Press Releases

04.06.20

Peters, Stabenow Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Trump Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. In a bipartisan letter signed by 41 of their colleagues, the Senators wrote to the Secretary of Agriculture - Sonny Perdue - urging permanent flexibility in Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and equitable access to credit during this peri… Continue Reading


04.05.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Administration to Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically. The Senators' letter follows t… Continue Reading


04.04.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Legislation to Make Older Children and Adult Dependents Eligible for COVID-19 Relief Payments

DETROIT, MI -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced legislation that would make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child will go to most taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers. The payments will phase… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Sens. Peters & Carper and Reps. Maloney & Connolly Press Trump Administration to Provide Urgently-Needed Funds to U.S. Postal Service during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Tom Carper (DE), and U.S Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) pressed the Trump Administration to quickly disburse a loan of up to $10 billion authorized by Congress in the most recent Coronavirus legislative package to address the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) immediate financial needs. The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting decline in economic activity have dramatically reduced the Postal Service's busi… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $2 Million in Funding for Mid-Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $2,857,209 in funding to help cities in Mid-Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "The unprecedented public health and economic challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic are hitting our commun… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $8 Million in Funding for West Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $8,596,660 in funding to help cities and counties in West Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through the Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "The unprecedented public health and economic challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic are… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $7 Million in Funding for Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $7,943,865 in funding to help cities and counties in Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "The unprecedented public health and economic challenges posed by t… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $53 Million in Funding for Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $53,823,765 in funding to help local governments in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "The unprecedented public health and e… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Peters Holds Telephone Town Halls with Michiganders on Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT, MI - This week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) held telephone town halls to provide an update on his efforts in the Senate to help Michiganders impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and to answer their questions. He discussed the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and resources available to workers, families, small businesses and medical professionals. The CARES Act included a number of Peters' efforts, including his Pandemic Unemployment Assistan… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Michigan Small Businesses & Non-Profits Can Begin Applying for Emergency Loans Peters Helped Secure in Coronavirus Relief Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that starting on Friday, April 3rd, small businesses and non-profits across Michigan can begin applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to cover payroll costs and other essential expenses. This comes after Peters worked in a bipartisan manner to increase funding for SBA 7(a) small business loans in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security (CARES) Act. Michiganders who are self-employed or identify… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Peters Reiterates Call for Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window as Part of Coronavirus Response

DETROIT, MI - As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket in Michigan, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reiterated his call for the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. He again urged for the Administration to establish a special enrollment period following a news report that the Administration will not re-open enrollment. Last month, Peters urged the … Continue Reading


04.01.20

Peters Urges Trump Administration to Supply Emergency Responders with Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged the Trump Administration to address the widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) that are affecting both health care providers in Michigan and across the country, as well as law enforcement and first responders. The Detroit Police Department has been hit especially hard by Coronavirus, resulting in the quarantine of over 22 percent of the force. Pet… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities Signed into Law

DETROIT, MI - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) was signed into law to allow more veterans to use their GI bill benefits toward securing a registered apprenticeship. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), was championed in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08). In Michigan alone, only a few hundred of the 1,000 registered apprenticeships listed … Continue Reading


03.30.20

Michigan Implements Expansion of Unemployment Assistance Following Peters’ Legislation Being Signed into Law

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed the State of Michigan's announcement today that it will expand unemployment assistance to Michigan workers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The expansion was made possible because of Peters' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, which was included in the federal, bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law last week. Peters' bill creates an unemployment compensation program to provide feder… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Peters to Hold Telephone Town Halls on Coronavirus Tuesday and Wednesday

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he will hold Telephone Town Halls on TUESDAY, MARCH 31st at 4:45 PM and on WEDNESDAY, April 1st at 4:45 PM to provide an update on his efforts in the Senate to help Michiganders impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and answer their questions. He will discuss the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and resource available to workers, families, small businesses and medical professionals. "As Michiganders … Continue Reading


03.27.20

Peters Delivers Weekly Democratic Address, Highlights Expansion of Unemployment Benefits, Significant Hospital Funding, Support for Small Businesses in 3rd Coronavirus Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered the Weekly Democratic Address, specifically highlighting efforts to ensure that the third Coronavirus package that passed the Senate included legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures to provide robust support for small businesses, and significantly more funding for hospitals and health care professionals during this crisis. The bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes Peters' Pandemi… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Third Coronavirus Package That Includes His Legislation to Significantly Expand Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) fought to significantly improve the latest package to address the Coronavirus pandemic and helped the Senate pass this bipartisan legislation. The third Coronavirus package includes Peters' legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures he pushed for to support small businesses, hospitals and health care professionals. Peter spoke about the legislation on the Senate floor Wednesday evening. The bill includes Peters' Pandemic Unemployment … Continue Reading


03.25.20

Peters Secures Expanded Unemployment Assistance in Third Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he secured inclusion of his legislation to expand unemployment assistance in the third Coronavirus package. This comes after Peters has worked tirelessly and pushed to expand unemployment benefits for Michiganders impacted by Coronavirus. Peters' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would create a temporary unemployment compensation program to provide federally funded benefits to people unable to work because of the Coronavirus. It w… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Peters Announces Proposal to Ensure Availability of Medical Supplies for Health Care Workers and Hospitals during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced a proposal to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 by ensuring the federal government is helping our nation's public health system prepare to handle an influx of patients. The need for sufficient personal protective equipment and medical supplies, protections for health care providers, and enough hospital beds for sick patients is critical during this pan… Continue Reading


03.21.20

Peters & Murray Press Trump Administration to Report Key Metrics on Tests and Equipment in Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, called on the Trump Administration to publicly report to Congress and the American people a list of critical metrics on the COVID-19 response. Peters and Murray are requesting the Administration make information about nationwide testing capacity, hospital bed space, person… Continue Reading

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