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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


10.02.15

Senator Stabenow Celebrates Manufacturing Day with Local Students at Detroit Manufacturing Systems

In celebration of Manufacturing Day, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow delivered remarks at Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened its doors to hundreds of students, parents and educators on Friday, October 2. School groups had the opportunity to tour the plant and learn about career opportunities in manufacturing. Senator Stabenow recently introduced the New Skills for New Jobs Act to help train workers for new high-skilled jobs. The legislation builds on successful efforts in Michigan that ar… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bill to Help Train Workers for New Jobs

In advance of Manufacturing Day on October 2, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today introduced a bill that will help train workers for new high-skilled jobs. Even with thousands of Michigan residents looking for work, businesses across the state are reporting difficulty finding workers for many skilled positions. Senator Stabenow's New Skills for New Jobs Act builds on successful efforts in Michigan and other states that are helping community colleges partner with local businesses to provide traini… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Stabenow, Peters Applaud $2.5 Million Grant for Muskegon Community College

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded a $2,514,000 grant for Muskegon Community College to be used for renovations of the new Muskegon College Applied Technology Center. The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program. "Manufacturing has always been a driving force in Muskegon's economy," said Senator Stabenow. "This support will help Muskegon Community College continue to train the next generation of workers while giving entrep… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support to Help Spur Economic Development in Western Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced two Economic Development Administration grants to help spur economic development in Western Michigan. The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission will receive a $62,500 to help increase the flow of locally manufactured goods through the Port of Muskegon. The Commission and Michigan State University will receive $111,706 to study the economic benefits of using the Port to recycle and reuse structural debris from around … Continue Reading


09.29.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Michigan State Police to Combat Heroin Distribution, Trafficking

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1,460,611 for the Michigan State Police to collaborate with other departments in the state to crack down on heroin distribution and trafficking. The support comes from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force program. "Too many Michigan families have lost loved ones to substance abuse and addiction," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help the Michigan State Police inves… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce Funding for Economic Development in Northern Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that Networks Northwest will receive $51,628 to assist in establishing an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation across Northern Michigan. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). "Having a regional economic development plan in place will go a long way in attracting new business investment and br… Continue Reading

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