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03.16.22

Stabenow, Peters Introduce HEAL Act to Expand Mental Health Resources for Students Affected by School Shootings

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced their introduction of legislation to expand federal mental health resources to support students in the aftermath of violent and traumatic events - such as school shootings like the tragic shooting at Oxford High School in November. The Help Education After Loss (HEAL) Act would strengthen support from the federal government for schools across the country, allowing schools affected by shootings to receive… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Senator Stabenow: Outrageous Costs of Prescription Drugs are Harming Michiganders, Senate Must Take Action to Lower Costs Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, today spoke at a Finance hearing to highlight the outrageous and unjustified prices Americans are paying for prescription drugs. Patients pay three times more for brand-name drugs in America than any other country. Diabetics in America pay four times more for their insulin than those in other nations. Because of these astounding prices, one in three adults cannot afford to take their medicati… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Zelensky’s Address to Congress

"President Zelensky just spoke to a joint session of Congress. I continue to be deeply moved by his astonishing courage and determination as well as that of the Ukrainian people in the face of an unprovoked, brutal, and relentless assault on their country. President Biden and Congress must continue to do everything we can to help them defend their people and their democracy. That includes the billions in essential aid just passed in the recent appropriations bill for military assistance to stren… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Investment in Public Transportation Across the State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $13,590,831 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration. $6,199,631 will go towards purchasing buses for rural transit agencies across the state. $7,391,200 will go to the City of Alma, the Benzie Transportation Authority, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority and the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority for rehabilitating and expa… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Stabenow, Peters Announce Investment for Great Lakes Boat Building School

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2.7 million to the Great Lakes Boat Building School, in Cedarville, Michigan. Senators Stabenow and Peters helped secure these funds in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance Grant program. The Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) will use these funds to construct a 10,000-square-foot school e… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Senate Passes Budget Bill with Important Wins for Michigan

Stabenow Secured Significant Investments for our Communities and our Families WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate today passed the federal budget bill with significant wins for Michigan. The budget bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "This budget will continue to fuel Michigan's economic recovery and help communities in every region of our state. From protecting our Great Lakes and water, to providing critical mental health and addiction services, to lowering costs for f… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Stabenow, Peters Press for Full Funding for Semiconductor Manufacturing in Competitiveness Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) called for full funding to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing. In a letter with colleagues in both the House and the Senate, Stabenow, and Peters pressed for the final competitiveness bill to include $52 billion to fund the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that Congress previously passed into law. The funding would include provisions that Stabenow and Peters … Continue Reading


03.08.22

Senator Stabenow Statement on Biden’s Announcement to Ban Russian Oil

WASHINGTON-Senator Stabenow released the following statement on President Biden's announcement that he will ban U.S. imports of Russian energy: "Putin and his oligarchs make billions every year from Russian energy exports. Shutting down imports of Russian energy is the type of bold action we need to punish Putin. I support this strong move by President Biden." ###… Continue Reading


03.03.22

President Biden Calls for Senator Stabenow’s Mental Health Initiative in His New Unity Agenda

WASHINGTON-At the State of the Union, President Biden announced his new Unity Agenda that includes investing in mental health and addiction services. In this agenda, President Biden plans to build on Senator Stabenow's creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, by proposing to make this initiative permanent while granting states funding to expand community clinics. "My mental health and addiction services initiative has been the most significant step forward we have taken in … Continue Reading


03.02.22

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on President Biden's State of the Union Address: "The State of the Union is an important moment to reflect on where we've been and where we're going. And now is the time to focus on building a better America. "Thanks to President Biden's steady leadership and competence, we've made enormous progress in controlling the pandemic by getting shots into arms and tests into homes. Our children are back in school.… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Senator Stabenow Announces Scott Hammontree, President of Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association, as her State of the Union Guest

Hammontree Advocated for Funding in the American Rescue Plan to Support Michigan Arts Venues and Theaters Because of COVID-19 Restrictions, State of the Union Guests will Be Virtual This Year WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that her virtual guest for the 2022 State of the Union address will be Scott Hammontree, co-owner of The Intersection in Grand Rapids and President of the Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association. It is a tradition for… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Senator Stabenow Statement on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Nomination to the United States Supreme Court

LANSING-Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement after President Biden's announcement that he would nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. "Judge Jackson is an extraordinary nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court and the right choice for this historic moment in our country. From her clerkship at the Supreme Court, to her work as a public defender, to her distinguished service on the D.C. District Court and Circuit Court, Judge Jackson's impressive… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Senators Stabenow and Peters Introduce New Legislation to Cap Price of Insulin, Lowering Health Care Costs for Michiganders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced new legislation with U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) to lower the cost of insulin and save Michigan patients money. The Affordable Insulin Now Act will require insurers to cap patient out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $35 per month. At current insulin costs, people with diabetes could pay more than $2,300 per month for insulin. "Too many folks have to make critical choices every day- paying for their life-sa… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Funds for Rural Communities in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $753,500 to support rural communities in the Upper Peninsula. These funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, secured by Senator Stabenow in the 2018 Farm Bill. "These investments will help meet the critical needs of people across the UP," said Senator Stabenow. "This funding will h… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Stabenow, Peters Announce Single-Largest-Ever Investment to Protect our Great Lakes

WASHINGTON - Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters today announced that the $1 billion investment in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will accelerate the cleanup and restoration by 2030 of nine high-priority areas in Michigan whose lakes, rivers and watersheds flow into our Great Lakes. These include the Clinton River, Detroit River, Manistique River, Muskegon Lake, River Raisin, Rouge River, St. Clair River, St. Marys River, and To… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Senator Stabenow Leads Colleagues in Introducing Resolution to Stop Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is leading her Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution opposing Canada's placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin. Canada is currently considering a storage site at South Bruce, just 30 miles from Lake Huron. The resolution urges President Biden and his administration to work with the Canadian government to find an alternative location to permanently store nuclear waste that does not pose a threat to the G… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Stabenow, Peters Urge Biden Administration to Limit Health Care Plans Without Protections for Pre-Existing Health Conditions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) urged the Biden Administration to limit the sale and availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans, also known as "junk plans" because of their failure to provide adequate, comprehensive health insurance coverage. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, Peters, Stabenow and their colleagues highlighted how these plans harm those with pre-existing heal… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Senators Stabenow and Peters Introduce Resolution to Stop Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced a resolution opposing Canada's placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin. Canada is currently considering a storage site at South Bruce, just 30 miles from Lake Huron. The resolution urges President Biden and his administration to work with the Canadian government to find an alternative location to permanently store nuclear waste that does not pose a threat to the Great L… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Stabenow, Kildee, Peters Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Flint Registry

FLINT- U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters along with Congressman Dan Kildee, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congressman John Moolenaar, today introduced new bipartisan legislation to fund the Flint Registry for the next 10 years. The Flint Registry Reauthorization Act would provide $50 million for Flint's lead exposure registry over the next decade. Created and funded by Congress in 2016, the Flint Registry is a community-based effort to identify individual… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Senator Stabenow Announces Federal Funds for Rural Communities Across Northern Michigan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $244,900 to support rural communities across Northern Michigan. These funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, secured by Senator Stabenow in the 2018 Farm Bill. "Our first responders and law enforcement in Northern Michigan work hard to keep our families safe," said Senator Staben… Continue Reading

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