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09.29.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $183,000 to Support Local Food Initiatives in West Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $183,300 in support for Sprout Urban Farm in Battle Creek and Local First Educational Foundation in Grand Rapids. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally. "When we grow things here a… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $1.2 Million Grant for Village of L’Anse

The Village of L'Anse will receive a federal grant of $1,281,910 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. L'Anse will use the funds to support the development of the new US-41 L'Anse Industrial Park. "Today's announcement is great news for Baraga County," said Stabenow. "This critical investment brings together private-public partnerships to help businesses create new jobs and make the Upper Peninsula an even better place to do busi… Continue Reading


09.24.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $1.5 Million Regional Grant for Highland Park Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced a $1,568,160 regional grant for the Highland Park Fire Department to improve operations and safety. This support, which comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will help train firefighters in Wayne County. "Today's announcement is great news for the Highland Park Fire Department and families in Wayne County," said Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our fam… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Advance Michigan Manufacturing Community

Advance Michigan Manufacturing Community, a partnership of more than 30 organizations in the 13-county Southeast Michigan region, will receive $200,000 from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced today. The funds will be used to develop long-term growth strategies for community investment and workforce development. "Advance Michigan brings together Southeast Michigan's industries, universities, cities and countie… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for Michigan State University Food Processing Plant

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and U.S. Senator Carl Levin today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will support the construction of a leading independent food processing facility at Michigan State University. Michigan State University's Food Processing and Innovation Center project will receive nearly $3 million to renovate an existing building on campus where businesses that employ 10 to 10… Continue Reading


09.22.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Nearly $26 Million to Fund New Buses in Detroit

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the City of Detroit Department of Transportation to help buy 50 new buses and connect people with jobs, training, and vital services. The $25,925,548 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative Grant comes through the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. "Today's announcement is great news and will make a tangible difference in the lives of Detroit families," said Stabenow. "This project is another example … Continue Reading


09.18.14

Levin, Stabenow Introduce Senate Companion to Kildee House Resolution Opposing Permanent Storage of Nuclear Waste in Great Lakes Basin

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today introduced a Senate resolution urging the administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. The measure is a companion resolution to one introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, earlier this month. The Senate resolution is co-sponsored by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. "Canada's proposed nuclear waste storage facility, less than a mile from Lake Huron, w… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Michigan Delegation Pushes for Emergency Disaster Declaration

Today, a bipartisan group of thirteen members of the Michigan congressional delegation wrote to President Obama urging support of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's request for a Presidential disaster declaration, following flash floods caused by record rainfall in early August. The letter, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. John D. Dingell (D-MI12), John Conyers (D-MI13), Sander Levin (D-MI09), Fred Upton (R-MI06), Dave Camp (R-MI04), Mike Rogers (R-MI08), Cand… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Marquette Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Marquette Fire Department to improve operations and safety. This $50,624 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Today's announcement is great news for the Marquette Fire Department and Michigan families," said Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely." "Every day… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow: Seven More Michigan Counties Declared Free of Bovine Tuberculosis

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared that seven Northern Michigan counties are free of bovine tuberculosis, which is a serious threat to Michigan's agriculture industry and rural economy. Since Sen. Stabenow's initial call on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2011 to address the spread of the disease, Michigan livestock producers have received increas… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Lower Student Loan Payments for Millions of Americans

Senate Republicans today blocked legislation co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that would lower the student loan payments of more than 25 million Americans, including nearly one million in Michigan alone. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, introduced by Senator Stabenow, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and others, would allow people to refinance their existing loans at the lower rates available to new borrowers during the 2013-2014 school … Continue Reading


09.16.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms

Researchers at the University of Michigan will receive a federal grant of $653,097 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop tools to predict water quality and forecast harmful algal blooms (HABS) in the Great Lakes, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. The grant will also support outreach activities to let the public know about the presence of HABS. "The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan's economy and our way of life," said Stabenow. "This gran… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Senate Republicans Once Again Block Passage of Bill that Would Guarantee Equal Pay for Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans today blocked a final vote on legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have helped reduce gender discrimination by empowering women to negotiate for equal pay, close loopholes courts have created in the law, and create strong incentives for employers to obey the laws by strengthening federal enforcement efforts. This is the second time just this year that Senate … Continue Reading


09.15.14

Senator Stabenow Participates in M-1 RAIL Community Celebration, Highlights New Federal Support for Rail Project

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today participated in a community celebration to highlight additional federal support for the M-1 RAIL project. Sen. Stabenow and Southeast Michigan's Congressional Delegation helped secure $12.2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will allow the transit project to be finalized by the end of 2016. In 2013, Sen. Stabenow and her colleagues also helped secure a $25 million federal grant to invest in M-1 RAIL and have worked closely with business a… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $5 Million for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Rehabilitate Taxiway

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to rehabilitate its taxiway. The $5,000,000 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from Michigan is vital to the state's economy," said Stabenow. "This support will help ensure that the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport can continue to keep people travelling safely and increase business activity to bo… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for University of Michigan Project to Study Effects of Climate Change on the Great Lakes

Senators Debbie Stabenow, vice chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Carl Levin, chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, announced today a $321,448 grant for the University of Michigan's Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research through the School of Natural Resources and Environment. This support, which comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, will help researchers study the effects of climate change on the … Continue Reading


09.12.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce $8 Million for Michigan Community Health Centers to Expand Access to Care

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced federal support for 36 Michigan Community Health Centers. The funding, which will expand access to affordable and quality care, comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was made available by the Affordable Care Act. "Many Michigan families rely on community health centers to receive basic medical services," said Stabenow. "Without these centers, many patients would go without critical health care or be … Continue Reading


09.12.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to Expand Access to Healthy Foods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support to expand healthy food options in Grand Rapids. This grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids roll out and expand several projects to provide healthy and nutritious foods to urban and low income communities. "This support will help the YMCA of Greater Grand Rap… Continue Reading


09.11.14

Senate Republicans Block Measure to Limit the Role of Special Interests in Elections

Senate Republicans today filibustered a final vote on a constitutional amendment that would have responded to the Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United and related cases, which have unleashed hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending from outside special interest groups and secretive billionaires, by restoring the longstanding authority of Congress and the states to regulate campaign spending. Senator Stabenow is a co-sponsor of the amendment authored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Senate Moves Forward with Legislation to Guarantee Equal Pay for Women

The Senate voted today to move forward with legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would help reduce gender discrimination by empowering women to negotiate for equal pay, close loopholes courts have created in the law, and create strong incentives for employers to obey the laws by strengthening federal enforcement efforts. "Now that the Senate has voted on a bipartisan basis to move forward on th… Continue Reading

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