Minority News

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


12.06.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: We Need to Get a Farm Bill Done Next Year

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said Congress must complete a Farm Bill next year before the current Farm Bill expires. Stabenow said passing a new Farm Bill is necessary to provide certainty for farmers and small businesses. Her comments came during an address at the Farm Journal Forum in Washington. "We will resume holding hearings when Congress returns in January," Chairwoman Stabenow said. "The g… Continue Reading


12.05.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on CFTC Approval of Rule that Tightens Protection of Customer Funds

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's approval of a new rule that would put tighter limits on how commodity firms can use customer funds. The rule, approved unanimously on a 5-0 vote, would place greater restrictions on the type of transactions that are alleged to have contributed to the collapse of MF Global, which filed fo… Continue Reading


12.02.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Subpoena to Compel Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine to Appear before Senate Committee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today called for a subpoena to compel former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine and other MF Global executives to appear before the Agriculture Committee at a hearing on December 13th, if they will not do so voluntarily. Chairwoman Stabenow announced she had requested Mr. Corzine's appearance at the December 13th hearing Monday. To date, Mr. Corzine has not agreed to appear. Chairwoman Stabenow is see… Continue Reading


12.01.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Holds Oversight Hearing on MF Global Collapse

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing where she questioned key regulators on the collapse of MF Global. Thousands of MF Global's customers are still missing funds after the November 1 bankruptcy, the eighth largest in U.S. history. Stabenow's comments came during a Committee oversight hearing on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). CFTC… Continue Reading


10.17.11

Senate and House Agriculture Committees Offer Bipartisan, Bicameral Recommendations for Deficit Reduction to the Joint Committee

Washington, DC - Today the leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction recommending a $23 billion cut to mandatory spending within the committees' jurisdiction. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chair and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, will continue wo… Continue Reading


10.17.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Senator Klobuchar Issue Statements on EPA’s Decision Not to Impose Burdensome Dust Regulations on Farmers, Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today made the following statements after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced in letters to both senators that the EPA will not impose new controls on dust particles on farms and in rural communities. Last week, both Chairwoman Stabenow and Sen. Klobuchar requested that Administrator Jackson provid… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USTR Move to Hold China Accountable for Imposing Unfair Duties against American Chicken Products

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Trade Representative's filing of a case before the World Trade Organization against China for imposing unfair duties on American chicken products - a move that Stabenow said could protect up to 300,000 American jobs. The filing is the latest in a series of enforcement steps the U.S. has taken to hold China accountable for reneging on its WTO commitmen… Continue Reading


09.15.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Senator Thune Introduce Bipartisan Agriculture Research Bill to Spur Innovation, Strengthen American Agriculture

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator John Thune (R-SD), a Member of the Committee, today introduced a bipartisan bill that will spur new agricultural research, leveraging private dollars to create charitable partnerships between universities and private entities to strengthen and improve American agriculture. The bill, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act, amends the tax code to allow for … Continue Reading


08.04.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Urge USTR, USDA to Address Restrictions Imposed on U.S. Beef Imports by China, Japan

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), the committee's Ranking Member, today urged U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to work closely together in addressing barriers imposed by China and Japan regarding U.S. beef imports, in a joint letter signed by 39 Senate colleagues. The letter also follows up on and welcomes a pledge made by Amb… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: Specialty Crops, Organics a Bright Spot in Nation's Economic Future

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that specialty crops and organics are bright spots in the nation's economic future, but maintained that critical support for research and risk management will be key to continuing growth in the sectors. "Specialty crop and organic growers are not only helping to supply healthy products to our schools, families and communities, but these farmers are also m… Continue Reading


07.21.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: CFTC Needs Thoughtful, Independent Voice to Protect Markets, Prevent Another Financial Crisis

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that the Commodities Future Trading Commission needs thoughtful and independent voices to prevent another financial crisis and protect markets that are critically important for growing the economy and creating jobs. The comments came during a confirmation hearing for Mark Wetjen, who has been nominated to replace CFTC Commissioner Mike Dunn. "The CFTC's r… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow