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07.31.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.3 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $3,345,654 for the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, extend its taxiway, install taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, which is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. "This investment will make travelling to and from West Michigan safer and more efficient," said Stabenow. "By s… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senator Stabenow Calls On Agriculture Secretary to Take Immediate Action to Help Improve Water Quality in Lake Erie

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senators and Committee members Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to encourage states, businesses, universities, and organizations to work together to help improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. These partnerships will help stop another algae bloom - like the one contaminated drinking water in Sout… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Assistance for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Washington Township Fire Department, Westland Fire Department and Inkster Fire Department will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The Washington Township Fire Department will receive $140,394 from the AFG Program to help fund training programs, update equipment and facilities, … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Over $2 Million for Saginaw Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded $2,017,145 in assistance for the Saginaw Fire Department to support the recruitment and retention of firefighters. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help the Saginaw Fire Department mak… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Advances in Senate

Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) advanced in the Senate today when it was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. 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 foreig… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.4 Million for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The partnership is comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies. The Commission will receive $3,482,549 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. "This inve… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $2.5 Million for Michigan Coastal Management Program

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes to protect, restore and develop coastal ecosystems and communities. The Michigan Coastal Management Program, housed in the Office of the Great Lakes, will receive more than $2,516,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task F… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Seniors in St. Clair Shores

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the City of St. Clair Shores to renovate and expand its Senior Activity Center, which offers programs and activities to people 50 and over. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to expand the fitness center by approximately 2,000 square feet and renovate the kitchen space to include a small coffee shop, among other improvements. This $1,760,000 loan will also be use… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Senator Stabenow Tours Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-chair of Senate Manufacturing Caucus and Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force visited Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac on July 24. Rec Boat Holdings, which manufactures Four Winns, Glastron, and Wellcraft fiberglass powerboats in Cadillac, employs nearly 500 people and sells their products to approximately 200 dealers across North America. Rec Boat Holdings is a member of the Cadillac Area Industrial Group.… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Win Fight to Preserve Funds to Keep Michigan Cities, Neighborhoods Safe

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today made the following statement regarding the commitment to remove a provision in the U.S. Senate's transportation bill that would have eliminated $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund allows cities across the country to invest in blight removal efforts and help homeowners. If this provision had passed, funding for blight removal in cities throughout Michigan would have been significantly cut. … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Addressing Country-of-Origin Labeling

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to address country-of-origin labeling following the World Trade Organization ruling in May 2015. According to the WTO's finding, the United States' mandatory label must be reformed to honor existing trade relations with Canada and Mexico. As a result, Stabenow and Hoeven introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 that would comply with the WTO … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Expansion of Crop Insurance Options for Michigan Fruit Growers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing additional crop insurance options to fruit and nut producers. The announcement, made possible by Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, expands the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) program to additional producers in select counties for the 2016 year. "No farmer should go out of business because of bad weather or … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Oronoko Township Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $29,406 for the Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Fire Department in Berrien 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 Oronoko Township Fire Department buy the equipment they need to safely protect… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on Eliminating Funding to Improve Michigan Cities, Neighborhoods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the Senate Republican transportation legislation, which would eliminate $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and dramatically cut funding for Michigan's blight removal efforts. This cut will affect cities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Adrian, Ecorse, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster, Ironwood, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, Port Huron, River Roug… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Senator Stabenow Measure to Protect Homeowners from Higher Taxes Advances in Senate

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today praised the Committee's extension of a provision that will ensure that homeowners working with their banks to reduce their mortgage payments will not be hit with a huge tax bill. In addition, the Committee passed her amendment to provide additional certainty to homeowners who might be eligible for this tax relief. This measure, based on Senator Stabenow's Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act introduced ear… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Senator Stabenow Measure to Create Job Opportunities in America’s Hardest-Hit Cities Advances in Senate

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today applauded the Committee's passage of an amendment that will help spur economic growth and create job opportunities in cities across the country - including Detroit and other Michigan cities - by improving the Empowerment Zone program. The amendment, based on Senator Stabenow and Senator Roy Blunt's (R-MO) Empowering Jobs Act of 2015, will make the program more effective by expanding the way businesses and… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Senator Stabenow Attends University of Michigan MCity Grand Opening

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow attended the University of Michigan's MCity Grand Opening on July 20. MCity is a new 32-acre testing ground for highly automated vehicles and driverless cars. Senator Stabenow is a long-time supporter of programs to develop new and innovative vehicle technologies to help Michigan manufacturers and businesses compete globally and create new jobs. Research conducted at MCity, which simulates urban and suburban driving environments, will help U-M researchers study groun… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Stabenow, Peters Announce Nearly $700,000 for Fire Departments in Clay Township, Bedford Township

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Clay Township Fire Department in St. Clair County and the Bedford Township Fire Department in Monroe County will receive funding from the Department of Homeland Security to assist in the hiring, recruitment and retention of more firefighters. The Clay Township Fire Department will receive $691,980 for hiring more firefighters, while the Bedford Township Fire Department will receive $6,000 towards the recruitment and retention… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce More than $1 Million to Help Students in the Upper Peninsula Graduate from College

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1.3 million to give Upper Peninsula students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college, coaching and skill development so they have a better shot at graduating college. This support through the Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program will benefit eligible students at Bay de Noc Community College, Northern Michigan University, Gogebic Community College, Finlandia University, and Bay Mills… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce More than $1 Million to Help Mid-Michigan Students Graduate from College

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1.1 million to give Mid-Michigan students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college, coaching and skill development so they have a better shot at graduating college. This support through the Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program will benefit eligible students at Michigan State University, Adrian College, and Jackson College. "Students who work hard and are accepted to college deserve e… Continue Reading

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