Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate today approved the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act, authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The bill was included as a provision in a broader bipartisan energy bill, which passed the Senate. 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 foreign oil and suppo… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters and Congressman Kildee Announce Major Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts in Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), announced that Michigan will receive a $188.1 million award from the Hardest Hit Fund through the U.S. Department of Treasury. With today's announcement, Michigan has received a total of $262.59 million this year to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods. Earlier this year, Michigan received $74.49 million from the Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund gives resources to states for bli… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Following the meeting, Stabenow called Judge Garland an eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee and urged Senate Republicans to do their job by holding a public hearing and a vote on his nomination. "Today I had the privilege of meeting personally with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. We had a very productive conversation about his ju… Continue Reading


Senate Democratic Leaders Urge Colleagues to Sign New Letter Calling on Sens. McConnell and Grassley to Hold Garland Hearings

Senate Democratic Leaders, led by Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles E. Schumer, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow and Bob Casey urged the entire United States Senate to sign a new letter, organized by the Democratic Leadership and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley to give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, a fair confirmation process. By opening up the let… Continue Reading


Stabenow Calls for Passage of Equal Pay Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was joined at a press conference by U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) along with representatives of the National Partnership for Women & Families, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Nation… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Rev. Nicholas Hood Sr.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement following the passing of Rev. Nicholas Hood Sr.: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rev. Nick Hood, a champion of the Civil Rights Movement, devoted minister, and dedicated Detroit public servant. A founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, he committed his life to breaking down the barriers of prejudice to achieve social justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rev. Hood's entire family and to everyone whose… Continue Reading


With the End of the School Year Approaching, Stabenow Announces Nearly $7 Million in Funding To Help More Than 83,000 Michigan Children Receive Healthy Meals During Summer Months

Today, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined local partners and school children participating in the Flint Police Activities League to announce $6.9 million in federal funding to help 83, 701 Michigan children receive healthy meals this summer. Thanks to this funding, nearly 16,000 Flint school children and 43,000 Detroit school children will now be eligible for expanded access to healthy meals during th… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Direct Flight from Lansing to Washington D.C. Will Resume

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that direct service from Michigan's capital to the nation's capital will resume, benefiting local businesses and supporting economic growth in Mid-Michigan. The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted American Airlines a slot exemption to provide direct service after Sun Country Airlines stopped service last October. American Airlines could resume nonstop service as soon as June 29, 2016. "Securing a direct flight in 2011 was o… Continue Reading


Stabenow Applauds New USDA Initiative to Improve Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's announcement of a new initiative to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The Initiative - led by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service - will complement ongoing conservation efforts in the region and invest more than $40 million in the watershed over the next three years. That funding is in addition to t… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement Following Attacks in Brussels

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the attacks in Brussels: "America stands with the people of Belgium following this morning's horrific terror attacks in Brussels. The United States and our allies will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice."… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Announcement of Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) made the following statement regarding the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: "One of the most important Constitutional duties as a United States Senator is to confirm Justices of the Supreme Court. It is essential that the next Justice be highly-qualified as well as fair and impartial. In the coming weeks, I will carefully review Judge Merrick Garl… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Over $3 Million Award to Michigan Community Health Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded an over $3 million award to 10 Michigan Community Health Centers. The funding, which will be used to improve and expand access to substance abuse services, comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was made available by the Affordable Care Act. "Families who have a loved one dealing with substance abuse know all too well how this addiction can shatter lives, and the intolerable lack of tr… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Announcement to Expand Medicaid for Flint Children, Pregnant Women

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement to expand Medicaid eligibility for thousands of pregnant women and children in Flint. This announcement follows a letter sent by Senator Stabenow, along with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), calling on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to allow cove… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce New Legislation to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and Gary Peters (D-MI) yesterday introduced the Hallways to Health Act (S.2590) to help school-based health centers improve health care services for children. In Michigan, there are more than 120 school-based health centers that play a major role in providing basic health services for thousands of students who have limited access to medical care outside of school. Typically, a school-… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce Bill to Improve Student Health

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI), Jon Tester (MT) and Jack Reed (RI) introduced legislation to hire more school nurses and improve student health. The NURSE Act will allow schools or state agencies to apply for federal grants to reduce the cost of hiring a nurse. School districts will be eligible to apply for the additional resources based on the number of their students who qualify for free or reduced price school meals - an across-the-board indicator of poverty w… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters, Benishek Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Great Lakes Funding, Modernize Research Capabilities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI) and Reps. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-1) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the clear legislative authority it needs to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. This bill wil… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters and Congressman Kildee Announce Hard-Fought Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts Across Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury will begin distributing new Hardest Hit Funds to Michigan in the coming months. Michigan will receive $74.49 million immediately from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and is eligible to receive up to an additional $249 million this April to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods across the state. The Hardest Hit Fund… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Canadian Government Nuclear Waste Site Announcement

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the Canadian government's announcement to delay a decision on whether an underground nuclear waste facility will be built off of the shores of Lake Huron. Senator Stabenow spoke with Canadian Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna earlier this month about how this storage facility could put Michigan's billion-dollar fishing and boating industries at risk as well as our quality of life by permanently damaging the enviro… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Applauds Secretary Burwell Announcement of $500,000 for Two Community Health Centers to Help Families in Flint

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today applauded the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell that Genesee Health System and Hamilton Community Health Network, which are both Federally Qualified Health Centers, will each receive $250,000 to help meet the increased need for health services in Flint. Senator Stabenow serves as the Ranking Member of the Health Sub-Committee of the Senate Finance Committee. "I have been extremely pleased to work with Secretary Burwell … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Highlights Legislation to Keep Michigan Students from Going #InTheRed

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with college students online and at Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan to discuss her #InTheRed campaign to raise awareness and take action to reduce the staggering burden of student loan debt for college graduates. Senator Stabenow is an author of the Reducing Educational Debt (RED) Act to allow student loan borrowers to refinance high-interest student loans, to create new federal and st… Continue Reading

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