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07.01.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Forsyth Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $143,124 for the Forsyth Township Fire Department in Marquette County. This grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be used to replace 22 self-contained breathing apparatuses. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Forsyth Fire Depart… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Hudson Township Fire and Rescue

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $24,762 for Hudson Township Fire and Rescue in Charlevoix County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Hudson Fire and Rescue buy the equipment they need to safely protect their community." "Firs… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Croswell Emergency Medical Services

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $23,777 for Croswell Emergency Medical Services in Sanilac County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help Croswell Emergency Medical Services buy the equipment they need to safely protect their communi… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Climax Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $21,601 for the Climax Township Fire Department in Kalamazoo County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Climax Fire Department buy the equipment they need to safely protect their community." "First… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Calumet Village Police Department to Buy New Police Car

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Calumet Village Police Department in Houghton County. This funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The $23,000 grant will be used to help the community purchase a new police vehicle. "Police officers have to cover many miles to protect o… Continue Reading


06.29.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce More than $4 Million in PILT Funding for Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $4,281,492 in funding for 29 Michigan counties through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Michigan is home to more than three million acres of federal lands, and as a result, county governments throughout Michigan miss out on critical property tax revenue every year. These Michigan counties depend on PILT to help fund essential services, such as health, education, law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance services. "As… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Stabenow, Peters Join in Introduction of Bill to Protect Veterans & Military Education Benefits

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today joined their colleagues in introducing the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act of 2015 to close a loophole that allows for-profit schools to exploit veteran educational benefits and tuition assistance. Under current law, for-profit schools must follow the "90-10 rule" which requires them to obtain at least 10 percent of their revenues from sources other than taxpayers. However, current law leaves open a loophole that allows for-profi… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the King v. Burwell case. Today's decision ensures continued access to health care for millions of Americans. "Today's decision means millions of families will be able to keep their affordable health insurance for themselves and their children. Once again, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, and I urge Republicans to stop playing games and get to work making sure the law works for e… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce Nearly $200,000 to Support Job Training for Homeless Veterans in Flint and Bay Region

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $199,996 has been awarded to Volunteers of America-Michigan to support job training for homeless veterans in Bay, Genesee, Saginaw, and Shiawassee counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing. "America's veterans put t… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce $159,100 to Support Job Training for Homeless Veterans in Washtenaw, Jackson Counties

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $159,100 has been awarded to Michigan Ability Partners to support job training for homeless veterans in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing. "America's veterans put their lives on the lin… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce Grant to Develop Efficient Auto Generators in Farmington Hills

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters (MI) today announced a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to MAHLE Powertrain, a global automotive systems supplier located in Farmington Hills, to develop and optimize a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generator. The generator uses an internal combustion engine with a turbulent jet ignition, which enables the system to operate under ultra-lean conditions and increase thermal efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with the co… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senate Finance Committee Passes Senators Stabenow and Grassley’s Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Maternity Care for Moms and Babies

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance approved Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2015 to improve maternity care for women and newborns and reduce health care costs. This bill makes sure all pregnant women have the care they need to give their children a healthy start regardless of where they live. Senators Stabenow and Grassley are senior members of the Senate Finance Committee. "From small towns like the one I grew up i… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Senator Stabenow Named Sandy Hook Promise Champion for Work to Expand Mental Health Care

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was honored by Sandy Hook Promise for her work to increase access to quality community mental health care. In one of the most significant steps forward in community mental health funding in decades, a demonstration project based on Senator Stabenow's Excellence in Mental Health Act was signed into law by President Obama in April 2014. Sandy Hook Promise is a national organization that formed after the tragic 2012 shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School… Continue Reading


06.20.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Receives “Legislator of the Year Award” At Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was presented with the American Kennel Club's "Legislator of the Year Award" for her work on behalf of dog breeders on Saturday, June 20 during the 2015 Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show. Senator Stabenow also presented this year's "Best in Show" award. The animal protection provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill authored by Senator Stabenow fixed regulatory changes that were made in 2013 that would have forced small dog breeders to comply with new licensure requirements meant … Continue Reading


06.19.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Nearly $1.2 Million for Muskegon County Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Muskegon County Airport to rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. The $1,193,767 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "This investment will make travelling to and from West Michigan safer and more efficient," said Stabenow. "By supporting Muskegon Airport, we're also encouraging businesses to invest in the region and create jobs." "Investing in in… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Senators Stabenow, Wicker, Brown, Capito Urge Department of Health and Human Services to Provide Additional Support for Community Health Centers

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and four other Senators urged the Department of Health and Human Services to immediately release fiscal year 2015 funding for Community Health Centers. Some of the funds had been set aside in case there was a lapse in funding for health centers, but Congress extended funding earlier this year as part of the larger Medicare package. In March, Senators Stabenow and Wicker led a letter to t… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Bill to Increase Support for Michigan Refugees

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today introduced the Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and Modernization Act (S.1615) to make sure Michigan gets critical funding needed to support refugee families who settle in Michigan. Under current law, if refugees move from one state to another, the resettlement assistance often does not follow them to their new location. This results in funding shortages in states with high numbers of refugees like Michigan. "Michigan has long been a comp… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on Senate Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the nation's defense authorization bill, which outlines defense priorities and prevents the retirement of the A-10 Warthog. The Obama Administration called for the retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet, which is operated by the 127th Wing located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Earlier this year, Senator Stabenow sent letters to President Obama and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defe… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Reed City Police Department to Buy New Bulletproof Vests and Upgrade Emergency Radio System

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Reed City Police Department in Osceola County. This funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The $13,000 grant will be used to help purchase bulletproof vests for police officers and upgrade their emergency communications system. "Police … Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Marquette Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $64,629 for the Marquette Fire Department. This grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be used to purchase 12 self-contained breathing apparatuses. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Marquette Fire Department buy the breathing se… Continue Reading

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