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06.05.14

Senators Stabenow and Levin Announce Tens of Millions in Tax Credits to Support Economic Development in Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced tens of millions of dollars in tax credits for community development projects to grow the economy and create jobs in Michigan. The support comes through the Treasury Department's New Markets Tax Credit Program, which helps spur critical investments in low-income communities. Invest Detroit will receive $28 million to invest in the M-1 Rail project and related economic development in downtown and mid-town, and also plan to focus on comm… Continue Reading


06.04.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Great Lakes Bay Region First Responders

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Essexville Public Safety Department and Blumfield Township Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our first responders provide critical services to communities across the Great Lakes Bay Region," Stabenow said. "This support will help make sure that the Essexville Public Safety Department and Blumfie… Continue Reading


06.04.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Fruitport Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Fruitport Charter Township Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our first responders provide critical services to communities like Fruitport across Michigan," said Stabenow. "This support will help make sure that Fruitport Charter Township Fire Department will have the resources it needs to protect… Continue Reading


06.04.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for St. Ignace Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the St. Ignace Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our firefighters provide critical, courageous service to communities like St. Ignace across Michigan," said Stabenow. "This support will help make sure the St. Ignace Fire Department has the resources it needs to protect the public." "Every day, first… Continue Reading


06.03.14

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bill to Increase Accountability at the VA, Clear Backlog of Veterans Waiting for Care

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today joined a group of senators to introduce new legislation that increases accountability and addresses the serious backlog and unacceptable wait times at the Veterans Administration. This legislation follows earlier efforts by Senate Democrats to improve care for our veterans that have been filibustered by Republicans. The Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014 brings immediate accountability to the VA that would strengthen the Department's ability to fire senior m… Continue Reading


05.30.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Join Dedication of 32,000 acres of Wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes

At the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today participated in the dedication of 32,000 acres of the lakeshore as Wilderness, which will guarantee the protection and preservation of the land while providing important access to the lakeshore's recreational opportunities and cultural resources. The law that directed the designation, which was signed into law by President Obama in March, was authored by Sen. Levin and cosponsored by Sen. Stabenow.… Continue Reading


05.30.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Michigan State University to Help Michigan Farmers Access New Farm Bill Resources

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Michigan State University and its Cooperative Extension to help Michigan farmers and ranchers utilize new tools and resources available through the 2014 Farm Bill. President Obama signed Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill at Michigan State University in February. "Michigan State University and Cooperative Extension play a critical role in supporting our farmers and ra… Continue Reading


05.29.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Bessemer and Laurium

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Bessemer and the Village of Laurium. The funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The City of Bessemer will receive a $5,265,000 grant to upgrade their 100-year-old sewer system. The Village of Laurium will receive a $15,000 grant to help purchase a new police … Continue Reading


05.29.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The new partnership, comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies, will receive over $1.7 million through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This funding will continue work underway through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. "Today's announcement is another great vict… Continue Reading


05.29.14

Senators Stabenow and Levin Announce Support for North Oakland County Fire Authority

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the North Oakland County Fire Authority to improve operations and safety. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Senator Stabenow said: "Our firefighters provide critical services to communities in Oakland County and across Michigan. This support will help make sure that the North Oakland County Fire Authority has t… Continue Reading


05.29.14

Senator Stabenow Welcomes Department of Energy Announcement on Natural Gas Exports

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, today welcomed the announcement by the Department of Energy that it will shift the permitting process for natural gas export facilities to focus only on final - not conditional - commitments, will continue to make individual national interest determinations on case-by-case basis, and will undertake several new or updated studies on the economic and climate… Continue Reading


05.28.14

Senators Stabenow and Levin Announce Support for Ogemaw Fire Department

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Ogemaw Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. Senator Stabenow said: "Our first responders provide critical services to communities like West Branch across Michigan. This support will help make sure that the Ogemaw Fire Department will have the resources it needs to protect the public." Senator Carl Levi… Continue Reading


05.28.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for City of Kingsford 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 City of Kingsford 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 $16,000 grant will be used to help buy a new police vehicle for the community. "Our first responders provide invaluable services to communities like Kin… Continue Reading


05.27.14

National Conservation Initiative Launched in Bay City

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today launched a national conservation initiative that will protect our Great Lakes and invest in water conservation across the country. During a visit to the Saginaw Bay area, they announced that the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program created by Sen. Stabenow in her bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill is now being implemented. This program will … Continue Reading


05.26.14

On his 1000th day of imprisonment, Sens. Stabenow, Levin, Rep. Kildee call for Amir Hekmati's Release

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and Congressman Dan Kildee today marked the 1,000th day of captivity in Iran for Michigan resident Amir Hekmati by again calling for his release. "I met with Amir Hekmati's family last week, and I stand with them to demand that Iran free Amir immediately," Stabenow said. "It's absolutely unacceptable that he has been held illegally in Iran for one day, let alone for 1,000 days. My thoughts and prayers are with the family for a quick end to this outra… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Congress Unanimously Passes Peters-Stabenow Measure to Cut Red Tape for Auto Dealers

Today, in a joint effort led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, and U.S. Representative Gary Peters, Congressional Auto Caucus Co-Chair, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to cut red tape for Michigan auto dealers and consumers. The Peters-Stabenow bill eliminates a redundant and outdated provision of The Clean Air Act requiring auto dealers to provide consumers with a certificate confirming a vehicle's compliance with the l… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Senator Stabenow Announces Victory for American Automakers and Workers in Trade Case Against China

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, today joined U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to announce a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that China illegally imposed import duties on U.S.-made automobiles and SUVs. The duties, placed on well-known American brands like Jeep and Buick, are estimated to have affected up to $5.1 billion worth of U.S. auto exports in 2013. China is now the second-larg… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for City of Hancock 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 City of Hancock's 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 $15,000 grant will be used to help buy a new police vehicle for the community. "Our first responders provide invaluable services to communities like the… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for the City of Stanton 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 City of Stanton. The funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The $10,500 grant will be used to help buy a new police vehicle and equipment for the community. "Our first responders provide invaluable services to communities like t… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect and Conserve the Great Lakes, Boost Region’s Economy

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today applauded Senate passage of legislation that will help grow the Great Lakes region's economy while conserving our lakes and waterways. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which passed the Senate with a broad bipartisan majority 91-7, ensures that for the first time the Great Lakes are treated as a single navigational system, increases funding for harbor maintenance, and provides broader authority for the Army Corps of Engineers to p… Continue Reading

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