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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


02.16.17

Peters, Stabenow, Donnelly, Reed, Feinstein and Brown Introduce Outsourcing Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jack Reed (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Outsourcing Accountability Act which will help consumers identify which companies are sending jobs overseas by requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their total numbers of employees by location, including by state and by country. The legislation will also require companies to report the total number of employees and percentage … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Statement Following Senate Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney as Next Director of the Office of Management and Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "Rep. Mick Mulvaney's extreme record in the House of Representatives makes him a concerning choice to be the next head of the Office of Management and Budget," said Senator Stabenow. "Rep. Mulvaney has consistently advocated for cutting Social Security, raising the retirement age, and ending Medicare as we know it. … Continue Reading


02.16.17

Stabenow Statement on Andrew Puzder’s Withdrawal from Consideration as Labor Secretary

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration as Labor Secretary: "This is a win for working families in Michigan and across the country. As a CEO, Andrew Puzder showed a stunning disregard for fair pay and the health and safety of his employees. Michigan workers deserve better!" … Continue Reading


02.14.17

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Marshall

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with businesses in Marshall as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Darling Ace Hardware, Dark Horse Brewing Company, and Schuler's Restaurant. Senator Stabenow's small business tour has included stops in Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, South Haven, Bangor, St. Johns, Imlay City, Lapeer, Battle Creek, Albion, Portland, Ionia, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Utica, Plainwell, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Ja… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Stabenow Pays Tribute to Detroit Entrepreneur Mike Ilitch in Official Congressional Record

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) paid tribute to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. Text of her remarks in the Congressional Record: M. President I rise today to honor a champion for Detroit and for Michigan, Mike Ilitch. Everyone from Michigan knows his life story: the son of Macedonian immigrants, he founded Little Caesars Pizza, one of the largest pizza chains in the world, and rebuilt both the Detroit Tigers and the D… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Hallways to Health Act to help school-based health centers improve health care services for children. In Michigan, there are more than 120 school-based health centers that play a major role in providing basic health services for thousands of students who have limited access to medical care outside of school. Typically, a school-based health center… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Stabenow, Peters Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Protecting Scientists from Government Interference

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined 26 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that will protect scientists working for the federal government from political interference. The Senators introduced the legislation in response to recent reports that the Trump Administration placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and halted public communication from other agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the D… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Senator Stabenow Statement Following Senate Republican Confirmation of Tom Price

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after Senate Republicans confirmed Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services: "As a leading advocate of dismantling Medicare and Medicaid and our entire healthcare system, Tom Price's policies are not in the best interest of Michigan seniors and families. That is why I voted against his nomination on the Senate floor. The decisions of the next Secretary will affect everyone and the people of Michigan e… Continue Reading


02.09.17

In Advance of His Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Senators Urge President Trump to Address Japan’s Unfair Trade Practices in Auto Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Gary Peters (D-MI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to President Trump asking him to make Japan's longstanding unfair trade practices in the auto sector a priority for the bilateral meeting. The Senators called on Trump to address Japan's use of currency manipulation, a practice that hurts American workers and p… Continue Reading


02.09.17

In Advance of His Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Stabenow and Peters Urge President Trump to Address Japan’s Unfair Trade Practices in Auto Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), joined by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to President Trump asking him to make Japan's longstanding unfair trade practices in the auto sector a priority for the bilateral meeting. The Senators called on Trump to address Japan's use of currency manipulation, a practice that hurts Michigan … Continue Reading


02.08.17

Stabenow, Peters Push for Answers About Price Hike for Lifesaving Anti-Opioid Drug

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined 29 other Senators in a letter pushing for answers from a leading pharmaceutical company about the dramatic price hike for a life-saving medication used to respond to opioid overdoses. Recent reports unveiled that drug maker Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an easy-to-use injector device containing the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, raised its price from $690 in 2014, to $4,500 currently. While the Evzio device has the pote… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Senator Stabenow Statement Following Senate Republican Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement after Senate Republicans confirmed Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education, despite her failure to get a majority of Senators to support her nomination: "I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education. I've heard from an overwhelming number of Michigan families who have shared their strong concerns about her long record of pushing po… Continue Reading

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