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03.13.14

President Obama Signs Bill to Preserve Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow today welcomed President Obama's signature on a bill they introduced to protect more than 30,000 acres of wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This new law will help protect and conserve Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for future generations. "This legislation is a victory for the people of Michigan and all those, now and for years to come, who will be able to experience this precious natural wonder," Levin said. "Many Michiga… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Range Light Park Receives Support to Increase Accessibility, Expand Facilities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Range Light Park in Presque Isle to increase accessibility for activities and expand and improve park facilities. The support comes through the National Park Service. "Families across Northern Michigan visit parks like Range Light Park to enjoy the outdoors and relax," said Sen. Stabenow. "This support will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the boardwalk and pavilion, improve access to Lake Huron fo… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Michigan District Court Judges Confirmed by Senate

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today welcomed Senate votes confirming four judges to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Matthew Frederick Leitman, Judith Ellen Levy, Laurie J. Michelson and Linda Vivienne Parker by 98-0, 97-0, 98-0, and 60-37, respectively. "Today's vote is great news for Michigan," said Stabenow. "These four highly respected jurists have dedicated their careers to our community and to p… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Two West Michigan Parks Receive Support to Increase Accessibility, Expand Facilities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Meinert Park in Muskegon and Cutler Park in Byron Center to increase accessibility for people living with disabilities and expand and improve park facilities. The support comes through the National Park Service. "Families across West Michigan visit parks just like Meinert and Cutler to enjoy the outdoors and relax," said Sen. Stabenow. "This support will make it easier for children with disabilities to play at Meinert park… Continue Reading


03.10.14

Senator Stabenow Announces New Communications Director

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today named Josh Dorner as her Communications Director. Dorner replaces Cullen Schwarz, who is now Press Secretary at USDA. Before joining Sen. Stabenow's office, Josh was Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Director of Communications for the Center for American Progress. Before joining CAP and CAP Action, he spent four years heading up communications strategy and media for all of the Sierra Club's energy … Continue Reading


03.07.14

Report Shows Michigan Leads the Country in Small Business Initiative Lending

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today applauded a new report by the U.S. Treasury Department that shows Michigan leading the nation in small business lending through the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Michigan has received and distributed more than $69.5 million through this initiative, which leverages private lending to help finance small businesses and manufacturers that are creditworthy but are not getting the loans they need to expand and create jobs. Sen. Stabenow helped lead the effo… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Cooperative Extension System Celebrates 100th Anniversary

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System and directed our country's land grant universities, including Michigan State University, to oversee its work. "Cooperative Extension connects the most current research and resources from our universities to help individuals, families, communities and… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Belle Isle and Detroit Receive Support for Tree Restoraion

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a $300,000 U.S. Forest Service grant to support tree restoration on Belle Isle and across the City of Detroit. The funding will be used to remove dangerous trees along Detroit's city streets and on Belle Isle that were lost to infestations from insects like the emerald ash borer. The grant will also support a tree management, maintenance, and restoration plan, which will … Continue Reading


03.05.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Funding for Great Lakes Dredging

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both D-Mich., today announced that the Army Corps will distribute $25 million for Great Lakes navigation projects, including funding to help address the backlog of dredging projects in the Great Lakes. Last month, Great Lakes Task Force Co-chairs Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., led a bipartisan letter from Great Lakes senators, including Stabenow, to leaders of the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter urged the Army Corps to allocate additional fund… Continue Reading


03.04.14

Congress Approves Bill to Preserve Sleeping Bear Wilderness Land

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today welcomed final House passage of a bill they introduced to protect more than 30,000 acres of wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. House passage of S.23, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, which Levin and Stabenow introduced in 2013, sends the bill to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the bill in June 2013. "I'm glad the House has joined us in recognizing the importan… Continue Reading


03.04.14

FRIB Receives Full Funding in President Obama's Budget

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today applauded President Obama for including full funding for Michigan State University's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in his 2015 Budget. The President's budget includes $90 million to continue construction of FRIB next year. The budget request comes after Senators Stabenow and Levin led the effort to include full funding for FRIB in the 2014 appropriations bill and to authorize construction to begin this month. "With the groundbreaking … Continue Reading


02.26.14

Housing Services in Detroit and Oakland County Receive Support

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Southwest Solutions in Detroit and Lighthouse of Oakland County. Southwest Solutions provides affordable housing and support services to the mentally ill and homeless in Detroit. Lighthouse of Oakland County provides emergency food and housing to low-income families. Both organizations received grants through NeighborWorks America, a non-profit organization that supports local efforts to revitalize and sustain communities b… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. Receives Support

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. The organization, which serves ten counties in northern Michigan, is dedicated to strengthening communities through helping individual families achieve greater economic security. Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. received a grant through NeighborWorks America, a non-profit organization that supports local efforts to revitalize and sustain communities by promoti… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Housing Services in Kalamazoo County and Battle Creek Receive Support

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. and Neighborhoods, Inc. of Battle Creek. Both organizations provide financial and educational services to homeowners and home buyers to establish revitalized, stable neighborhoods. The organizations received grants through NeighborWorks America, a non-profit organization that supports local efforts to revitalize and sustain communities by promoting and preserving affordable hous… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. The organization received a grant through NeighborWorks America, a non-profit organization that supports local efforts to revitalize and sustain communities by promoting and preserving affordable housing. "Habitat for Humanity is already helping so many families in need find safe and affordable housing, which is revitalizing local neighborhoods," Stabenow said. "This NeighborWorks America g… Continue Reading


02.25.14

Southeast Michigan Manufacturing Innovation Hub to be Announced

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, today will attend President Obama's announcement of a new high-tech manufacturing research innovation hub to open in metro Detroit. The President will formally announce today at the White House that the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be located in Canton. The public-private partnership is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the region in the next five years. S… Continue Reading


02.24.14

Senator Stabenow Statement Congressman John Dingell's Retirement

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement on the announced retirement of U.S. Representative John Dingell: "Nobody has done more for Michigan than John Dingell. For nearly 60 years, the Dean of the House has dedicated his life to public service and has done so with honor and distinction. He has been a critical voice on important issues like civil rights, protecting the environment, supporting our auto industry, and strengthening health care in America. John has been a me… Continue Reading


02.21.14

Hampton Township Receives Support to Buy New Police Vehicle

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Hampton Township to purchase a new police cruiser. This award, made available through the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program, will help Hampton Township update their aging fleet of cruisers. Senator Stabenow said: "Our first responders provide critical services to rural communities like Hampton Township th… Continue Reading


02.20.14

Dryden Township Fire Department Receives Support to Hire Firefighters

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced that Dryden Township Fire Department will receive support to hire additional firefighters. "Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous services to communities like Dryden Township," said Stabenow. "This grant helps make sure they have the resources they need to hire more firefighters to protect the public." "Firefighters stand ready every day to respond to fires and other emergencies," Levin said. "This grant will help provide Dry… Continue Reading


02.14.14

Detroit Urban Agriculture and Local Food Programs Receive Support

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced funding to support urban agriculture and increase the availability of locally grown foods in Detroit. While most don't think of Detroit as an agricultural area, Detroit is home to national leaders in the urban agriculture movement, with many community gardens, urban greenhouses, school gardens, and the country's oldest farmers' market. Sen. Stabenow joined the USDA Natural Res… Continue Reading

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