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11.18.14

Stabenow Co-Leads Group of 11 Women Senators Urging the Administration to Make Combating Heart Disease a Priority

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, along with 11 other women Senators, urged the Administration to prioritize combating heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in Michigan. In a series of letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, NIH Director Francis Collins, and CDC Director Tom Frieden, the bipartisan group of women Senators explained that women's heart disease continues to be under-researched, frequently misdiagnosed, and often left untreated. This is in part be… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Stabenow Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Child Care Legislation

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today voted with a bipartisan group of 88 Senators to pass a bill that will strengthen health and safety protections and improve the quality of care for child care assistance programs that are available to families. This bill will also require additional training and education for caretakers participating in these programs. Sen. Stabenow has been a long-time supporter of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and called upon lawmakers to support the progr… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Stabenow, Benishek, Peters Introduce Bill to Stop $100 Million Increase in Electric Bills for Upper Peninsula Families, Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-1), and Congressman Gary Peters (MI-14) today introduced legislation that would require additional oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), allowing the agency to stop a pending $100 million annual electric rate increase for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula. This legislation follows a recent regulatory decision made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) that would force consumers… Continue Reading


11.10.14

Stabenow Statement on Announcement to Award John Dingell With Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement congratulating Congressman John D. Dingell on being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama: "This prestigious honor is a fitting tribute to John Dingell's lifetime of public service standing up for Michigan families. Known as America's watchdog, his accomplishments have impacted so many of our country's landmark laws including the Civil Rights Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act and health care reform. His s… Continue Reading


11.03.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Oscoda to Buy New Police Equipment

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Oscoda Township Police Department. The funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The $21,000 grant will be used to help the community purchase camera systems for six patrol vehicles. "Our first responders provide invaluable services to com… Continue Reading


10.24.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA Investment in Michigan State University Research Programs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement of $381,847 to be invested in Michigan State University pest management programs. This funding comes through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Crop Protection and Pest Management program, which supports projects that address high priority pest management challenges though coordinated efforts with state and r… Continue Reading


10.20.14

Stabenow, Levin Applaud Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding for Western Lake Erie Basin

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $807,000 to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to fight harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This funding, which is part of a larger national investment to protect the Western Lake Erie Basin, will be used to expand conservation assistance incentives for farmers, improve how scientists measure phosphorus levels in Lake Erie, and help Great Lak… Continue Reading


10.17.14

Stabenow, Levin Call for a Delay of Increase in Electric Bills for Upper Peninsula Families, Small Businesses

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these unjust and unreasonable rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay nearly $100 million annually to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant, if the proposed electric rate increases are approved by FERC. This increase is sch… Continue Reading


10.10.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Michigan Sea Grant Funding to Help Protect Great Lakes Communities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced $471,161 for the Michigan Sea Grant program to secure projects that help build and foster resilient coastal Great Lakes communities. This funding is a portion of a $15.9 million grant announced though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant program. "The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan's economy and our way of life," said Stabenow. "This grant will help support collaborative research between the University… Continue Reading


10.07.14

Senator Stabenow Statement on Asian Carp eDNA Found in the Kalamazoo River

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the Asian carp eDNA that was recently found in the Kalamazoo River: "I am extremely concerned that Asian carp eDNA was found in any part of the Great Lakes and its tributaries. The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service need to take immediate steps and conduct further testing to ensure that Asian carp have not spread to the Kalamazoo River. Time is running out to stop Asian carp from devastating our… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Mid-Michigan Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Mid-Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. These projects… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Genesee, Great Lakes Bay, and Thumb-Area Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Genesee, Great Lakes Bay, and Thumb-area farmers, and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in local… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Northern Michigan Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Northern Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. These pro… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Southeast Michigan Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Southeast Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. These pr… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for West Michigan Agriculture

Grand Rapids - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for West Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. These projects in… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Upper Peninsula Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Upper Peninsula farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. These proje… Continue Reading


10.01.14

Stabenow Leads Bipartisan Group of 66 Senators Urging Support for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, along with 65 other Senators, urged Senate leaders to support community health centers, which are set to have their funding cut by nearly 70 percent next September. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the bipartisan group of 66 Senators explained that this financial cliff will likely result in site closures and devastating staff layoffs, preventing millions of people in high-… Continue Reading


09.30.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $226,000 to Support Northern Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $226,068 in support for four Northern Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. 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 and make things here, we… Continue Reading


09.30.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Nearly $150,000 to Support Southeast Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $149,794 in support for three Southeast Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. 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 and make things here, … Continue Reading


09.30.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $190,000 for Two Ingham County Farmers Markets

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $190,038 in support for the Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and Allen Neighborhood Group in Lansing. 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… Continue Reading

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