Standing Up For Agriculture and Rural Communities

Gary is a tireless advocate for Michigan’s farming and rural communities. He led the way to help protect our farmers from unfair foreign trade practices. In the Senate, he introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure our laws are enforced and that Michigan farmers — especially our cherry growers — are not disadvantaged by unfair trade practices. 

He has also supported renegotiating unfair trade deals like NAFTA, and he fought to improve and voted for the bipartisan USMCA to help level the playing field for our farmers, workers and businesses. As the leading Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, Gary fought hard to pass bipartisan legislation into law to hire hundreds of agricultural inspectors at our borders to stop contaminated products from entering and protect Michigan’s marketplace and our nation’s food supply. 

When it comes to supporting those who live in our rural communities, Gary knows you can’t leave anyone behind. That’s why he’s working to expand broadband internet access to support telehealth, remote learning and precision agriculture. Given that so many rural Michiganders rely on the vital services the US Postal Service provides, Gary has led the fight to maintain the service’s funding, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.