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06.27.19

Stabenow Announces Senate Passage of Her Legislation to Improve Transition for Returning Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that her legislation to make sure returning servicemembers have access to community resources when they transition back to civilian life passed the Senate as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. The House is expected to take up its version of the National Defense Authorization Act in the coming weeks and both chambers will then work on a conference agreement. Stabenow's legislation would allow servicemem… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Stabenow, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fund New Community Partnerships to Address High Rate of Maternal and Infant Mortality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, which would provide funding for new community partnerships to address the high rate of maternal and infant mortality. The United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. "The high rate of maternal and infant mortality in this country is completely unacceptable; we must… Continue Reading


06.24.19

Senators Stabenow, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to End Gaps in Housing Stipends for Student Veterans

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) today announced bipartisan legislation to end gaps in housing stipends for student veterans. Under current law, the end of an academic semester can lead to reductions or gaps in monthly housing stipends for student veterans because stipends cannot be paid when the recipient is not actively enrolled in classes. The Student Veterans Housing Act ensures that veterans utilizing Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits contin… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Relief for Farmers, Urge Further Access to Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Gary Peters (MI) today praised the announcement of new relief for Michigan farmers who have been unable to plant their crops. Last week, the Senators wrote a letter to ask the USDA to help Michigan farmers by increasing flexibility with Federal Crop Insurance rules and allowing … Continue Reading


06.18.19

Stabenow, Peters, Bergman Announce Over $550,000 for Moran Iron Works in Onaway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) today announced that Moran Iron Works in Onaway will receive $564,300 to purchase a PythonX CNC plasma cutting system. The machine will replace three outdated pieces of machinery and allow the company to take on an additional marine project each year. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant program… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Stabenow, Cummings Call for Government Accountability Office Review of Potential Patent Infringement by Gilead Pharmaceuticals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, today called for a Government Accountability Office review of how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevents pharmaceutical companies from infringing on government-owned patents. They also called for a review of how HHS could use the process of licensing… Continue Reading


06.17.19

Senator Stabenow Announces Dairy Farmers Can Now Sign Up for Farm Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced Michigan's dairy farmers can now sign up for affordable benefits through Dairy Margin Coverage. The program provides improved support for dairy farmers facing financial uncertainty. Stabenow authored improvements in the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill to support Michigan dairy farmers and strengthen the agricultural economy. "Michigan's dairy ind… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Stabenow, Peters Urge USDA to Help Michigan Farmers Facing Delayed Planting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After historic rainfall has prevented many Michigan farmers from planting their crops this year, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Gary Peters (D-MI) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to help affected farms across the state. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the S… Continue Reading


06.12.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Wyandotte, Ann Arbor

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN - Last week, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with providers, patients, and other stakeholders in Southeast Michigan to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow first met with the Stop Underage Drinking/Drugs (SUDDs) Downriver Coalition in Wyandotte. She then delivered remarks at the grand opening of Vibrant Life Senior Living, Superior Township. Over 900,000 people, or 17%… Continue Reading


06.07.19

Senator Stabenow Applauds Progress in Protecting Michigan Cherry Growers from Unfair Trade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded another positive step forward to protect Michigan's cherry industry from unfair trade practices by other countries. On June 6, the U.S. International Trade Commission made a unanimous preliminary determination that the U.S. cherry industry had been harmed by unfair imports from Turkey. This is an important step towards placing anti-dumping and … Continue Reading


06.06.19

Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $8 Million for the Bishop International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the Bishop International Airport will receive $8,056,505 to rehabilitate over 7,000 feet of runway. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program. "This important investment will make traveling to and from Bishop International Airport safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow. "Safe and reliable … Continue Reading


06.05.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Northern Michigan

NORTHERN MICHIGAN - Last week, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with providers, officials, and other stakeholders in Northern Michigan to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow visited Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital and the Alcona Health Center - Cheboygan Campus. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care has a $65 billi… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Crop Insurance Benefits for Farmer Veterans

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, applauded the announcement of new crop insurance benefits for farmers who are recent military veterans. The improvements, which Senator Stabenow authored in the 2018 Farm Bill, include waived fees and new coverage options. "Veterans in Michigan and throughout the country are choosing to continue their careers of service by farming and helping to feed our famili… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senator Stabenow Statement on Release of Final Brandon Road Study

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Brandon Road Chief's Report. This final plan will give Congress the ability to fund permanent solutions to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system. Senator Stabenow has led the bipartisan effort urging the… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan IMPROVE Transition for Servicemembers Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today introduced the bipartisan Improving Preparation and Resources for Occupational, Vocational, and Education (IMPROVE) Transition for Servicemembers Act. The bill reforms the Defense Department's Transition Assistance Program, which is charged with providing counseling, training, and assistance to servicemembers who are leaving the military for civilian life. The IMPROVE Act will allow servicemembers to opt into… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Southeast Michigan

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN - Last week, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with officials, providers and other stakeholders in Southeast Michigan to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow visited Easterseals Michigan in Southfield and CARE of Southeastern Michigan in Fraser. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care has a $65 billion eco… Continue Reading


05.13.19

Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Support for Durand Police Department

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced new federal support to help the City of Durand Police Department purchase a new patrol car. This investment comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities Grant program in the Farm Bill, which funds critical infrastructure needs in rural communities in Michigan and across the country. The 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow c… Continue Reading


05.10.19

Senate Passes Peters, Stabenow Resolution Honoring Judge Damon Keith

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution they introduced celebrating the life and legacy of Detroit native Judge Damon Keith, who passed away on April 28th, 2019. Despite having to overcome countless institutional barriers over the course of his more than 50- year career, Judge Keith became an instrumental figure on the federal bench. Through his rulings on numerous landmark civil rights cases, he served as a rol… Continue Reading


05.10.19

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Upper Peninsula

UPPER PENINSULA - This weekend, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with officials, providers and other stakeholders in the Upper Peninsula to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow visited the Delta County Drug Court in Escanaba and the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Stabenow, Rubio, Peters Announce Bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "The… Continue Reading

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