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02.06.14

Republicans Block Unemployment Insurance in Senate Again

Legislation that would extend emergency unemployment insurance for millions of Americans who are looking for work was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate today. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of the measure, which would extend benefits for three months and retroactively restore emergency unemployment insurance to thousands of Michigan families. Unemployment insurance for nearly 60,000 people in Michigan expired on Dec. 28 after Republicans blocked an effort to extend t… Continue Reading


02.05.14

Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue Receives Support

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced that Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue will receive federal support to recruit and retain emergency personnel. "Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Walkerville," said Stabenow. "This grant will help the Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue department recruit and retain first responders to protect the public." "Firefighters stand ready every day to respond to fires and other emergencies," … Continue Reading


02.04.14

Senate Approves Senator Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate today voted overwhelmingly to approve the bipartisan Farm Bill authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, by a vote of 68-32. The bill represents rare bipartisan agreement on a major jobs bill, legislation that will help grow Michigan's agriculture economy, the state's second-largest industry. The 2014 Farm Bill reduces the deficit by $23 billion and represents the most significant reform of American agricu… Continue Reading


02.03.14

U.S. Senate Votes to Move Forward on Chairwoman Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill

The Senate today overwhelmingly voted 72-22 to move forward on the 2014 Farm Bill, overcoming the bill's last procedural hurdle and clearing the way for a vote on final passage tomorrow. The Farm Bill is authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The bill represents rare bipartisan agreement on a major jobs bill that will help grow a key sector of our economy. Agriculture is Michigan's second-largest industry. The 2014 … Continue Reading


01.30.14

Great Lakes Maritime Academy Receives Support for Education and Training

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwest Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus. The Academy will receive a $1 million grant, which comes through the Department of Transportation, to be used for education and training. "Just last week I had the opportunity to visit the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and see our cadets piloting ships using the Academy's new state-of-the-art simulator," said Stabenow. "Our Great Lakes supp… Continue Reading


01.30.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Urge Action to Ease Midwest Propane Shortage

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin of Michigan wrote today to President Obama urging action to respond to a propane gas shortage in the Midwest that has affected thousands of Michigan homes and businesses. Noting that propane prices have more than doubled for some consumers, Stabenow and Levin urged the president to direct his administration to ensure that rising prices are not due to excessive speculation; to extend an emergency declaration that facilitates transportation of propane; to … Continue Reading


01.29.14

Benton Harbor and Muskegon Heights Fire Departments Receive Support to Hire Emergency Personnel

Two West Michigan fire departments will receive new federal support to hire emergency personnel, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. The Benton Charter Township Fire Department near Benton Harbor will receive a $225,496 federal grant, and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department will receive $995,000. "Across southwest Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Benton Charter Township and Muskegon Heights," said Stabenow. "This grant will help bo… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds House Passage of Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the 2014 Farm Bill by a bipartisan vote of 251-166. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on soon. "We are on the verge of achieving major reform," said Stabenow. "Today's House vote puts us one step closer to finally enacting a five-year Farm Bill that helps farmers and businesses create jobs in Michi… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Senator Stabenow’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:"We can't have a strong middle class unless we make things and grow things here in America. "President Obama is right about the importance of agriculture to our economy. Congress can help American farmers, ranchers and businesses further… Continue Reading


01.27.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Final Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a five-year Farm Bill that will reform farm programs, reduce the deficit, and help farmers and businesses create jobs in agriculture, our state's second-largest industry. The bill includes major reforms like eliminating the direct payment subsidy program, streamlining and consolidating other programs, and cracking down on fraud and misuse. … Continue Reading


01.23.14

Sen. Stabenow Joins Michigan Residents in Traverse City to Call for More Action to Stop Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today joined Michigan residents to call for more action to stop Asian carp during a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Traverse City. Asian carp pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $16 billion boating and $7 billion fishing industries. Stabenow, author of the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act, and Great Lakes advocates have said that a recent Army Corps of Engineers report on proposals to stop Asian carp is… Continue Reading


01.23.14

Sen. Stabenow Joins Great Lakes, Conservation Leaders at Cabela’s in Grandville to Call for More Action to Stop Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today joined Great Lakes and conservation leaders at Cabela's in Grandville to call for more action to stop Asian carp. These invasive fish pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $16 billion boating and $7 billion fishing industries. Stabenow, author of the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act, and Great Lakes advocates have said that a recent Army Corps of Engineers report on proposals to stop Asian carp is incomplete and the Corps must … Continue Reading


01.22.14

In Lansing, Sen. Stabenow Calls for More Action to Stop Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today called for more action to stop Asian carp following a meeting hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Lansing. Asian carp pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $16 billion boating and $7 billion fishing industries. Stabenow, author of the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act, and Great Lakes advocates have said that a recent Army Corps of Engineers report on proposals to stop Asian carp is incomplete and the Corps must contin… Continue Reading


01.22.14

Sen. Stabenow Calls for More Action to Stop Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited Saginaw and Grandville to call for the action to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. These invasive fish pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $16 billion boating and $7 billion fishing industries. Senator Stabenow also participated in an Army Corps public meeting in Ann Arbor. The Army Corps is hosting a second meeting in Traverse City on Thursday, January 23 at 4:00 P.M. For more information on the report, details r… Continue Reading


01.21.14

Sen. Stabenow Joins Michigan Residents in Ann Arbor to Call for More Action to Stop Asian Carp

Senator Debbie Stabenow today joined Michigan residents to call for more action to stop Asian carp during a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Ann Arbor. Asian carp pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the region's $16 billion boating and $7 billion fishing industries. Stabenow, author of the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act, and Great Lakes advocates have said that a recent Army Corps of Engineers report on proposals to stop Asian carp is incomple… Continue Reading


01.16.14

Senator Stabenow Applauds Selection of Kalamazoo and Alma Colleges for National Higher Education Program

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today applauded the selection of Kalamazoo College and Alma College for participation in a national higher education program to help increase access to college for low-income students. The national announcement by the President and First Lady today is part of a broad national initiative to help low-income and first-generation students attend and graduate from college. "Today's announcement by the President and First Lady is fantastic news for Michigan," Stabenow sai… Continue Reading


01.15.14

Ypsilanti City Fire Department Receives Support to Hire Firefighters

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced a federal grant to help Ypsilanti City Fire Department hire more firefighters. The fire department will receive $800,505 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. "Across Michigan, our firefighters provide critical, courageous service to communities like Ypsilanti," said Stabenow. "This grant will help the Ypsilanti Fire Department hire mor… Continue Reading


01.14.14

Republicans Block Senate Vote on Unemployment Insurance

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made the following statement today after Republicans blocked a Senate vote on extension of emergency unemployment insurance. While a majority of senators voted in favor of the legislation (55-45), it was blocked by a Republican filibuster. Senator Stabenow said: "While the economy continues to improve, unemployment is still far too high and there are still three people looking for work for every one job available. This support is the last lifeline for those out of… Continue Reading


01.14.14

2014 Appropriations Bill Contains Funding for MSU’s FRIB

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced the new appropriations bill released today will include their full request for funding for Michigan State University's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project. Should the appropriations bill pass, it will provide $55 million for FRIB and authorize construction to begin this year. The bill could be voted on as early as next week. "The research that will be done at this state-of-the-art MSU facility is critical to Michigan and the entir… Continue Reading


01.13.14

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Connie Binsfeld, Former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement today on the passing of former Michigan Lieutenant Governor Connie Binsfeld: "Connie was an inspiration for women across Michigan, breaking down barriers and fighting for important causes. She was a champion for children's and women's issues and worked tirelessly to pass laws against domestic violence and child abuse. I am proud to have served with her when I was in the State legislature. My thoughts and prayers are with her family a… Continue Reading

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