As someone who has lived in Michigan all her life, Debbie understands that our Great Lakes and waterways are vital to our economy and our Michigan way of life.
The first bill she passed into law as a U.S. Senator was a ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. She is the author of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that has been successful in cleaning up our lakes, waterways, and beaches so Michigan families and visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. When President Trump threatened to zero out this program’s funding in his budget, Debbie led the fight to restore these critical funds. And she authored and passed the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act to require the federal government to take quicker action to stop the spread of Asian carp – a serious threat to our Great Lakes and over 700,000 Michigan jobs. She is also leading the on-going effort to stop Canada from building a nuclear waste site off the shores of Lake Huron.
As the leader of Michigan’s Congressional delegation and as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Debbie continues to bring together community leaders and stakeholders to find solutions to the difficult challenges facing our Great Lakes. She believes that our only chance to protect the Great Lakes for the next generation will be for this generation to act.