U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. 

The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of pipelines in and near the lakes. That includes Line 5 operated by Enbridge and running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Fred Upton plan to visit the Soo Locks at the beginning of next month. 

On behalf of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation the lawmakers will join Governor Rick Snyder on the June 2 tour. They say the locks are part of Michigan’s most critical infrastructure and impact not only the shipping industry and economy, but national security.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is joining the growing list of Senate Democrats opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. 

In a statement Tuesday, Stabenow said she can't support Judge Neil Gorsuch, complaining about his "long record of siding with special interests and institutions instead of hard-working Americans."

So far, 19 Democrats have announced their opposition, raising the prospects of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changing Senate rules to get Gorsuch confirmed.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Soo Locks. Shipping advocates want a second lock that could handle 1,000-foot freighters hauling iron ore and other commodities on the lakes.

Only the Poe Lock can accommodate those supersized ships now.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is scheduled to meet with small business owners in a two-day trip across the U.P. 

Tuesday at 9 a.m. the Michigan Democrat will visit Delta Manufacturing in Escanaba, then Cretens Brothers Furniture in Perkins at 10:15 a.m.  At 2 p.m. Stabenow is set to visit downtown Marquette small businesses.  They include Beth Millner Jewelry, The Flying Moose, Revisions Design Studio, and Donckers. 

Wednesday at 10 a.m. Stabenow will be in St. Ignace, visiting Java Joe’s Café and the Voyageur Trading Post.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quickly complete its Economic Reevaluation Report so the process of upgrading the Soo Locks can begin. 

Last year the Obama administration approved $1.35 million for the Corps’ request to review upgrades and to replace the Davis and Sabin locks with one similar in size to the Poe Lock. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Michigan's senators are asking the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are classified as "offshore" so that owners would have to pay the full costs of cleaning a spill.  

Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, sent U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx a letter on Tuesday urging him to make sure underwater pipeline segments in and around the Great Lakes are classified as separate "offshore" facilities.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress are prodding federal officials to work faster on technological roadblocks that would prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $3 million to add about 130 additional ethanol fuel pumps in Michigan.  

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says Thursday the grant will be matched by state and local support, more than doubling the funding available to install the pumps.

Michigan was selected as a partner in the USDA's Biofuels Infrastructure Program.

The federal funding is part of $100 million in grants for 21 states.

SAWYER, MI--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have announced Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County is getting a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The $702,900 will be used to install runway fencing and rehabilitate the runway itself. 

“Travelers to and from the Upper Peninsula count on Sawyer International Airport for safe and reliable transportation,” Peters says.  “This funding will make important improvements to the airport’s overall safety and operations and will encourage economic growth in the region.”  

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