Stabenow Statement on the Nomination of Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): "Today, we have finally received a nomination for Agriculture Secretary, a critically important position that ensures the strength and vitality of American agriculture, small towns… Continue Reading


Stabenow Introduces Legislation to Withdraw from TPP

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation to require the President to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "This trade deal doesn't crack down on countries that manipulate their currency or enforce protections for American jobs," said Senator Stabenow. "President-Elect Trump should withdraw from the deal and keep his promise to workers in Michigan and across the country." Senator Stabenow has been a champion of strong trade protections for Michigan businesses an… Continue Reading


Stabenow Meets with Sessions, Says She Cannot Support His Nomination for Attorney General

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after meeting with Senator Jeff Sessions, President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Justice: "Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with Senator Jeff Sessions and ask some tough questions about his nomination to lead the Department of Justice. Because of his record on civil rights and his votes against anti-domestic violence legislation, I cannot support him to be our nation's highest law enforcement officer. F… Continue Reading



U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), asking Price to clarify his position on the Medicare eligibility age ahead of his nomination hearing before the Senate Finan… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Homeowners from Higher Taxes

U.S. Senator Stabenow, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to protect homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages from being hit with additional income tax. The Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act extends for two years a provision to ensure homeowners aren't required to pay additional taxes when they receive mortgage principal forgiveness because of a short sale, foreclosure, or a mortgage modification. The legislation is co-authored by Senators Dean … Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Urge Army Corps to Complete Brandon Road Study to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) sent a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release new plans for ways to prevent Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from reaching Lake Michigan. The study will recommend specific measures to prevent Asian carp from getting beyond the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a crucial chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system. Given the proximity of Asian Carp i… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Applaud ITC Anti-Dumping Decision Against Foreign Built Washing Machines

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow applauded a recent ruling by the U.S. International Trade Committee that foreign manufacturers of washing machines were engaging in unfair trade practices, deliberately undercutting the Michigan-based Whirlpool Corporation. Last year, Senators Peters and Stabenow urged the Department of Commerce to move forward in addressing these dumping violations, which include selling artificially low-priced and Chinese manufactured washers in th… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Her Vote Against Senate Budget Resolution to Repeal Healthcare

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on her vote on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget resolution, one of the first procedural steps towards repealing the healthcare law: "With tonight's vote, Republicans have pulled the first thread that will unravel our entire healthcare system. The Republican repeal will put insurance companies back in charge of our healthcare, take away patient protections from every American with health insurance, kick 30 million Americans off their insurance… Continue Reading


On Senate Floor, Stabenow Reads Stories from Michigan Constituents Concerned About the Future of their Health Care

U.S. Senator Stabenow spoke on the floor this week to read stories that she has received from constituents across Michigan who are concerned about the future of their health care: Sonja, a farmer from Watervliet: A blueberry farmer and a small business owner, Sonja and her husband have relied on the Affordable Care Act over the past few years to pay huge medical costs. In 2012, Sonja tore the meniscus in her right knee and couldn't do anything to take care of the issue because she didn't have … Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce over $12.8 Million for Flint Mass Transportation Authority

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive $12,800,000 to purchase 32 new Compressed Natural Gas transit buses and provide a workforce development training program for mechanics and drivers. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. "These 32 new buses will make a real difference in the lives of Flint families," said Senator Stabenow. "Reliable public transportation is cri… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Applaud $200,000 Brownfield Grant for DTE Energy Rouge River Plant

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded an announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will receive a $200,000 Brownfield Grant to fund a cleanup and redevelopment plan for DTE Energy Rouge River Power Plant in downtown River Rouge. "I commend the many partners involved in this project," said Senator Stabenow. "This effort is critically important to the health and safety of local residents and economic gr… Continue Reading


Democrats Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

Democratic members of Congress introduced the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 in the United States Senate and House that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies. Original co-sponsors of this legislation in the Senate included… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Hirono, Donnelly introduce amendment to protect Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and 16 Senate Democrats in introducing an amendment to protect Medicare and Medicaid from the budget reconciliation process. "Republicans are preparing to pull the thread that would unravel our health system and turn affordable care into chaos," Senator Stabenow said. "Millions of seniors in Michigan and across the country rely on guaranteed benefits from Medicare for their health care and Medicaid for … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Releases Statement Following Meeting with Tom Price

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following her meeting with Congressman Tom Price, President-Elect Trump's nominee to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services: "Today I had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Tom Price to discuss his nomination as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We have very different views on how to improve care for every American family, including strengthening Medicare and Medicaid for our seniors. Hi… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement Following United Nations Security Council Vote on Israel

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following the United Nations Security Council's vote regarding Israel: "I strongly disagree with the United States' abstention which allowed a one-sided resolution concerning Israel to be adopted. This resolution is not the way to achieve peace and undermines opportunities for direct negotiations." ###… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Nominates 45 Michigan Students to Military Academies

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today that she has nominated 45 Michigan students for placement at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. "Michigan is fortunate to have so many exceptional students who want to serve our country through military service," said Senator Stabenow. "Having demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in… Continue Reading


Stabenow Applauds Nearly $10 Million Public Investment for Two Land and Water Conservation Projects in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's announcement of nearly $10 million in federal funding, that will be matched by private investments, to support land and water conservation in the Lower Grand River Watershed and Huron River Watershed. Support for these two projects - as well as six ongoing projects in Michigan - comes through the 2014 Fa… Continue Reading


Stabenow and Other Senators Ask Trump to Take Action in Bringing Down Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today joined 18 of her colleagues and sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump outlining specific steps his Administration should take to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. "It is undeniable that more and more families are struggling to access medications, and in many cases, are forced to choose between paying for prescription drugs and other necessities, like food and shelter. The American public is fed up, with roughly 8-i… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on 2016 Fish and Wildlife Study Showing Barges Could Inadvertently Carry Asian Carp into Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on results from the 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study providing further evidence that barges could inadvertently carry Asian Carp into the Great Lakes: "It is deeply alarming that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found further evidence that barges could inadvertently carry Asian Carp through the electric barrier in the Chicago Area Waterway System. I will examine all options to prevent Asian Carp from r… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Agreement to Provide Critical Help for Flint and Other Communities, Clearing Way for President’s Signature

Congress has finally passed an agreement to provide $170 million in long-awaited assistance for Flint and other communities affected by lead. The bipartisan agreement, championed by Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters and Congressman Kildee, passed the Senate 78-21 tonight as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. This agreement closely mirrors legislation that passed the Senate in September by a margin of 95-3. It now goes to the desk of the President for his s… Continue Reading

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