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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


01.13.14

Senator Stabenow Tours Big Three Exhibits at 25th Annual Auto Show

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, toured vehicle exhibits for Chrysler, Ford, and GM and attended the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. During the press preview, Sen. Stabenow discussed how the auto industry and U.S. manufacturing are driving Michigan's and the nation's economic recovery. Sen. Stabenow championed the rescue of the domestic auto industry and has authored legislation to boost American manufacturing by ending t… Continue Reading


01.09.14

Senator Stabenow Statement on Announcement that Affordable Care Act will Provide Women Access to Breast Cancer Prevention Medication

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the announcement that under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans will soon provide women at a high risk of developing breast cancer with free access to prescription drugs that help prevent the disease: "This announcement again shows how the Affordable Care Act is benefitting women in Michigan and across the country. Women can no longer be charged more just for being women, and nearly one million women in M… Continue Reading


01.08.14

Stabenow, Levin Announce Grants for Romulus and Plymouth Fire Departments to Hire Firefighters

Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced two federal grants to help Romulus Fire Department and Plymouth Community Fire Department hire more firefighters. The fire departments in Romulus and Plymouth will receive $729,465 and $1,331,694 respectively 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 lik… Continue Reading


01.08.14

Bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus Co-Chairs Debbie Stabenow and Lindsey Graham Continue to Press Administration to Address Currency Manipulation in TPP

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, continued to press for answers from the administration on whether foreign currency manipulation will be addressed in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement talks. In a letter to President Obama, Sens. Stabenow and Graham reiterated concerns that the most recent round of negotiations did not even touch on currency manipulation, despite the fact that bipartisan majori… Continue Reading


01.08.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Initiative to Boost Michigan Agriculture, Help Families in Need

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced action to help boost Michigan agriculture and help families in need. The Emergency Food Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will supply Michigan apples, cherries and other fruits and vegetables to help food pantries and other community hunger organizations meet demand. "Our food banks have been stretched very thin during the economic downturn, and while the eco… Continue Reading


01.07.14

Senator Debbie Stabenow Announces New Chief of Staff

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that she has named longtime adviser Bill Sweeney as her new Chief of Staff. Sweeney, a Michigan native, has been with Stabenow since 1999, when he served on Stabenow's finance team during her successful first run for the U.S. Senate. In his more than 14 years with Stabenow, Sweeney has served in a number of positions in her office including Speechwriter, Senior Communications Advisor, and Deputy Chief of Staff. Bill Sweeney is from Wayne, Michigan an… Continue Reading


01.07.14

Senator Stabenow Applauds Senate Vote to Move Forward on Extending Unemployment Insurance

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today voted with a bipartisan group of Senators to move forward on legislation that would extend emergency unemployment insurance for millions of Americans who are looking for work. Unemployment insurance for more than 43,000 people in Michigan expired on Dec. 28 after Republicans blocked an effort to extend the program into 2014. An additional 86,500 people in Michigan will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Congress doesn't act. "Extending this… Continue Reading


01.06.14

Senator Stabenow, Representative Camp, Great Lakes Advocates Say More Action Needed Following Release of Asian Carp Report

Following the release of a new report on ways to stop Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Dave Camp today joined with Great Lakes experts and advocates to urge that more action be taken to stop the invasive fish that could wreak havoc on the Great Lakes' ecosystem. Stabenow and Camp authored the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act that passed in 2012 to require today's Army Corps of Engineers report to be completed t… Continue Reading

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