Q&A: Stabenow on divisive politics, Detroit plans

Debbie Stabenow

Passing legislation in Congress is difficult, but U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says it's "a whole lot more fun than spinning your wheels."

The Michigan Democrat shepherded the sweeping agriculture spending bill through Congress and is helping to craft the party's playbook for the November midterm elections.

She told The Associated Press she was able to pass the farm bill by "listening to what people's interests were" and "trying to find common ground." She says more visible legislation to raise the minimum wage or combat pay disparities for women will pass after the public has held candidates accountable in the elections.

Stabenow says she is concerned for Detroit pensioners. She praises the Obama administration's support for Detroit and says she is working to secure funding for urban agriculture and small businesses.