Press Releases

10.26.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $15.6 Million Federal Grant for Michigan Rail Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $15.6 million in federal funding to rehabilitate railroad tracks, replace over 16 miles of rail and enhance track crossing protections in the corridor between Ypsilanti and Jackson. This federal grant comes from the Department of Transportation's Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program. "As communities across Michigan continue wo… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Peters Speaks on Senate Floor Opposing Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today spoke on the Senate floor opposing Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his remarks, Peters highlighted how over two million Michiganders have already voted and that Americans deserve to have a say in who nominates and confirms the next Justice to a lifetime appointment on our nation's highest court. He stressed the far-reaching consequences of the Supreme Court, including the health care lawsuit pushed by the T… Continue Reading


10.23.20

New Peters Report Presses Trump Administration to Take Immediate Action to Ensure Trusted, Safe, Effective Coronavirus Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a new report urging the Trump Administration to take immediate action to ensure eventual Coronavirus vaccines will be safe, effective, free and widely available to all Americans. Peters' report found that the Administration's political interference in vaccine development is eroding public trust in eventual vaccines, and that the Administration is falling short wi… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Sixth Peters Standalone Bill Signed Into Law Under President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - President Trump last night signed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' bipartisan PROSWIFT Act into law, marking the sixth standalone Peters bill that Trump has signed into law. Peters already had more of his bills signed by Trump than any other Senate Democrat, and this bill builds on that record of effectiveness and bipartisanship. Despite serving in his first term and in the minority, Peters also has: Passed through Congress and gotten eight standalone bills signed into law since he … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Predict & Mitigate Space Weather Threats Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the signing into law of his bipartisan bill to strengthen the nation's ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. Peters, who introduced the legislation with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), partnered with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) to pass this bill through the House - they had introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. With the … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters Statement on High PFAS Contamination Levels in Grand Traverse County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement regarding findings of elevated levels of PFAS contaminants in wells in Grand Traverse County: "I am very alarmed at reports of elevated PFAS levels in wells in Grand Traverse County. We've seen in communities across Michigan how PFAS contamination and exposure can have serious human health and environmental impacts. That's why we must do everything we can to mitigate exposure and remediate these harmful chem… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Trump Administration to Extend Health Insurance Enrollment Period for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today called on the Trump Administration to extend the health care enrollment period in order to provide Michiganders, including those without insurance, additional time to secure coverage. In their letter, the Senators requested that the upcoming enrollment period that begins November 1 be extended through the end of January 2021 - instead of through December 15 - to allow more Michiganders the opportunity to obtain qualit… Continue Reading


10.20.20

Peters Investigative Update Shows Persistent Delays of On-Time Mail Delivery, Including Increasing Delays in Detroit and Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released an investigative update with new U.S. Postal Service (USPS) data showing wide-spread fluctuations in on-time mail delivery, including recent and severe delays in the Detroit area. Peters' update shows that while on-time mail delivery has improved nationwide due to congressional pressure and court orders, delivery performance remains below levels prior to Postmast… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $300,000 to Support Rural Small Businesses in West and Southwest Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $338,525 in federal funding to support rural small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan. This funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program, which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill that Senator Stabenow authored. The Rural Business Development Grant … Continue Reading


10.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $100,000 to Support First Responders and Road Maintenance Workers in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $131,574 in federal funding to purchase equipment for first responders and road maintenance workers serving communities in the Upper Peninsula. These funds come from the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Impact Initiative Grant and Community Facility Disaster Grant programs, which were included in the 201… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Peters Presses for Strong PFAS Provisions in Final National Defense Bill

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) urged Congressional leadership to support funding for PFAS mitigation efforts in Michigan and throughout the country in the annual national defense bill. In a letter, Peters and 20 of his Senate colleagues highlighted the need to prioritize funding for numerous provisions that help mitigate and prevent PFAS contamination. While Peters helped ensure bipartisan provisions to support PFAS cleanup projects were passed through the Senate this past July, the… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Peters Releases Investigative Update Showing Postal Service On-Time Delivery Remains a Concern Despite Improvements Following Congressional Oversight

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released an investigative update with new U.S. Postal Service data showing that on-time mail delivery continues to be inconsistent, despite some improvements made by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in response to pressure from Congress, the public and federal courts. Peters' update shows that while on-time mail delivery improved following Congressional oversight efforts at the … Continue Reading


10.06.20

Peters Statement on President Trump Suspending COVID-19 Relief Negotiations Until After the Election

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on President Trump announcing that he is suspending negotiations on COVID-19 relief for Americans, including Michiganders, until after the November election: "The President's announcement that he is suspending negotiations on Coronavirus relief for Michigan is completely unacceptable. Michigan simply cannot wait. "I still stand ready to hammer out a comprehensive - and bipartisan - deal for Michigan families, wo… Continue Reading


10.02.20

Peters Commemorates Manufacturing Day, Recognizes Michigan Manufacturers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released a video commemorating Manufacturing Day, which is today October 2nd, and recognizing Michigan manufacturers and workers. "Here in Michigan we make things. It's simply in our DNA - whether it was building the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II or transforming mobility," said Senator Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation. "Shifting operations and maintaining staff during this unprecedented crisis has been extremely … Continue Reading


10.01.20

More Peters-Led Bills Have Been Signed Into Law Under President Trump Than Any Other Senate Democrat

WASHINGTON, DC - President Trump today signed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' bipartisan CHARGE Act into law, marking the fifth standalone Peters bill that Trump has signed into law - more than any other Senate Democrat during his presidency. A sixth Peters-led bill has also passed through Congress and awaits the President's signature. Despite serving in his first term and in the minority, Peters also has: Passed through Congress and sent eight standalone bills to the White House to be signed into … Continue Reading


10.01.20

House Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Provision to Protect Amateur & Olympic Athletes From Abuse, Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed sweeping bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse. The Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act - which U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped pass in the Senate - includes Peters' bipartisan amendments to ensure Olympic and amateur athletes can report abuse anonymously. This legislation was introduced following the findings of systemic … Continue Reading


10.01.20

Peters Leads Colleagues in Calling for Investigation into Political Interference with Coronavirus Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led 29 of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General calling for an immediate investigation into allegations of political interference with public health information at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The letter follows alarming reports of wid… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars on Federal Vehicles Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was signed into law by the President. The new law will help save taxpayer dollars by updating policies to help federal agencies adopt electric vehicles, which are more energy efficient than traditional gas-powered vehicles. The Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act (CHARGE Act), which Peters championed through the Senate last ye… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Peters Statement on Vote to Protect Michiganders with Pre-Existing Health Conditions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on his vote in favor of opening debate on legislation blocking the Department of Justice from supporting the health care lawsuit that's set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court the week of November 10th. The lawsuit would dismantle the health care law and end protections for Michiganders with pre-existing medical conditions: "The Trump Administration's relentless pushing of this lawsuit - that would harm… Continue Reading


09.28.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Public-Private Partnerships that Support Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bipartisan bill that would bolster the public-private partnerships providing critical support and guidance to small and medium sized manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Helping Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19 Act of 2020, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), would specifically grant MEP centers throughout the country federal funding to help carry out their mission of providing resources to help manuf… Continue Reading

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