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Senator Stabenow to speak in Grand Rapids

Senator Debbie Stabenow will be speaking in Grand Rapids on April 12.
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United States Senator Debbie Stabenow will be in Grand Rapids on April 12 to speak at a fundraiser for the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan (PWA). PWA is a political action committee which seeks to influence public policy through the election of candidates and the advocacy of a progressive agenda, hosting events throughout the Grand Rapids area. PWA has endorsed Stabenow in the upcoming senatorial election.

The event will be held at Loosemore Auditorium on the campus of Grand Valley State University. There will be a reception with Senator Stabenow at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oervres. The address as well as Q & A will begin at 6 p.m.

Stabenow has long advocated for progressive causes. She was elected to Congress in 2000. Stabenow is chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and is a member of the Senate Energy, Finance and Budget Committees. She is also the co-chair of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus. In addition, she is chairing the new “Grow It Here; Make It Here” initiative which is supporting entrepreneurs who use emerging technologies in agriculture and manufacturing.

According to a Stabenow spokesman, recent attacks on women’s healthcare are diverting attention from the work of creating jobs and bolstering the economy. Funding for Planned Parenthood and other healthcare initiatives of particular interest to women are increasingly under assault. PWA agrees that substantial progress has been made over the years in terms of women’s rights, and the current political climate of partisan dissension and a culture of intolerance threatens these advances.

In Stabenow’s speech, she will share her vision for Michigan’s economy and will discuss attempts to discriminate against women through defunding healthcare initiatives.

Mary Alice Williams, a local member of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, comments, “This event will be a great opportunity to hear directly from Senator Stabenow on current issues, especially as they impact women. PWA is to be congratulated for providing this forum for engaged citizens to reflect on the contentious issues dividing our country and recommit to forging progressive solutions that can reshape public policy.”





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