Requests 97 Percent Cut to Great Lakes Funding

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, released a statement in response to leaked reports that President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency will request a 97 percent cut in funding for the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: "It is outrageous that just days after delaying a critical plan to stop Asian carp, it appears that President Trump's budget is calling for a 97 percent cut in funding for the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initia… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Stabenow, Wyden, Senators Call for Review of Trump’s Tax Returns in Light of Ongoing Russia-Trump Associates Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and other Democratic Members of the Senate Finance Committee today sent a letter urging Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to allow Committee members to review President Trump's tax returns, in light of the ongoing investigation into ties between Russia and Trump associates. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA)… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Ahead of Finance Committee Vote on Trump Nominee to Lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Stabenow, Murray, and Wyden Express Concerns about Her Commitment to Protect Women’s Health Care

Ahead of today's confirmation vote in the Finance Committee, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-WA) and 18 others sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Nominee Seema Verma expressing concern about her commitment to protecting women's health care given her recent comments concerning maternity care during her confirmation hearing. "During your confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, you were asked i… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Michigan Congressional Democrats Introduce Resolution Marking 16th Anniversary of International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument in Detroit

Michigan Congressional Democrats today introduced a resolution commemorating the 16th anniversary of the Detroit River International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument. The monument, established by the Detroit River Project Initiative, honors Detroit's pivotal role as a crossing point into Canada for African Americans seeking freedom from slavery through the Underground Railroad. U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced the resolution in the Senate. U.S. Representatives John … Continue Reading


02.28.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on President’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's address to the Joint Session of Congress: "We in Michigan believe actions speak louder than words. As Michigan's U.S. Senator, I will continue to hold the President accountable for real efforts to bring jobs home, strengthen our healthcare system rather than repeal it, and give every person a fair shot to work hard and be successful for themselves and their family." … Continue Reading


02.28.17

Senator Stabenow Statement After Trump Administration Prevents Release of Critical Plan to Address Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement after the Trump Administration prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from releasing a draft plan for stopping further movement of Asian carp in the Illinois River. "It's extremely alarming that it appears the Trump Administration has decided to delay the release of today's plan which is a critical part of our efforts to stop Asian carp and other invasive species from reaching our Great Lakes. After a lengthy review p… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Honoring Black History Month

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced Senate passage of a resolution celebrating Black History Month. Stabenow and Peters were joined by a bipartisan group of 53 Senators in cosponsoring this resolution. "Black History Month is a reminder that we must commit to the fight for social justice and equality each and every day," said Senator Stabenow. "I am honored to join my colleagues in recognizing the sacrifices and accomplishments of so many civil rights leaders and con… Continue Reading


02.22.17

Senator Stabenow, Rep. Huizenga Lead Bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force Letter Stressing Importance of Soo Locks

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, today led a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers stressing the importance of completing the study at the Soo Locks in an accurate and timely manner. U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Representatives Sander Levin, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Dan Kildee, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, David Trott, Jack … Continue Reading


02.17.17

Senator Stabenow Votes Against Confirming Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) voted against confirming Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She delivered the remarks against his nomination on the Senate Floor. Video of her speech may be found here and her remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: M. President I rise to join my colleagues in opposing Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA Administrator is a … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Spur Investment in Michigan Railroad Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) in introducing the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy, or BRACE Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads, commonly used to distribute agricultural products. "I have met with farmers across the state about the problems with our rail system which they rely on to get their products to market," said Stabenow. "This legislation will help make sure that Mi… Continue Reading

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