Minority News

06.24.20

Leaders at Senate Ag Hearing Urge Passage of the Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hosted a hearing on the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act, where prominent agricultural leaders urged passage of the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act. U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Committee, and Mike Braun (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, introduced the bill earlier this month with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at the Growing Climate Solutions Act Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the legislative hearing to review S. 3894, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding today's important hearing. Our world has changed drastically since the last time this committee met. The COVID-19 crisis has affected every … Continue Reading


06.24.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement on the Grain Standards Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the business meeting to consider the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for your leadership and bipartisan work on this bill. We know that our agricultural economy is struggling. Years of market instability and extreme… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Senate Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, which oversees the U.S. Forest Service, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act. "Our public lands and forests are an integral part of our way of life. By investing in our national forests, the Great American Outdoors Act will expand recreation opportunities and conserve forestland that helps fight the climate c… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Senate Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, which oversees the U.S. Forest Service, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act. "Our public lands and forests are an integral part of our way of life. By investing in our national forests, the Great American Outdoors Act will expand recreation opportunities and conserve forestland that helps fight the climate c… Continue Reading


06.05.20

Senators Raise Questions about the Trump Administration’s Food Box Program

WASHINGTON - Today, a group of ten Senators led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, raised questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. "As you know, COVID-19 has caused great hardship for farmers and families across the country," wrote the Senators. "We need to do everything we can to ensure farmers can provide the food they … Continue Reading


06.04.20

Growing Climate Solutions Act Set to be Introduced in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will introduce the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which will break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has the support of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, Environmental Defense Fund, McDonald's, Microsoft, and over… Continue Reading


05.27.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Introduces Legislation to Protect America’s Food Supply

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, introduced legislation to help protect the food supply after the COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on farmers, workers, food banks, and families. "The COVID-19 crisis has tested the strength of our nation's food supply chain, creating a ripple effect that's harming our families, farmers and workers," said Senator Stabenow. "This bill will help strengthen … Continue Reading


05.19.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration’s Implementation of COVID-19 Aid for Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their final rule to implement the relief Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help farmers who have experienced losses due to the COVID-19 crisis through direct assistance and food purchases. "In Michigan and across the country, so many farmer… Continue Reading


05.15.20

As the Trump Administration Pressures Meat Processing Plants to Open, Senators Urge Action to Ensure Worker Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 29 Democratic Senators led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, raised new concerns about the Trump Administration's Executive Order that has pressured meat processing plants to open without verifying the necessary safety measures to protect workers and the food supply. In a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the Senators outlined recommendations for ways the Admini… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on USDA Appeal of Harmful Food Assistance Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released a statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to appeal a court ruling that has halted a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition rule. The rule would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "It is outrageous that the Trump Administration is trying to take food assistance away from families when … Continue Reading


05.01.20

Stabenow Urges Flexibility, Variety in USDA Food Boxes

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged USDA to provide flexibility for farmers and non-profits and ensure a wide variety of food is used in its Farmers to Families Food Box program. In a letter, Stabenow made a number of recommendations to the Department to help address food waste, ensure local food producers are able to participate, provide families in need with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Brown, Collins, Stabenow Urge USDA to Target Relief to Local Farmers in Finalized Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a group of bipartisan senators in urging the USDA to target COVID-19 relief provisions to reach local farmers in the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA created CFAP to administer relief Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While the CARES Act specifically provides direct assistance to local food producers, USDA has not announced s… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after reports that President Donald Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to order meatpacking companies to stay open during the pandemic. "The way we keep our food supply chain safe is to keep our workers safe. Last week, I called on the Trump Administration to implement a proactive plan to protect workers and our food supp… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Fourth Bipartisan Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after Senate passage of the fourth Coronavirus package, the Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act: "COVID-19 is causing unprecedented hardship for many small businesses, including America's farmers. This bill includes urgent funding for our health care providers and small businesses, and will help ensure that businesse… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 36 Democratic Senators led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to take action to help ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. "It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply workers," wrote the Senators. "Breakdowns in … Continue Reading


04.13.20

Senators to Secretary Perdue: Provide Assistance to Specialty Crop Producers During Pandemic

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today led 27 additional senators on a bipartisan letter calling on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that specialty crop producers receive financial assistance from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act established a $9.5 billion disaster fund and specifically included producers of specialty crops as eligible for assistance," the senators wrote. "… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Brown, Murkowski, Stabenow, Bipartisan Senators Press USDA to Provide Relief for Local Farmers during COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump Administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation works to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CA… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Leahy And Stabenow Lead Letter Urging USDA To Take Immediate Action To Support Dairy Farmers

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the most senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the Committee's Ranking Member, on Monday led 23 other senators in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging immediate action to support the nation's dairy farmers and stabilize dairy markets amid the sharp decline caused by COVID-19. The health emergency's impact on dairy prices has already translated to an estima… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Third Bipartisan Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Senate passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes relief for farmers, consumers, and rural communities. "This health care crisis is affecting every family across the country. The relief package will provide stability for our farmers and ensure the American people have a safe a… Continue Reading

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