Minority News

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


03.07.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Highlights Importance of Locally Grown Food in Creating Jobs, Providing Greater Access to Healthy Foods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said locally grown foods are helping to create new market opportunities for farmers and agriculture producers across the country, while also helping to provide families greater access to healthy and nutritious foods. She said regional food hubs and local food systems are a 'win-win' for agriculture, and are helping to create jobs and re-introduce agriculture to a younger generation of u… Continue Reading


03.05.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Introduces New “Grow it Here, Make it Here” Bio-Based Manufacturing Initiative, to Help Create Jobs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today introduced a new Grow it Here, Make it Here initiative to advance the emerging bio-based manufacturing industry, using agriculture goods to make value-added products and create jobs. Chairwoman Stabenow's new initiatives would increase access to capital for bio-based manufacturers, improve marketing of bio-based products, spur the commercialization of new agricultural innovations, and s… Continue Reading


02.28.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: Conservation Essential to Long-Term Productivity of Agriculture and Forestry

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said conservation is essential to producing a healthy and affordable food supply and is important now more than ever to creating new jobs and protecting our land and water. She also noted the need to continue focusing on program simplification, consolidation, flexibility and accountability. "Conservation helps farmers and ranchers to produce food, feed, fuel and fiber while taking ca… Continue Reading


02.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Urge IRS to Provide Income Tax Guidance to Former MF Global Customers

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Ks.) today urged the Internal Revenue Service to provide former MF Global customers, who may need to file their taxes with incomplete information, with guidance as income tax filing deadlines are approaching. The firm filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 31, 2011 after revealing that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money had gone missing. … Continue Reading


02.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Underscores Farm Bill’s Role in Creating Jobs, Long Term Economic Growth in Rural America

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the Farm Bill will continue to play a major role in helping businesses create jobs in rural America. Today's hearing, building on the twelve public hearings held in 2011, focused on rural development, bio-based manufacturing and Farm Bill energy initiatives. By focusing on streamlining, cutting red tape and making programs more accessible, rural towns are able to build and improv… Continue Reading


02.13.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on the President’s FY2013 Budget Request

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's 2013 Budget Request. "Last Fall, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees developed a fiscally responsible, bipartisan recommendation to cut the agriculture budget by $23 billion while strengthening programs to be more efficient and cost-effective. By eliminating direct payments and bolstering risk management… Continue Reading


02.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Reversal 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 go back to the drawing board on a controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. After the Department first proposed the new rule, Senator Stabenow encouraged the Department to reconsider and solicit public input before making any new changes to the "parental exemption" of its rule… Continue Reading


02.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Farm Bill Hearing Schedule for February, March

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the Committee's Farm Bill hearing schedule for February and March, noting that the Committee will continue examining Farm Bill principles and evaluating policy solutions to develop a 2012 Farm Bill. Below are the details of the next series of hearings (dates and topics are subject to change). Wednesday, February 15 Title: Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America A heari… Continue Reading


01.24.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Reminds Former MF Global Customers to File Claim Forms by Jan 31

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today reminded former MF Global customers who were affected by the firm's collapse last year, that the deadline for filing claim forms is January 31, 2012. The bankruptcy of MF Global, the 8th largest in U.S. history, left thousands of farmers, ranchers and other small businesses devastated by an estimated $1.2 billion in missing customer funds. Since the firm's collapse, Chairwoman Stabenow … Continue Reading


01.18.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Asks Business, Customer and Consumer Protection Groups to Weigh in on MF Global Bankruptcy

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on an array of financial stakeholders, market participants and consumer advocacy groups to provide insight and recommendations on how to create stronger, safer markets, and to provide customers with greater protections in the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy. With an estimated $1.2 billion in customer funds still missing, Chairwoman Stabenow said the Committee will begin to consi… Continue Reading


12.13.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Questions MF Global Executives on $1.2 Billion in Missing Customer Funds

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today questioned MF Global executives over the circumstances that led to the collapse of the financial firm and the estimated $1.2 billion in missing customer funds during a Committee hearing. Stabenow probed former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, other MF Global executives, and regulators who oversee the commodities markets. Stabenow also had MF Global customers describe how the firm's bankruptcy … Continue Reading


12.06.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Issue Statement Following Committee Vote to Subpoena Corzine

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, issued the below statement following a unanimous voice vote of the full Committee on Dec. 6, 2011 in support of subpoenaing former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, to testify at a Dec. 13 hearing on the collapse of MF Global and the whereabouts of the estimated $1.2 billion in missing customer funds. The financial firm's coll… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow