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05.15.14

Senators Stabenow and Levin announce federal support for Grand Traverse Band

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will receive a $25,000 federal grant to boost fire operations and safety, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced. "Our firefighters provide critical services to communities across Northern Michigan," Stabenow said. "This support will help make sure that our first responders have the resources they need to protect the public." "Our emergency first responders put their lives on the line every day for us, so they deserve our ful… Continue Reading


05.15.14

Stabenow, Levin announce federal support for Ishpeming, Spalding Township fire departments

Fire departments in Ishpeming and Spalding Township will receive federal grants to boost operations and safety, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced. The Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department will receive $24,013 and the Spalding Township Fire Department $65,283. "Our firefighters provide critical services to communities across Michigan," Stabenow said. "This support will help make sure that the Ishpeming and Spalding Fire Departments have the resources they need to protect the p… Continue Reading


05.13.14

Stabenow, Levin, Upton urge EPA to follow city’s lead on Kalamazoo Superfund site

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and Rep. Fred Upton today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, encouraging the agency to follow the wishes of local officials and citizens on cleanup of the Allied Paper Superfund Site in Kalamazoo. The lawmakers note that the City of Kalamazoo supports the total removal of an estimated 1.5 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated waste from a landfill on the site "and is concerned about restrictions that would prevent them fro… Continue Reading


05.09.14

Senators Stabenow and Markey Lead Bipartisan Group of 22 Senators Urging President Obama to Consider the Impact of Large-Scale Natural Gas Exports on American Manufacturing, Families

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, and Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Environment, and Foreign Relations Committees, along with an additional 20 Senators, today urged President Obama to consider the impacts on American manufacturing and families that rely on natural gas for heat when looking to approve new natural gas export facilities. In a letter to t… Continue Reading


05.06.14

Senator Stabenow Condemns Kidnapping of More Than 200 Girls by Nigerian Terrorist Group, Calls for Additional International Sanctions

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today strongly condemned the abduction and mistreatment of more than 200 girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for additional international sanctions against the group. Boko Haram, an extremist group that rejects what it sees as the modernization of Nigeria - including the education of women, has threatened to sell the girls as slaves, and some may have already been sold into child marriages. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution today … Continue Reading


05.06.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support to Improve Electric Service for Residents, Businesses Across Central Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support to improve electric service to businesses and residents in the central Upper Peninsula. The support comes through the USDA's rural utilities program and will help replace aging electric lines, build new lines to reach new residents, and support smart grid projects that can help reduce electric consumption and protect the electric grid to improve service. Senator Stab… Continue Reading


05.06.14

Senator Stabenow Fighting to Make College More Affordable

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today joined Senator Elizabeth Warren to introduce legislation that would save millions of borrowers money on their student loans. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act would allow responsible borrowers with outstanding student loan debt, including some privates loans, incurred at past higher interest rates to refinance at the low rates currently offered only to new borrowers. This would save borrowers hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. At … Continue Reading


05.05.14

Senator Stabenow Announces Support for the City of Clare to Equip Police Vehicles

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the City of Clare to purchase new equipment for five patrol vehicles. This project will help serve 3,071 rural Michiganders. The support, made available through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant, will help the City of Clare update its fleet of police cruisers. Senator Stabenow said: "Our first responders provide critical services to rural communities like Clare throughout Michigan. This sup… Continue Reading


05.01.14

Senator Stabenow, Representative Peters Introduce Bill to Help Small Businesses Grow and Create Jobs

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and U.S. Representative Gary Peters today introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which would reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative created by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The effort has made nearly $70 million available to Michigan - the most of any state in the country - to help small bu… Continue Reading


05.01.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Firefighter Grants for Ann Arbor, Armada and Detroit

Three Southeast Michigan fire departments will each receive a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help improve their operations and boost safety for their emergency personnel and the public, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. Ann Arbor Charter Township Fire Department will receive $89,186, Armada Township Fire Department will receive $24,206, and Detroit Fire Department will receive $1,176,300 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emerg… Continue Reading


05.01.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Onondaga Fire Department

Onondaga Fire Department will receive a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help improve their operations and boost safety for their emergency personnel and the public, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. The department will receive $119,434 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. "Our firefighters provide critical, courageous service to communities across Mid-Michig… Continue Reading


05.01.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Sherman Township Fire Department

Sherman Township Fire Department will receive a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help improve their operations and boost safety for their emergency personnel and the public, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. The department will receive $24,843 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. "Our firefighters provide critical, courageous service to communities across Mic… Continue Reading


04.30.14

Senate Republicans Block Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage for Millions of American Families

Senate Republicans today filibustered a vote to raise the minimum wage for millions of American families. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow voted to move forward on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, legislation she cosponsored that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. While a majority of senators voted to move forward on the bill, Republicans refused to allow consideration of the bill, which would help lift millions of American families out of poverty. "Right now, many people working fu… Continue Reading


04.30.14

Senator Stabenow Leads Bipartisan Women Senators Urging Administration to Protect Women’s Health in Medical Trials

In advance of Mother's Day, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today led a group of bipartisan women senators in standing up for women's health to make sure medical treatments are safe and effective for women. In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, the senators urged that more women and minorities be included in clinical trials to ensure accurate information on the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medical devices is made available. Women and minorities are not fairly represented in… Continue Reading


04.22.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Over $5 Million for City of Norway Water Project

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the City of Norway will receive $5.6 million to support necessary improvements to its water and wastewater system. This major investment is part of Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, which increased funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental programs. President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State Univer… Continue Reading


04.17.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support to Enhance Battle Creek Fire Department’s Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Battle Creek Fire Department. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Senator Stabenow said, "Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Battle Creek. This support makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public." Senator Levin said, "Battle Creek firefighters sta… Continue Reading


04.17.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Michigan Fruit, Vegetable and Nursery Producers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the availability of over $1.9 million to support fruit, vegetable, and nursery producers. The funding, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in healthy, locally grown food. President Obama signed Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill at Michigan State Universi… Continue Reading


04.15.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Urges Michigan Farmers, Ranchers and Growers to Sign-up for Strengthened Disaster Assistance

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced that starting today eligible farmers and ranchers in Michigan can sign up for federal disaster assistance. The support, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program, is made possible by Chairwoman Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, which Pre… Continue Reading


04.09.14

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

Senate Republicans today filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that would help reduce gender discrimination in pay. While the measure received a majority of votes, it was once again unable to overcome Republican opposition. "It is outrageous that in 2014 some in Congress apparently still think that women don't deserve to earn the same amount as a man for doing the same job," said Stabenow. "Women don't get a 23-percent discount at the gr… Continue Reading


04.08.14

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for City of Vassar Police Department to Buy New Police Vehicle

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a Rural Development Grant for the City of Vassar Police Department. The grant, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Initiative Community Facilities Grant Program, will be used to help purchase a new police vehicle for the City of Vassar Police Department to help them serve and protect local residents. "We depend on our men and women in … Continue Reading

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