Minority News

08.14.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Opening of U.S. Embassy in Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the opening of the first U.S. Embassy in Cuba since 1961. Stabenow visited Cuba in January 2015 as part of a congressional delegation seeking to normalize trade relations between the countries. That visit marked Stabenow's second visit to the nation. "Today marks a historic step forward in advancing our relationship with the Cuban people," Stabenow… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds First Large Scale Forest Restoration Project Under Expanded Good Neighbor Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the U.S. Forest Service for finalizing the first large scale restoration project under the agency's expanded Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The project - expected to treat 6,000 acres and increase timber production to more than 100 million board feet annually on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - is seen as a template for other national forests. G… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Stabenow, Brown, Donnelly Urge Agriculture Secretary to Take Immediate Action to Help Improve Water Quality in Lake Erie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With another large algal bloom in Lake Erie expected this summer, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to develop a comprehensive strategy to help communities improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). "In order to address these important issues, we must take comprehensive actions now … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Hoeven, Stabenow Introduce Voluntary COOL Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.The measure is designed to prevent retaliatory trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico, yet still allow voluntary labeling of beef, pork and chicken that is produced in the United States. The Hoeven-Stabenow measure positions the U.S. to avoid retaliatory tariffs by repeal… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Wall Street Reform

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 statement on the fifth anniversary of the passage of Wall Street reform. "Five years ago our economy was brought to the brink of collapse due to the risky financial practices of some on Wall Street," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "Since that time, we have made significant strides, including bringing the over the counter swaps market o… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Forestry Policy

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 pending legislation impacting forestry policy in the United States. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening this important hearing. I would like to welcome Robert Bonnie - Undersecretary for Natural Resource… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Avian Influenza

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 avian influenza. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening this important and timely hearing. Also, thank you to our witnesses for testifying today. I look forward to hearing your perspectives on this issue. W… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling

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 country-of-origin labeling (COOL). On Wednesday, Stabenow released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on COOL in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. Stabenow's draft proposal would remove beef and pork mandatory labeling provisions und… Continue Reading


06.24.15

In Advance of Hearing, Ranking Member Stabenow Releases Proposal on Country of Origin Labeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. -In advance of this week's hearing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry - today released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. "This approach is a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling," Stabenow said. "COOL serves an important role for consumers and industry. However,… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Subcommittee Passage of House Agriculture Appropriations Bill

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 statement on Subcommittee passage of the House agriculture appropriations bill. "This bill shortchanges American agriculture, business owners, rural communities, and families by re-opening the Farm Bill to additional cuts," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "This bill also undoes important reforms that help save tax dollars, like limiting… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New Report Showing Grow It Here, Make It Here Initiative Strengthens Economy, Supports Millions of American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing the economic benefits of the biobased industry in the United States. The in-depth report, which Stabenow called for in her 2014 Farm Bill, found that four million American jobs are related to the biobased industry, contributing $369 billion to the economy. Additionally, USDA announc… Continue Reading


06.15.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Key Committee Staff Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced key changes to Committee leadership. After serving with Stabenow since 2007, Staff Director Chris Adamo is headed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality to be Chief of Staff. Replacing Adamo as Staff Director will be Joe Shultz who has served with the Committee since 2011 as Chief Economist. Stabenow also announced that Jonathan Cor… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Students to Congress: Eating Healthier Meals at School Makes Sense and Tastes Great!

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry - today attended an event featuring high school students from around the country cooking fresh, healthy meals for U.S. Senators. The recipes for the meals, created by the student chefs, follow both the budgets and USDA guidelines that their schools use to create healthy meals for students each day - including the use of whole grain-rich foods, reduced sodium, and p… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

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 following House passage Tuesday evening of legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "The integrity of our financial markets is of the utmost importance. That's why we need to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that the CFTC is equipped with the tools and resources it needs to foster open, transpar… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Administration’s Efforts in Advance of 2015 Wildfire Season

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 statement on the Administration's efforts in advance of the 2015 wildfire season. "Today's announcement provides a stark reminder of the importance of targeted and thoughtful policies to help protect our forested ‎communities from the devastation of wildfires," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "As the West continues to grapple with s… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Federal Grain Inspection Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a business meeting and passed the "U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015," which authorizes USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. "This bipartisan legislation provides much needed transparency and predictability throughout the federal g… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New USDA Policy Prioritizing Partnerships for Regional Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's announcement that USDA will begin implementing a new Farm Bill policy making it easier for small towns and rural communities to come together to compete for federal grant funding. The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy was included in Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Michigan's small towns and rural communities… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on World Trade Organization Ruling on COOL

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 statement following the World Trade Organization ruling on country-of-origin labeling. "Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from, and that's why I support Country-of-Origin Labeling," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "I am closely reviewing today's WTO decision. If adjustments are needed, we should find a bipartisan pat… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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 entitled Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing regarding issues facing end-users. And thank you Chairman Massad and the end-user re… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Reviewing Crucial Child Nutrition Programs

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 reviewing critical child nutrition programs. Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you Chairman Roberts for convening today's hearing. I look forward to working with you - and members of this Committee - as we continue the work we began last year… Continue Reading

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