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12.05.19

Senator Stabenow Applauds National Expansion of MSU Mental Health Initiative for Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded a new national initiative to help farmers manage stress and mental health issues. Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is partnering with Farm Credit, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the National Farmers Union, to expand their innovative farm stress management program. "One in five people are affected by mental health issues, and o… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Michigan Congressional Delegation Members Continue Advocating for F-35 Mission at Selfridge

WASHINGTON, D.C.-14 Members of the Michigan congressional delegation urged the new Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett to select Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County as one of the locations to host the Air National Guard's next F-35A operational base. Lawmakers highlighted the outstanding airmen, modern facilities, unique training range, and low cost of conversion that make the 127th Wing an ideal choice. In addition, lawmakers also pointed to recent developments of … Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Portman Introduce RECYCLE Act to Improve Recycling

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced new legislation - S. 2941, the RECYCLE Act - to create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help educate households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs. This legislation will help increase recycling rates and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Todd Young (R-IN) ar… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Peters Announce $8.49 Million Federal Grant for the Detroit Department of Transportation

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will receive a $8.49 million federal grant to purchase new buses, equipment and upgrade bus stations. This funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "A reliable public transportation system is a critical part of Detroit's revitalization and the region's economic growth," said Senator Staben… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Peters Announce $4.3 Million Federal Grant for the Flint Mass Transportation Authority

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a $4.3 million federal grant to purchase new buses, equipment and upgrade bus stations. This funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "The Flint Transit Authority works hard to get Flint residents where they need to go. This grant will help improve stations, bring in new buses, an… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Shaheen & Democratic Senators Call Out Trump Admin Efforts to Promote Junk Plan Coverage Under Questionable Legal Authority

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a group of 23 Senators in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting that the agencies answer for the Trump administration's efforts to promote junk plans to the American public during the Open Enrollment period for health insurance coverage. The Senators draw attention to the fact that the … Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Peters Announce $10 Million Federal Grant for Willow Run Airport

YPSILANTI, MI - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Willow Run Airport will receive a $10 million federal grant to reconstruct its runway. This funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Investing in Michigan's airports protects the safety of our flyers and grows our state's economy. This grant will help reconstruct the Willow Run Airport runway, which is necessary for Michigan's businesses … Continue Reading


11.22.19

Stabenow, Peters Announce $8 Million in Federal Grants for West Michigan Airports

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive a $5 million federal grant and West Michigan Regional Airport will receive a $3 million federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Gerald R. Ford International Airport's grant will go to rehabilitate a terminal building and West Michigan Regional's grant will go toward rehabilitating a runway.… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Senator Stabenow Announces New Investments to Expand Health Care in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced nearly $600,000 in new funding to expand access to health care through new telemedicine resources in four Upper Peninsula counties. This new federal support will ensure patients can get the care they need without traveling long distances to seek medical attention. This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural D… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Stabenow, Baldwin, Capito, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down On Trade Cheating

Play by the Rules Act Holds China Accountable for Ignoring Trade Rules and Harming American Workers and Businesses WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced the bipartisan Play by the Rules Act to crack down on unfair trade cheating from nonmarket economies like China. "Our trade enforcement laws protect American workers and American jobs. When a bad actor like China circumvents our… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Senator Stabenow Announces More Than $12 Million to Expand Double Up Food Bucks throughout Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $12.5 million in new federal funding to expand Double Up Food Bucks in Michigan. The grant was funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, which Stabenow expanded and made permanent in the 2018 Farm Bill. "Double Up Food Bucks helps families in Michigan purchase more fruits and vegetables while supporting Michiga… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Stabenow, Peters Will Vote to Stop Expansion of Health Care Plans without Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) will vote today on a resolution to protect people with pre-existing conditions. This is critical for Michigan families because 4.1 million people in Michigan have a pre-existing condition. The resolution, cosponsored by all 47 Senate Democrats, would roll back a Trump administration rule that the Administration is using to greenlight short-term "junk insurance" plans that don't protect people with pre-existing conditions. The rule a… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Stabenow, Peters Urge CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings

WASHINGTON, DC - Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) joined their colleagues in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Stabenow and Peters demanded an update on the steps CMS will take to address demonstrated gaps in data pertaining to blood lead level … Continue Reading


10.28.19

Stabenow Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman John Conyers Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman John Conyers Jr. "Congressman John Conyers spent his entire life working for the people of Michigan. From serving in our armed forces, to leading the fight for civil rights and representing Detroit in Congress for more than 50 years, John was consistently at the forefront of the critical issues impacting families. Throughout his lifetime of service, he never lost sight of th… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Stabenow Statement on the UAW-GM Agreement

"I am grateful that both parties have come to an agreement that prioritizes job security, fair pay, and strong benefits. This is good news for our workers, Michigan's families, and our economy. Michigan workers built the middle class in this country and make our economy stronger every day."… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Stabenow, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers

Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chairs of the Senate Community Health Centers Caucus, led a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). The letter, which was cosigned by 25 senators, calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reau… Continue Reading


10.20.19

Stabenow Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Bill Milliken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on the passing of former Governor William Milliken. "Governor Bill Milliken was one of the most amazing public servants I've ever worked with. He set the bar for integrity, dedication, and kindness. His passion for Michigan and our Great Lakes was unsurpassed. I was honored to call him my friend." ### … Continue Reading


10.18.19

Stabenow, Collins, Markey, Capito, and Menendez Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators to Expand Access to Care and Resources for Families with Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and a bipartisan group of Senators urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct an outreach campaign to educate clinicians, Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, and their families on the assessment and care planning services currently available to them. Thanks to a successful bipartisan push by Stabenow, Colli… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Stabenow, Peters Call on Secretary DeVos to Undo Rule that Guts Protections for Defrauded Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) last week called on the Trump Administration to undo a newly-proposed rule that guts protections for defrauded students seeking debt relief. In a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senators Stabenow and Peters urged Secretary DeVos to abandon the proposed rule and resolve the backlog of current "borrower defense" claims. Borrower defense is a long-standing authority that is supposed to provide ch… Continue Reading


10.09.19

In Bay City, Senator Stabenow Releases Report on the Impact of Climate Crisis in Michigan

BAY CITY - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released a report on the impact of the climate crisis on Michigan at a press conference in Bay City. Speakers discussed the impact of the climate crisis on fishing, wildlife and outdoor recreation in Michigan as well as how Michigan is leading efforts towards a cleaner and more efficient future. "Science is clear. The climate crisis is already impacting Michigan's Great Lakes, public health, agriculture and our economy," said Senator Staben… Continue Reading

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