Minority News

02.06.20

Ranking Member Stabenow: New Analysis Shows Continued Bias in Trump Trade Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released a new analysis revealing that the Trump Administration is continuing to show bias in distributing aid to farmers affected by their chaotic trade policies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the final installment of the second year of Market Facilitation Program payments without addressing vast disparities, which hav… Continue Reading


01.30.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on CFTC Position Limits Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released a statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) reproposed rule on speculative position limits, which protect consumers from irresponsible commodity trading that has caused unnecessary spikes in prices for gas and other products: "When Wall Street speculators meddle in our markets, consumers pay the price. Almost 10 year… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Secures Investments for Farmers, Rural Communities in Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding passage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding bill, which largely rejects the Trump Administration's cuts to the Farm Bill and the USDA. "The funding bill we passed today makes critical investments for our farmers and strengthens our rural communities. I worked across the aisle to secure this funding and reverse… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Supports USMCA Agreement for Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, today announced her support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, Stabenow worked closely with other Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to modify the agreement proposed by President Trump to include strong trade protections and enforcement tools that are good for Michigan and good for American agriculture. "This trade agreement will provid… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Business Meeting on NBAF, Lands Legislation

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 a business meeting to consider legislation regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) and a package of lands bills. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman, for holding today's business meeting to consider two important pieces of legislation. All of us unders… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds $24 Million for Farm Bill Climate-Smart Agriculture Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded more than $24 million for 16 projects that integrate innovative conservation practices to help farmers combat the climate crisis and create opportunities to build future carbon markets through soil health initiatives. The funding comes from the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill's On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials - a new component of Conservation Innovation… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Ranking Member Stabenow: Trump Administration’s Final SNAP Rule Targets Part-Time Workers, Ignores Bipartisan Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rule, which would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "This rule could cause one million people to lose their food assistance, while doing nothing to help them find jobs. This Administration is out of touch with families who are struggling t… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow, Chairman Grijalva Call for Investigation into 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, & Forestry, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today requested a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General investigation into whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to the State of Alaska. Reportedly, the state used the grant to support their requested exemption from federal en… Continue Reading


11.15.19

As USDA Announces Second Round of Trade Payments, Ranking Member Stabenow Urges Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments to assist American farmers affected by the Trump Administration's trade policies: "I'm disappointed the Trump Administration has not corrected the serious inequities within their trade assistance program. W… Continue Reading


11.12.19

Senate Democrats Unveil New Report Detailing How Trump Administration Mismanaged Payments to Farmers for Trade Damages

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), released a new report detailing how the Trump Administration is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump's turbulent trade agenda. The data shows that in the wake of the trade uncertainty created by the President's actions, the $2… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Rural Development and Energy

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 "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for being here. Everyone in this room knows that rural America is the backbone of our economy, jus… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Secures Farm Bill and Urban Agriculture Investments, Criticizes ERS and NIFA Relocation Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill includes an amendment introduced by Ranking Member Stabenow to provide $5 million to set up the new Urban Agriculture Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized in the Farm Bill. "By and large, this bipartisan bill rejects the Trump Administration… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Farm Bill Implementation

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 "Implementing the 2018 Farm Bill". Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. Deputy Secretary Censky, thank you for being here and welcome back to our hearing room. It's been 10 months since Congress passed the bipartisan … Continue Reading


09.27.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Further Questions USDA Relocation After Critical Research Delayed

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised concerns that the relocation of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has delayed reports and research grants, despite assurances that the move would not affect the missions of the agencies. Thus far, the USDA has on-boarded nine n… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors

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 Perspectives on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for being here. We all know that farming is the riskiest business there is. From unexpected … Continue Reading


09.23.19

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Take Away Food Assistance from Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 15 Senators raised serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take food assistance away from millions of families currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter, the Senators urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal, citing the negative consequences of the rule and noting that the Administration has not conducted … Continue Reading


07.31.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the U.S. Grain Standards Act

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 Perspectives on Reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing as we begin the process of reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act. Thank you to the expert panel here today, bringing perspectives… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the USDA’s Release of Trade Aid Details

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's announcement of aid to assist American farmers affected by their trade policies. "The Administration continues to move ahead with no real trade strategy. These short-term, inequitable payouts are not a replacement for markets and a coherent trade strategy. "Today's announcement only confirms my prev… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill

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 Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing today, and welcome to our witnesses. The 2018 Farm Bill includes many new opportunities that strengthen the diversity of American agriculture. We know s… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Proposed Nutrition Assistance Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would increase obstacles for families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "This proposal is yet another attempt by this Administration to circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutr… Continue Reading

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