Minority News

05.19.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration’s Implementation of COVID-19 Aid for Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their final rule to implement the relief Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help farmers who have experienced losses due to the COVID-19 crisis through direct assistance and food purchases. "In Michigan and across the country, so many farmer… Continue Reading


05.15.20

As the Trump Administration Pressures Meat Processing Plants to Open, Senators Urge Action to Ensure Worker Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 29 Democratic Senators led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, raised new concerns about the Trump Administration's Executive Order that has pressured meat processing plants to open without verifying the necessary safety measures to protect workers and the food supply. In a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the Senators outlined recommendations for ways the Admini… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on USDA Appeal of Harmful Food Assistance Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released a statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to appeal a court ruling that has halted a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition rule. The rule would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "It is outrageous that the Trump Administration is trying to take food assistance away from families when … Continue Reading


05.01.20

Stabenow Urges Flexibility, Variety in USDA Food Boxes

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged USDA to provide flexibility for farmers and non-profits and ensure a wide variety of food is used in its Farmers to Families Food Box program. In a letter, Stabenow made a number of recommendations to the Department to help address food waste, ensure local food producers are able to participate, provide families in need with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Brown, Collins, Stabenow Urge USDA to Target Relief to Local Farmers in Finalized Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a group of bipartisan senators in urging the USDA to target COVID-19 relief provisions to reach local farmers in the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA created CFAP to administer relief Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While the CARES Act specifically provides direct assistance to local food producers, USDA has not announced s… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after reports that President Donald Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to order meatpacking companies to stay open during the pandemic. "The way we keep our food supply chain safe is to keep our workers safe. Last week, I called on the Trump Administration to implement a proactive plan to protect workers and our food supp… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Fourth Bipartisan Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after Senate passage of the fourth Coronavirus package, the Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act: "COVID-19 is causing unprecedented hardship for many small businesses, including America's farmers. This bill includes urgent funding for our health care providers and small businesses, and will help ensure that businesse… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 36 Democratic Senators led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to take action to help ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. "It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply workers," wrote the Senators. "Breakdowns in … Continue Reading


04.13.20

Senators to Secretary Perdue: Provide Assistance to Specialty Crop Producers During Pandemic

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today led 27 additional senators on a bipartisan letter calling on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that specialty crop producers receive financial assistance from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act established a $9.5 billion disaster fund and specifically included producers of specialty crops as eligible for assistance," the senators wrote. "… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Brown, Murkowski, Stabenow, Bipartisan Senators Press USDA to Provide Relief for Local Farmers during COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump Administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation works to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CA… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Leahy And Stabenow Lead Letter Urging USDA To Take Immediate Action To Support Dairy Farmers

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the most senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the Committee's Ranking Member, on Monday led 23 other senators in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging immediate action to support the nation's dairy farmers and stabilize dairy markets amid the sharp decline caused by COVID-19. The health emergency's impact on dairy prices has already translated to an estima… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Third Bipartisan Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Senate passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes relief for farmers, consumers, and rural communities. "This health care crisis is affecting every family across the country. The relief package will provide stability for our farmers and ensure the American people have a safe a… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Bipartisan Coronavirus Bill Passed by the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Senate passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes more than $1 billion to provide nutritious food to pregnant women and mothers with young children, help food banks, and provide meals to families and seniors. "During this public health crisis, it is vital that we ensure families in Michigan and … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Stabenow Joins Thune to Introduce Legislation to Provide Flexibility for Harvesting and Grazing Cover Crops on Prevented Plant Acres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to introduce the Cover Crop Flexibility Act of 2020 (S. 3479), legislation to permanently remove the prohibition on harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres prior to November 1. This legislation was inspired by Stabenow and Thune's 2019 efforts that led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agriculture Innovation and Biotechnology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Agriculture Innovation and the Federal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for providing valuable testimony. Innovation is the foundation of American agriculture. From breakt… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Following a Request from Stabenow and Grijalva, USDA Inspector General to Investigate Grant Used to Weaken Protections for the Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General will investigate whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to the State of Alaska that were used to weaken protections for the Tongass National Forest. "The Tongass is America's l… Continue Reading


02.18.20

GAO Launches Stabenow-Requested Investigation into USDA Trade Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) opened an investigation into the integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) aid to farmers affected by the Trump Administration's trade policies. "It's clear that the Trump Administration's trade assistance payments pick winners and losers rather than help the farmers who have been hit the hardest by th… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds USDA Farm Bill Implementation of Regional Conservation Partnerships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) interim final rule to implement improvements to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in the 2018 Farm Bill: "In the Farm Bill, we strengthened conservation partnerships to expand the innovative work happening in Michigan and across the country to protect our land an… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Questions Climate Censorship at U.S. Forest Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised concerns over alleged climate censorship in a U.S. Forest Service environmental review. According to recent news reports, a deputy official instructed an employee to remove all references to climate change and greenhouse gasses in a federal register notice. "I have repeatedly raised concerns about this Administration's attempts to suppress science and interfer… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. The Administration calls for a $21.8 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on top of a $239 billion cut to Farm Bill investments. "After three years of consistent cuts, the Trump Administration has continued to neglect agriculture an… Continue Reading

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