Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud $500,000 Grant for Flint to Revitalize South Saginaw Corridor Neighborhood

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro's announcement that Flint will receive $500,000 to help transform and revitalize the city's neighborhoods, making them safer for families and more prosperous for local businesses. This support comes through the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant program, which is focused on improving housing, education, health and public safety in local communities. "Thanks to the hard wor… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Announces Historic $40 Million Investment in Conservation Projects Across Michigan, Great Lakes Region

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a historic $40 million investment in critical conservation projects across Michigan and the Great Lakes Region supported by over 130 local partners. This major investment is a direct result of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, created in Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, to protect our Great Lakes and invest in water, land, and wildlife conservation across the c… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Michigan State University’s Role in New High-Tech Manufacturing Hub

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded President Obama's announcement that Michigan State University's Composite Materials and Structures Center and Composite Vehicles Research Center will serve as an automotive manufacturing center under the new Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation. This Institute will promote high-tech manufacturing and job growth in Michigan and across the country. "This is great news for Michigan," Stabenow said. "This announcement… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support to Conserve Wildlife Habitats in Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support to conserve wildlife habitats in the Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay of Lake Superior in Baraga County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Keweenaw Land Trust received a $1,000,000 grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase 1,374 acres of coastal wetlands and near shore aquatic habitats, including approximately a mile … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on President Obama’s visit to Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement on President Obama's visit to the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. Michigan is a leader in manufacturing job growth, creating 133,000 manufacturing jobs since 2009. Overall, the American auto industry has added more than 500,000 jobs since mid-2009. Senator Stabenow championed the effort in the Senate to rescue the auto industry and authored the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program in 2007… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Welcomes Gary Peters to U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement welcoming Gary Peters (D-MI) to the United States Senate: "Today is a great day in Michigan's history as my good friend-and now Senator-Gary Peters takes the oath of office. Gary is a fighter who always puts Michigan first, and I couldn't ask for a better partner in the U.S. Senate." … Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on China’s Decision to End Illegal Restrictions on Rare Earth Elements

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding China's decision to end illegal restrictions on rare earth minerals, which are used in many U.S. made-products. Since 2012, the U.S. Trade Representative has been fighting to end these restrictions at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Senator Stabenow was among the first to urge the Administration to address the problem of China's illegal export regulations through WTO action. "We've been fighting this case for years, … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Nominates 52 Michigan Students to Military Academies

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today that she has nominated 52 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. "I'm proud to see so many exceptional students from Michigan want to serve our country through military service," said Senator Stabenow. "Having demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in and … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Receives National Association of Community Health Centers Award

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was presented today with the National Association of Community Health Centers' "Distinguished Community Health Champion Award" for her commitment to community health centers, which offer critical health services to families who would otherwise go without care. Sen. Stabenow received the award from the Michigan Primary Care Association during a tour of Jackson's Center for Family Health. "Many Michigan families rely on community health centers to receive basic medical… Continue Reading


Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Announcement to Improve U.S.-Cuba Relations

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who participated in a February 2013, Congressional Delegation to Cuba, today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration announcement regarding the restoration of economic and diplomatic ties with Cuba following the release of American Alan Gross and others, including dozens of political prisoners. "As Chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, I traveled to Cuba with a bipartisan group of Senators. I told President Castro that building a new economic a… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Arrest of Owners, Employees Involved with Distributing Tainted Steroids

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement on the arrest of two co-founders and 12 former employees of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2012, NECC was responsible for distributing contaminated steroids that resulted in more Michigan deaths than any other state. "Hundreds of people in Michigan got sick and 19 people tragically died because of the negligence of this company. It is critical that bad actors are held accountable so fam… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Stabenow, Udall Measure to Review Health Services for Military Women

The Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (NDAA), which includes a provision authored by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Mark Udall that will review whether women in the military have access to quality health services. The Stabenow-Udall amendment to the NDAA will require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a comprehensive review of both the access to, and quality of women's health services for active servicewomen and other women, including military sp… Continue Reading


Stabenow, Camp, Slaughter Introduce Guarding Our Great Lakes Act

Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced the Guarding Our Great Lakes Act, bipartisan legislation designed to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive Asian carp. In announcing the legislation, Sen. Stabenow, Rep. Camp, and Rep. Slaughter issued the following statements."The Great Lakes are part of our way of life and fuel our economy," said Sen. Stabenow. "We must stop them from being destroyed by Asian carp and other invasi… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Pension Proposal Attached to Government Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the pension proposal attached to the government funding bill: "A pension is a promise -- a promise that must be kept. It is urgent that Congress find a solution to the serious underfunding of Multi employee pension plans, which threaten the financial security of retirees. The longer we wait to solve this problem, the worse it will get. "However, I have very grave concerns about the proposal that was sent over by the House of R… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Michigan State University Decision to Honor George Will at Commencement

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement in regard to Michigan State University's (MSU) decision to select George Will as one of the University's December 2014 Commencement Speakers and to present him with an honorary doctorate: "As a Michigan State alumna, I am deeply disappointed that George Will is being honored this weekend. His statements on sexual assault are inaccurate, offensive, and don't represent the values of our state or MSU. I urge the University to continu… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee Report Detailing the CIA’s Use of Torture

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement in response to the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's illegal use of torture and other extreme interrogation, rendition, and detention practices following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: "The revelations contained in this report are truly horrifying, and I appreciate my colleagues' work to make sure the American people finally know the truth. Torturing people not… Continue Reading


Chairwoman Stabenow Convenes U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Water Quality

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today examined different ways farmers and ranchers can help protect water quality in the Great Lakes as part of a hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. "The Great Lakes are essential to Michigan's economy and our way of life, so addressing threats to the quality of these waters is critically important," said Stabenow. "This hearing helped demonstrate that farmers are a significant… Continue Reading


Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Investment to Bring Local Food to Michigan Schools

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement to award two Michigan schools with funding to implement innovative projects that will bring locally grown food to school cafeterias. This funding comes through USDA's Farm to School Program, which helps schools source healthy school foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. The Farm to School Program also educa… Continue Reading


Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Encourages Dairy Farmers to Enroll in New Farm Bill Program Before Next Week’s Deadline

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, encouraged Michigan dairy farmers to register by Dec. 5 for a new dairy risk management program made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program gives Michigan farmers the certainty and tools they need to continue supplying milk products to consumers in Michigan and across the country. The enrollment period for the new dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP), which is administered by the U.S. Departme… Continue Reading


Stabenow Statement on Immigration Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's executive action on immigration policy: "Our nation's broken immigration system hurts families, workers, businesses, and our farmers each and every day. We cannot afford to wait another 511 days to begin addressing this urgent problem, which is why the refusal of House Republicans to do anything to deal with our immigration issues left the President with no choice but to act using his own clear authorit… Continue Reading

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