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06.24.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Three Northern Michigan Airports

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Cherry Capital Airport, Charlevoix Municipal Airport and Alpena County Regional Airport to rehabilitate their runways and purchase new equipment. The support comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Senator Stabenow said: "Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from Northern Michigan is vital to the state's economy. This support will help ensure that the airport can continue to keep people travelin… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Two Iosco County Farmers’ Markets

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for two Iosco County farmers' markets. The grants, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant Program, will be used to help establish a farmers' market and small business incubator in Oscoda Charter Township and construct a year-round farmers' market pavilion in Tawas City."When we grow things here and… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Protecting Michigan's Coastline and Natural Treasures for Future Generations

The Michigan Coastal Management Program will receive more than $2.5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to address protection of shore lands and coastal ecosystems, public access and recreation, and coastal community development, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. "Families across Michigan spend their summers on our state's coasts, relaxing on the beach and hiking the dunes," said Sen. Stabenow. "This support will help protect these natural treasur… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Senator Stabenow Applauds Announcement of $8 Million for Farmers to Support Honey Bee Populations in Michigan, Midwest

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement that Michigan is among five states that will receive $8 million to help farmers and ranchers establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. Honey bees, which have been declining for years, are a crucial part of Michigan's thriving agricultural economy. More than 130 fruits and vegetables depend on honey bees for pollination, but diseases, parasit… Continue Reading


06.18.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Two Southeast Michigan Fire Departments to Improve Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the City of Dearborn and the City of Roseville fire departments to improve operations and safety. The grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Senator Stabenow said, "Across Southeast Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Dearborn and Roseville. This grant makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties … Continue Reading


06.18.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for the City of Saginaw Fire Department to Improve Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the City of Saginaw Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The $64,026 grant comes from 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 Saginaw. This grant makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public." Senator Levin sa… Continue Reading


06.18.14

Senators Stabenow and Levin Announce Millions of Dollars in PILT Payments for Michigan Counties

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced that Michigan counties will receive millions of dollars of support made possible through the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill. The $4.6 million in federal Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) will offset the loss of property tax revenue from nontaxable federal property, such as National Forests. "Thanks to the bipartisan Farm Bill passed earlier this year, communities across Michigan can count on this important funding to pay for roads, police a… Continue Reading


06.18.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Urge Secretary Kerry to Protect Great Lakes, Stop Canada from Storing Nuclear Waste Near Lake Huron

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to engage with the Canadian government and the International Joint Commission to stop a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste in Ontario, less than one mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Building a nuclear waste site so close to the Great Lakes increases the potential of a spill or contamination, which could devastate our $7 billion dollar fishing industry on the Lakes, hurt the… Continue Reading


06.17.14

Biobased Manufacturing: Creating Michigan Jobs

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that biobased companies are creating jobs across the country and helping to grow the economy through new innovations in manufacturing. Stabenow's comments came during a Committee hearing that examined how companies are taking advantage of homegrown agriculture - instead of petroleum - to make new products, spurring a new wave in innovative manufacturing that's growing the economy a… Continue Reading


06.12.14

Senator Stabenow Statement on Situation in Iraq

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Iraq: "I am horrified by the current situation in Iraq, and I share the deep concerns of many families in Michigan who are frightened for friends and family members in Iraq. The Iraqi government must do everything possible to protect all of its citizens from further violence, particularly those who may be targeted by extremists. I will continue to closely monitor events on the ground." … Continue Reading


06.12.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Four Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for four Southeast Michigan fire departments to improve operations and safety. The Allen Park Fire Department will also receive support to help purchase a new fire fighting vehicle. The support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Senator Stabenow said, "Our firefighters provide courageous service to communities across Southeast Michigan. This grant makes sure they ha… Continue Reading


06.12.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Otsego County Fire Department to Improve Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Otsego County Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The $233,890 grant comes from 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 Gaylord. This grant makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public." Senator Levin sai… Continue Reading


06.12.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Ironwood Fire Department to Improve Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Ironwood Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The $13,680 grant comes from 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 Ironwood. This grant makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public." Senator Levin said, "E… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Senate Passes Bill to Restore Accountability, Reduce Wait Times at the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Senate today passed legislation 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 reduce wait t… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Ontonagon County to Buy New Police Vehicle

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Ontonagon County Sheriff's 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 $14,000 grant will be used to help the community buy a new police vehicle to use in heavy snow conditions. "Our first responders provide invaluable se… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Seniors in Clare County

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Clare County Senior Services, which serves nearly 80,000 meals per year through its Senior Nutrition Program. The funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Loan program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The $135,000 loan will be used to buy a new facility to use as a Senior Services Buildin… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, rehabilitate runway lighting, and build a deicing containment facility. The $3,800,000 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Senator Stabenow said: "Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from West Michigan is vital to the state's economy," said Stabenow. "This support will help ensure that the … Continue Reading


06.11.14

Republicans Filibuster Bill to Reduce Student Loan Payments of Millions of Americans, Co-Authored by Senator Stabenow

Senate Republicans today filibustered a bill co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that would have reduced the student loan payments of more than 25 million Americans, and nearly one million in Michigan alone. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, introduced last week by Senator Stabenow, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and others, would allow people to refinance their existing loans, taken out at higher interest rates in the past, at the lower rates available to new borro… Continue Reading


06.09.14

Senator Stabenow Applauds President Obama’s Actions to Make Student Loans More Affordable

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today welcomed the announcement by President Obama that he will use his executive authority to help make student loans more affordable and easier to manage. Stabenow is the co-author of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow people to refinance their existing loans, taken out at higher interest rates in the past, at the lower rates available to new borrowers during the 2013-2014 school year, saving them hundreds or thousands of dollar… Continue Reading


06.06.14

Senate to Vote on Legislation Co-Authored by Senator Stabenow to Help Address Growing Student Debt Crisis

The Senate will vote next week on legislation co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow that will save millions of Americans money on their student loans and reduce the deficit by billions of dollars. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, introduced earlier this week by Senator Stabenow, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others, would allow people to refinance their existing loans, taken out at higher interest rates in the past, at the lower rates available to new borrowers during t… Continue Reading

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