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12.03.15

Stabenow, Peters, Miller Urge Obama Administration to Support Funding for Blue Water Bridge

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) today wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan urging the Administration to make the expansion of a customs plaza for the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron a high priority for funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Despite land being cleared and property demolished in Port Huron for the expansion, funding for the customs plaza constru… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Recognizing Rosa Parks’ Courage, Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded the Senate's passage last night of a bipartisan resolution to honor the 60th anniversary of when civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala., bus. Parks' December 1, 1955 arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a turning point in the fight for civil rights. She and her husband, Raymond, relocated to Michigan in 1957 where she lived until her death in 2005. "60 years ag… Continue Reading


11.20.15

Stabenow, Peters Urge Funding for Great Lakes Heavy Icebreaker

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Homeland Security calling for robust funding in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation for the U.S. Coast Guard to design and build a new heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes region. Heavy ice cover seen in recent winters has seriously impaired commercial shipping and economic activity in the Great Lakes. Last winter, cargo shipping decrea… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Initiative to Expand Quality Health Care in West Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Spectrum Health System to help connect people in rural areas with quality health care. The $254,884 grant will benefit five counties in West Michigan. The funding, which comes from the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program, was authorized by Senator Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Families in West Michigan often don't have access to the health ca… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Initiative to Expand Quality Health Care in Mid-Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for MidMichigan Health to help connect people in rural areas with quality health care. This $494,900 grant will benefit eight counties in Mid-Michigan. The funding, which comes from the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program, was authorized by Senator Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Families in Mid-Michigan often don't have access to the health care s… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Initiative to Expand Quality Health Care in Northern Michigan, Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Indigo Health to help connect people in rural areas with quality health care. This $226,803 grant will benefit 13 counties in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The funding, which comes from the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program, was authorized by Senator Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Families in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peni… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Investment to Connect Muskegon County Students with Local Foods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement that four Muskegon County school districts will receive support to develop a plan to bring locally grown food to Muskegon County school cafeterias. This $43,500 investment will benefit the Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Whitehall and Montague school districts and comes from USDA's Farm to School Program, which helps schoo… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Investment to Connect Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Students with Local Foods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement that the Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port school district will receive support to help bring locally grown food to school cafeterias. This $43,688 investment comes from USDA's Farm to School Program, which helps schools source healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. Senator Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill significantly … Continue Reading


11.17.15

At the Urging of Senators Stabenow and Peters, Obama Administration Approves $1.35 Million to Help Upgrade Soo Locks

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded the Obama Administration for approving $1.35 million to review critical upgrades to the aging locks at Sault Ste. Marie. In June, the Senators called on Office of Management and Budget Director Sean Donovan to approve the Army Corps of Engineers' request to help replace the Davis and Sabin Locks with a lock of similar size to the Poe Lock. Currently, 70 percent of cargo vessels, including all of the large lake freighters, are forced t… Continue Reading


11.13.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on Paris Attacks

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow tonight issued the following statement after the attacks in Paris: "Tonight's terrorist attacks on innocent citizens in Paris are horrific and outrageous. I join Americans everywhere in sending our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the people of France. While this situation is ongoing, the United States stands ready to offer any help to bring those responsible to justice."… Continue Reading


11.12.15

Senator Stabenow Honors WWII Veteran with Military Medals Presentation

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow honored U.S. Army veteran William "Bill" DeLeeuw with a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal during a military medals presentation at the American Legion Post 305 in Caledonia. Ceremony attendees included members of the DeLeeuw family and the American Legion Post 305. "Bill DeLeeuw served his country with bravery during World War II, fighting in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, and helping to free prisoners i… Continue Reading


11.12.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Support For Mid-Michigan Farm, Cooperative

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement of support for Swallowtail Farm and the Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Cooperative in Mason. Swallowtail Farm will receive $50,215 and the Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Cooperative will get $15,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value-Added Producer Grant program, which helps farmers and growers develop marketing strategies for agric… Continue Reading


11.12.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Support to Expand Agriculture in Northern Michigan

"Michigan agriculture supports one out of every four jobs in the state," said Senator Stabenow. "With these types of new investments, we are helping Michigan farmers get more value from their products. That type of support can help increase sales for local farmers and boost our small town economies." Agricultural products like fruits, vegetables - also known as "specialty crops" - play a major role in Michigan agriculture. With the exception of California, Michigan leads the nation in crop dive… Continue Reading


11.12.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Support For RMG Maple Products, Inc. to Expand Business

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement that RMG Maple Products, Inc. in Rudyard will receive $11,500 to study the potential market for USDA-certified organic maple syrup. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value-Added Producer Grant program, which helps farmers and growers develop marketing strategies for agricultural commodities. This grant program was reauthoriz… Continue Reading


11.10.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on EPA Announcement to Audit Michigan’s Drinking Water Program

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to audit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's drinking water program:"It is clear that the State of Michigan made multiple mistakes and misjudgments, which have seriously harmed the health of the people of Flint. The EPA is taking critical steps today to get to the bottom of this outrageous situation. Everything must be done to make sure families and communitie… Continue Reading


11.07.15

Senator Stabenow Serves as Grand Marshal at Detroit Veterans Day Parade, Speaks at Vets Fest Ceremony

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow honored Michigan's veterans and served as Grand Marshal of the 10th annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade on November 7. After the parade ended at Hart Plaza, Senator Stabenow delivered the keynote address at Vets Fest, which was held in celebration of the parade's 10th anniversary.For years, Senator Stabenow has led the fight to make sure veterans and active services members have access to the care and resources they need. Earlier this year, she announced nearly a mill… Continue Reading


11.06.15

Senator Stabenow Delivers Remarks at 12th Annual Michigan Student Political Issues Convention

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with Michigan students and delivered remarks at the 12th Annual Michigan Student Political Issues Convention on November 6. This annual convention brought together college students from across Michigan to discuss the most important issues they see facing our country. This annual civic engagement conference was organized by the League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights, Political Science Faculty at Oakland Community College, University of Michigan-Dearborn… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters, Congressman Kildee Call for Newly Elected Canadian Prime Minister to Stop Storage of Nuclear Waste on Great Lakes

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) today urged newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action to stop nuclear waste from being buried less than a mile from Lake Huron. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sens. Stabenow, Peters and Rep. Kildee urged the new Canadian government to not approve permits necessary to construct a proposed nuclear waste site in Kincardine, Ontario. The previous Canadian administratio… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds USDA Investment in Michigan State University Agricultural Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement of $173,151 for Michigan State University pest management research. This funding, which comes from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help researchers develop an alternative to spraying insecticides on fruit."Michigan State is a leader when it comes to agricultural research," said Senator Stabenow.… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Call for Extension of Perkins Student Loan Program

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to take up and pass a one-year, no-cost extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on October 1st. The Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help students with exceptional financial need pay for their education. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-year extension on September 28th, bu… Continue Reading

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