Minority News

03.08.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on USDA Inspector General Report on Forest Service Misconduct

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry issued the following statement in response to a new interim report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General, which includes recommendations to improve the process for investigating sexual harassment and misconduct complaints within the U.S. Forest Service. This report was released a day after the resignation of the U.S. … Continue Reading


02.28.18

Stabenow, Grassley Press USDA on Farm Payments to Deceased Farmers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and senior Agriculture Committee member U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) raised concerns with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) regarding farm program payments that are made to the estates of deceased farmers. "We must be careful stewards of taxpayer money and work to avoid wasteful payments," said the Senators. "As we prepare to wri… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Northey Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "While his confirmation is long overdue, I am pleased that Mr. Northey can finally serve our farmers and ranchers at USDA. I strongly supported Mr. Northey's nomination and I look fo… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the State of the CFTC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing entitled "State of the CFTC: Examining Pending Rules, Cryptocurrency Regulation, and Cross-Border Agreements." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this very important hearing. I'd like to welcome our newes… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Senator Stabenow Hosts Michigan Veteran to Share Perspective on the Importance of the Farmer Veterans Programs in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today hosted Nick Babcock, President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan, to share his story as a farmer veteran and discuss the importance of incentives in the Farm Bill with Senators and leaders of the veteran community. Babcock was one of seven veteran leaders from across the country that participated in the discussion hosted by Senators. "Our veterans put their lives on the line to serve our country and shouldn't stand at the ba… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget Cuts to Agriculture and Rural America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget request. The proposal cuts the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent, on top of cutting Farm Bill investments by $260 billion - a $30 billion increase in Farm Bill cuts from the previous year's proposal. "The Trump Administration's budget proposal… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Stabenow: Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Improve Dairy Safety Net

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the U.S. Senate has reached a deal to provide immediate support for dairy producers. The bipartisan Senate budget agreement will provide over $1 billion to support dairy farmers. The deal will also return cotton to the commodity safety net and strengthen disaster assistance for livestock and specialty crop producers. "This is the support that d… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Stabenow Echoes Bipartisan Call to Confirm Northey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senate colleagues on the floor to call for the immediate confirmation of Bill Northey, the nominee to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. The Senate Agriculture Committee reported his nomination to the floor on October 19 with unanimous bipartisan support. For over three months, Northey's nomination … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Ag Committee Democrats Seek Information on Senior Career Employee Reassignments at USDA

WASHINGTON - Today, the ten Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry wrote a letter to Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration's nominee for General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to seek more information regarding the reassignments of several high-level career employees at USDA. Since January 20, USDA has reassigned at least a dozen Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. Recently, questions were raised to the Senate Agr… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Senators Press U.S. Forest Service on Greater Sage-Grouse Review

WASHINGTON - Today, 13 Senators wrote a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke to request information about the agency's role in the Trump Administration's review of 2015 plans to protect the imperiled greater sage-grouse. In a Federal Register notice last month, the U.S. Forest Service signaled that the agency may be seeking potential changes to the 2015 plans. Because modifying the plans could have a significant economic impact on rural communities, the Senators asked for details on … Continue Reading


12.13.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agricultural Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing entitled "Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World." Stabenow's statement follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding such an important hearing. I know you have long been a champion for a strong agro-defense system, and we are all grateful for your vigilance. I… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Vote to Advance Vaden

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement after the vote to advance Stephen Vaden, the nominee to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Though this has not been an easy decision, today I voted to report Mr. Vaden out of Committee. With the 2018 Farm Bill right around the corner, it is critical that the Agriculture Committee continues … Continue Reading


12.01.17

Senators: USDA Did Not Recommend Removal of Forest Service Land in Trump National Monument Review

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, raised concerns to U.S. President Donald Trump regarding reports that his administration will significantly reduce the size of several National Monuments containing U.S. Forest Service land, despite not having a specific reco… Continue Reading


11.30.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Release of Final RFS Volumes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) announcement. "The RFS is an important driver of Michigan jobs and our bio-based economy. If America wants to be a leader in renewable fuel production, the EPA must make stronger commitments across the board. Today's announcement falls sh… Continue Reading


11.09.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider USDA, Farm Credit Administration Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the nomination hearing to consider Glen Smith to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, and Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: I am pleased to be here to conside… Continue Reading


11.02.17

Statement from Ranking Member Stabenow on the Withdraw of Sam Clovis's Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement on Sam Clovis: "Sam Clovis's decision to withdraw his nomination as Chief Scientist is a victory for science and our farmers who rely on agricultural research. From day one, it was clear to me that Sam Clovis was the wrong choice for our farmers and ranchers. His lack of qualifications and long history of politically di… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Asks Clovis about his Involvement in the Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, wrote Sam Clovis, Trump Administration nominee for Agriculture Under Secretary of Research, Education, and Economics, to ask additional questions regarding his actions as co-Chairman of the Trump Campaign. The letter comes after new information surfaced this week from criminal filings that were released against former Trump Campaign officials. This r… Continue Reading


10.18.17

Stabenow Offers Budget Amendment to Protect the Farm Bill from Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, filed an amendment to the 2018 Senate Budget Resolution to protect the next Farm Bill from cuts in funding. "The 2014 Farm Bill streamlined over 100 programs and is already saving taxpayers $100 billion, while still investing in our farmers and ranchers" said Senator Stabenow. "As we write the next Farm Bill, we need to send a clear message to our farm… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Stabenow, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Conservation Partnerships in the 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry joined her Agriculture Committee colleague U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to strengthen the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) - an innovative approach to conservation authored by Senator Stabenow in the 2014 Farm Bill. The bipartisan Regional Conservation Partnership Program Improvement Act will provide more resources for partners to expand the… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider USDA Nominees Ibach and Northey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the nomination hearing to consider Gregory Ibach to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and William Northey to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)… Continue Reading

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