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10.29.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds $3 Million USDA Investment in Michigan Biofuels

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that Michigan has been chosen as a partner in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biofuels Infrastructure Program, which supports projects that increase the production and delivery of renewable fuels like ethanol. The state will receive $3 million to add approximately 130 ethanol and gasoline/ethanol blender pumps at Michigan fueling stations. This grant… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds State of Michigan-U.S. Forest Service Agreement to Help Sustain National Forests

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service for taking a major step forward toward restoring three National forests in Michigan. "Michigan's forests are treasures that must be well managed so future generations can enjoy their beauty," Stabenow said. "This agreement between the Michigan Department of Nature Resources and the Forest Servic… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on the Passing of Arab-American Leader Michael Berry

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Michael Berry, a Dearborn attorney and former chairman of the Wayne County Road Commission. "I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Michael Berry, who was an impressive leader and a true pioneer in Southeast Michigan's Arab American community. Being among the founding Muslim families in Dearborn, his commitment to equality helped secure economic opportunities for Arab Americans, break down cultur… Continue Reading


10.26.15

Senator Stabenow Announces New Federal Funding to Help Expand Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Efforts

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men to highlight National Farm to School month and announce new funding to bolster local food production. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today visited Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men to highlight National Farm to School month and announce new federal funding headed to Detroit to help bolster local food production. "Detroit continues to… Continue Reading


10.24.15

Senator Stabenow Celebrates 100 Years with Polish Century Club of Detroit

As part of Polish Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow attended the Century Club of Detroit's 100-year celebration on October 24. The Polish Century Club of Detroit works to honor traditions by hosting events to educate the community about Polish history and culture. Polish Heritage Month, which is celebrated in October, highlights the contributions people of Polish descent have made to America.… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Senator Stabenow Delivers Remarks at Grand Opening of BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with workers and delivered remarks at the grand opening of BorgWarner's Powertrain Technical Center, which is expected to create 200 new jobs. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with workers and delivered remarks at the grand opening of BorgWarner's Powertrain Technical Center on October 23. This $11 million investment in the region is expected to create 200 new jobs.BorgWarner, which is an international company headquartered in Michigan, develops advanced… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Call for Immediate Action to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today urged the Obama Administration to take action to stop Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin. In a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators Stabenow and Peters called for funding to develop and implement measures that directly prevent Asian Carp from entering Michigan's waterways. Last week, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that small Asian Carp may be able to pass … Continue Reading


10.19.15

Senators Stabenow, Blunt Announce Finalists for First-of-its-kind Mental Health Initiative

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) today announced that 24 states will compete in a nation-wide program to improve and expand access to mental health care. This first-of-its-kind initiative is based on Senator Stabenow and Senator Blunt's Excellence in Mental Health Act, which is one of the most significant steps forward in community mental health funding in decades. Selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,these 24 states are one step clos… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Senator Stabenow: Michigan Selected as Finalist for First-of-its-kind Mental Health Initiative

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that Michigan will be awarded $982,373 to compete in a nation-wide program to improve and expand access to mental health care. This first-of-its-kind initiative is based on Senator Stabenow's Excellence in Mental Health Act, which is one of the most significant steps forward in community mental health funding in decades. Selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Michigan is one step closer to being chosen to be part of… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Investment to Help Michigan Farmers With Disabilities

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement of $189,000 for Michigan State University and Easter Seals Michigan to continue to help Michigan farmers with disabilities overcome the obstacles they face. This funding for Michigan's AgrAbility program, which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help develop and implement adaptive strategies and… Continue Reading


10.16.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on EPA’s Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's establishment of the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force: "I met today with several community leaders and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the courageous physician who conducted the study showing how Flint's current water system has been harming children through lead exposure. I share the deep concerns of families in Flint for the long-term health of their children and I will continue to do… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on Proposed Cuts to Michigan Retiree Pensions

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding news of the Central States Pension Fund's proposed cuts to the pensions of thousands of Michigan retirees. "A pension is a promise that's earned and workers should be able to count on it when they retire. I am deeply concerned by news of possible cuts to the pensions of thousands of Michigan retirees who worked hard their entire lives. There is no question that pension funds are facing serious challenges due to the Wall … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senators Stabenow, Mikulski and Congresswoman Lee Introduce Bill to Improve Seniors’ Access to Mental Health Services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) today introduced a bill to help seniors who are struggling with mental illness. The Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015 will improve seniors' access to behavioral health services by updating the way the Medicare program reimburses clinical social workers. Senator Stabenow, Senator Mikulski and Congresswoman Lee are long-time champions of enhancing patient access to quality men… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Major Food Safety Designation for Battle Creek’s International Food Protection Training Institute

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) in Battle Creek has been named the National Coordination Center for Food Safety Training by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Institute will oversee development and implementation of national food safety training programs for small farmers and businesses across the country. The expansion… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Stabenow, Peters Urge NASA’s Continued Support of Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

With a growing threat of harmful algal blooms, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today sent a letter urging the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Charles F. Bolden to continue support of the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) remote-sensing project. HABs have posed a threat to the Great Lakes, including recently in water crises in Monroe County, Michigan and Toledo, OH. Peters and Stabenow joined Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio to send the lette… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for West Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $300,290 for six West Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, which help expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. "When we grow things here and make things here, we create jobs here i… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Mid-Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $255,469 for four Mid-Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, which help expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. "When we grow things here and make things here, we create jobs here i… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Northern Michigan Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $109,160 for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan and the Village of Farwell to expand access to local foods. Goodwill will receive support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Local Food Promotion Program, which helps develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. Farwell will receive a grant from the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Farme… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $71,290 for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. "When we grow things here and make things here, we create jobs here in Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "Farmers markets co… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Southeast Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $641,539 for seven Southeast Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, which help expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. Eastern Market in Detroit also received a grant from the USDA'… Continue Reading

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