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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 69 items )  

After Senate Passes Final National Defense Bill With Peters' PFAS Provisions, Legislation Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Provisions Secured by Peters Phase Out Department of Defense's Use of Firefighting Foams Containing PFAS; Increase Coordination Between Pentagon and States; Improve Understanding of PFAS Through Advanced Computer Modeling * * * The U.S. Senate approved the final national defense bill that includes provisions U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) authored and cosponsored to address PFAS contamination in Mi  more

Bergman-Cosponsored Broadband Legislation Passes House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Two bipartisan broadband bills cosponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman passed the U.S. House of Representatives. These proposals would improve federal support for rural broadband buildouts in the most unserved and underserved areas of our nation. "Representing and living in a truly remote area of Michigan, I understand the need for expanded broadband infrastructure. However, inaccurate mapping data has impaired t  more

Domestic Priorities Funding Bill Passes House With Levin Provisions Included
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - The domestic priorities and international assistance "minibus" contains many top priorities for House Democrats and two provisions authored by Congressman Levin. * * * The House of Representatives passed a package of spending bills that grants critical funding for domestic priorities and international assistance and prevents a government shutdown. Two provisions authored by Congressman Andy Levin,  more

Michigan Veteran to Receive Military Benefits After Rep. Kildee and Sen. Durbin Partner to Fix Bureaucratic Failure
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Flint-Native and Decorated Navy Veteran Will Receive G.I. Bill Benefits After Members of Congress Intervene in Case * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that a Flint-native and decorated Navy veteran, Retired Senior Chief Russell Dotson, will receive tens of thousands of dollars of G.I. Bill h  more

Peters Bipartisan Bill Improving Broadband Maps Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to improve the accuracy of the FCC's broadband availability maps by modernizing how broadband data is collected. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), w  more

Peters Efforts to Preserve Great Lakes, Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders Heads to President's Desk To Be Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Measures Peters Led and Supported in Final Government Funding Bill Include Increased Great Lakes Funding, Expanded Resources for Fisheries Programs, and Lower Prescription Drug Costs * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded Senate passage of legislation that includes provisions he led and supported to strengthen Great Lakes protection, restoration and fisheries programs, and to lower prescrip  more

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for small businesses to contract with the federal government. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for small businesses, but some agencies have been reluctant to utilize the Small Business Administrati  more

Peters Provisions Supporting Servicemembers, Michigan Defense Sector Headed to President's Desk in National Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Peters Led and Supported Measures in National Defense Bill to Give Troops Largest Pay Raise in a Decade, Resolve Issue for Reservists and Guardsmen Accessing Benefits, Invest in Michigan's Defense Sector that Protect Our National Security * * * The Senate passed provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that will benefit servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's d  more

Peters Security Provisions Included in Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Peters Provisions Strengthen Border Security, Support Infrastructure at Gordie Howe & Blue Water Bridges and Protect Houses of Worship from Terrorist Attacks * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the year-end government funding bill includes several provisions he championed to secure the nation's bor  more

Peters' Efforts to Support Michigan Servicemembers, Defense Sector, Address PFAS Crisis Signed Into Law by President Trump
DETROIT, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) provisions to support our servicemembers, strengthen Michigan's growing defense sector and address the PFAS crisis were signed into law tonight as part of the national defense bill. The National Defense Authorization Act sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD). Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.   more

Peters, Stabenow Bipartisan Bill to Establish Great Lakes Fisheries Program Authorization Included in Government Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Measure Will Provide Funding for Great Lakes Conservation Programs, Research Efforts and Help Support Effective Fishery Management Decisions * * * U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that the final government funding bill will include their bipartisan legislation to authorize Great Lakes fishery funding and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Grea  more

Ranking Member Stabenow Supports USMCA Agreement for Farmers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, 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 Tru  more

Rep. Bergman Votes in Favor of Historic USMCA Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Jack Bergman voted in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada-Trade-Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA promotes a more fair and free trade policy, and will lead to a more prosperous Michigan. The trade deal has been supported by groups ranging from labor unions and retailers to rural farmers and manufacturers alike. In 2018, Michigan exported over $36 billion of goods to Canada and Mexico, including  more

Rep. Bergman: Appropriations Package Includes Major Wins for Michigan's First District
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Jack Bergman voted to fund First District priorities in the FY20 spending bill. This bipartisan legislation was negotiated by the House and Senate, with the support of President Trump, to avoid a government shutdown later this week. Congressman Bergman has advocated for long term spending deals that provide stable and continuous funding, stating that, "Continuing Resolutions are not a sustainabl  more

Rep. Dingell Issues Statement in Support of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following statement in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "We have to be honest, this trade deal won't undo the deep damage NAFTA 1.0 did to American workers, American manufacturing, and our environment. Today, factories sit empty in Michigan and across my district while workers are unable to compete with sub-par, non-union workers in other countries. "It is just not going to uproot factories from overseas and bring t  more

Rep. Dingell Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following statement on the announcement to vote for articles of impeachment against President Trump: "We are a divided nation, but we can never be divided on the rule of law. President Trump and his Administration took actions that threatened our national security, abused the power of the office, and undermined our elections. He put politics over country by asking a foreign government to investigate a political rival while threa  more

Rep. Dingell Issues Statement on House Passage of Appropriations Package for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House passed an appropriations package for fiscal 2020: "The House passed funding for critical programs that help hard-working men and women across Michigan and nationwide. Most importantly, this package keeps the government open through the remainder of the fiscal year, through September 2020, so Congress can focus on delivering on kitchen table issues that matter to everyone. Every time I am at th  more

Rep. Dingell Leads Call to Extend, Re-designate Temporary Protected Status for Yemen
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) led a group of House members in calling on the Trump Administration to urgently extend and re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. Action is required by the Department of Homeland Security before Yemen's TPS status expires on January 3, 2020. TPS, once designated, allows individuals from nations expe  more

Rep. Huizenga Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after voting against the impeachment of President Trump: "Impeachment is one of the most consequential actions the House of Representatives can take," said Congressman Huizenga. "Throughout this process, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Majority have broken historic bipartisan standards, denied the President due process, and moved the goalposts time and again in order to shape their desired narrative and outcom  more

Rep. Huizenga Speaks, Votes in Support of Michigan Workers, Job Creation, USMCA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Huizenga (MI-02) voted in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA passed the House with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 385 to 41. Prior to the vote, Congressman Huizenga spoke on the House floor discussing the impact of the USMCA on West Michigan, manufacturing, agriculture, and our nation. Congressman Bill Huizenga: I rise today in strong support o  more

Rep. Kildee Issues Floor Remarks in Support of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following floor remarks in support of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "This is a sad day, a somber day. The President has abused the powers of his office, betrayed the public trust and undermined America's national security by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in our elections for his own political gain. "In this serious and solemn moment in ou  more

Rep. Kildee Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Mansour
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the death of ex-Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Anthony J. Mansour: "Tony Mansour was a true friend, mentor and community leader. Born in Nazareth, Palestine, Tony's parents brought him to Flint, Michigan as a child. "Tony loved the Flint community and dedicated his life to helping others, as an attorney, a community leader, and a Circuit Court judge  more

Rep. Kildee Issues Statement on Passage of Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the House passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Today is a solemn day. The President abused the powers of his office, betrayed the public trust and undermined America's national security by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in our elections for his own political gain. Damning evidence has been presented about the Preside  more

Rep. Kildee Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement: "NAFTA has been a disaster for the people I represent. Since NAFTA's passage, Michigan has lost nearly 170,000 jobs. One only needs to drive through older, industrial communities across the Midwest to see vacant and abandoned factories that serve as daily reminders of bad trade deals. "Thus, I supported the decision to rene  more

Rep. Levin Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement ahead of voting for both articles of impeachment against President Trump: "When I think of myself as an American, patriotic feelings swell up in me. "There are many reasons I love America. Chief among them is our democracy, which has allowed a wondrously diverse population to come together to pursue the common good. This democracy has survived 230 years, as we hav  more

Rep. Mitchell Issues Statement on Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158) and Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865): "The most fundamental duty of Congress is funding the government, and while I am pleased an agreement was reached on the FY2020 appropriations packages, I do not believe we should be taking a bow. Again, Congress needed a last-minute agreement to fund the federal government for the   more

Rep. Mitchell Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after voting against the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Alexander Hamilton's fears have been realized, and impeachment has become weaponized. I do not believe President Trump's actions constitute high crimes and misdemeanors and therefore voted against both Articles of Impeachment." Congressman Mitchell spoke on the House floor during debate on the Articles of Impeachment. Click here or abo  more

Rep. Mitchell Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Our trade relationship with Mexico and Canada is vital to Michigan workers and businesses, as well as families and farmers across the country. This updated agreement is a victory for all Americans and demonstrates what can be accomplished when Democrats and Republicans put partisan politics aside and work together for the American people. "In my home  more

Rep. Moolenaar Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following statement regarding the impeachment of President Trump: Impeachment is a serious process that is outlined in Article 1 of the Constitution and today's vote cheapens that process. Today, House Democrats passed the first partisan impeachment in the history of the United States with not a single member of the minority party voting for impeachment. The inquiry which was announced on September 24 has yielded months of inve  more

Rep. Moolenaar Votes for Trade Agreement That Benefits Michigan Workers, Farmers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), a new trade deal between those nations that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new agreement fulfills President Donald Trump's promise during the 2016 campaign to pursue a better trade agreement for the American people. "Hardworking men and women in Michigan are enjoying a strong economy r  more

Rep. Moolenaar Welcomes Grant for EightCap
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a new grant for EightCap, a community services provider in Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella, and Montcalm counties. The grant of more than $4 million will go toward the organization's efforts to provide local communities with Head Start and Early Head Start education for young children. Additional details on the grant are available in the attached PDF  more

Rep. Moolenaar: House Passes Historic Funding for Soo Locks
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed historic funding for the construction of a new, second lock that will convey freighters between Lake Superior and the St. Mary River. "This is a historic day. For the first time in decades, legislation funding the construction of a new Soo lock is on track to become law. This is a major priority for our state and as our state's senior member of the House Appropriations  more

Rep. Quigley: Congressional Delegation Urges Action on Chicago Shoreline
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, the Chicago Congressional Delegation, led by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to take swift action to protect the Chicago shoreline. Lake Michigan is currently in a period of record or near-record water levels, leading to significant erosion and damage along much of Chicago's shoreline. Members of t  more

Rep. Sanchez Renames Whittier Post Office After Vietnam Veteran Jose Ramos
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, D-California, issued the following news release: President Trump signed U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez's (CA-38) bill into law to rename the U.S. Post Office at 8520 Michigan Ave in Whittier, California after Vietnam veteran Jose Ramos. "I'm proud to be a small part of keeping the legacy of Jose Ramos alive," said Rep. Sanchez. "Mr. Ramos bravely served our country in the Vietnam War as an Army Combat Medic, earning a Purple Heart. Like far too   more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement on 5th Circuit Ruling on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling striking down part of the Affordable Care Act: "This decision leaves Michigan families and those with preexisting conditions in the lurch, as the Trump Administration gets one step closer to repealing the entire Affordable Care Act and jeopardizing healthcare for millions of Americans. "I have spent this year fighting to expand access to affordable and qu  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following statement on the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "With an open mind and after careful review of the evidence unearthed by the impeachment inquiry, I intend to vote in favor of both articles of impeachment. It is clear that President Trump solicited interference from Ukraine in the 2020 United States presidential election and used the powers of his high office to pressure the government of Ukraine to com  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement on House Passage of Two Minibus Appropriations Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158) and Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865), two minibus appropriations packages to fund the government through Oct. 1, 2020: The packages increase funding for key programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, in addition to increasing funding for critical agencies like t  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement on House Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: "I voted to pass the USMCA, a trade agreement that I worked to strengthen for our middle class and all of Michigan's manufacturers. "Trade with Canada and Mexico supports more than 36,000 jobs in Michigan's 11th District, and more than $3.6 billion in goods and services from Michigan's 11th District were exported to Canada and Mexico in 2017. "Th  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement to Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Haley M. Stevens, R-Michigan, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, entitled "Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner": I am happy to congratulate Lindsay Holst and Dan Wagner of Chicago, Illinois, on the birth of their new baby girl, Eloise Holst Wagner. Eloise Holst Wagner was born on November 25, 2019, at Northwestern Prentice Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Eloise weighed seven pounds and four ounces and measured 20 inche  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement to Welcome Luciana Alice Ansari Taylor
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Haley M. Stevens, R-Michigan, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, entitled "Welcome Luciana Alice Ansari Taylor": I am happy to congratulate Sara Ansari and Shiv Taylor of New York, New York, on the birth of their new baby girl, Luciana Alice Ansari Taylor. Luciana Alice Ansari Taylor was born on October 17, 2019, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York. Luciana weighed eight pounds and two ounces and mea  more

Rep. Tlaib Issues Statement on Vote to Impeach President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, issued the following statement regarding the House vote to impeach President Trump: "The first people I spoke to this morning before coming to the historic debate and vote to impeach President Trump were my two sons. Both are at the center of why I fight so hard to tell the truth and protect our democracy. "That the House voted to hold him accountable for his blatant abuse of power and obstruction of Congress sends a resounding message t  more

Rep. Upton Issues Statement on Senate Passage of 2020 Spending Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the 2020 spending package that includes a permanent repeal of the medical device tax: "Protecting Michigan jobs and American medical innovation have been two of my top priorities, so the repeal of the Medical Device Tax is welcome news, especially for local employers like Stryker. Because of this repeal, Stryker could save nearly $100 million over the course of a year, allowing them to inv  more

Rep. Upton Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement with bipartisan support: "The new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will help American workers, American jobs, and the American economy, and I am proud to support it. "Canada and Mexico are two of our state's and our nation's most important trading partners, supporting more than 2 million jobs nationally at 43,000 manufacturers. "The bottom line is it  more

Rep. Walberg Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after voting against the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "History will remember that the only bipartisan vote today was against impeachment. Our Founding Fathers never intended impeachment to be a one-sided, political weapon. Sadly, Speaker Pelosi has reduced this consequential constitutional action to a purely partisan tactic to take down President Trump. "Since the day the President took   more

Rep. Walberg Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430) by a 385-41 vote: "For too long, Michigan has needed better trade deals, and today's vote will help finally put NAFTA in the rearview mirror. "The USMCA is a significant leap forward towards leveling the playing field for farmers, workers, and manufacturers. "This modernized deal will put Michigan in a stronger economic posi  more

Rep. Walberg: Chelsea High School Student Wins 2019 Congressional App Challenge
JACKSON, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Walberg announced the winners of the Congressional App Challenge for Michigan's 7th District. First place went to Gabby Dougherty from Chelsea High School. Her winning app, "G.L.A.M.," educates the user about Michigan and the Great Lakes in a fun and interactive way. The user can learn through playing games, reading fun facts, looking at pictures, and playing trivia. It will be display  more

Rep.Lawrence Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, issued the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Today, I announce my support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For more than 25 years, Michigan's working families have been living through the consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During this time, we have expressed our concerns and raised our voices to demand a trade agreement that puts the rights of American workers abo  more

Representative Lawrence Will Vote in Favor of Both Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) will vote in favor of both Articles of Impeachment (1) Abuse of Power and (2) Obstruction of Congress that will be put forth against President Donald Trump. "The facts are conclusive, the President attempted to use the power of his office to force Ukraine to influence our 2020 election," said Congresswoman Lawrence."In the process, President Trump jeopardized our na  more

Reps. Cicilline, Cartwright, Dingell, Lieu Issue Statement on 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and Ted Lieu, D-California, after a lawsuit supported by President Trump and Republicans resulted in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a previous district court decision that struck down part of the Affordable Care Act: * * * - Jeopardy DPCC Chair   more

Sen. Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for small businesses to contract with the federal government. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for smal  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement on Federal Appeals Court Ruling Regarding Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following statement: * * * - Peters Opposes Trump Administration's Efforts to Undo Health Care Law, Raise Health Care Costs and Eliminate Protections for Millions of Michiganders with Preexisting Health Conditions * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Texas v. United States regarding the health care law, which sent the case back to the U.S. District Cou  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement on House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "I swore an oath to defend the Constitution as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and when I became U.S. Senator -- and I will fulfill my constitutional responsibility in the Senate. "Abuse of office and obstruction of Congress are very serious charges that deserve solemn consideration. "We must have a fair and non-partisan process, and I will thoroughly eval  more

Sen. Peters Security Provisions Included in Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Peters Provisions Strengthen Border Security, Support Infrastructure at Gordie Howe & Blue Water Bridges and Protect Houses of Worship from Terrorist Attacks * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the year-en  more

Sen. Peters: Final Government Funding Bill Includes Peters Effort to Increase Great Lakes Restoration Funding
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Measure in Final Government Funding Bill Increases Funding to $320 Million; Based on Peters' Bipartisan Measure that Passed Senate in October * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that the final government funding bill includes the provision he led to provide the first increase in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Funding since the program was established nearly a decade ago. The a  more

Sen. Peters: Senators Bipartisan Bill to Improve Federal Grant Process Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the final passage of H.R. 150, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act. The bipartisan, bicameral bill will require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the leading ad  more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement at Business Meeting on National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Lands Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following opening statement at a business meeting to consider legislation regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility and a package of lands bills: "All of us understand the importance of protecting our food and agricultural economy. After all, food security is national security. "The world-class National Bio and Agro-Defense Facili  more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement in Support of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following statement announcing her support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, Stabenow worked closely with other Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to modify the agreement proposed by President Trump to include strong labor and trade protections that are good for Michigan. "In Michigan, we make things and grow things. And, with any trade agreement, it is critical   more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement on 5th Circuit Ruling on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals released its ruling on the Affordable Care Act: "The Fifth Circuit ruling on the Republican-led lawsuit puts the health care of millions of Americans at risk. "The fight is not over. "We cannot go back to the days where people with pre-existing conditions were discriminated against, lifetime caps for c  more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement on House Passage of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following statement on House passage of the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "I approach the impeachment trial with great seriousness and a heavy heart. One of the hallmarks of my work as an elected official is my commitment to bring people together to solve problems. That's why it is so disheartening to watch as this impeachment debate intensifies the division between people in Michigan and across our country.   more

Sen. Stabenow's Bipartisan Bill to Support Veterans Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - The IMPROVE Transition for Service Members Act Will Help Veterans Transition from Military to Civilian Life * * * The Senate passed a bill authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to improve the transition from military to civilian life for veterans. This legislation is part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which now heads to the President's desk to be signed. Th  more

Senate Passes Peters, Portman Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars on Federal Vehicles
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Senate passage of their bipartisan bill to help save taxpayer dollars by updating policies to help federal agencies adopt electric vehicles, which are more fuel ef  more

Sens. Peters, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect K-12 School Systems From Cyber-Attacks
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to implement stronger cybersecurity protections for K-12 educational institutions across the country. Schools are responsible for securing a con  more

Sens. Roberts, Stabenow Issue Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following statements on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill: "With low prices and trade uncertainty, farmers and ranchers needed this farm bill, and I'm pleased we could provide a level of certainty and predictability," said Roberts. "Once again, members of the Agriculture Committees put asid  more

Stabenow Announces Job Training, Great Lakes Funding Wins for Michigan in Federal Budget Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 budget bill will help Michigan's economy by expanding job training programs and protecting the Great Lakes. The U.S. Senate passed the year-end bill and it now heads to the President's desk to be signed. "This budget bill has important wins that will help grow our economy in Michigan. I've heard from so many businesses who are ready  more

Traverse City Cherry Grower Praises Peters' Efforts to Crack Down on Unfair Trade Practices in Latest Installment of On the Job for Michigan
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the latest installment of "On the Job for Michigan," a series highlighting his office's work supporting Michiganders across the state. Nels Veliquette grew up on a cherry farm in Traverse City and now helps run his own cherry business with his family. He explains how Michigan cherry growers are facing devastating consequences as a result of illegal dumping  more

Walberg Votes for Legislation Supporting Great Lakes, Advancing Michigan Priorities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted for a bipartisan appropriations package that includes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, Soo Locks, and other important Michigan priorities. The GLRI received its most amount of federal resources--$320 million--since the program's inception in 2010. "The Great Lakes are a key driver of Michigan's economic livelihood  more

Walberg's Retirement Security Legislation Passes House, Set to Become Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) applauded the House passage of their bipartisan bill to help more Americans have peace of mind in their retirement years. The legislation, the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act, was incorporated into the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and included in the FY2020 appropriations package. It is   more

Walberg, Welch Lead Letter to FCC Chairman Pai on Closing Digital Divide
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT), along with 52 of their colleagues, wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that the upcoming FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) program prioritize future-proof broadband deployment and strong accountability measures to help close the digital divide throughout the country. The letter urges the FCC to account for the sustainabili  more

Wyden, Colleagues Demand HUD Review Facial Recognition Technology Use in Federally Assisted Housing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - In bicameral letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, legislators question the use of facial recognition in federally assisted housing, highlight possible threats to residents' safety and civil liberties * * * U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., and U.S. Representatives Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pr  more