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04.10.18

Senator Stabenow Introduces the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2018, S. 2637, which will improve maternity care for women and newborns. The United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. Michigan has the 17th highest rate of infant mortality in the country, with 6.68 infant deaths per 1,000 births. "We all have a stake in keeping moms and babies healthy," said Senator … Continue Reading


04.10.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Montague and Whitehall

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Montague and Whitehall as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at The Book Nook & Java Shop while in Montague before continuing to Colby's Hokey Pokey and The Lewis House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall. During her visit, Stabenow was joined by Amy VanLoon, the Executive Director of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Stabenow's tour has included over 140 stops in communities acros… Continue Reading


04.03.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds Progress to Provide Relief for Michigan Dairy Farmers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement allowing Michigan dairy farmers to sign up for much-needed support through the new-and-improved Margin Protection Program. Stabenow secured the new assistance for dairy farmers in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act, which offers retroactive coverage to the beginning of the year. The recent improvements a… Continue Reading


04.02.18

Stabenow Announces VA is Moving Forward with Building of New Health Clinic in Traverse City

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected a site and will be moving forward with the construction of a new expanded health clinic in Traverse City. The expanded clinic will be approximately 22,000 square feet and will help alleviate crowding at the current clinic. Plans for the expansion of the VA health clinic in Traverse City have been in the works for years. Stabenow spoke to former VA Se… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Stabenow Unveils New Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) unveiled new legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs during events across the state in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ishpeming, and Traverse City. Americans pay - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Prices for the most popular brand-name drugs have risen 208% from 2008 to 2016, according to AARP. "I continue to stand up to the drug lobbyists and special interests because it is mo… Continue Reading


03.26.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Investment in Michigan State University Agricultural Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of $99,370 for Michigan State University agricultural research. This funding, which comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help Michigan State University conduct important economic research on crop insurance to identify ways to protect farmers against crop damage and income loss … Continue Reading


03.26.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds New Investment in University of Michigan Agricultural Research

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of $100,000 for University of Michigan agricultural research. This research funding, which comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will strengthen the nation's biosecurity by testing the effectiveness of air filters in barns to protect livestock from airborne diseases. "There are a… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Announce Funding to Address Drinking Water Contamination in Federal Budget Bill

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill includes funding to address ongoing drinking water contamination issues in communities across Michigan. The appropriations bill now goes before the full House and Senate. The lawmakers: Secured $10 million to fund a health study on the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure, which is critically needed to establ… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Stabenow Announces Full Restoration of Great Lakes Funding and Actions to Combat Asian Carp in Federal Budget Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today announced that the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill restores full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take near- and long-term actions to combat Asian carp. The budget now goes before the full House and Senate. "This budget bill includes important priorities for Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "It restores full funding for the Great … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Stabenow, Peters Call on Small Business Administration to Take Action on State Request for Disaster Declaration in Flood-Damaged Communities

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today called on the Small Business Administration to take action on the State of Michigan's request to determine which Michigan counties affected by recent severe flooding may qualify for a federal disaster declaration. The Small Business Administration can provide low-interest loans to eligible residents and businesses so that they can repair and replace property and business assets that were damaged or destroyed. "Heavy rain and snow melts on … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Development of Trail Loop around Belle Isle Park

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $750,000 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to develop a six-mile, multi-use loop trail around Belle Isle Park. The funding is provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program. "Belle Isle is a crown jewel in the City of Detroit." said Senator Stabenow. "It's exciting to see how this and other investments are making Belle Isle an even better dest… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Stabenow, Peters Announce $3 Million for Improvements to Holly Road in Oakland County

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced the Road Commission for Oakland County will receive $3 million to make safety improvements to Holly Road. The grant will support efforts to resurface and address issues on approximately 4.5 miles on North Holly Road from Grange Hall Road to County Line Road. This two-lane rural road provides access to a regional hospital, a national cemetery and I-75. The project will include drainage improvements, cutting hills to improve sight d… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Stabenow, Peters Introduce Resolution to Reinstate Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced a resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules that ensure a free and open internet for all Americans. The resolution, which would fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order, has the support of 50 members of the Senate, including Republican Senator Susan Collins. Only one more vote is needed for the Senate to take action. "Internet access isn't a luxury for pe… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Stabenow, Peters Urge Congress to Provide Funding for Critical Water Contamination Study

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide funding for a critical study on the health impacts of exposure to chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In Michigan, residents across the state are dealing with the aftermath of finding unsafe levels of these chemicals in their lakes and drinking water. PFAS have been linked to cancer as well as thyroid, kidney, liver, and reproductive problems. They have been discove… Continue Reading


02.19.18

Senator Stabenow Announces New Skills for New Jobs Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda at events in Detroit, Flint, Traverse City, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Last summer, Senator Stabenow brought together business owners, labor leaders, educators, and parents from across the state to discuss how to meet the needs of employers and provide job opportunities for all Michigan workers and students. Now, she is announcing her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda that will help every young perso… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Senator Stabenow Hosts Michigan Veteran to Share Perspective on the Importance of the Farmer Veterans Programs in the Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today hosted Nick Babcock, President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan, to share his story as a farmer veteran and discuss the importance of incentives in the Farm Bill with Senators and leaders of the veteran community. Babcock was one of seven veteran leaders from across the country that participated in the discussion hosted by Senators. "Our veterans put their lives on the line to serve our country and shouldn't stand at the back of any line -… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Stabenow Statement on Cuts to Great Lakes Funding in President Trump’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a statement on the news that President Trump's budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 nearly eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: "If there's one thing we've learned, we can't take it for granted that others understand how important our water is. This is outrageous. People across Michigan spoke out and took action last year to stop these cuts and I know they'll do so again." The Great Lakes Restoration… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Roseville

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Roseville as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Just Delicious Scones & Tea Room, Owl Winery and Chester Boot Shop in Roseville as well as Royal Popcorn in Eastpointe. Stabenow's tour has included over 140 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marsh… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Stabenow Leads Effort to Provide Relief for Michigan Dairy Farmers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the U.S. Senate has reached a deal to provide immediate support for Michigan dairy farmers. "As Michigan's number one commodity, dairy is critically important to Michigan's food economy," said Senator Stabenow. "The Michigan dairy industry has been struggling because of market instability. Today's bipartisan solution is the relief Michigan's dairy farmer… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Senator Stabenow Tours Chapaton Retention Basin

On Friday, February 2nd, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow joined Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller for a tour of the Chapaton Retention Basin. The basin handles water flow from St. Clair Shores to Eastpointe and plays a critical role in preventing waste from reaching Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes. "No family in Macomb wants waste to be dumped in Lake St. Clair or our Great Lakes," said Senator Stabenow. "Commissioner Miller and the Public Works team in Macomb County are… Continue Reading

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