Press Releases

11.23.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Reduce Health Care Costs and Prevent Diabetes

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to lower health care costs and improve health outcomes for Americans at risk of developing diabetes. The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act, which was introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would extend Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services to individuals with pre-diabetes and risk factors for developing type-2 diabetes. Under current law, Medicare will only cover medical nutrit… Continue Reading


11.19.21

Peters Inducted into Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor

LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today was inducted into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor for his efforts to support our nation's veterans and military. "I am deeply humbled to be inducted alongside so many who have served our nation - and state - with honor and valor," said Senator Peters, former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate … Continue Reading


11.19.21

Peters, Stabenow, Tlaib Announce $10 Million in Federal Funding for New Center Intermodal Facility in Detroit

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) today announced that $10 million in federal funding will be awarded to develop the New Center Intermodal Facility in Detroit. This grant - which will be awarded to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) - will help develop a new intermodal facility with access to passenger rail, intercity buses, and transit services. This new facility will serve as a regional transportati… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Peters Named Legislator of the Year by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today was recognized by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) as Legislator of the Year for his work to promote commerce and support ports in the Great Lakes, as well as protect the Great Lakes. As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Peters has led efforts to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, protect th… Continue Reading


11.17.21

VIDEO: Peters Joins President Biden in Michigan to Highlight How Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Help Michiganders

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined President Biden during his visit to General Motors' Factory ZERO Plant to highlight how the bipartisan infrastructure law will support Michigan manufacturing and workers. Following the event, Peters released the following statement: "It was great having President Biden back in Michigan to see firsthand the future of American automotive manufacturing and discuss how the bipartisan infrastructure law will improve the way families move, live… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Peters-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Robocallers Advances in Senate

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today unanimously approved a bipartisan bill U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped introduce that would help limit the increasing number of invasive robocalls Michiganders receive on a daily basis. The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021 would increase the penalties for robocallers who use illegal caller-ID, or "spoofing", tactics in an attempt to trick potential victims into answering their phone calls. Th… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Peters Provisions to Strengthen Cybersecurity Signed Into Law as Part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Provisions secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to bolster our nation's cybersecurity defenses have been signed into law as a part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The provisions Peters secured provide $1 billion to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments deter attacks from malicious cyber actors and modernize systems to protect sensitive data, information, and public critical inf… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Peters’ $500 Million Provision to Help Michigan Communities Address Shoreline Erosion and Flooding Signed into Law as Part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $500 million provision secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to help communities address the impacts of natural disasters has been signed into law as a part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Peters secured the first funding for the loan program he created to help states establish revolving loan funds for local governments to carry out mitigation projects that reduce natural disaster risk. These … Continue Reading


11.15.21

Peters Attends White House Bill Signing of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Legislation Invests in Michigan Roads, Bridges, High-Speed Internet, Great Lakes and Mitigates Extreme Weather Events

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined President Biden at the White House today for the signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, which invests in Michigan infrastructure, including roads, bridges, high-speed internet, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes. Following the signing of the bill, Peters released the following statement: "Let's be clear: this bipartisan infrastructure bill will bolster our economy as we improve the way Michiganders move… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Peters Statement on the Release of Danny Fenster

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the release of Michigander Danny Fenster, a journalist who was unjustly detained in Burma: "At long last: Danny is coming home. This nightmare is finally over for Danny's family, friends and loved ones. Danny was doing incredible work telling the stories of the Burmese people - and his unjust detention was an attack on the freedom of the press. That's why I worked with Administration officials and Danny's f… Continue Reading


11.12.21

PHOTOS: In Grand Rapids, Peters Highlights $500 Million in Funding for STORM Act Loan Program to Protect Michigan Communities from Rising Water Levels and Coastal Erosion

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, viewed floodwalls along the Grand River and highlighted the $500 million he secured in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to fund a loan program he created to help communities like Grand Rapids invest in additional projects that will protect against severe flooding, rising water levels, and coastal erosion. This marks the first funding for the program created by Peters' Safegua… Continue Reading


11.10.21

Peters Commemorates Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a video commemorating Veterans Day. "Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the valiant sacrifices and patriotism of our nation's veterans," said Senator Peters. "We have an obligation to always remember these sacrifices and to continue supporting veterans and their families. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to thos… Continue Reading


11.09.21

Ahead of Veterans Day, Peters Announces Bipartisan Effort to Expedite Veteran Discharge Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced that he is leading a bipartisan effort to expedite the veteran discharge review process. In 2016, Peters authored and passed into law his Fairness for Veterans Act, which requires veteran discharge review boards to give liberal consideration to petitions for honorable discharge status if the servicemember has b… Continue Reading


11.08.21

Ahead of Veterans Day, Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Military Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of Veterans Day later this week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced he cosponsored legislation to help prevent suicide among servicemembers. The bipartisan Save Our Servicemembers (S.O.S.) Act - which is in response to a report revealing a 15% increase in military suicides in 2020 from the previous year - directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the effectiv… Continue Reading


11.06.21

After Passing House, Peters Provisions to Strengthen Cybersecurity in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Head to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Provisions secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to bolster our nation's cyber defenses have passed the House as a part of a bipartisan bill that would significantly upgrade our nation's infrastructure. The legislation passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. The provisions Peters secured would provide $1 billion to help state, local, tribal, and territ… Continue Reading


11.06.21

After Passing House, Peters’ $500 Million Provision in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Help Michigan Communities Address Shoreline Erosion and Flooding to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $500 million provision secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to help mitigate the impact of natural disasters has passed the House of Representatives as part of a bipartisan bill that would significantly upgrade our nation's infrastructure. The legislation passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. This is the first time funding has been secured for the… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Peters Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Repair Michigan Roads & Bridges, Expand High-Speed Internet & Protect the Great Lakes, Sending Bill to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today that will make vital investments in Michigan infrastructure, including in our roads and bridges, high-speed internet, the elimination of lead service lines, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes, all of which will strengthen our economy. Peters helped passed this bill that boosts our economic competitiveness out of the Senate in August… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Protect Privacy by Securing and Preventing Misuse of Data Collected By Artificial Intelligence Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to secure and protect information handled by federal contractors using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, such as biometric data from facial recognition scans, has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bill would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bill to Deliver Stability to Michigan Travel and Hospitality Economies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for convention, trade show, entertainment, travel, and hospitality industries and its workers in Michigan. The Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act would extend and establish tax credits that would help these industries retain workers, recover lost jobs due to the pandemic and provide greater economic stability. "Michigan is home to many tourism destinatio… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Peters & Colleagues Introduce Amendment to Annual Defense Bill to Strengthen Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense authorization bill to require critical infrastructure owners and operators and civilian federal agencies to report to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) if they experience a cyber-attack, and most entities to report if they make a ransomware payment. The amendment is based on… Continue Reading

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