Stabenow appointed to chair of Senate Finance subcommittee

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced today that she has been appointed to serve as chair of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness.

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“This is a critical time for our economy, and it is critical that we have the right trade policies to open up new markets and help American businesses create jobs in our country,” Stabenow said. “Michigan is home to the busiest border crossings in North America, and we know the importance of exporting our products, not our jobs. This position gives Michigan a stronger voice in discussions about America's trade policies.”

Stabenow said the subcommittee has jurisdiction over issues critical to Michigan, including increasing international trade to increase exports, cracking down on anti-competitive trade policies like currency manipulation, addressing customs issues to improve the flow of goods across our borders, and keeping counterfeit goods out of the United States.

Stabenow previously served as chair of the committee's Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure.

Stabenow also has been named to the Joint Committee on Taxation, an independent committee responsible for investigating various aspects of the federal tax system and preparing official revenue estimates of legislation before Congress.

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