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05.25.16

Stabenow, Peters Urge Action on Delayed VA Medical Leases

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined 13 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to authorize leases for 18 major medical facilities across 12 states, including a new expanded outpatient facility in Ann Arbor, MI, that have been awaiting congressional authorization for over a year. An additional six leases for facilities, including a new outpatient clinic in Pontiac, MI, must be authorized this year. The two new Michigan … Continue Reading


05.19.16

Stabenow, Peters Urge Quick Completion of Army Corps Study to Help Upgrade Soo Locks

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to swiftly complete their Economic Reevaluation Report in order to begin the process of upgrading the Soo Locks. At the urging of Stabenow and Peters, the Obama Administration last year approved $1.35 million for Army Corps of Engineer's request to review upgrades for the Soo Locks and help replace the Davis and Sabin Locks with a lock of similar size to the Poe Lock. "The recent meeti… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Stabenow, Peters Call for Stricter Standards, Stronger Oversight of Great Lakes Pipelines

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging DOT to hold pipelines that cross the Great Lakes to the same standards as other offshore pipelines given the potential for significant economic and ecological harm from an oil spill in the Great Lakes. Pipelines crossing the Great Lakes, including Enbridge's Line 5 under the Stra… Continue Reading


05.05.16

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Southgate Fire Department, the Wayne Fire Department, and the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety will be awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funding will be used to purchase equipment and improve safety operations. "Our firefighters in Southeast Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator S… Continue Reading


05.04.16

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Great Lakes Investment to Combat Invasive Species in Northern Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Michigan will receive $4.2 million in grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to invest in ongoing efforts to combat invasive species and protect Michigan's Great Lakes, including over $1.4 million for Northern Michigan. "The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Senator Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. "This f… Continue Reading


05.04.16

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Great Lakes Investment to Combat Invasive Species in Great Lakes

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Michigan will receive $4.2 million in grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to invest in ongoing efforts to combat invasive species and protect Michigan's Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Commission will receive $340,000 to enhance software detecting the availability of invasive species in online commerce and coordinate with law enforcement and outreach … Continue Reading


05.04.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud $1.3 Million Investment for Great Lakes Protection in West Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded the announcement of over $1.3 million in federal funds to help four projects in West Michigan focus on: controlling and combatting invasive species, restoring wildlife habitats, implementing new conservation measures, and conducting on-farm educational research. The funding comes through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. "The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Se… Continue Reading


05.04.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud $1.1 Million for Michigan Technological University to Combat Invasive Species in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, today applauded the announcement of a $1.1 million grant to help Michigan Technological University control and combat invasive species in the Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. This funding comes through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. "The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Senator Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. "This funding will help fight invasive species and … Continue Reading


05.04.16

Senator Stabenow to Join President Obama in Flint

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) issued the following statement prior to joining President Obama for his visit to Flint, Michigan, where he will meet with families affected by the ongoing water crisis: "I am very pleased that President Obama has made such a commitment to the families of Flint. He has worked so closely with me and our Michigan delegation to bring resources and relief to families in Flint who continue to be affected by the water crisis. I am grateful for the Administration'… Continue Reading


05.03.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Legislation to Hold Pension Fund Executives Accountable if Retirees’ Benefits are Cut

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced the introduction of the Pension Fund Integrity Act of 2016 (S. 2894), which would cut pay and prevent raises and bonuses for top pension fund executives if retirees' benefits are cut. The Central States Pension Fund has submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Treasury that would drastically cut pension benefits for roughly 270,000 retirees across the country. If approved, some retirees could see their pensions… Continue Reading


05.01.16

Stabenow Presents Bronze Star to WWII Hero Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson at Detroit NAACP Dinner

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow awarded the Bronze Star Medal to Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson for his heroic service and meritorious achievements as a Tuskegee Airman and POW during World War II. The ceremony took place at the 61st Annual Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. "Alexander Jefferson's story is so inspiring and needs to be told," said Stabenow. "As one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world, presenting this prestigious medal at the Freedom Fund Dinner is a fitting tribute to … Continue Reading


04.28.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters: Bipartisan Flint Agreement Passes Senate Committee

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed their bipartisan agreement to help families in Flint and other communities across the country. Their agreement was part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed committee 19-1 and is ready for a vote before the full Senate. "Today, thanks to support from Republicans and Democrats, we are another step closer to passing urgently-neede… Continue Reading


04.26.16

Stabenow Applauds Expansion of Healthy Food Program in Flint

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement applauding the Fair Food Network's plans to expand its Double Up Food Bucks program in Flint. This program will give Flint families the ability to double the value of their food assistance for the purchase of healthy fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets and some grocery stores. The Double Up Food Bucks program also served a m… Continue Reading


04.26.16

Senator Stabenow: Help for Flint Included in Water Resources Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of her bipartisan Flint agreement, co-authored by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), in the Water Resources Development Act. The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to consider this legislation this week. "I am pleased we have successfully found a new path forward to get urgently-needed help for families in Flint and other communities across the country with serious lead and water issu… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Stabenow, Peters Urge Swift Completion of Plan to Reduce Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to reduce sulfur dioxide levels and other air pollution in Wayne County to protect the health and well-being of Michigan residents if the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) fails to submit a final State Implementation Plan (SIP) within 60 days. In July 2013, part of Wayne County was found to have sulfur dioxide levels above t… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Marion Community Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $108,000 for Marion Community Fire Department in Marion to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Marion put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do their jobs more safely and ef… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for the City of Allen Park Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $59,091 for the City of Allen Park Community Fire Department in Allen Park to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Allen Park put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do their … Continue Reading


04.21.16

Sen. Stabenow Statement on Drs. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Marc Edwards Being Named on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement after Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Marc Edwards were both named on TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. "When there is a crisis in our community, we hope there are individuals courageous enough to step up on behalf of families whose voices are not being heard. In Flint, those heroes were Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Marc Edwards. Both responded to a serious problem and applied their knowledge and expertise t… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate today approved the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act, authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The bill was included as a provision in a broader bipartisan energy bill, which passed the Senate. The Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA) promotes investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and suppo… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters and Congressman Kildee Announce Major Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts in Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), announced that Michigan will receive a $188.1 million award from the Hardest Hit Fund through the U.S. Department of Treasury. With today's announcement, Michigan has received a total of $262.59 million this year to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods. Earlier this year, Michigan received $74.49 million from the Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund gives resources to states for bli… Continue Reading

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