Minority News

09.21.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Current State of the Farm Economy

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's full committee hearing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Current State of the Farm Economy. ### Thank you Chairman Roberts. I am proud of the bipartisan work we have done together this Congress. We reauthorized the Grain Standards Act, mandatory price reporting, and the National Forest F… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Stabenow Statement On Obama Administration Announcement of Trade Case against China

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of a trade enforcement case against China for domestic subsidies of wheat, corn, and rice that may have violated its WTO commitments: "In today's global economy, we need to hold countries like China accountable for anti-competitive trade practices that hurt American farmers and businesses. I applaud… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Business Meeting on Forest Service Budget and Forestry Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's business meeting to consider H.R. 2647. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. ### Thank you Mr. Chairman, This Committee has a long and proud history debating and legislating on matters critical to our nation's public and private forests. Today's mark-up builds on that tradi… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Stabenow Applauds Senate Passage of Mandatory, Nationwide GMO Labeling Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement following Senate passage of legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically modified organisms - more commonly known as GMOs. "Today marks a significant milestone in the fight for a more transparent food system," Stabenow said. "This bipartisan bill ensures that… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Stabenow: Bipartisan Agreement is Win for Consumers, Establishes First Mandatory, Nationwide Label for GMO Foods While Providing Certainty, Uniformity for the Food Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that she has reached a bipartisan agreement with Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) on legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically modified organisms - more commonly known as GMOs. "This bipartisan bill is a win for consumers and families," Stabenow said. "For the first time ev… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Reviewing the U.S. Livestock, Poultry Sectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing entitled: A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing on the state of the livestock industry. I would a… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Following Call by Stabenow, USDA to Join Treasury Department Panel Reviewing ChemChina’s Proposed Acquisition of Syngenta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded news - first reported by Reuters on Tuesday citing several sources familiar with the matter - that the United States Department of Agriculture will join the U.S. Treasury Department's panel reviewing China National Chemical Corporation's (ChemChina) proposed acquisition of Syngenta. "Based on reports in Reuters and other news outlets, I underst… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Farm Credit System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing entitled: The Farm Credit System: Oversight and Outlook of the Current Economic Climate. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you to our witnesses - as well as the leaders from the Farm Credit Administration, it is… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Stabenow Statement on House Committee Passage of Child Nutrition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on House Education and Workforce Committee passage of its child nutrition reauthorization bill. "Historically, child nutrition has not been a partisan issue. It still isn't partisan in the Senate. I'm disappointed that House Republicans ignored nearly ever group involved in child nutrition - from school food servic… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding EPA's proposed 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "While EPA continues to take steps in the right direction, more must be done to add certainty for America's renewable fuels sector. The Renewable Fuel Standard is a proven driver of economic growth and homegrown American jobs. Unfortunately, today's proposal again fal… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Stabenow, Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Accelerate Research, Development of Wood Building Construction in United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to introduce the Timber Innovation Act - bipartisan legislation that would help accelerate research and development - and ultimately construction - of wood buildings in the United States. Specifically, this legislation would focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in heigh… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at CFTC Reauthorization Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - following today's Committee markup of Chairman Roberts' CFTC Reauthorization bill. During the markup, Stabenow introduced a commonsense amendment that would establish a fee for services provided by the CFTC to big banks and Wall Street ensuring that families, farmers, ranchers, and… Continue Reading


03.24.16

Senators Call On Treasury Department To Review ChemChina’s Acquisition of Syngenta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today led a bipartisan letter co-signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) - members of the Senate Agriculture Committee - calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to review China National Chemical Corporation's (ChemChina) proposed acquisition of Syngenta for any potential effects on U.S. national security and the American food s… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Stabenow Statement on Roberts Voluntary GMO Labeling Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement upon the release of an updated GMO food labeling bill released by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS). The Senate is set to vote on this proposal with limited debate and amendments as soon as this week. "Unfortunately, the Roberts proposal is nothing more than the status quo for consumers who want information about th… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Ranking Member Stabenow: Consumers Demand More Than Voluntary Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - following today's Committee markup of Chairman Roberts' biotechnology labeling bill. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As we know, this Committee has a proud tradition of working across party lines to get things done. We passed a Farm Bill in … Continue Reading


02.09.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the President’s FY2017 Budget Request

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY2017 budget request. "President Obama has been a steadfast champion for American agriculture, rural communities, and families of all walks of life," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "This budget request continues that leadership by calling for an expansion of many key areas of the F… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today held a business meeting where bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee. The legislation, "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016," reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of … Continue Reading


12.16.15

Roberts, Stabenow: Child Nutrition Top Priority in New Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that the Committee will hold a business meeting in January 2016 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs. "Child nutrition reauthorization will be the Committee's first priority in the new year," said Chair… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Global Hunger

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing on global hunger. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. I'd like to give a warm welcome to Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Krysta has been a steadfast champion for America's f… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Action to Restore Cuts to Crop Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today applauded action in the transportation conference report that would restore $3 billion in cuts to crop insurance. "I appreciate the dedication to America's farmers shown by our leadership today in ensuring crop insurance remains the number one tool in our producers' risk management tool box," Chairman Pat Roberts said. "I thank Leader McConnell, Senator Cornyn, Senato… Continue Reading

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