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05.31.19

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Crop Insurance Benefits for Farmer Veterans

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, applauded the announcement of new crop insurance benefits for farmers who are recent military veterans. The improvements, which Senator Stabenow authored in the 2018 Farm Bill, include waived fees and new coverage options. "Veterans in Michigan and throughout the country are choosing to continue their careers of service by farming and helping to feed our famili… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senator Stabenow Statement on Release of Final Brandon Road Study

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Brandon Road Chief's Report. This final plan will give Congress the ability to fund permanent solutions to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system. Senator Stabenow has led the bipartisan effort urging the… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan IMPROVE Transition for Servicemembers Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today introduced the bipartisan Improving Preparation and Resources for Occupational, Vocational, and Education (IMPROVE) Transition for Servicemembers Act. The bill reforms the Defense Department's Transition Assistance Program, which is charged with providing counseling, training, and assistance to servicemembers who are leaving the military for civilian life. The IMPROVE Act will allow servicemembers to opt into… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Southeast Michigan

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN - Last week, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with officials, providers and other stakeholders in Southeast Michigan to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow visited Easterseals Michigan in Southfield and CARE of Southeastern Michigan in Fraser. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care has a $65 billion eco… Continue Reading


05.13.19

Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Support for Durand Police Department

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced new federal support to help the City of Durand Police Department purchase a new patrol car. This investment comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities Grant program in the Farm Bill, which funds critical infrastructure needs in rural communities in Michigan and across the country. The 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow c… Continue Reading


05.10.19

Senate Passes Peters, Stabenow Resolution Honoring Judge Damon Keith

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution they introduced celebrating the life and legacy of Detroit native Judge Damon Keith, who passed away on April 28th, 2019. Despite having to overcome countless institutional barriers over the course of his more than 50- year career, Judge Keith became an instrumental figure on the federal bench. Through his rulings on numerous landmark civil rights cases, he served as a rol… Continue Reading


05.10.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Upper Peninsula

UPPER PENINSULA - This weekend, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with officials, providers and other stakeholders in the Upper Peninsula to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow visited the Delta County Drug Court in Escanaba and the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Stabenow, Rubio, Peters Announce Bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "The… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Early Pell Promise Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure that students who work hard to get into college can enroll regardless of their financial circumstances. Under current law, students only find out how much financial aid they will receive right before attending college. The Early Pell Promise Act, which is cosponsored by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Doug Jones (D-AL), provides more financial certainty for families by pre-qualifying cer… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Stabenow Statement on Meeting at White House to Discuss Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after meeting with President Trump and congressional leaders at the White House today to discuss a potential federal infrastructure plan: "I was glad to meet with President Trump and my colleagues in the Senate and House today to discuss the urgent need to invest in our nation's infrastructure. I told the President that there is a critical need to update Michigan's roads, bridges, rural high-speed interne… Continue Reading


04.26.19

Senator Stabenow Statement on Weak PFAS Standards Proposed by EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the weaker standards for cleaning up pollution caused by PFAS contamination proposed by the EPA: "Today's proposal by the EPA is completely unacceptable and does not do enough to protect public health. People in Michigan and across the country are living with great uncertainty about the impacts of exposure to PFAS chemicals, and I urge Michigan families to join me in opposing against these weak standar… Continue Reading


04.24.19

Stabenow, Senators Raise Concerns about Potential Patent Infringement by Pharmaceutical Company Gilead Science and High Price of Its HIV-Prevention Drug, Truvada

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of seven U.S. Senators led by Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today raised concerns about reports that pharmaceutical company Gilead Science is marketing an HIV-prevention drug that infringes upon patents owned by the United States Government and selling it at a price that makes the drug unaffordable for many Americans. The Senators asked the Department of Health and Human Services to detail what steps have been taken to make sure that government-held patents are properly licen… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Stabenow, Alexander, Peters, Collins, Kildee Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced the Driving America Forward Act, bipartisan legislation to expand the electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell tax credits. Under current law, consumers may receive a tax credit of up to $7,500 if they purchase an eligible electric vehicle. However, the tax credits begin to phase out permanently once automakers sel… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Peters, Stabenow, Dingell, Stevens & Alexander Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Haley Stevens (D-MI) today announced they are reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to promote investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In the 114th Congress, Senators Peters, Alexander and Stabenow introduced similar … Continue Reading


04.04.19

Stabenow, Kildee, Peters Introduce Legislation Ensuring Health Care for Veterans Harmed by PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and members of the PFAS Task Force today introduced legislation to ensure that veterans and their families exposed to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals at military installations get the health care services and benefits they need through the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). The Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Funding for Health Care Services for Children in Schools

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday introduced the bipartisan School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act which would reauthorize funding for school-based health centers through 2023. 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… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Honoring Ted Lindsay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters yesterday announced Senate passage of a resolution they introduced celebrating the life and legacy of Ted Lindsay who passed away on March 4, 2019. Born in Renfrew, Ontario, Lindsay made his National Hockey League debut at age 19 playing for the Detroit Red Wings. Lindsay helped the Red Wings win 10 league championships and four Stanley Cups and was the team's captain during four seasons. At a time when most professional hockey… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Senator Stabenow Statement on MSU Mass Timber Building Announcement

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, released a statement on Michigan State University's announcement that they will build the first large-scale wood building in Michigan. "Michigan State is continuing its legacy of innovation by pioneering Michigan's first mass timber building," said Senator Stabenow. "Expanding the use of wood as a large-scale building material will grow markets for Michig… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Bipartisan Michigan Delegation Members Introduce PFAS Detection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan members of the Michigan congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Andy Levin (MI-09), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Haley Stevens (MI-11), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), today introduced legislation to address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Detection Ac… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Stabenow, Collins, Markey, Capito, Menendez Introduce Bipartisan Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the bipartisan Improving HOPE (Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer's Act. Thanks to a successful bipartisan push by lawmakers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in November 2016 that Medicare would begin covering new care plans in 2017, effectively implementing the HOPE for Alzheimer's Ac… Continue Reading

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