Minority News

06.06.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Floor Remarks on Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the below remarks on the Senate floor, discussing the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 - which passed Committee with a strong bipartisan vote (16-5) and is now being considered by the full Senate. Floor Statement of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Consideration of S.3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 Officially Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240) has been officially introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, authored by Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, is a bipartisan bill that reforms U.S. food and farm policy to save taxpayers $23 billion while strengthening and streamlining programs to continue allowing the agricultural economy to grow.… Continue Reading


05.18.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: It Is Time To Fully Implement Wall Street Reform

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today strongly urged the officials charged with overseeing the implementation of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to finalize new rules to protect the U.S. economy and the investors, consumers and businesses that rely on the stability of markets. Chairwoman Stabenow said the Agriculture Committee will hold hearings on the implementation of Wall Street Reform in the coming w… Continue Reading


05.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Commemorates 150th Anniversary of USDA, Highlights Strength and Importance of American Agriculture

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today commemorated the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 150th anniversary by highlighting the progress made over the last 150 years as well as the work that remains to be done to ensure that America's agricultural economy can continue growing. Below is the Chairwoman's floor statement. "Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate the United States Department of Agriculture on 150 years of se… Continue Reading


05.03.12

Widespread Praise for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill)

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, led the Committee in considering and approving the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, last Thursday with broad bipartisan support. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments, consolidating programs and ending duplication, and cracking down on abuse in food assistance programs. This new Farm Bill saves $23 billion while strengtheni… Continue Reading


04.30.12

Bipartisan Praise for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill)

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, led the Committee in considering and approving the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, last Thursday with broad bipartisan support. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments, consolidating programs and ending duplication, and cracking down on abuse in food assistance programs. This new Farm Bill saves $23 billion while strengthen… Continue Reading


04.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Withdrawal of Farm Labor Rule

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor's move to withdraw a controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. Chairwoman Stabenow has been a vocal opponent to the rule, urging the Department earlier this year to reconsider and solicit public input before making any new changes to the "parental exemption" of its rule related to child … Continue Reading


04.26.12

Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments and emphasizing the need to strengthen risk management tools for farmers, saving billions of dollars. Overall, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 w… Continue Reading


04.26.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the following statement at the opening of the Committee's meeting to consider and mark-up the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. "This Committee is unique. Our hearing room doesn't have a raised dais; instead we sit together around a table, not unlike the tables that America's farmers sit around after a long day's work. The work we do around this table is hard. Fa… Continue Reading


04.25.12

MF Global Trustee Heeds Call from Stabenow and Roberts, Agrees to not Pay Bonuses to MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Committee's Ranking Member, today applauded MF Global Trustee Louis Freeh for heeding their call to drop any possible plan to pay bonuses to MF Global executives. MF Global's bankruptcy last year, the eighth largest in U.S. history, resulted in a loss of as much as $1.6 billion of the firm's customer's money. Thousands of farmers, ranchers and small … Continue Reading


04.24.12

Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up Postponed

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the postponement of tomorrow morning's farm bill mark-up. "The Agriculture Committee has made significant progress and have bipartisan agreement on the bulk of the Farm Bill. We are committed to continuing to work together in a bipartisan way as we come to agreement on a few outstanding issues. This is a bill that impacts 16 million jobs and a huge… Continue Reading


04.24.12

Stabenow and Roberts: US Beef and Dairy Safeguards Protect Public Health, Livestock

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Committee's Ranking Member, today said that the USDA's proven firewalls and internationally recognized safeguards that protect against potential cases of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) worked as intended. Earlier today, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical result on a random test of a dairy cow at a rendering plant in Californ… Continue Reading


04.20.12

Chairwoman's Summary of the 2012 Farm Bill Committee Print

The Committee Print of the 2012 Farm Bill reforms farm policy, consolidates and streamlines programs, and will reduce the deficit by $23 billion. This bill saves taxpayers money while strengthening initiatives that help farmers, ranchers and small business owners create American jobs. Eliminates Direct Payments while Strengthening Risk Management Farmers face unique risks unlike other businesses. Weather and market conditions outside a producer's control can have devastating effects. A risk m… Continue Reading


03.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts’ Resolution Opposing Bonuses for MF Global Executives Passes Senate Unanimously

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, today introduced and passed a bipartisan resolution opposing bonuses for MF Global executives, with unanimous support in the Senate. According to news reports, Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, may submit a plan in the coming weeks asking a bankruptcy judge to pay bonuses to top MF Global execu… Continue Reading


03.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Bonuses for MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, announced they are introducing today a resolution opposing bonuses for MF Global executives. According to news reports, Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, may submit a plan in the coming weeks asking a bankruptcy judge to pay bonuses to top MF Global executives-even though the company is now ban… Continue Reading


03.20.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Issues Statement on Cuts to Agriculture in Proposed House Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: "The budget proposed in the House today is irresponsible and undermines one of the few sectors in our economy that is growing and creating jobs. We must reduce the deficit in all areas of the budget, including agriculture, but we must do that in a way that does not hurt the economy. L… Continue Reading


03.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts, Agriculture Committee Members: No Bonuses for MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, and all members of the Committee today urged Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, not to award bonuses to top executives, "who should be held accountable for the failure of their company." MF Global's bankruptcy last year, the eighth largest in U.S. history, resulted in an estimated $1.6 billion in mi… Continue Reading


03.15.12

At Final Farm Bill Hearing, Chairwoman Stabenow Underscores Importance of Risk Management, Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that strengthening crop insurance and reforming farm programs are top priorities for her as the Committee works to develop strong risk management tools for farmers. Chairwoman Stabenow's comments came during the final Farm Bill hearing focused on commodity programs and risk management. "Every planting season, America's farmers take a huge gamble that their investment will pay off … Continue Reading


03.09.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Action to Boost U.S. Beef Exports

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts that will help U.S. beef producers increase exports. USDA today published a new comprehensive BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) rule that will ensure other countries aren't able to place non-tariff trade barriers on U.S. beef. Chairwoman Stabenow urged the Office of Management and Budget last month to take action on this issue. "Bo… Continue Reading


03.08.12

In Case You Missed It...

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, penned an op-ed published in The Hill today, highlighting how the Farm Bill can both create jobs and reduce the deficit. Chairwoman Stabenow says Congress must pass a Farm Bill this year and not kick the can down the road with any piecemeal short-term extension - to provide certainty that farmers and small businesses need to continue investing and growing. Chairwoman Stabenow said t… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow