Minority News

06.09.17

Stabenow, Merkley Push Back on Trump Administration Plan to Eliminate Key Rural Development Position

WASHINGTON - Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today pushed back on the Trump Administration's plans to eliminate the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development, expressing concern that the elimination of the position will hinder efforts to boost rural development and grow rural economies across the country. Merkley serves as the top Democrat on the Senate's Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and Stabenow serves in the same… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the U.S. and Mexico Sugar Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement in response to the agreement in principle reached to address sugar trade concerns between the United States and Mexico: "While I appreciate Secretary Ross and Secretary Perdue's work to strengthen trade enforcement with Mexico, our sugar farmers still have concerns that this agreement does not go far enough. We must ensure that t… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Senate Democrats Raise Concerns over President Trump’s Cuts to Rural Development

WASHINGTON - Today, 29 U.S. Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural America. Last week, President Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These damaging cuts come on the heels of recently announced plans to eliminate the USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, … Continue Reading


05.25.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Farm and Rural Economy

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 "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening this important hearing about the state of the farm and rural economy. I'd also like to thank our expert panel wh… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on President Trump's Budget Cuts to Farm Bill Programs and Rural Development

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 2018 budget request. The proposal guts funding from Farm Bill programs by $231 billion, on top of slashing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 21 percent. "President Trump's budget proposal would leave our farmers, families, and rural communities vulnerable in tou… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Stabenow Writes Pruitt to Express Concern over Scientist Dismissals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, wrote Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to request information about the recent dismissal of nine members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a major scientific review board within the agency. The BOSC reviews the research carried out by EPA scientists to ensure the integrity of the agency's research findings, includ… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Stabenow Praises Addition of Trade Undersecretary, Expresses Concern over Changes to Rural Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry reacted to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement of plans to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create an Undersecretary for Trade and reorganize other key agencies within the Department: "I applaud Secretary Perdue for taking steps to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill to create an undersecretary position focu… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Pesticide Registration

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, "Pesticide Registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act: Providing Stakeholders with Certainty through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good morning, and thank you M… Continue Reading


05.06.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Hosts Farm Bill Field Hearing in Michigan

FRANKENMUTH, MICH. - 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 Farm Bill field hearing in Frankenmuth, Mich. entitled: Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: First, I'd like to thank our witnesses for taking time out of their week… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Senators Stabenow, Roberts Announce Witnesses for Upcoming Farm Bill Field Hearing in Michigan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today announced witnesses for the Committee's field hearing in Frankenmuth, Mich. on the 2018 Farm Bill. The hearing, entitled "Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan," will feature testimony from the witnesses below examining agriculture, as well as conservation, rural economic development, res… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Stabenow Supports Perdue Confirmation, Releases Report Showing Urgent Need for Leadership at USDA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, released a report by the Senate Agriculture Committee minority staff detailing the detrimental impact the Trump administration's budget proposal would have on rural communities. Stabenow announced the report during remarks on the Senate floor in support of confirming Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is in urgent ne… Continue Reading


04.13.17

Senators Stabenow, Roberts Announce Farm Bill Field Hearing in Michigan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today announced the Committee will hold its second Farm Bill field hearing of the 115th Congress in Frankenmuth, Mich. on Saturday, May 6 to begin work on the 2018 Farm Bill. Congress passes a Farm Bill only once every five years. The current Farm Bill was passed with strong bipartisan support in 2014 and expires in September 2018. "The Farm Bil… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Agriculture Committee Vote on Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today voted on the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably voted the nominee out of the Committee at a business meeting earlier today. "After a thorough review of his qualifications and priorities, I support the nomination of Governor Perdue to s… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

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 to consider the nomination of George "Sonny" Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to finally be here to consider our nominee to be Secretary of Agriculture. It is clear that Agric… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Senator Stabenow Urges USDA Action on Brazilian Meat Imports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, wrote Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young to seek information about the Department's response to recent reports of food safety corruption in Brazil that allowed contaminated meat to be sold and exported. These serious allegations come after the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently allowed the import of fresh beef from Brazil in October 2016.… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Senator Stabenow Seeks Information from USDA on Recent Avian Flu Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, wrote Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young to request information about the Department's response to recent detections of avian influenza around the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for monitoring and eradicating avian flu outbreaks in the United States. While the Department has a thoughtful response plan in pla… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts to Agriculture and Rural Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, 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 2018 budget request, which proposes steep cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): "I strongly oppose the Trump administration's proposed budget that cuts programs that are critical to farmers, ranchers and families in small towns across America. "In the last Farm Bill, w… Continue Reading


03.14.17

Senators Stabenow and Grassley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect American Agricultural Interests in Foreign Acquisitions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today introduced new bipartisan legislation to give top U.S. agriculture and food officials permanent representation on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The "Food Security is National Security Act of 2017" will also include new agriculture and food-related criteria for CFIUS to consider when reviewing transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign company. "As… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Bipartisan Timber Innovation Act Reintroduced in Senate and House

WASHINGTON - 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) and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Glenn Thompson (PA-05) to reintroduce the Timber Innovation Act - bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material. The legislation will accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, foc… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Stabenow and Crapo Lead Bipartisan Bill Addressing Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. -Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo are leading a bipartisan effort to end the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas by reintroducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA). This bipartisan bill would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas. Veterinarians are a critical part of ensuring our access to a … Continue Reading

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