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06.16.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Almost $742,000 in Support for Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $742,000 in support for fire departments in Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Michigan 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 s… Continue Reading


06.12.16

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Former Ohio Senator George Voinovich

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Senator and Governor George Voinovich (R-OH): "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my former Senate colleague George Voinovich. For years, we worked across the aisle to protect our Great Lakes, support American manufacturing jobs, and expand community mental health services for families. My thoughts and prayers go out to George's family and to the people whose lives he touched throughout … Continue Reading


06.07.16

Senators Announce Inclusion of Bipartisan HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act in Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that her bipartisan HOPE for Alzheimer's Act was passed out of committee as part of the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act would require Medicare to pay for a care planning session to provide Alzheimer's patients and their families an early assessment, information about the disease and possible treatment options. Senator Stabenow was j… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Stabenow, Peters Announce $4.8 Million for Stony Island Habitat Restoration

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $4,828,635 to restore habitats on islands in the lower part of the Detroit River, part of the Friends of the Detroit River Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project. In addition to this funding, Senators Stabenow and Peters announced $2.3 million in funding this past February to restore fish and wildlife habitats in the Stony Island upper bay. Senator Stabenow … Continue Reading


06.07.16

Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.7 Million to Continue Cleanup of Manistique River

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality $3,795,056 to help continue the cleanup of contaminated sediment from industrial waste in the Manistique River. This support will help MDEQ develop and implement measures to remediate poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination in the watershed. "Our lakes and waterways are part of who we are and our way of … Continue Reading


06.07.16

Senator Stabenow Statement on Vote to Overhaul Toxic Substances Control Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following the Senate's passage of an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the first update to the law since it was passed in 40 years: "Today's overhaul of this outdated law will protect families and provide certainty to businesses in Michigan and across the country. As one of the earliest supporters of efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, I have been working hard to get this vital update acros… Continue Reading


06.01.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $2.3 million for Michigan Fire Departments to purchase equipment and a new vehicle. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Michigan 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 mor… Continue Reading


06.01.16

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses Across Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners at local small businesses during a two-day trip across the Upper Peninsula. During the visits, Stabenow heard from manufacturers, a jewelry maker, retailers and other entrepreneurs. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan's small businesses employed over half, or 1.8 million, of the state's private workforce in 2012. "Small businesses are the backbone of Michigan's economy and create the majority of new jobs, and nowher… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Senators Introduce Student Tax Relief Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today was joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in introducing the Student Tax Relief Act, a bill that would protect defrauded student borrowers from being taxed on their forgiven loans. This legislation follows actions by the Department of Education to protect defrauded students at 100 Corinthian Colleges across the country and … Continue Reading


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

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