Minority News

10.01.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Once Again Requesting Farm Bill Conference with the House, Re-Appointing Senate Conferees

Washington, DC- Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the Senate moving to go to conference with the House on the 2013 Farm Bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent this afternoon to request a conference with the House, with a conferee ratio of seven Democrats to five Republicans. "I'm pleased that the Senate has once again agreed to go to conference wit… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Sen. Klobuchar, Joint Economic Committee for Highlighting Role Ag Exports Play in Creating Jobs, Growing Economy

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding a new report by the Joint Economic Committee detailing the key role that agricultural exports are playing in the U.S. economy. The report, The Economic Contribution of America's Farmers and the Importance of Agricultural Exports, shows that the value of agricultural exports have doubled over the last decade and growth in developing countries is… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible manipulation of the markets for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) - the tracking mechanism to ensure petroleum blenders and refiners meet their requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Stabenow called on the CFTC, which is tasked with overseeing markets for commodity futures, opt… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement following House Vote to Cut Nutrition Assistance for Millions of Americans

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement after today's House vote on Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor's bill that would kick nearly 4 million Americans off of food assistance. The effort, which has stalled House action on moving forward with finalizing the Farm Bill which supports 16 million American jobs, would impact the nation's most vulnerable citizens including children, senior citizens, v… Continue Reading


09.19.13

ICYMI: Stabenow Op-Ed: Cantor Nutrition Bill Will Kick Nearly 4 Million Americans in Need off Food Assistance, Jeopardizes Passage of Bipartisan Farm Bill

Key Points: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor is forcing a vote in the House on a bill that would cut food assistance by a whopping $40 billion, and kick nearly 4 million people off the program in the next year, including children, seniors, veterans and disabled Americans. 210,000 children would lose school lunches. Cantor bill would offer states a perverse incentive where they would get to keep half the money saved by kicking Americans off of food assistance and would also cut jo… Continue Reading


09.09.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement, following News Conference with Majority Leader Reid and Neil Young, on Moving Farm Bill Forward

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding moving forward on the 2013 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Stabenow joined Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Neil Young at a news conference today and called on House leadership to announce their conferees and officially begin conferencing the Farm Bill before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. "It's time to stop kicking the can down the roa… Continue Reading


09.06.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Chinese Acquisition of Smithfield Foods

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the approval of the purchase of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui Intl., a Chinese food company. The acquisition, which represents the largest-ever purchase of an American company by a Chinese company, was approved through a review process conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Because this review incl… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds WTO Ruling in Case Against China

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the World Trade Organization ruling for the U.S. against China in a case over imports of U.S. broiler-chicken products. The U.S. brought the case in response to illegal Chinese "anti-dumping measures" that raised the price of U.S. broiler-chicken products and eventually drove 90 percent of U.S. products out of the Chinese market. The Interagency Trade Enforcement Center , wh… Continue Reading


07.30.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Presses CFTC to Review Alleged Manipulation of Aluminum Market

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to clarify the role and responsibility of the agency in addressing recent allegations that owners of U.S. warehouses, overseen by a UK-based commodity exchange, are intentionally slow-walking the delivery of purchased aluminum to profit from storage fees. The allegations also charge that these owners are distorting the market pri… Continue Reading


07.17.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Says Committee Must ‘Examine Lessons from the Past’ Throughout CFTC Reauthorization Process

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the Committee must examine lessons from past market failures as it reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to avoid repeat crises like the 2008 near-collapse of global financial markets that left 8 million men and women without jobs. Today's hearing, the first official hearing in the Committee's CFTC reauthorization effort, featured testimony from a rang… Continue Reading


07.12.13

Sens. Stabenow, Thune, Reps. Nunes, Kind Introduce Bipartisan Agriculture Research Bill to Spur Innovation, Strengthen American Agriculture

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), a Member of the Committee, today introduced a bipartisan bill with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) that will help spur new agricultural research by leveraging private dollars to create charitable partnerships between universities and private entities. The bill, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act, amends the tax code to allow for the creat… Continue Reading


07.11.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Today’s House Vote on Partial Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding today's House vote on a portion of the Farm Bill - their second attempt to pass legislation. "The bill passed by the House today is not a real Farm Bill and is an insult to rural America, which is why it's strongly opposed by more than 500 farm, food and conservation groups. We will go to conference with the bipartisan, comprehensive Fa… Continue Reading


07.10.13

Chairwoman Stabenow: Smithfield Hearing Reinforces Serious Concerns About Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said we need to take a "long-term view" of the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer and processor, by China's Shuanghui International. Stabenow said the purchase would be precedent-setting as it would represent the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm ever. Today's hearing broadly examined how the government review process of f… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds CFTC for Pursuing Accountability in MF Global Collapse, Pledges to Continue Seeking Additional Customer Protections

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for its continued efforts to demand accountability in the wake of the bankruptcy of MF Global. Chairwoman Stabenow's statement comes as the CFTC filed civil charges against former MF Global Executives in federal court today. The company's bankruptcy was the eighth largest in history and nearly $1.2 billion in segregated customer funds w… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Sen. Mo Cowan Leaving the Senate

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on Sen. Mo Cowan (D-MA) who is departing the Senate after this week's election of Senator-Elect Edward Markey. "I want to thank Senator Mo Cowan for his excellent service to the people of Massachusetts and our nation. Sen. Cowan was a strong champion for farmers and fisheries as a member of the Agriculture Committee, and his voice will be mis… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the House's failure to pass a Farm Bill. The Senate Farm Bill, titled the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, passed the chamber earlier this month with overwhelming bipartisan support on a 66-27 vote. "Twice the Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that reforms farm programs, ends direct payments, cuts spending, and… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Appropriate Oversight of Proposed Smithfield Purchase

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Thad Cochran, Ranking Member of the Committee, and a bipartisan group of Agriculture Committee members, today raised questions regarding government oversight of the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods and future foreign acquisitions of American agriculture companies. The Senators urged Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to include both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and D… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Senate Approves Farm Bill, Major Reforms with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Senator Thad Cochran. The bill was approved with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 66-27. The bill, which saves taxpayers more than $24 billion, represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill reforms fo… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow Regarding the Proposed Purchase of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement today regarding the proposed acquisition of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer and processor, by Shuanghui International, a Chinese meat product company. "American consumers have long been able to trust the food they buy in the supermarket. The U.S. produces the safest, most affordable food in the world because of the high standa… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Senators Praise Stabenow and Cochran for Bipartisan 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran, the Committee's Ranking Member, worked together to secure a strong bipartisan 15-5 vote in Committee for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (a.k.a. the new Farm Bill). The bill is now being considered by the full Senate. The 2013 Farm Bill cuts spending by $24 billion while strengthening initiatives that help Michigan farmers and small… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow