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08.20.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Support U.S. DOT Emergency Relief to Southeast Michigan

Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today welcomed the Department of Transportation's announcement of $750,000 in disaster funding that will assist in repairing and reconstructing highways and roads damaged in the wake of historical flooding in Southeast Michigan. "Today's announcement is an important first step in helping Southeast Michigan rebuild from last week's serious flooding," said Stabenow. "Roads and bridges that were damaged in the floods are critical to Michigan's econ… Continue Reading


08.20.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow: USDA Resources will Target Great Lakes Water Quality

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said conservation assistance will be making its way to Lake Erie in order to improve water quality and prevent water contamination in the Great Lakes region. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Lake Erie watershed will receive $2 million to ensure farmers have the opportunity to take action on implementing best water conservation practices. Sen. Stabenow, vice chair of the Senate Gre… Continue Reading


08.20.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department to improve operations and safety. This $158,033 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Today's announcement is great news for the Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department and families in Oscoda County," said Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their… Continue Reading


08.19.14

Stabenow Leads Group of 12 Senators Urging Obama Administration to Raise Awareness of Higher Education Tax Credits

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, along with an additional 11 Senators, today asked the Obama Administration to better inform students and their families about underutilized higher education tax credits made available by the federal government. Senator Stabenow and her colleagues asked the Administration to create a simple, easy-to-understand guide to education tax benefits. Additionally, the Senators asked that an estimate of education tax benefits be made available through the federal student aid… Continue Reading


08.18.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Willow Run Airport will each receive federal grants for airport improvements, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. Detroit Metro will receive a $421,875 grant to pay for new equipment, and Willow Run $480,606 to pay for miscellaneous improvements. Both grants are from the Department of Transportation. "Making sure residents, tourists, and business travelers are able to easily travel to and from Southeast Michigan is vital to the reg… Continue Reading


08.15.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for MBS International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today support for the MBS International Airport in Saginaw County to update its Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan. The $663,039 grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation, will help the airport address key issues and goals that are critical for its development. "Making sure residents, tourists, and business travelers are able to easily travel to and from the Great Lakes Bay Region is vital," said Stabenow. "Th… Continue Reading


08.15.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce More than $23 Million for Michigan Advanced Vehicle Development Projects

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced $23.66 million in support for Michigan projects to accelerate the research and development of new vehicle technologies and ensure that we reduce our reliance on foreign oil and cut carbon pollution. The support comes through the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which works to help our country be more energy efficient and economically competitive. "Today's announcement is great news for our manufa… Continue Reading


08.13.14

Stabenow, Levin Support Federal Flood Aid Request

Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today welcomed Governor Snyder's state disaster declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. "I fully support a request for federal aid as Southeast Michigan continues to experience unprecedented flooding," Stabenow said. "Thousands of families have already found their homes and businesses devastated by these treacherous conditions. Joint assistance is critical for Michigan communities to make a full recovery in the wake of this terrible … Continue Reading


08.13.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department and Rockford Public Safety Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department for operations and safety and the Rockford Public Safety Department to improve fire prevention. These grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Today's announcement is great news for the Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department, the Rockford Public Safety Department, and families in Kent County," said Stab… Continue Reading


08.13.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Wayne-Westland and Mount Clemens Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Wayne-Westland Fire Department and Mount Clemens Fire Department for operations and safety. These grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Program. "Today's announcement is great news for the Wayne-Westland Fire Department, Mount Clemens Fire Department, and families in Southeast Michigan," said Stabenow. "Our first respon… Continue Reading


08.12.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for University of Michigan Program to Study Great Lakes Ecosystem

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, vice chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Carl Levin, chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, announced today a $101,000 grant for the Lake Michigan & Lake Huron Long-term Ecological Research Program through the University of Michigan's Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research. The University of Michigan received this award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and will use it to stu… Continue Reading


08.07.14

Senator Stabenow Applauds U.S. Victory Against China’s Illegal Restrictions on Rare Earth Elements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, today applauded the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling against China's illegal restrictions on the export of rare earth minerals. Rare earth materials are important components in many American made-products, including hybrid car batteries, wind turbines, energy efficient lighting, and automobiles. Senator Stabenow was amon… Continue Reading


08.06.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Nearly $7 Million for Michigan State University to Support Fruit and Vegetable Pollination Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that Michigan State University will receive a $6.9 million grant to address the decline in honeybees and its impact on crops. Michigan's fruit and vegetable crop production depends on honeybees for pollination, but bee populations have been in decline for years. The grant was funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. "Tod… Continue Reading


08.06.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for East Jordan Fire Department

The East Jordan Fire Department will receive a federal grant to help improve their operations and boost safety in their community, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. East Jordan Fire Department will receive $76,568 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "Today's announcement is great news for City of East Jordan Fire Department and families in Charlevoix County," Stabe… Continue Reading


08.06.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Gaines Township Fire Department

The Gaines Township Fire Department will receive a federal grant to help improve their operations and boost safety in their community, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. Gaines Township Fire Department will receive $66,491 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "Today's announcement is great news for Gaines Township Fire Department and families in Genesee County," Stab… Continue Reading


08.06.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grants for Two U.P. Fire Departments

Two Upper Peninsula fire departments will receive federal grants to purchase new firefighting vehicles, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. Sugar Island Township Fire Department will receive $208,696 and Norway Volunteer Fire Department will receive $237,500 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "Today's announcement is great news for Sugar Island Township Volunteer Fi… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces that Every Michigan Project Will be Considered for National Conservation Funding

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that all nine Michigan projects that submitted pre-proposals will move on to the next step to be considered for funding though the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Sen. Stabenow and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Bay City in May to launch the national initiative, created in the 2014 Farm Bill, which will protect our Great Lakes and invest in wa… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Grant for Grand Valley State University to Support Rural Entrepreneurship Training in Isabella and Bay Counties

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Grand Valley State University to lead two Rural-Focused Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship training programs in Bay and Isabella Counties. This support, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, will be used to help bring entrepreneurship workshops to rural communities. "Today's announcement is gr… Continue Reading


07.31.14

Senate Passes Bipartisan Veterans Affairs Reform Legislation

The Senate today passed a bipartisan compromise to restore accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and reduce wait times at VA facilities so veterans can get the health care they deserve. The Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 brings immediate accountability to the VA that will strengthen the Department's ability to fire senior managers and officials responsible for poor performance at VA health facilities. It also takes steps to r… Continue Reading


07.31.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Ford Airport

Ford Airport in Dickinson County will receive a federal grant of $867,427 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to purchase snow removal equipment and take other steps that will help improve the airport's ability to keep the runways and taxiways clear during bad weather, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. "Making sure residents, tourists, and business travelers are able to easily travel to and from the Upper Peninsula is vital to the region," Stabenow said. "This sup… Continue Reading

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