WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the below statement following President Biden’s second State of the Union Address:
“Under President Biden’s leadership and with a Democratic majority in Congress, we’ve delivered results. From creating good-paying jobs to investing in domestic manufacturing, rebuilding our roads and bridges, lowering energy costs for families and prescription drug prices for seniors, taking historic action to tackle climate change, expanding benefits for toxic-exposed veterans and their survivors, and working to strengthen our national security, we’ve made real progress on issues important to Michiganders. As the President laid out, working together, we can build on these efforts – and I’ll keep fighting for Michigan every step of the way.”
Peters’ guest for the State of the Union was Michigan Air Force veteran Kevin Hensley. After operating open air burn pits during his deployments in the Middle East, Hensley was diagnosed with a terminal lung disease. He worked with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to advocate for the passage of the PACT Act, which was signed into law last year with Peters’ support and now provides expanded health care benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals during their service.