U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

MI senators block Trump US attorney pick

Jan 7, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s two US senators have effectively blocked President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the US attorney for Western Michigan. 

Tom Leonard is a former Republican legislator. He lost his bid last year to become state attorney general before he was nominated by Trump. But Leonard says his nomination was stopped by Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters without a meeting or a hearing.

Michigan Farmers Market Association

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has announced new federal funding to expand the “Double Up Food Bucks” program in Michigan. The 12-point-5 million dollar grant was funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ‘Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program.’ 

Stabenow says the Double Up Food Bucks program helps Michigan families buy  more fruits and vegetables while supporting Michigan's farmers.  She added that the  new support will help the Fair Food Network connect families in every county in Michigan with affordable, healthy food."

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says she would back House Democrats if they launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
     The fourth-term Democrat said in a written statement Monday that former special counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian interference in the 2016 election "describes extremely serious instances of the president of the United States trying to obstruct justice." She says "no one is above the law."
     Politico first reported Stabenow's position.

Farmers suffering under tariffs against China, lawmaker says

May 13, 2019

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Some Michigan members of the U.S. Senate say they fear the Trump administration’s increased tariffs on Chinese imports will hit U.S. farmers especially hard. 

Democratic lawmakers say farmers will face higher prices at a time when they can least afford it.

President Trump is imposing 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.    He says China is reneging on agreements it had already committed to.

China vows to retaliate.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in Gwinn before she gives the keynote address at Northern Michigan University’s graduation ceremony this weekend.

The Senator is scheduled to visit the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center Friday at 1:45 p.m. It’s part of her “health care check-ins” around the state to speak with Michigan patients and providers about their challenges and needs.

Saturday Stabenow will address NMU graduates during Spring Commencement.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University’s spring commencement ceremony. 

NMU President Fritz Erickson says the university’s Educational Access Network initiative aligns with one of Stabenow’s priorities as Ranking Member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry. In the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill she coauthored, the Senator secured provisions to expand high-speed internet in rural communities to grow the rural economy.

Pence stumps in Michigan

Oct 29, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Vice President Mike Pence travels to Michigan Monday to campaign for U.S. Senate hopeful John James and other members of the Republican ticket. 

Pence will stump for James at a rally in Grand Rapids. Though James has campaigned on a theme that he wants to bring both major parties together, he’s also said he supports President Trump “two thousand percent.”

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator and her Republican opponent met for a debate at the Detroit Economic Club Monday. 

Eighteen-year incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow faces challenger John James, a Detroit native and Army combat veteran.

James accuses Stabenow of being a mediocre and ineffective legislator in Washington.

Stabenow counters that as the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s agriculture committee, she’s done a lot for the state’s farmers, and to protect the Great Lakes. She also accused James of not offering any specifics about his plans.

U.S. Senate candidates square off in debate

Oct 15, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   In one of two scheduled Michigan U.S. Senate debates, the major party candidates answered questions Sunday on the environment, healthcare, and immigration, to name a few.

The candidates staked out their differences on healthcare. The question was, “Is the Affordable Care Act working properly, should it be repealed, or conversely should the government move to a single payer system?”

Republican challenger John James answered there needs to be a market-based, patient-centered approach protecting anyone with pre-existing conditions.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (MPRN)--   Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says it’s time for Congress to come together to protect the Russia investigation. 

On Thursday President Trump is expected to either fire or accept the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller investigation.  

Stabenow says there is still time for Congress to act before someone else is appointed to oversee the Mueller investigation.

“We can do things very quickly,” she says. “You can do things in a day. If Republican leadership wanted to do that.”