Debbie Stabenow http://michiganradio.org en GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-supports-us-sanctions-russia-over-crimea <p>Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are hopeful that U.S. and European Union sanctions will put enough pressure on Russia to change what’s been happening in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/16/290525623/crimeans-vote-on-splitting-from-ukraine-to-join-russia">Crimea.</a></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16877 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea Forest Service grant will help Belle Isle forestry http://michiganradio.org/post/forest-service-grant-will-help-belle-isle-forestry <p>The federal government is offering some help to restore the forest on Detroit’s Belle Isle.</p><p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1281">announced the $300,000 grant</a> from the US Forest Service Thursday.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been cutting down a lot of dead and damaged trees on Belle Isle lately, as the island makes its transition to a state park.</p><p>The grant will help carry on that effort. It will also help the DNR and community groups reforest the island.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:37:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16759 at http://michiganradio.org Forest Service grant will help Belle Isle forestry President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-michigan-state-university <p>About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.</p><p></p><p>The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 16359 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-be-mid-michigan-later-today <p>President Obama travels to Michigan today where he will sign the nation’s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271586651/congress-sends-five-year-bill-to-white-house">farm bill</a>&nbsp;into law.</p><p>The new law will <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/29/268102091/farmers-face-new-ag-policy-in-compromise-farm-bill">change the way the federal government aids the nation’s farmers.</a></p><p>The president is signing the nearly $1 trillion farm bill into law on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16344 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-sign-federal-farm-bill-during-friday-visit-michigan-state-university <p>President Obama will sign the nearly $1 trillion federal farm bill into law when he visits Michigan State University on Friday.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill today, ending years of wrangling in Washington over the legislation that provides federal aid to farmers and the nation’s poor.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 16304 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington http://michiganradio.org/post/propane-shortage-drawing-interest-washington <p>Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter this week to President Obama to deal with the propane shortage hitting the Midwest.</p><p></p><p>Propane is in short supply this winter for several reasons. Prices have doubled in some parts of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Joe Ross is the spokesman for the Michigan Propane Gas Association. Ross says new propane supplies are coming from as far away as Texas. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>“There’s a huge supply chain. It involves hundreds of different companies,” says Ross, “It’s not like turning on your water so you can get more.”]</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16267 at http://michiganradio.org Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington Farm bill faces critical vote today http://michiganradio.org/post/farm-bill-faces-critical-vote-today <p>The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the long-delayed federal farm bill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Sen. Debbie </span>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Michigan was a key player in the long, drawn-out negotiations on the multi-billion dollar legislation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s the chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.</span></p><p>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she’s glad to see the new farm bill will shift spending to insurance programs and away from direct subsidies to farmers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“For decades folks have been talking about eliminating direct payments. It’s never happened. And in this farm bill, we do that,” says </span>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The farm bill also contains a compromise on federal food assistance programs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill calls for a 1% cut in food assistance spending. That is more than Democrats wanted, but far less than Republicans wanted.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16213 at http://michiganradio.org Farm bill faces critical vote today Stabenow expects action this week on farm bill http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-expects-action-week-farm-bill <p>U.S. Sen.Debbie Stabenow&nbsp;of Michigan expects Congress will take up the farm bill this week.</p><p>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. &nbsp;She’s been working on passing a farm bill for more than a year.</span></p><p>“This is very complicated,” says Stabenow. “(It) covers everything from bioenergy, production agriculture, trade, conservation, nutrition – all kinds of things. We’re very close.”</p><p></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16181 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow expects action this week on farm bill Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-concerned-about-security-winter-olympics <p>Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow is joining other members of Congress who are expressing concern about security at the Winter Olympic games next month in Russia.</p><p></p><p>There are concerns that the games face <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262509949/russia-tightens-security-net-as-sochi-olympics-approach">an unprecedented terrorist threat level.</a></p><p></p><p>Stabenow says Russian authorities have not shared enough of their security plans for the games.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16127 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/first-meeting-us-army-corps-plans-asian-carp-tonight-ann-arbor <p>This week federal officials will talk about the options for preventing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/asian-carp">Asian carp </a>from reaching Lake Michigan.</p><p>People and organizations will get a chance to have their say about which option they support. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host meetings in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night and in Traverse City on Thursday.</p><p>The meetings are <a href="http://glmris.anl.gov/events/">two of six scheduled this month</a>, from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. Officials will also take written comments through early March.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16103 at http://michiganradio.org First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention http://michiganradio.org/post/battles-over-unemployment-benefits-mackinac-s-oil-pipeline-gain-federal-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "</span><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20140108/NEWS04/301080011/Oil-pipeline-through-Straits-Mackinac-US-tries-reassure-Levin-Stabenow" style="line-height: 1.5;">jitters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" over an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oil pipeline running through the Straits of </span>Mackinac: B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oth are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.</span></p><p>More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.</p><p>The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.</p><p>On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p>Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15936 at http://michiganradio.org Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention Time running out to extend federal jobless benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-extend-federal-jobless-benefits <p>Time is running out for more than 43 thousand Michiganders whose federal unemployment benefits are set to expire next week.</p><p></p><p>Jobless benefits were extended for the long-term unemployed during the recession.</p><p></p><p>Unless Congress passes another extension, the benefits will end December 28th.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is among those pushing for an extension.</p><p></p><p>“We have tens of thousands of people in Michigan that are going to lose their help right after Christmas,” says Stabenow, “That’s shameful. There’s no reason for it.”</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:02:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15760 at http://michiganradio.org Time running out to extend federal jobless benefits Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow backs compromise budget bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-us-senator-debbie-stabenow-backs-compromise-budget-bill <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will be among a large group of Democratic U.S. Senators and a small group of Republican senators expected to vote to approve a budget compromise tomorrow.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The budget bill will allow the federal government to operate without the threat of a shutdown for two years.</p><p></p><p>Stabenow says the compromise bill is an important bi-partisan step.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:13:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 15720 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow backs compromise budget bill U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/us-senators-want-more-info-enbridge-pipeline-running-through-straits-mackinac <p>Three U.S. senators want a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters.</p><p>The 60-year-old pipeline passes beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. It was the first pipeline Enbridge built through Michigan.</p><p>Environmentalists <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits">protested the pipeline </a>expansion earlier this year. They sent divers down to check out the condition of the pipeline firsthand.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=qCMfDDcyRb0</p><p>Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan want the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1216">to provide details of the agency’s safety tests </a>on the line. PHMSA is a division of the Department of Transportation. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:14:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15649 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Stateside for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-october-16th-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">When you grab a bottle of water at the grocery store, do you ever wonder where that water came from.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">And do you really know the quality of that water? We found out if it&#39;s really better than what comes out of your tap.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, as the use of meth makes headlines across the state, we talked to one woman about her recovery and what she&#39;s doing for other addicts.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Also, musician Matt Jones talked about his newest work and overcoming a challenging year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">First on the show,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed (D-Nev.) says a bipartisan deal has been reached, a deal that would avoid a U.S. default and it would end the partial government shutdown.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking on the senate floor, Reed thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch&nbsp;McConnell (R-Ky.) for working out the agreement, an agreement to reopen the government through January&nbsp;15th&nbsp;and increase the nation&rsquo;s borrowing authority through February&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7</span><sup>th</sup><sup>.</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now though the deal&rsquo;s in place the House and Senate still need to vote to approve the legislation.</span></p><p>Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp;joined us today to give us her perspective on the issue.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:12:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 14862 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 Debbie Stabenow on the government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/debbie-stabenow-government-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed (D-Nev.) says a bipartisan deal has been reached, a deal that would avoid a U.S. default and it would end the partial government shutdown. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking on the senate floor, Reed thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for working out the agreement, an agreement to reopen the government through January 15th and increase the nation&rsquo;s borrowing authority through February </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7</span><sup>th</sup><sup>.</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the deal&rsquo;s in place the House and Senate still need to vote to approve the legislation.</span></p><p>Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow joined us today to give us her perspective on the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:05:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 14861 at http://michiganradio.org Debbie Stabenow on the government shutdown Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations http://michiganradio.org/post/willow-run-airport-receives-additional-12-million-runway-renovations <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving the Wayne County Airport Authority a $12 million federal grant to renovate a runway at the Willow Run Airport, according to <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/levin-stabenow-dingell-and-conyers-announce-additional-12-million-grant-for-willow-run-airport">Congressmen John Dingell and John Conyers, Jr. and Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow</a>.</p><p>This is on top of the $9 million in federal funding awarded to the airport in July. This additional $12 million will go towards the repaving of runway 05R/23L.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:27:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14525 at http://michiganradio.org Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-plan-aims-expand-michigan-jobs-training-program <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to take a Michigan workforce training program nationwide.<br><br>The Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNTJ) is a partnership between Michigan businesses and community colleges. Through the program, community colleges front the money for workers to go to school. Once workers are employed, their state income taxes pay the college back.</p><p>Stabenow says federal money means the&nbsp;community colleges will get paid back much faster. She says it will also double the number of workers and businesses in the program.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:55:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14245 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program