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04.17.20

After Push from Stabenow & Peters, Veterans to Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that $1,200 stimulus checks will automatically go to veterans currently receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senators now have succeeded in getting the Trump Administration to reverse course and automatically send stimulus checks to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients as well as VA beneficiar… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Report: U.S. Lags the World in Testing, Leads the World in COVID-19 Cases

Senator Debbie Stabenow released a report detailing how the United States is drastically behind in testing compared in other countries. The report can be found here. ###… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Stabenow, Peters Introduce Legislation to Help Address Reported Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Outcomes

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bill this week to help address the reported racial disparities in COVID-19 testing, treatment, and outcomes. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data about the testing, treatment, and outcomes of COVID-19. The Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act of 2020 requires HHS to provide a report to Congress with this data wit… Continue Reading


04.15.20

Following Calls from Stabenow & Peters, IRS to Automatically Send Stimulus Checks to SSI Beneficiaries

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the agency will automatically send $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans currently receiving benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Earlier this month the Senators called on the Trump Administration to automatically issue stimulus checks to recipients of benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to file a tax re… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Stabenow, Peters to Participate in Virtual Town Hall Thursday to Answer Constituent Questions about COVID-19

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced their participation in a special one-hour virtual town hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to answer constituent questions about the COVID-19 crisis. The live town hall will be broadcast on Channels 2 (WJBK-TV), 4 (WDIV-TV), 7 (WXYZ-TV), 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV). This broadcast will be shared with broadcast TV and radio stations across Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Association o… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration for Information and Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force to lead a national inventory of the country's COVID-19 diagnostic test supply, release public data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. In their letter, the Senators point out the need for widespread diagnostic testing in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak. "Over three weeks a… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Urge COVID-19 Relief for Michigan Farmers

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide relief to Michigan farmers and keep families supplied with food during the COVID-19 crisis. "Michigan farmers have been hit hard by this global pandemic and will continue to struggle with the disruptions caused by this disease," wrote the Senators. "Our farmers need assistance during this crisis as they continue to work every day to prevent shortages and keep us supplied wit… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Michigan Hospitals, Health Care Providers Will Receive More Than $936 Million for Coronavirus Response Efforts

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be distributing more than $936 million to hospitals and health care providers in Michigan. Stabenow and Peters successfully fought for an increase in funding for hospitals and health care providers during negotiations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure those fighting on the front lines would receive the support and resources … Continue Reading


04.09.20

Senator Stabenow: Michigan First in Nation to Provide Pandemic Nutrition Assistance for Children During COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that Michigan is the first state in the nation to provide additional nutrition assistance through a new program for 750,000 children who lost access to school meals during closures. Stabenow led the effort to ensure the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program was included in the Families First Coronavirus Act. "I'm pleased that Michigan will be th… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Senators Stabenow, Peters Call for Action to Prevent Counterfeiting, Price Gouging of Medical Supplies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters urged President Donald Trump to act to prevent price gouging, as well as fraudulent and counterfeit supplies, which are hampering efforts to treat patients and combat the spread of COVID-19. "Every day, profiteers and scam artists are taking advantage of desperate buyers and the unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment by charging obscene prices and selling counterfeit or fraudulent goods," the Senators wrote. "Local and state gover… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce $907,460 Million in Funding for Upper Peninsula Health Center

Funding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $907,460 in funding to help the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from … Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $1 Million in Funding for Mid-Michigan Counties and Health Centers

Funding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help Counties and Health Centers Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $1,992,355 in funding to help health centers in Mid-Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of He… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $4 Million in Funding for Genesee County and Great Lakes Bay Region Health Centers

unding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help Health Centers Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $4,573,645 in funding to help health centers in Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $8 Million in Funding for West Michigan Health Centers

Funding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help Health Centers Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $8,762,488 in funding to help health centers in West Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $10 Million in Funding for Southeast Michigan Counties and Health Centers

Funding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help Counties and Health Centers Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $10,358,980 in funding to help health centers in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $5 Million in Funding for Northern Michigan Health Centers

Funding From Bipartisan Coronavirus Package Will Help Health Centers Respond to the Spread of the Coronavirus U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $5,943,640 in funding to help health centers in Northern Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health … Continue Reading


04.07.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Michigan Will Receive Additional $6.3 Million in CDC Funding for Coronavirus Response Efforts

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act they helped enact last month is bringing the state of Michigan $6.3 million in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding to support Coronavirus response efforts. "Michigan is now a hotspot for COVID-19 and every community in the state is impacted. The lack of testing supplies and equipment, scarcity of personal protection equipment for our medica… Continue Reading


04.06.20

Stabenow, Peters Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) urged the Trump Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. In a bipartisan letter signed by 41 of their colleagues, the Senators wrote to the Secretary of Agriculture - Sonny Perdue - urging permanent flexibility in Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and equitable access to credit during this period of market u… Continue Reading


04.05.20

Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration to Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically. The Senators' letter follows their successfu… Continue Reading


04.04.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Legislation to Make Older Children and Adult Dependents Eligible for COVID-19 Relief Payments

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced legislation that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child will go to most taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers. The payments will phase out in value for a … Continue Reading

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