Senator Stabenow Agricultural Research Measure Advances in Senate

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded her colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee for advancing a measure to support agricultural research. The measure, previously known as the Charitable Agricultural Research Act, was introduced by Sens. Stabenow and John Thune (R-SD) last Congress and encourages the creation of public-private partnerships to boost funding and spur innovation for agricultural resear… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Job Opportunities in America’s Hardest-Hit Cities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced legislation that will spur economic growth and create job opportunities in 30 cities by improving the Empowerment Zone program. The Empowering Jobs Act of 2015 will extend the Empowerment Zone program for two years and make the program more effective by expanding the way businesses and local governments can take advantage of their allocations of tax-exempt bonds. The Stabenow-Blunt bill will ease the requirements for how these … Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow's bill will hold countries accountable for manipulating their currency

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced a bill to hold countries like China and Japan accountable for cheating trade law by manipulating their currency. Led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), The Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act would give U.S. industries the tools they need to stop countries from cheating American manufacturers and workers. Senator Stabenow continues to lead the effort to make sure all of America's trade agreements include strong an… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on One-Year Anniversary of the Bipartisan Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of her 2014 Farm Bill. On February 4, 2014, the Senate passed the bipartisan bill 68-32, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature. On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State University. "One year ago this week, President Obama signed a new bipartisan Farm Bill int… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Great Lakes Cuts in President Obama’s Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement on Great Lakes funding in President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget. Sen. Stabenow championed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and has called for strong funding for the Great Lakes by asking for $475 million in 2014. The President's budget decreases GLRI by $50 million compared to current funding levels. "I am extremely disappointed that President Obama's budget cuts funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Wit… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Applauds National Investment in Beginning Farmers Project

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a $750,000 grant for Michigan State University to help train and support beginning farmers. The funding, which comes through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was authorized by Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Beginning farmers are critical to the future of agriculture," said Stabenow. "I'm extremely proud of Michigan State's leadership when it comes t… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Call for Increased Funding for Harbor Maintenance, Great Lakes Navigation Projects

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters, member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to direct additional funding to Great Lakes navigation projects in FY2015. In a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and Lt. General Thomas Bostick, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Peters along with 9 colleagues called for additional resources … Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Denounce Republican Opposition to Protecting Michigan’s Environment

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters expressed disappointment after their amendment to protect Michigan's environment and enhance oversight over aging pipelines in the Great Lakes, such as those underneath the Straits of Mackinac, was defeated today. The amendment, which was offered during Senate consideration of legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, was opposed by a majority of Republicans. "It is totally unacceptable that my Republican colleagues voted agai… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Introduces Measure to Stop U.S. Postal Service Facilities Closures

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today introduced an amendment that would stop the U.S. Postal Service from continuing the closure of facilities for two years, preventing delays in services that will impact Michigan families and small businesses. Sen. Stabenow joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 11 other senators in authoring this amendment to legislation currently before the Senate. The amendment would also re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail. "The post office provid… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow and Kirk Elected Chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) were elected by their Great Lakes colleagues to Chair the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. The Task Force is a bipartisan working group that advocates for the protection of our Great Lakes. As Chairs, Senators Stabenow and Kirk will convene meetings of members and staff representing the states bordering our Great Lakes and will coordinate efforts to provide agency oversight and advance legislative initiatives and funding priorities. "No oth… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Becomes Top Democrat on Senate Health Subcommittee

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance voted to make Senator Debbie Stabenow the Ranking Member on the Health Subcommittee. Senator Stabenow is a champion for policies that will improve our health system and lower the cost of care for families and businesses in Michigan and across the country. "Every family needs the chance to get and keep affordable health care when they need it," said Stabenow. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find ways to continue to … Continue Reading


Stabenow, Peters Introduce Measures to Protect Michigan’s Environment

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced two amendments to protect Michigan's environment and provide more information on potential risks surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline. These two measures would amend legislation currently before the Senate authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, to call for a study on the potential health and environmental risks of petroleum coke as a result of refining oil transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline and enhance oversight ov… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Honored by Outdoor Life Magazine

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, was honored with the Open Country Award in the January 15th edition of Outdoor Life Magazine for being an ally of hunters and anglers in the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Outdoor Life is a national sportsmen's magazine that supports hunting and fishing in the U.S. She received the award today. "Men and women who hunt and fish spend their time in the outdoors and know first-hand the critical importance of land and wa… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement regarding President Obama's State of the Union address: "Our economy is growing at the fastest rate in over two decades thanks to an American auto industry that has rebounded and a resurgent American manufacturing industry that is creating new, innovative jobs every day. The most important priority is to make sure everyone who wants and needs a good paying job, gets a job. Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear plan to keep our cou… Continue Reading


Senator Stabenow Statement on Obama Administration Announcement to Invest in Infrastructure, Clean Drinking Water

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement applauding the Obama Administration's announcement to invest in public-private partnerships that will help improve America's infrastructure, ensure drinking water is safe for everyone and create access to broadband networks for families across the country: "Today's announcement will keep our economy growing for years to come. We need clean drinking water, safe roads and bridges, and access to high-speed Internet to build an econom… Continue Reading


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

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