Minority News

01.28.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow on Agreement to Further Open Japan’s Market to U.S. Beef

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions which will pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Japan. Chairwoman Stabenow urged U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in August of 2011 to work closely together in addressing barriers imposed… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Baucus, Stabenow, Blunt Act to Protect Ranchers, Farmers Hit by Drought, Fire, Freeze

Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-M.O) introduced legislation this week to extend agriculture disaster assistance programs that expired at the end of the 2011 Fiscal Year and were not part of the nine month Farm Bill extension. The bill would backfill the programs for 2012 and extend them through 2013 while Congress works to pass a long-term Farm Bill. Without an extension many ranchers and farmers will be left with no support to recover from severe fires … Continue Reading


01.24.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow on the Resignation of CFTC Commissioner Jill Sommers

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the below statement today regarding the resignation of Jill Sommers, Commissioner for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "I'd like to thank Commissioner Sommers for her outstanding service during this critical time as we continue implementing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and work to harmonize rules internationally. Her hard work and contributions are gre… Continue Reading


01.22.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Majority Leader Reid for Making Farm Bill a Top Priority

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded Majority Leader Harry Reid for his commitment to making a new Farm Bill priority legislation for the 113th Congress. Reid introduced the Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill today as one of several privileged, top priority bills, underscoring his support for and commitment to enacting a new five-year farm bill. "I applaud Sen. Reid's leadership and commitment to getting a f… Continue Reading


12.21.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Expected Doubling in Consumer Milk Prices, Following House’s Failure to Pass Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement concerning the expected doubling in consumer milk prices come January 1, as a result of the House's failure to pass a new farm bill. While the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan farm bill with overwhelming support that saves taxpayers $23 billion, House Republican leadership has refused to bring the farm bill to the floor for consideration. As a res… Continue Reading


11.09.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Continuing Farm Bill Process in the Lame Duck Session

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the below statement on continuing and finalizing the farm bill process in the lame duck session. "Americans could not be more clear that now that the election is over, they want us to work together to create jobs and reduce the deficit. If Congress can work together to pass the Farm Bill, it will create the trust and momentum we need to overcome gridlock and solve the challenges … Continue Reading


10.25.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Majority Leader Cantor's Commitment to Holding a Vote on Farm Bill in Lame Duck Session

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the below statement today following reports (see below) that House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) committed to holding a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill following the Nov. 6 general election. Cantor's remarks came during a campaign stop in Boise, Idaho where Cantor was helping Rep. Paul Labrador (R-Idaho) raise money. The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill in June wit… Continue Reading


10.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Expiration of the Farm Bill, House Leadership Refusal to Act on Bipartisan Reforms

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill and House Republican leadership's refusal to bring up the 2012 Farm Bill for consideration - which passed both the full Senate and the House Agriculture Committee with strong, bipartisan support. The 2008 Farm Bill will expire on Sept. 30 and agriculture policy will begin to revert to "permanent law" - a patch… Continue Reading


08.08.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Administration Drought Relief Efforts, Urges House to Pass Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded President Obama for convening the White House Rural Council and responding as forcefully as possible to this year's record-setting drought. At Chairwoman Stabenow's urging, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued disaster declarations last month that make emergency loans available to help farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses who are recovering from a spring d… Continue Reading


08.02.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Leadership Refusal to Bring Up 2012 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding House leadership's refusal to move forward with a comprehensive, five-year Farm Bill - as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues destroying millions of acres of cropland and threatening the agriculture economy. The full Senate passed its Farm Bill in June and the House Agriculture Committee passed its version last month with strong bip… Continue Reading


08.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Urgent Action to Restore Faith in Markets

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today said the failures of both MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group, which resulted in an unprecedented loss of customer funds, has dealt a devastating blow to customer confidence in the futures markets and urgent action is needed to recover those funds as well as rebuild faith in the markets. The failures at the two financial firms has devastated thousands of farmers, ranchers and small b… Continue Reading


07.17.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for CFTC Rules to be Finalized, Highlights Importance of Protecting Consumers, Small Businesses

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today pressed the nation's chief financial regulators to implement the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. At an oversight hearing, Chairwoman Stabenow said the recent failures of firms like Peregrine Financial Group and MF Global, as well as trading losses at JP Morgan and the ongoing LIBOR scandal, all underscore the need to implement the bill, which was passed by Congress more t… Continue Reading


07.12.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Urges House Leadership to Bring 2012 Farm Bill to Floor for Consideration

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the House Agriculture Committee's approval of the 2012 Farm Bill. The Senate version of the bill, which represents the most significant reform of agricultural policy in decades and cuts spending by more than $23 billion, was adopted with strong bipartisan support by the full Senate last month on a 64-35 vote. "I applaud the House Agriculture Committee… Continue Reading


07.10.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Increased Oversight in Wake of Peregrine Financial Group Failure

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the failure of financial firm Peregrine Financial Group and the reported hundreds of millions of dollars in customer funds that are potentially missing. "It is absolutely imperative that there is accountability in the futures markets so customers can feel safe knowing their money is protected," Chairwoman Stabenow said. "We are working closely w… Continue Reading


07.05.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Release of House Version of 2012 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the release of the House version of the Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee. The Senate version of the bill was recently approved by the full Senate with broad bipartisan support, on a vote of 64-35, and represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. "I commend Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterso… Continue Reading


06.21.12

Senate Approves Farm Bill Reform with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, 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 Pat Roberts. The bill was approved with broad bipartisan support, on a vote of 64-35. The bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion, represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill reforms fo… Continue Reading


06.21.12

In Case You Missed It: Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform

Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform "The farm bill, headed for the Senate floor Thursday, would cut spending by $23.6 billion over a decade, mostly by pruning payments that farmland owners get regardless of whether they plant crops… If signed into law, the subsidy cuts would mark one of the biggest changes to farm policy in years." - The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/12 "[The Farm Bill is] genuinely a landmark shift…away from direct cash payments to farmers - a much-criticized system b… Continue Reading


06.20.12

Healthy Food, Conservation Leaders Support Senate Farm Bill Reforms

National conservation and healthy food leaders today joined Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to again voice their support for the reforms in the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2012 Farm Bill) - currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. Jerry Hagstrom, of The National Journal and Hagstrom Report, reported that healthy and local food advocates called the bill "a huge step forward" while national conservation leaders echoed the same sentim… Continue Reading


06.18.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Moving Forward with Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan agreement on over 70 amendments that will allow the Senate to move forward with Farm Bill voting tomorrow. "This bill was developed through bipartisan collaboration, passed committee with broad bipartisan support, and we now have a bipartisan agreement to move forward with a bill that affects 16 million American jobs. My colle… Continue Reading


06.14.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: We Are Making Progress, Moving Toward an Agreement

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said she is continuing to work closely with the Committee's Ranking Member, Senator Pat Roberts, and Senate leadership on an agreement to move forward with considering more amendments to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (the Senate's 2012 Farm Bill). The bill, which is currently being considered by the full Senate, is a bipartisan reform measure that ends unnecessary subsi… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow