Category Archives: Federal Government

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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Utah Senator Oren Hatch on Donald Trump

Trump Birch Run Press Conference 2Utah U-S Senator Oren Hatch told Michigan’s Republicans to vote for Donald Trump in November … because he says the alternative for president “couldn’t be worse.”

Hatch spoke to the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention this morning.

“The reason we got to win this presidency is because the next president is going to have three to five members of the United States Supreme Court to nominate. And I can’t begin to tell you if it’s Hillary Clinton, we will be set back for well into a couple of generations.”

Hatch also spoke about his admiration for Michigan’s Paul Ryan…..referring to the Speaker of the House, who’s actually from Wisconsin.

An aide says the 82 year old Senator “misspoke.”

U.S Department of Justice aiming to prevent oil spills

DSC02249The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice aim to prevent future oil spills through a settlement with Enbridge Energy. Enbridge has agreed to pay out 177 million dollars for oil spills in the Kalamazoo River and Romeoville, Illinois.

Christie urges Republicans to get behind Trump

Trump0304-fotoMichigan’s delegates to the Republican National Convention cheered a former rival to Donald Trump….when he called for all Republicans to back the presumptive G-O-P presidential nominee.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was an hour late getting to the Michigan delegation meeting. But his message to the delegates was spot on time…and in tune with the sentiment with most in the room…

“If you’re a Republican, and you have voted for Republican nominees for president, and you’re not working for Donald Trump….you’re working for Hillary. That’s the bottom line.”

The delegation will hear from one of those other Republicans tomorrow [Tuesday].

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak to Michigan’s delegates…but he does not plan on attending the convention in Cleveland.

Disclosures reveal private wealth is being funneled into congressional races

THREE 100 DOLLAR ROLLSDisclosures released last week reveal congressional candidates in two primary races have spent a combined one million dollars of personal wealth on their campaigns just last quarter.

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Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the US House for stricter gun laws

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Democrats on the house floor in Washington D.C. staged a sit-in on Wednesday to push a vote on stricter gun laws.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee from Flint joined the sit in. He said his democratic colleagues simply want a vote. Continue reading

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set