Press Releases

10.13.21

Peters Statement on Passing of Representative Dale Kildee

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement following the passing of former U.S. Representative Dale Kildee: "Congressman Dale Kildee was a champion for Michigan workers and families. Throughout his prestigious career in Congress, he never forgot where he came from: Flint, Michigan. Each and every day, he fought for our state's autoworkers and so that everyone had an opportunity not just to get by - but to get ahead. "I was honored to serve in the House with Co… Continue Reading


10.13.21

Peters Statement on Reopening of Northern Border to Vaccinated Travelers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced they will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the United States through land ports of entry: "I'm pleased that President Biden has put forward a public plan that will safely reopen northern land ports of entry to vaccinated travelers. There is no question travel restrictions at our Northern Border have caused… Continue Reading


10.12.21

As Part of Ongoing Domestic Terrorism and January 6 Investigations, Peters Presses TikTok, DHS and FBI for Information on Efforts to Identify and Prevent Spread of Extremist Content Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following previous letters to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on the rise in violent extremist content on their platforms, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing the Chief Executive Officer of TikTok for more information regarding the company's policies to monitor and remove extremist and conspiracy content that advocates violence. Peters also asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Fede… Continue Reading


10.08.21

Peters Joins President Biden at White House for Signing of His Bipartisan Bill to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country has been signed into law. Chairman Peters joined President Biden at the White House for the bill signing. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family re… Continue Reading


10.08.21

Peters Applauds Selection of Michigan for New National Guard Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the National Guard approved the stationing of a new Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Battalion in Michigan. This new battalion will expand the Michigan National Guard's intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare capabilities. The activation of the battalion will occur in Fiscal Year 2026 and a specific location within Michigan is… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Peters Leads Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Designating October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led a bipartisan group of his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating October 2021 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The resolution recognizes the grave threat cyber-attacks, including ransomware attacks, pose to our national security and highlights simple steps individuals and businesses can take to protect their networks. U.S. Senators Bill Ca… Continue Reading


10.06.21

Peters Bipartisan Bills Strengthening Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two bipartisan bills authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) requiring 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, have advanced in the Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bi… Continue Reading


10.06.21

U.S. Senators Peters and Stabenow Introduce Michigan Judicial Nominees in Senate Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON-Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced Judge Shalina Kumar and Judge Jane Beckering to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing considering their nominations to be federal judges in Michigan. On June 30, President Biden nominated Judge Kumar and Judge Beckering to serve as U.S. District Court judges for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan, respectively. A video of the hearing can be found here. If Judge Shalina Kumar is confi… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Peters and Portman Seek Firsthand Accounts of Challenges to Secure PPE and other Medical Supplies in Early Months of COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of their ongoing oversight efforts of federal pandemic preparedness and the COVID-19 response, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are seeking firsthand accounts of efforts to secure personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during the first half of 2020. To help examine reports of fraud, exploitation, and faulty equipment and medical supplies, Peters and… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Peters Statement Ahead of President Biden’s Michigan Visit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of President Biden's Tuesday visit to Howell, Michigan. While there, President Biden is expected to highlight the importance of the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better bill that will make historic investments in Michigan. "I'm thrilled President Biden will be back in Michigan, and I welcome his visit to discuss how the build back better agenda will strengthen our econom… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Peters and Portman Release Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Federal Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released text of their bipartisan legislation that strengthens cybersecurity across the federal government, ensures that attacks on the networks of federal agencies and contractors are reported to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Congress in a timely manner, and clarifies CISA's roles and responsibiliti… Continue Reading


10.01.21

Senate Passes Peters, Kennedy Bipartisan Resolution Designating Patriot Week

WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. Senate late last night passed Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Kennedy's (R-LA) bipartisan resolution that declared September 11th through September 17th Patriot Week. Cofounded by Judge Michael Warren, Patriot Week was created to remember the lives lost on the September 11th terrorist attacks, honor Constitution Day on the 17th, and encourage students to engage with American history and civics. "Patriot Week offered everyone an opportunity to delve deeper into our … Continue Reading


10.01.21

Peters and Hassan Applaud Announcement of First Projects Funded by American Rescue Plan to Modernize Federal Information Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, applauded the announcement from the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) Board that they will distribute an initial $311 million to federal agencies to invest in projects that would secure federal networks, safeguard the sensitive personal information they store, and save taxpayer … Continue Reading


10.01.21

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Revamp Manufacturing.gov, Connect Manufacturers with Federal Resources Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI)'s bipartisan legislation to revamp the Manufacturing.gov website, which would serve as a one-stop hub to connect manufacturers with federal manufacturing programs and resources, passed the U.S. Senate late last night in advance of Manufacturing Day today. The bill, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), would also require the Department of Commerce to enable the website to collect feedback from manufactu… Continue Reading


10.01.21

Senate Passes Peters Bipartisan Bill to Better Predict Flooding and Protect Michiganders

DETROIT, MI - Late last night, the U.S. Senate passed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan bill that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System. The Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support (FLOODS) Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), would provide funding to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) ability to forecast floods, hurricanes and tornados and disperse relevant information to loc… Continue Reading


10.01.21

VIDEO: On Manufacturing Day, Peters Recognizes Michigan Manufacturers and Workers & Highlights Efforts to Strengthen Domestic Manufacturing

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released a video commemorating Manufacturing Day, which is today October 1st, and recognized Michigan manufacturers and workers: "I believe strongly that you can't be a great country if you don't actually make things," said Senator Peters, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "In the United States and in Michigan, our tradition of building things has transformed society across generations - and I'm working to make sure… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Video: Peters Convenes Hearing with Emergency Management Experts to Examine Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with disaster preparedness and response experts to hear how worsening natural disasters, including flooding, severe storms, and wildfires, continue to harm lives and livelihoods in Michigan and across the nation. Peters and the witnesses discussed how lawmakers can work to improve preparedness for and response to increasingly severe natural disasters, and s… Continue Reading


09.29.21

After Passing House, Peters Bipartisan Bill to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks Heads to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of his bipartisan legislation to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family records, medical histories, and employment information. The bill will help educatio… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $800,000 in Funding for Center For Family Health, Inc.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $839,438 in funding to support Center For Family Health, Inc. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. This funding comes f… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $3 Million in Funding for Arenac, Genesee, Isabella, and Saginaw County Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $3,606,521 in funding to support community health centers in Arenac, Genesee, Isabella, and Saginaw Counties. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, … Continue Reading

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