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01.17.19

Senator Stabenow Announces New Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that two new Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. St. Clair County Community Mental Health Authority will receive $4 million and Washtenaw County will receive $3,426,420. Each clinic will receive this funding over the next two years to provide comprehensive behavioral health and addiction treatment services. Last year, Senator Stabenow announced the selection of the first fou… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend Community Health Center Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which would reauthorize community health center funding for five years. Funding for the program will expire September 30th this year. Community health centers, or Federally Qualified Health Centers, provide comprehensive medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services to underserved communities. In addition, the bipartisan bill provides annual fundi… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Senators Stabenow and Peters Request Update from Army Corps on Plans to Divert Money from Soo Locks, Other Michigan Infrastructure Priorities to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following news reports that President Trump is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to identify funds that could be used for construction of a border wall, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, wrote to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to request an update on any intentions to reallocate funds away from the Soo Locks and other Michigan infrastructu… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Americans pay - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Already this year, prices on more than 1,000 medications have experienced an average price hike of six percent. "It's absurd that our own government is prohibited from negotiating lower prescription drug prices for seniors under Medicare a… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Given Changes in Tax Code, Stabenow, Wyden, Senators Ask Treasury Secretary Why Taxpayer Advocate Not Considered Essential Service during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), member of the Senate Finance Committee, Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 15 other Senators today raised concerns regarding the impact of the government shutdown on services to taxpayers at the beginning of the first filing season under the new tax code. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators asked why the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which directly helps more than 200,000 taxpayers resolve tax and filing issues mos… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Stabenow Statement on Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: "The next head of the EPA must stand with us to protect our Great Lakes and make decisions based on sound science. I voted against Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy EPA Administrator because I had no confidence he would do that. I am deeply concerned that he will continue Scott Pruitt's legacy of undermining protections… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Senator Stabenow Delivers Floor Remarks on Impact of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today spoke on the Senate Floor regarding the ongoing government shutdown and its impact on families in Michigan and across the country. "This shutdown fight shouldn't be about politics. It should be about people," said Stabenow. "And it's the American people who are losing. A transcript of her remarks may be found below. Video of her remarks may be found here. ### "Mr. President: "Here in Washington, President Trump i… Continue Reading


01.03.19

Stabenow Calls on Senate Republicans to Allow Vote on Funding Bills That Would Re-Open Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed government funding bills that would end the 13-day partial government shutdown: "This government shutdown is hurting Michigan and our country. It is forcing thousands of border agents and TSA officers to work without pay, creating instability for our farmers, and threatening funding for our Great Lakes. Tonight, the House of Representatives passed two bills to re-op… Continue Reading


12.27.18

Senator Stabenow Nominates 32 Michigan Students to Military Academies

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today that she has nominated 32 Michigan students for placement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. "Michigan is fortunate to have so many exceptional students who want to serve our country through military service," said Senator Stabenow. "Having demonstrate… Continue Reading


12.21.18

Stabenow, Peters, Amash Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Lake Odessa Post Office after Michigan’s First Female Letter Carrier

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) as well as U.S. Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 1850 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa as the "Donna Sauers Besko Post Office Building." Donna Sauers Besko was an Okemos native who became Michigan's first female letter carrier. This legislation, authored by Congressman Justin Amash, passed the House of Representatives earlier this mont… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Senator Stabenow: President Trump Signs Bipartisan Farm Bill

Today U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow applauded the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill after President Trump signed the bill into law. Stabenow co-authored the bill as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. "The 2018 Farm Bill is now the law of the land," said Senator Stabenow. "In Michigan, agriculture is our second largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. This bill will grow our state's diverse agricultural economy and support our farmers, fami… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Senate Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Stabenow Bill to Ensure Veterans in Michigan Receive Full Housing Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced unanimous Senate passage of legislation she cosponsored, the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans in Michigan for missed or underpaid housing benefits. In 2017, Congress passed the Forever GI Bill which was designed to reimburse student veterans based on the zip code they live in and not the location of their school. Following passage, the VA issued a number of improper payme… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Senator Stabenow, Mayor Duggan, Agriculture Leaders Highlight Farm Bill Wins for Michigan

DETROIT - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Michigan agriculture leaders today highlighted the wins for Michigan in the recently passed 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill at an event at Eastern Market. They were joined by Mike DiBernardo from Eastern Market, Pete and Paul Blake from Blake's Orchard, as well as Jerry Ann Hebron from Oakland Avenue Urban Farm. "It was so great to join … Continue Reading


12.15.18

Stabenow Statement on Federal Court Ruling Threatening Health Care for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the ruling by a federal judge in Texas overturning the Affordable Care Act: "This outrageous ruling threatens health coverage for millions of Americans. If you have a pre-existing condition, you could be denied insurance or have to pay more for your coverage. Without the federal tax credits, insurance would become unaffordable for many Americans and being a woman could once again be considered a pre-e… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Howell Post Office after WWII Veteran

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6020 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building." Sergeant Burgett lived almost his entire adult life in Howell and was a World War II combat veteran. This legislation, authored by Congressman Mike Bishop, passed the House of Representatives in September and Senators Stabenow and Peters led… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Senate Passes Final Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill Co-Authored by Senator Stabenow

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry announced Senate passage of the Farm Bill conference report, which represents the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest industry. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan's Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, prom… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Stabenow: Final Farm Bill has Michigan on Every Page

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry praised the release of the Farm Bill conference report, which represents the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan bill strongly supports Michigan's farmers and agricultural economy, which is the state's second-largest industry. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan's Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Stabenow & Peters Urge EPA to Protect Michiganders from Lead in Drinking Water

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pressing the agency to implement all of the recommended policies from a July 2017 EPA Inspector General report regarding best practices to prevent another drinking water crisis from lead contamination. While EPA has acted on many of the Inspector General's recommendations, the agency has refused to establish national controls to ensure states are co… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce $40.7 Million for Infrastructure Projects in Sault Ste. Marie, Berrien County

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award two grants totaling $40.7 million for infrastructure projects in Sault Ste. Marie and Berrien County. The $20.7 million will go towards repairs for the Carbide Dock Port, which is located on the same waterway as the Soo Locks and serves as a staging area for vessels needing emergency assistance. The additional $20 million will help directly connect US-31 to I-94 in Berrien Co… Continue Reading


12.04.18

Senator Stabenow, Colleagues Call For Inspector General Investigation into VA’s Failure to Pay Veterans Full Benefits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General Michael Missal to launch an investigation into missed or underpaid VA benefits. Stabenow joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Boozman (R-AR) in a bipartisan letter to the VA's Inspector General calling for answers on how the technical errors occurred, how quickly any reimbursements will be made, and how the VA plans to make sure all benefits will continue to be paid out without interruption. … Continue Reading

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