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02.19.20

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Saginaw

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with providers and other stakeholders in Saginaw to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow met with leadership from the 10th Circuit Adult Felony Drug Treatment Court and Central Michigan University (CMU) Medical Education Partners. Health care related jobs employ 900,000 people or 17% of all Michigan workers. Health Care has a $65 billion economic impact… Continue Reading


02.18.20

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Alpena and Hillman

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today continued a series of health care "check-in" visits across the state. Stabenow met with patients, providers, and other stakeholders in Alpena and Hillman to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow met with the MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena and the Thunder Bay Community Health Service in Hillman. Over 900,000 people, or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in health care related jobs. Health Care has a $65 billion economi… Continue Reading


02.14.20

Stabenow, Peters, Baldwin to Prioritize Great Lakes Icebreaker After Administration’s Budget Does Not Include Funding

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI), and Tammy Baldwin (WI) today reaffirmed their support for a new Great Lakes icebreaker. The Trump Administration recently released their proposed budget for FY 2021, which included no funding for a new icebreaker. Stabenow, Peters, and Baldwin led a bipartisan effort urging the Administration to include adequate funding for the Coast Guard to acquire a new icebreaker for the Great Lakes. "Reliable Icebreakers are vital to the Great Lakes … Continue Reading


02.13.20

Stabenow Statement on the War Powers Resolution

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan War Powers Resolution to limit the president's ability to use military force against Iran without congressional authorization. "Our Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, and the decision to send our troops into harm's way is one of the most important decisions we make as senators. President Trump's erratic approach to foreign policy and impulsive decisions have made the r… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Senator Stabenow Helps Michigan Dairy Farmers and Families Through Milk Donation

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Michigan Milk Producers Association will receive $45,000 to offset costs from donating over 109,000 gallons of milk over the past two years. The funding is part of the new Milk Donation Reimbursement Program, which Stabenow authored in the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill to encourage dairy farmers to partner with food banks and charities to donate milk and reduce food… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Stabenow, Peters Urge Trump Administration to Lift Freeze on Benefits for Vietnam War Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) recently urged the Trump Administration to stop denying benefits to Vietnam War veterans suffering from illnesses connected to Agent Orange exposure. In a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, Stabenow, Peters, and 41 of their colleagues demanded an explanation for why the VA is blocking benefits to Vietnam War veterans suffering from conditions such as bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson's disease.… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Stabenow, Toomey Seek Input from Patients, Caregivers, Health Care Providers in Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, are continuing their bipartisan work to improve care for Alzheimer's patients. Following their subcommittee hearing titled "Alzheimer's Awareness: Barriers to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care Coordination," Ranking Member Stabenow and Chairman Toomey are seeking input from stakeholders - providers, researchers, patients, patient ad… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's budget proposal: "A budget is a statement of our nation's values and priorities, and President Trump fails to deliver for Michigan families. After pledging to protect health care in his State of the Union, his budget today cuts Medicaid and Medicare, which covers millions of Michigan families. His budget also fails to adequately invest in the Soo Locks and puts our Great Lakes at risk of invasive … Continue Reading


02.06.20

Stabenow, Peters Applaud House Passage of Bill to Renew and Expand Funding for the Great Lakes

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand funding for the Great Lakes in the House of Representatives. This House bill is the same as the bill introduced by Stabenow and Peters in the U.S. Senate, S. 2295. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act would reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is set to expire at the end of FY 2021, for another five years. This bill increases … Continue Reading


02.05.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on Impeachment Articles Vote

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement after voting to convict on the two articles of impeachment: "Today was a serious and pivotal moment in our nation's history. I am disheartened that partisanship won over the willingness to have a fair, bipartisan trial with credible witnesses and documents. Common sense says that if President Trump's top staff members had evidence of his innocence, he would have insisted that we hear from them, as we should. Unfortunately, the exact op… Continue Reading


02.04.20

Senator Stabenow Statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address: "Contrary to the President's remarks this evening, this Administration has been relentless in its efforts to take health care away from Michigan families. Health care is personal-not political. That's especially true for Michigan's Andrea Pietrowsky, who joined me tonight as my guest at the State of the Union. Her 5-year-old daughter, Louisa, was born with a severe congenital hear… Continue Reading


02.03.20

Senator Stabenow Announces Health Care Advocate Andrea Pietrowsky as her State of the Union Guest

Andrea's Fight for her Daughter's Life Led Her to Advocate for Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that her guest for the 2020 State of the Union address will be Andrea Pietrowsky, a mom from southeast Michigan who became a health care advocate after her daughter was born with a severe congenital heart defect. Pietrowsky's attendance at the State of the Union will highlight the need to stop President Trump's relentless … Continue Reading


02.03.20

Stabenow, Peters Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Support MotorCities National Heritage Area

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced a bipartisan bill to support National Heritage Areas across the country including Michigan's MotorCities National Heritage Area in Southeast Michigan. The National Heritage Area Act (S. 3217) establishes standard criteria for the funding, management and designation of National Heritage Areas across the country and sets an annual authorization of $1 million for all National Heritage Areas. The text of the… Continue Reading


01.29.20

Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Effort Urging Trump Administration to Include New Great Lakes Icebreaker in Upcoming Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Administration to include adequate funding for the Coast Guard to acquire a new Great Lakes icebreaker. In their letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and United States Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz, which nine other senators joined, the Senators requested the Administration priori… Continue Reading


01.28.20

Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Push to Secure $320 Million for Great Lakes Conservation Program in Trump Administration’s FY 2021 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters (MI) led a bipartisan effort to urge the Trump Administration to allocate at least $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 President's budget request. In a letter to the heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Environmental Protection Agency, Stabenow, Peters and a bipartisan group of Senators highlighted the GL… Continue Reading


01.17.20

Stabenow, Kildee, Moolenaar, Peters Introduce Resolution to Stop Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes

Bipartisan Resolution Asks President to Work with Canada to Find Alternative Location for Nuclear Waste Other than Near Great Lakes WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04), today introduced a bipartisan resolution opposing Canada's placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin, which is currently being considered at two sites by Canada. For ye… Continue Reading


01.16.20

Stabenow, Peters, Tlaib, Lawrence, Dingell Call on Labor Department to Support Southeast Michigan Steelworkers

Department of Labor has blown past its deadline to provide U.S. steelworkers with Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today urged U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to grant Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits to support steelworkers in Southeast Michigan. Trade Adjustment Assistance ensures that workers who lo… Continue Reading


01.14.20

Stabenow, Peters Blast Final International Trade Commission Decision on Cherry Tariffs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Gary Peters (MI) today strongly criticized the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)'s final decision not to institute tariffs against Turkish tart cherry exporters, which have been dumping low-quality dried cherries into U.S. markets - creating a trade imbalance that has undermined Michigan cherry growers. The final determination runs contrary to the … Continue Reading


01.14.20

Senator Stabenow Announces $773,000 for Rural Michigan Renewable Energy and Efficiency Upgrades

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $773,000 in federal investments for 25 projects to help Michigan farmers and small businesses address the climate crisis by making their operations more energy efficient. These projects include solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling units, and equipment and lighting upgrades. "While carbon pollution poses a major threat to our Michigan way… Continue Reading


01.06.20

Stabenow, Peters Highlight Need to Address High Water Levels in the Great Lakes

Senators Ask for Funding Needed to Support Communities Affected by Flooding, Erosion, and Extreme Weather WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) urged the Department of the Army and the Office of Management and Budget to help Michigan communities effected by high water levels in the Great Lakes and inland waterways. Extreme weather, flooding, and erosion have led to damaged property, harbors, beaches, roads, and infrastructure in Michigan. The Senators asked th… Continue Reading

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