Press Releases

09.26.20

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement regarding President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court: "The Supreme Court's rulings have a profound impact on the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders and all Americans. Soon it will hear the lawsuit pushed by the Trump Administration to end health protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This could return us to the days when insurance companies called the shots on health c… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Peters Statement on President Trump’s Health Care Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after President Trump's health care speech: "Let's be very clear: President Trump and his Administration is still pushing a lawsuit - which is set to be considered before the Supreme Court this fall - that would end health protections for Michiganders and Americans with pre-existing conditions and raise health care costs. The reckless lawsuit seeking to overturn the health care law would mean being a woman cou… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $25.3 Million Federal Grant for Mid-Michigan Flooding Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $25,363,228 for reconstruction of roads damaged by the dam failure and catastrophic flooding that happened in Midland County and surrounding areas in May this year. Supported by Peters and Stabenow, Governor Whitmer requested and received an emergency disaster declaration. As a result, Michigan became eligible for the federal grant targeting … Continue Reading


09.24.20

Peters’ Bipartisan BRAVE Act to Improve Burial Services for Veterans Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for passing his bipartisan legislation to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Peters' Burial Rights for America's Veterans' Efforts (BRAVE) Act, which he introduced with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), would update the current burial benefit to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away.… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Peters Floor Remarks on Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy, the Stakes with the Supreme Court Vacancy & Need for Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief for Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discuss what's at stake for Michiganders and Americans with this vacancy. During his remarks, Peters highlighted how Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer, brilliant jurist and historical giant, who blazed a trail for people from all walks of life. He also emphasized that - with less than six weeks until Election Day - Michiganders deserve to have their voices hea… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Peters Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Extend Key 2020 Census Deadlines, Ensure All Michiganders Get Counted

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cosponsored a bipartisan bill that would extend two key deadlines for the 2020 Census by four months and require the Census Bureau to continue field operations through October 31, 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic caused significant delays to census operations, and the U.S. Census Bureau requested Congress extend the deadlines. Without the additional time provided by the ext… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Icebreaking Capacity in the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Peters (MI) introduced the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, bipartisan legislation that will codify the U.S. Coast Guard's icebreaking mission on the Great Lakes and increase the icebreaking capacity of the Great Lakes fleet. Icebreaking is critical for commerce in the Great Lakes, and increasing icebreaking capacity will help the many businesses and workers that rely on the maritime industry to transport their goods to market and grow our regional economy. Peters i… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $15.5 Million in Federal Funding for Pedestrian Safety Crossings Along Michigan Line Rail Corridor

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $15,619,365 to complete infrastructure improvements for pedestrian rail crossings along the Michigan Line between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. Over the past four years, 12 pedestrians have been struck by trains along the Michigan Line, in addition to many near-misses. MDOT's project will improve rail crossing safety and help prevent trespassing at… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Push to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable During Pandemic as Part of Bipartisan Senate Effort

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) called on the Trump Administration - with a bipartisan group of Senators - to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for undermining programs for safety net health providers during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators and their colleagues pressed the Department to penalize companies that set prices at levels higher than permitted by… Continue Reading


09.19.20

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement about the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court: "With a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the stakes for Michigan families couldn't be higher: health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Roe v. Wade and women's health care, civil rights, voting rights, and workers' rights are on the line. Acting on a lifetime appointment to our nation's highest court with 45 days until Election Day would further divide the Sen… Continue Reading


09.18.20

Peters, Wicker Bipartisan Bill to Establish National Integrated Flood Information System Advances in Senate

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this week advanced U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System. The Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support (FLOODS) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), would specifically provide funding to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) ability to forecast floods, hurr… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Peters Statement on Court Ruling Blocking Postmaster General DeJoy’s Changes that Caused Harmful Mail Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the ruling by a Federal Judge blocking Postal Service changes directed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that slowed mail: "I applaud today's ruling which reaffirms what I uncovered in my recent investigative report - that Postmaster General DeJoy's changes were directly responsible for slowing down the mail for seniors, veter… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $113,000 in Federal Funding for Applegate, Adrian Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Applegate Volunteer Fire Department will receive $90,476 for vehicle acquisition and the Adrian Fire Department will receive $22,727 in federal funding for operations and safety purposes. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Ensuring that first responders can do their jobs safely and effectively is essential to Coronavi… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Senate Passes Peters, Kennedy Bipartisan Resolution Designating Patriot Week

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate yesterday passed U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Kennedy's (R-LA) bipartisan resolution designating September 11th through September 17th as Patriot Week. Cofounded by Judge Michael Warren of Oakland County, Michigan, Patriot Week would honor the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, celebrate Constitution Day on the 17th and encourage students to delve deeper into American history. "Patriot Week is an important way to encourage everyone to … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Peters Calls for Senate to Pass Legislation to Stand by Michigan Workers, Bolster Multiemployer Pension Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) called on the Senate to support Michigan workers by bolstering the multiemployer pension program. Peters highlighted that the newly released Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) report projects that the deficit from the PBGC's multiemployer pension insurance program is expected to expand approximately $17.1 billion by 2030. The report underscores the immediate need for Congress to pass legislation that provide financial security for all wor… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Two More Peters Bills Headed to President to be Signed into Law, Building on Peters’ Record of Bipartisanship & Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives passed two more bills written by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week that are headed to the President's desk, building on Peters' strong record of bipartisanship and effectiveness. Once signed into law, the legislation passed this week - the bipartisan CHARGE Act and bipartisan PROSWIFT Act - would mark six standalone Peters bills signed into law under President Trump-the most of any Democratic senator in his presidency. Despite serving in h… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Peters Releases New Investigative Report Detailing Harmful Impacts of Nationwide Mail Delays following Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Reckless Changes to the Postal Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report detailing the results of his investigation into how operational changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS) ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy resulted in compromised service and serious harm for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail. The report determined that delays increase… Continue Reading


09.16.20

House Passes Peters Bipartisan Bill to Predict & Mitigate Space Weather Threats, Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan bill to strengthen the nation's ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. Having passed the full Senate this past July, the bipartisan bill that Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. Peters partnered with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) to pas… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1,700,000 Million in Support for the Sterling Heights Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Sterling Heights Fire Department will receive $ 1,766,993 in federal funding to hire new staff. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Ensuring that first responders across Michigan can do their jobs safely and effectively is not only essential to protecting our communities, but also integral to front… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters Presses for PFAS Federal Funding & Support in Upcoming Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) urged robust federal funding and support in upcoming government funding legislation to help combat the ongoing PFAS crisis in Michigan and across the country. In a letter to Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, Peters, along with his Senate colleagues, highlighted PFAS cleanup efforts, preventative treatments and research projects that are critical ahead of government funding legislation for fiscal year (F… Continue Reading

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