Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Michigan Senator Details Issues Important to Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Michigan Senator Details Issues Important to Cities

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) outlined the issues deemed priorities by the Democratic leadership in the Senate, and by many cities in America.

Education, homeland security, economic recovery and jobs topped the two-term Senator's list as she addressed delegates to the Congressional City Conference during the closing general session on Monday, March 8.

"As a former county supervisor, I understand what its like to operate under the laws and mandates passed by the federal government. It's not enough to put forward a statement of goals if you're not going to fund it or provide the flexibility to run it to local communities," Stabenow said.

On education, Stabenow said the Bush Administration and Congress must keep their promises and fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"No Child Left Behind was a promise by Congress and the White House to work with you, local communities and schools, to meet all children's needs," said Stabenow. "Three years later and you and your schools have been left footing the bill.

"President Bush has proposed deep cuts to programs that have proven track records. This year's education budget is $9.4 billion below what was stated in the original law (NCLB)," Stabenow said. "If we were to meet the federal mandates of NCLB and IDEA we would go a long way to helping our schools and your communities."

For homeland security, Stabenow said the federal government must do more to get funding to first responders, promote interoperable communications and secure the nation's borders. …

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