Federal funding to expand mental health and addiction services at Genesee Health System
FLINT, MI - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced $518,523 to expand mental health and addiction services at Genesee Health System. This funding builds on Senator Stabenow’s effort to transform the way mental health is funded and addiction treatment in America through her signature Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.mlive.com
West Michigan city’s $2.9M federal grant for project expected to support 500 food industry jobs
OCEANA COUNTY, MI -- A $2.9 million federal grant is expected to support 500 jobs in the food processing industry of a West Michigan city, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced Saturday, Sept. 17. The award to the city of Hart in rural Oceana County is part of a U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant program. The funds aim to upgrade local water infrastructure to expand production capacity of the region’s food processing industry, according to a press release. I will work with anyone to invest in our water infrastructure and grow Michigan’s economy.”Hart is a small city of roughly 2,000 people. More information about grant program can be found on the EDA webpage and a full description of the American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Program can be found on the grants webpage here.mlive.com
Flint judge one step closer to statewide judicial seat
FLINT, MI – A Genesee County circuit judge is one step closer to a state judicial position. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in July advanced the nomination of Judge F. Kay Behm by a bipartisan vote, furthering her chances at becoming a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Related: Biden nominates Genesee County judge for federal positionTwo senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, spoke highly of Behm during the judiciary committee hearing. “Judge Behm has been a thoughtful public servant for Genesee County at the 7th Circuit Court,” Stabenow said. “I’m pleased to see her nomination advance in the Senate to serve as the next federal judge in the Eastern District of Michigan.mlive.com
Stabenow calls proposed national abortion ban ‘so extreme’ at Detroit Auto Show
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow called “so extreme” a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks, proposed this week by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Gretchen Whitmer as she campaigns for reelection, are using the Supreme Court’s June decision overruling Roe v. Wade to galvanize voters on abortion rights. Thank you,” Stabenow said in response to a question about whether the bill could further those efforts. Abortion remains legal in Michigan because Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher deemed unconstitutional Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, which criminalizes the procedure except to save a mother’s life. These court outcomes would be made moot if voters in November decide to amend the constitution to expressly protect abortion rights.mlive.com
$40B from federal bill could bolster Michigan farms’ climate efforts
Michigan agriculture groups are applauding a massive federal investment to fight climate change. President Joe Biden signed an expansive $750 billion climate change, health care and tax policy bill into law Tuesday. The Inflation Reduction Act injects more than $400 billion into climate efforts, aims to lower health care costs and chips away at the federal deficit. But tucked into the sweeping bill is nearly $40 billion for farms and rural communities — an investment that will likely funnel down to Michigan’s 47,600 farms. Tax credits for biodiesel and renewable diesel, an aviation fuel tax incentive and a Clean Fuel Production Credit were also celebrated by Michigan soybean farmers.mlive.com
U.S. Attorney Secretary of Agriculture discusses Inflation Act, farm programs in Frankenmuth
FRANKENMUTH, M I— On what turned out to be a perfect day for farming, the United States Secretary of Agriculture stopped by the Michigan State University – Saginaw Valley State Research and Extension Center to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act and how it will impact local farmers through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, joined by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), focused on the proposed act on how farmers around the Great Lakes Bay Region and across the country can utilize funds that have been designated.mlive.com
Most electric vehicles won't qualify for federal tax credit
A tax credit of up to $7,500 could be used to defray the cost of an electric vehicle under the Inflation Reduction Act now moving toward final approval in Congress. As of now, the alliance estimates that about 50 of the 72 electric, hydrogen or plug-in hybrid models that are sold in the United States wouldn't meet the requirements. “The $7,500 credit might exist on paper," Bozzella said in a statement, “but no vehicles will qualify for this purchase over the next few years.”news.yahoo.com
Capped drug costs, billons for clean energy: Inflation Reduction Act a ‘big deal for Michigan’
The roughly $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act goes beyond addressing the immediate economic concerns by salvaging pieces of the Democrat-led Build Back Better Act. It includes a plan to cap prescription drug costs for seniors, lower costs for people purchasing private health insurance and invest billions into fighting climate change. Under the legislation, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs would be limited to $2,000 for the roughly two million Michigan seniors who rely on Medicare. Stabenow contends the bill attacks the “biggest drivers” of inflation like gas prices and prescription drug costs. Lawmakers are still analyzing the broad economic impact of the clean energy investments.mlive.com
Flint Bishop Airport awarded $3.5M federal grant to make terminal roof more sustainable
FLINT, MI -- Flint Bishop International Airport will receive a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. The funding comes from the Airport Terminal Program, a section of the bipartisan infrastructure law that allocates $5 billion in competitive grants to address aging infrastructure at airports. I am proud to announce this federal grant to help Flint Bishop International Airport make necessary improvements,” Kildee, D-Flint Township, said in a Thursday, July 7 news release. “In Congress, I will continue working to bring federal resources back home to improve mid-Michigan infrastructure.”Nino Sapone, CEO of Flint Bishop, said the investment is “crucial” to maintaining its facility. “Flint Bishop Airport is growing and it’s important the terminal has up to date infrastructure to support the growth.mlive.com
Republicans slam Debbie Stabenow for comments on electric vehicles, gas prices
Republicans are calling U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., “out of touch” for recent comments about how she’s no longer subjected to high gas prices now that she owns an electric vehicle. “As somebody who just bought my first electric vehicle, I’m driving by the pump,” Stabenow said. Gas prices and inflation are among the top issues for Michigan voters, according to a May survey. Kelley Blue Book puts the average new electric vehicle price at just over $56,000. RELATED STORIESThe year 2100 is on Gretchen Whitmer’s mindLine 5 shutdown would hike gas prices a half-cent per gallon, court filing revealsMichigan gas prices would drop 50 cents under Senate-approved summer tax cutCar inventory is so tight new vehicles ‘never really touch the lot.’mlive.com
As Michiganders fret over gas prices, Whitmer noncommittal on solutions
Michigan gas prices are up 74 cents per gallon in the past month and more than $1.74 higher than this time last year, according to AAA. “I do think that some sort of a gas tax holiday, sales tax, could be helpful to people who are struggling,” Whitmer said. Gas prices are at an all-time high nationwide, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Whitmer previously said she prefers the federal government to pause it’s 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax, instead of Michigan pausing its tax. Michigan’s gas tax went up on Jan. 1, ranks among nation’s highestPerry Johnson kept off governor ballot after court rejects his appealmlive.com
Judge from Michigan confirmed by U.S. Senate to federal appellate court
A federal judge from Detroit and former assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, May 24, confirmed the nomination of Michigan Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis, in a 49-43 vote. The federal sixth circuit has jurisdiction over Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. “Judge Davis has spent her entire career serving the people of Michigan,” Stabenow said in a statement. Davis previously served as a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 2016-19.mlive.com
Free meals for all Michigan students to end in June unless federal COVID allowances extended
Children will not be guaranteed free meals beginning in July and school nutrition programs will have less flexibility to handle supply chain and staffing issues that have improved some, but not abated. They have not had to budget for school meals for two years. RELATED: About 90,000 children affected by COVID school disruptions will receive additional EBT benefitsBehind the cafeteria lines, nutrition programs also need the aid, said Mattison, president of the School Nutrition Association of Michigan. “As we come out of this pandemic, schools are doing their best, but it takes time for them to transition back to their operations before COVID. This does not mean that with the waivers, nutrition programs are giving up on efforts to serve nutritious, well-rounded meals, Mattison said.mlive.com
Feds earmark $1.5 million for Cure Violence, roads and mental health crisis response in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids will receive nearly $1.5 million in federal funds for Cure Violence, road repairs and pairing mental health workers with police. The dollars were earmarked in the $1.5 trillion spending package approved by Congress and signed last week by President Joe Biden. “We’re very appreciative of the continued support and engagement by our elected leaders in Congress,” said Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington. Another $600,000 will go toward the city’s Cure Violence program based on the national violence reduction and intervention model. Related: Grand Rapids Cure Violence team begins work to prevent shootingsLastly, the city will receive $700,000 to rebuild César E. Chávez Avenue SW.“The street, formerly known as Grandville Avenue, serves as a key roadway in a rapidly growing and changing area of the city,” Grand Rapids officials said.mlive.com
Whitmer asks Congress to suspend federal gas tax to offset pain at the pump
Gretchen Whitmer is asking Congress to help address soaring gas prices by suspending a federal tax until the end of the year. Whitmer joined Democratic governors from five other states in a letter asking congressional leaders to pass a bill suspending an 18 cent tax on every gallon of gas. Michigan gas prices rank among the highest in the country, rising to a statewide average of $4.18 per gallon Tuesday. The Gas Prices Relief Act was introduced in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate last month. Michigan gas prices are climbing.mlive.com
Kildee announces bipartisan bill to fund Flint Registry for 10 years with $50M
The Flint Registry Reauthorization Act would provide $50 million for Flint’s lead exposure registry over the next decade. The announcement coincides with the first civil trial tied to the Flint water crisis that begins today. “The Flint Registry has done so much for us during this water crisis,” Nakiya Wakes, Flint Registry participant, said in the release. “We were fighting for services and resources—the Flint Registry is always there to make those connections for us,” Maxine Onstott, Flint Registry participant, said in the release. Here’s how to watch it liveLeaders urge citizens impacted by Flint water crisis to get help through the Flint RegistryKildee asks Congress for $50 million to continue Flint Registry for 10 yearsResidents exposed to Flint water during crisis urged to join new registrymlive.com
Michigan congressional delegation marks anniversary of Jan. 6 riot denouncing violence, pushing for voting rights
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation marked the one-year anniversary of a riot aimed at stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory with calls to protect voting rights and denounce political violence. Other representatives issued statements reflecting on their experience seeking shelter as a violent mob of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol. “Eight Republican senators still won’t admit that Joe Biden is our duly elected president.”Related: One year after Jan. 6 riot, Michigan election deniers hold more influence in Republican politicsStabenow also noted Republican efforts to block Democrat-backed voting rights legislation. The events of Jan. 6 show how disinformation through social media platforms can escalate into real-world violence, he said. One year after Jan. 6 riot, Michigan election deniers hold more influence in Republican politicsRead the lawsuit Black lawmakers have filed against Michigan’s redistricting commissionmlive.com
$1M funding boost awarded to Muskegon County Airport to deal with COVID impact
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A $1 million funding boost was awarded to the Muskegon County Airport to help it deal with issues related to COVID. The airport can use the funding for operations, personnel, cleaning and other initiatives to halt the spread of pathogens. Muskegon County Administrator Mark Eisenbarth said the money will help the airport cope with the loss of passengers during the pandemic. “This will help Muskegon County’s economic recovery and help ensure our airport can maintain strong service for the community,” Eisenbarth said in a prepared statement. Also on MLive:New political maps chop Muskegon County into different state, Congressional districtsShare your expertise, serve your city by sitting on a Muskegon committeeMichigan man dead after crashing vehicle into statue on Belle Islemlive.com
Flint community gathers to pay respect, remember the late Dale Kildee
FLINT, MI -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow referred to Rep. Dale Kildee as “Mr. To pay its respects, the Flint community gathered with family, friends and colleagues of Kildee during a Sunday, Dec. 12 community memorial service held at the Flint Institute of Arts. Throughout his work, Dale was kind, humble and dedicated to his constituents,” his nephew and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said after his uncle’s death. Born on Sept. 16, 1929, in Flint, Dale Kildee was the second-youngest of five children of Timothy and Norma Kildee. “As an educator, a state legislator and a congressman, Dale Kildee lifted up the students and families of his beloved hometown of Flint for nearly six decades,” the statement said.mlive.com
Stabenow, Peters address Oxford High School shooting on U.S. Senate floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan’s two U.S. senators addressed Congress this afternoon regarding the recent mass shooting at Oxford High School that left four students dead and seven other people wounded. Stabenow referred to the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School — the nation’s deadliest school shooting since 2018 — as “a heartbreaking tragedy that far too many American families and communities are familiar with.”Gun violence can happen anywhere at any time, Stabenow said. “A typical Tuesday in a typical high school in 2021 in America,” Stabenow said. Read more:Testimony: Teen took video about killing students night before Oxford High School shootingSheriff: Viral video doesn’t show Oxford High School shooter impersonating police4th victim dies in hospital after Oxford High School shootingWhat we know about the students killed in the Oxford High School shootingPolice release names of victims in deadly shooting at Oxford High SchoolHurting Oxford community comes together after school shootingPetition aims to rename Oxford High School stadium after shooting victim Tate MyrePolice deny existence of threats prior to Oxford High School shooting that left three students deadGov. Whitmer orders flags to half-staff in honor of Oxford High School shooting victims‘My heart goes out to the families,’ President Biden says of Oxford High School shootingmlive.com
Michigan automakers made 280K fewer cars due to semiconductor shortage this year
Raimondo is urging congressional support of the Chips Act, which would authorize $52 billion in subsidies for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research. Despite arguments against proprietary information, 150 companies around the world submitted data on semiconductor supply and demand, Raimondo said. On a global scale, North America has 2.3 million unrecoverable vehicles compared to China at one million. This year, Ford will have an estimated 65,000 unrecoverable vehicles, GM will have 116,000 unrecoverable vehicles and Stellantis in Michigan will have 98,000 unrecoverable vehicles based on AFS data. Earlier this month, Ford announced a collaboration with New York-based GlobalFoundries Inc. to expand Ford’s semiconductor supply and engage in joint research.mlive.com
Michigan Moves To Fund Mental Health Like Physical Health
Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says will help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide...detroit.cbslocal.com
Mental Health Initiative Will Help Fill Gaps in Treatment, Stabenow Says
A new mental health initiative in Michigan led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow is providing $26.5 million in funding to Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics across the state. “Both addiction treatment and mental health issues, they’re health care, and we need to treat them like health care.” —Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan)Stabenow says the initiative will allow community clinics to provide high-quality, 24-hour care for mental health and addiction separate from police entities. GuestU.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics provide continuous, non-police-oriented help for those affected by mental health and addiction. “Both addiction treatment and mental health issues, they’re health care, and we need to treat them like health care.”Despite these strides for health care in Michigan, Stabenow says she still does not support Medicare for All.wdet.org
Michigan to begin changing how it funds mental health, addiction services
“In our country, we haven’t been funding mental health and addiction treatment as healthcare,” Stabenow said. They are required to provide a comprehensive set of behavioral health services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veteran groups. The 13 clinics that will qualify for the new funding reimbursement include:Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph CountyCommunity Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham CountiesCommunity Network Services (Oakland County)Easterseals (Oakland County)HealthWest (Muskegon County)Integrated Services of KalamazooMacomb County Community Mental HealthSaginaw County Community Mental Health AuthoritySt. Clair County Community Mental Health AuthorityThe Guidance Center (Wayne County)The Right Door (Ionia County)Washtenaw County Community Mental HealthWest Michigan Community Mental Health (Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties)Michigan isn’t the first state to recognize certified community behavioral health clinics. The lieutenant governor noted historical disparities in who could afford and/or access mental health services, as well as the associated stigmas. “The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent and continuing need to fund comprehensive community mental health and addiction services,” Stabenow said.mlive.com
Medicaid for pregnant women and children affected by Flint water extended for 5 years
FLINT, MI -- The Biden administration will extend Medicaid eligibility for thousands of pregnant women and children who were exposed to lead during the Flint water crisis -- a benefit that’s worth an estimated $27.5 million. In 2016, the three officials helped secure the expanded Medicaid eligibility for Flint children and pregnant women for five years. “Over the past five years, thousands of Flint children and pregnant women have received health care through the expansion of Medicaid. “While the national attention to this crisis has faded, we have not forgotten the people of Flint.”Read more on MLive:Lawmakers ask for Medicaid expansion for families recovering from Flint water crisisState health dept. looking to renew Flint water crisis-related Medicaid programEMs helped cause the Flint water crisis and changed other Michigan water systems, UM study showsmlive.com
Kildee, Stabenow: No apologies for proposing bigger tax credits for union-made electric vehicles
The Kildee plan would extend to five years the current $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, with another $4,500 if a car is made by union workers, and $500 more if it is powered by a U.S.-made battery. After five years, only cars assembled in the U.S. would be eligible for the tax credit. The idea has been opposed by Republicans and by non-union car companies including Honda and Toyota. It has been endorsed by General Motors, Ford, the League of Conservation Voters and others. Read more:Kildee says Flint can put the world on wheels again -- electrified wheelsWhitmer announces first round of grants to accelerate mobility, electric vehicle investmentsRandom drug testing for elected officials in Flint blocked until at least Octobermlive.com
Lawmakers announce $1.4 million in funding for Jackson Fire Department
JACKSON, MI -- U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Friday that $1,468,390 in federal funding has been awarded to the City of Jackson’s fire department, according to a press release. The funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program, the release states, and aims to help the department recruit and retain additional personnel. “This grant will help our department increase staffing, which will allow us to function more effectively and be better prepared to address emergencies in our community,” said David Wooden, Jackson Fire Department deputy fire chief. “Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes and communities,” Stabenow said. “These new resources will help the Jackson Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”More information about the grants can be found on FEMA’s website.mlive.com
Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning to receive over $73K in federal funding to improve safety
PINCONNING, MI - An ambulance service in northern Bay County got a financial boost thanks to a new round of federal grant funding. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced earlier this month that Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning will receive $73,670 in federal funding to improve operations and safety. Buena Vista Charter Township Fire Department in Saginaw County will receive $66,667 and the Bay City Fire Department in Bay County will receive $41,318 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel, according to the announcement. Those federal funds come from the AFG Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, according to the announcement. Click here for more information about the grant program.mlive.com
Over $100K in federal funding awarded to mid-Michigan fire departments
BAY CITY, MI - Three fire departments in mid-Michigan will be getting a boost thanks to a round of federal funding. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced on Friday, Aug. 27 that over $100,000 in financial support was awarded to fire departments in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. Buena Vista Charter Township Fire Department in Saginaw County will receive $66,667 and the Bay City Fire Department in Bay County will receive $41,318 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel, according to the announcement. Jerome Township Hall in Midland County will meanwhile receive $6,800 to assist with fire prevention and safety efforts. “Our firefighters in Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Stabenow.mlive.com
Marshall, Saugatuck Township firefighters receive federal grants to support staffing, safety
Federal grants totaling $874,865 will support staffing and firefighter safety in communities in Allegan and Calhoun counties. The grants will aid local fire departments and support job safety. In Allegan County, the Saugatuck Township Fire District is set to receive $38,371 towards operation and safety efforts. “Our firefighters in West Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” Stabenow said in a statement. The Assistance to Firefighters grants aid first responders to acquire needed safety equipment and training.mlive.com
Massive infrastructure bill ‘great for Michigan,’ says senators celebrating likely passage
Michigan’s representatives in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the anticipated passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after months of bipartisan negotiations. The Biden administration is promoting the bill as the most significant infrastructure investment in nearly a century. Michigan is home to 1,219 bridges and over 7,300 miles of highway in poor condition, according to the White House. Peters and Stabenow also highlighted parts of the infrastructure bill focused on mitigating PFAS contamination, improving cybersecurity, replacing lead water pipelines and making communities more resilient to the effects of climate change. “The bottom line is, it’s great for Michigan,” Stabenow said.mlive.com
Kildee, Stabenow discuss expansion of child tax credits for mid-Michigan families
FLINT, MI -- U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined together Tuesday afternoon in Flint to discuss tax cuts for working families included in the American Rescue Plan. The expansion on Child Tax Credits, part of the American Rescue Plan, includes a new monthly payments for families with children starting July 15th. Families with children under the age of six will be eligible to receive up $3,600 per child, or $3,000 per child under the age of 18. “The tax credit amount has been expanded both in amount and also the way it will be provided,” Stabenow, D-Lansing, said. He added this tax credit is an opportunity for the policy to demonstrate those actions.mlive.com
Willow Run Airport awarded more than $15 million in federal funding for upgrades
Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI) announced on Tuesday that Willow Run Airport will receive $15,275,685 from the Department of Transportation. The airport will use the Federal Aviation Administration grant to improve its existing runways. “I’m pleased to announce this federal grant, which will help improve Willow Run’s daily operations.”“Investing in Willow Run Airport will support economic development in the region,” Senator Stabenow said in a release. “Willow Run Airport is a critical gateway for our local economy in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw, as well as throughout the entire tri-county area,” Congresswoman Dingell said in a release. “With more than $15 million in federal funds, Willow Run can make critical improvements to their runway that will keep pilots and passengers safe, while increasing cargo capability arriving at and departing from the airport.
How Michigan’s women lawmakers are breaking barriers
DETROIT – A group of Michigan women hold powerful positions in Washington, D.C., representing all of us in the House of Representatives and Senate. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. When it comes to Michigan’s voices in the halls of power, many of those voices are women. “I believe in listening to people, hearing what they really have to say,” Dingell said. “She said, ‘Make sure you always know that you’re representing women everywhere.’”And women everywhere now look to Michigan for their advice.
Flashpoint recap: Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, county leaders weigh in on crucial issues
DETROIT – From vaccine distribution to reopening the economy and fixing worn-out infrastructure, many major projects are county responsibilities. Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint included a conversation with the county executives from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The leaders are Oakland County Executive, David Coulter; Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel. Jennifer Granholm who currently serves on President Joe Biden’s cabinet as secretary of energy made an appearance. Segment OneOakland County Executive, David Coulter; Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive, Mark HackelSegment TwoSecretary of Energy and former Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm
Ford Field in Detroit to become mass vaccination site for Metro Detroit
“I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new FEMA-supported site in Detroit,” said White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients. “This site, located at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, has the ability to administer 6,000 shots per day.”UPDATE March 15: You can now register to get vaccinated against COVID at Ford FieldREAD: FEMA to convert Ford Field into regional mass vaccination siteIt was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and were planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a massive vaccination site. “Protect lives and move Michigan and Detroit forward.”The way forward, she said, is the the vaccination site at Ford Field. I am thrilled that the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act will deliver resources -- that I secured -- directly to the federal vaccination program at Ford Field. Having this new mass vaccination site operated by FEMA will be a significant step forward for our city and our region toward that goal.
Biden's $1.9T rescue signed, and now things get tougher
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Tough as it was for Democrats, passing President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package into law was the easy part. Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan on Thursday marks a milestone for his administration and for Democrats who have command of the House, Senate and White House for the first time in a decade. If Senate Republicans start blocking the legislation, Democrats are prepared to force them into long days and nights of dramatic floor filibusters, like the movie version in “Mr. The filibuster gives the minority enormous ability to halt action, and Senate Democrats used it plenty of times when they were out of power. Still, Biden's infrastructure package may be one bill that could win over Republican support.
Biden's $1.9T rescue signed, agenda now a slog in Congress
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Tough as it was for Democrats, passing President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package into law was the easy part. If Senate Republicans start blocking the legislation, Democrats are prepared to force them into long days and nights of dramatic floor filibusters, like the movie version in “Mr. The filibuster gives the minority enormous ability to halt action, and Senate Democrats used it plenty of times when they were out of power. Still, Biden's infrastructure package may be one bill that could win over Republican support. Doubting bipartisanship will emerge, there is growing support among Democratic senators to do away with the filibuster if Republicans use it to block Biden's bills.
Federal relief bill requires aid for schools to be released after Michigan delay
The state got nearly $1.8 billion to help schools under the package enacted in late December. Noting that GOP legislators had not negotiated with her, the governor vetoed $652 million in other aid, including $97 million in federal school funds, until a deal is reached. The House on Wednesday quickly passed bills to restore the $652 million that was vetoed, including $405 million in state funding for pandemic-affected businesses. But many Democrats voted no, pointing out — as the governor has — that GOP legislators did not include all federal funding for rental home and food assistance. Michigan is due to receive billions in additional funding under the package headed to Biden's desk, including $3.8 billion for schools.
When can you expect to receive the $1,400 stimulus payment? Who’s eligible?
DETROIT – The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill could be on President Joe Biden’s desk by the end of the week -- but when will the stimulus payments make their way to citizens? Local 4′s Hank Winchester spoke with Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday from Washington. READ: Stimulus check update: When to expect $1,400 payments and who’s eligible? The bill includes a $1,400 stimulus payment for individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000. As the COVID-19 bill moves forward, citizens should update their information with the IRS.
Flashpoint 3/7/21: Reflecting on change 1 year after first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan
DETROIT – It has been a whole year since the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. On Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint we took a look at what the country and world has learned throughout the year in addition to how to move forward from this point. A new study this week found the likely reason the United States leads the world in COVID-19 deaths is because the country has the world’s most overweight population. There was also a discussion on how stakeholders in the education crisis feel about in-person learning resuming. Related: Nearly 1 year since first cases of coronavirus confirmed in MichiganSegment OneLori Higgins, Bureau Chief for Chalkboard Detroit and Chastity Pratt, Education Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.
'We can do big things,' Schumer says as Senate approves aid
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves the chamber just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021. Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Ad“Lessons learned: If we have unity, we can do big things,” Schumer told The Associated Press in an interview after the vote. The outcome “gives us optimism about doing more big things in the future — because it worked,” he said. He and Schumer spoke often as the Senate leader steered the pandemic aid to approval.
Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia's hopes
Scott Applewhite, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has long proclaimed itself “Almost Heaven,” a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. But Manchin, who grew up in the mountain town of Farmington, has emerged as a key swing vote in a divided Senate. Not since Robert Byrd’s death in 2010 has a senator from West Virginia wielded this much influence. With his centrist instincts in such a red state, Manchin has occasionally been the subject of rumors he'll switch parties. “We're hoping Senator Manchin remembers that he represents some of the poorest people in this country,” Kerner said.
Flashpoint 2/28/21: Democrat Brenda Lawrence and Republican Lisa McClain debate pandemic relief bill
DETROIT – Everyone agrees that Americans need relief from the pandemic, but what kind of relief is right or might be too much? We talked about it Sunday on Flashpoint with Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district. The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Both Lawrence and McClain talked about that and more. Segment OneDemocratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan Gov. Whitmer testifies in Senate hearing on infrastructure
Potholes on Beech Daly Road just north of Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights. (WDIV)WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday about the need for investment in infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled, “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.”Whitmer will be joined by Maryland Gov. The hearing begins at 10:15 a.m. -- watch in the video player below:
Local 4 News at 4 -- Feb. 23, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 4:Charges announced against 2 men accused of threatening public officialsMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced charges against two men accused of threatening public officials. One is accused of leaving threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and making threatening calls to Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
Flashpoint 2/21/21: Detroit mayor steers city through pandemic; toll of COVID-19 on mental health of teens
DETROIT – After giving his two cents at the White House, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan returned to the city to continue steering it through the pandemic. Then the “other” pandemic -- the mental health struggles of young people after a year of COVID-19. From pretty much the beginning, we’ve wondered about the toll the pandemic has been taking on all of us from a mental health standpoint. Segment OneDetroit Mayor Mike Duggan. AdSegment TwoDr. Lynn Smitherman from Wayne State University and Mary Beth Garvey, a family therapist from Grosse Pointe.
Flashpoint 2/14/21: What comes next for Donald Trump after former president is acquitted in historic second impeachment trial
DETROIT – Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint was live and included a roundtable discussion on the historic second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. On Saturday, Trump was acquitted in the impeachment trial. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, author of Medicare for All: A citizen’s guide, also made an appearance and discussed the Medicare for All movement. Segment OneA roundtable discussion with Zoe Clark, co-host of It’s Just Politics on Michigan Radio; Guy Gordon, host of The Guy Gordon Show on WJR; Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News and Stephen Henderson, host of WDET’s Detroit Today show, on the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. AdSegment TwoDr. Abdul El-Sayed, author of Medicare for All: A citizen’s guideSegment ThreeHost Devin Scillian wraps up this week’s episode remembering prominent self-defense attorney, Cliff Woodards.
Michigan lawmakers react to Trump’s historic 2nd acquittal
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. Former President Donald Trump is welcoming his second impeachment acquittal and says his movement “has only just begun.”Democratic senators from Michigan were among the U.S. lawmakers who cast “guilty” votes on Saturday in hopes of charging Trump with incitement. “Former President Donald Trump spent months pushing a big lie – that the November election was stolen from him. Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives.
‘This will go down in history’ -- Michigan Senators react to impeachment trial
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Gary Peters sat through hours of testimony during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump and they have hours more to go. READ: ‘It was disturbing in a major way’ -- Michigan Senators respond to testimony from Impeachment trialThe two Michigan Senators said watching the videos from inside the U.S. Capitol Building over the past few days has been disturbing. WATCH: Live stream: Trump impeachment trial in Senate (Day 3)AdStabenow and Peters were both inside the Capitol Building during the deadly siege that forced them to hide from those looking to harm or kill lawmakers. Both have called for the impeachment of Trump, but they said they weren’t sure where some Republican colleagues would change their mind and join them. “This will go down in history as the largest bipartisan vote to convict a president of the United States.”It appears Trump’s defense team plans to wrap up sometime Friday, which means the Senators’ vote will be sooner than expected.
‘It was disturbing in a major way’ -- Michigan Senators respond to testimony from Impeachment trial
Dramatic video and audio from the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building were presented Wednesday during the second day of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. WATCH: Live stream: Trump impeachment trial in Senate (Day 3)U.S. House of Representatives manager Madeleine Dean became emotional as she recounted the moment the rioters tried to enter the House Chamber. AdREAD: Trump can’t hang on to lawyers after false election claimsMichigan’s two Senators said it was difficult to relive the day of the deadly insurrection. They said the footage during Wednesday’s trial shocked them and they were disturbed by how violent things became inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Ad“Their language about wanting to kill people, wanting to kill Mike Pence and the Speaker but also saying over and over again just whoever they saw they wanted to kill,” Stabenow recalled.