Press Releases

09.16.21

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce Extension of Health Care Coverage for Flint Children, Pregnant Women

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Biden Administration will extend Medicaid eligibility for thousands of pregnant women and children in Flint. This announcement follows years of work by the three lawmakers to bring health care to Flint residents to address the long-term health impacts of lead exposure. In 2016, Peters, Stabenow and Kildee secured expanded Medicaid eligibility for Flint chil… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce $19,350 in Funding for Comstock Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $19,350 in federal funding has been awarded to Comstock Township to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "It is important that our fire departments have the resources to continue serving their communities safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate … Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce $41,500 in Funding for Keweenaw Bay Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $41,500 in federal funding has been awarded to the Keweenaw Bay Fire Department to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "It is important that our fire departments have the resources to attract and retain staff to ensure they can serve families and businesses," said Senator … Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $4,447,000 in Funding for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $4,447,072 in federal funding has been awarded to three fire departments in Southeast Michigan to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The following municipalities will receive funding: Huron Township: $656,800 Oakland County Fire Authority: $541,944 Shelby Township: $3… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce $1,468,390 in Funding for Jackson Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $1,468,390 in federal funding has been awarded to the City of Jackson's fire department to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "It is important that our fire departments have the resources to attract and retain personnel to continue serving their communities safely and eff… Continue Reading


09.10.21

VIDEO: Peters Statement Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee - who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve including volunteering again after 9/11 - released the following statement in advance of Saturday's 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Twenty years ago, a devastating attack against our country took 2,977 lives and shook the American people to our core. From the fearle… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $425,000 in Funding for Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $424,791 in federal funding has been awarded to the Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, which represents fire departments across northern Michigan. The grant will be used to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "It is important that our fire departments have the reso… Continue Reading


09.10.21

Peters Presses for Resources to Address Port Congestion in Great Lakes in Upcoming Build Back Better Bill

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is leading a group of Senators in calling on Congressional leadership to provide at least $2.5 billion in funding to address port congestion through the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) in the upcoming Build Back Better bill. This funding is critical to the success of the Great Lakes ports, which are a major economic engine in the region and… Continue Reading


09.09.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce $125 Million in Federal Funding to Spur Economic Growth, Increase Access to Capital

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has awarded $125 million in total funding to Michigan to spur investment and economic growth in low-income urban and rural communities across the state. Cinnaire New Markets LLC will receive $60 million, while Michigan Community Capital will receive $65 million through the New Markets Tax Credit Program. "The CDFI Fu… Continue Reading


09.08.21

PHOTOS: In Oak Park, Peters Highlights New Program that Will Help Michigan Communities Protect Against Severe Flooding and Rising Water Levels

OAK PARK, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today toured Shepherd Park in Oak Park to see firsthand how recent flooding has impacted surrounding homes, the community, and the local economy. Peters highlighted $500 million in funding he secured in the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, which would be used to help states establish revolving loan programs for local governments to carry out mitigation projects that reduce natura… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Peters, Stabenow Urge Administration to Approve Request for Emergency Highway Funding After Severe Flooding in Michigan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to approve the State of Michigan's request for emergency funding after severe weather in June caused catastrophic flooding and other impacts in Wayne, Washtenaw, Huron, and Ionia counties. In their letter, the senators expressed their support for the Michigan Department of Transportation's request seeking $1.7 million to repair federal-aid highways in the affected areas, as… Continue Reading


09.03.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $182,000 in Funding for Mercy EMS in Calumet

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that Mercy EMS in Calumet will receive $182,133 in federal funding to improve operations and safety. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. "It is critical that first responders have up-to-date equipment to continue doing their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental… Continue Reading


09.03.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $73,000 in Funding for Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning will receive $73,670 in federal funding to improve operations and safety. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. "It is critical that first responders have up-to-date equipment to continue doing their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security a… Continue Reading


09.03.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $680,000 in Funding for Long Lake Township Fire-Rescue, Charlton Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that Long Lake Township Fire-Rescue and the Charlton Township Fire Department will receive federal funding to improve operations and safety. Long Lake Township Fire-Rescue will receive $598,181 for self-containing breathing apparatuses and air supply equipment to provide assistance for communities across Grand Traverse County, and the Charlton Township Fire Department will receive $82,428. This funding comes from the… Continue Reading


09.03.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $156,000 in Funding for Clinton Area Ambulance Service Authority, Meridian Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that the Clinton Area Ambulance Service Authority and Meridian Township Fire Department will receive federal funding to improve operations and safety. Clinton Area Ambulance Service Authority will receive $112,454 for new ambulance load systems, and the Meridian Township Fire Department will receive $43,819. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AF… Continue Reading


09.03.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $209,000 in Funding for Wayland Area Ambulance Service, Comstock Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that the Wayland Area Ambulance Service and Comstock Township Fire Department will receive federal funding to improve operations and safety. The Wayland Area Ambulance Service will receive $174,615 to replace outdated equipment, and the Comstock Township Fire Department will receive $34,870. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. "I… Continue Reading


09.02.21

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Urge Air Force to Comprehensively Address PFAS Contamination, Meet Michigan Standards Near Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) urged the U.S. Air Force to take more significant steps to address PFAS contamination in Van Etten Lake near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. In their letter, the members expressed their concerns that the Air Force's proposed remediation plan fails to comprehensively address PFAS contamination by only covering part of the plume in question. They additionally called on the Air Forc… Continue Reading


09.02.21

Peters & Stabenow Urge President Biden to Authorize Additional Disaster Assistance Resources for Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) are calling on President Biden to grant an updated request from Governor Whitmer to provide additional assistance for communities in Southeast Michigan that are still recovering from severe flooding that occurred in late June. President Biden previously approved a Major Disaster declaration for Washtenaw and Wayne Counties, but additional damage assess… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and a bipartisan group of Senators are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism - especially those who served in Afghanistan - to provide them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports find calls to veterans' suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Kabul earlier this month. "We write in light of the recent events in Afghani… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Peters & Portman Urge FEMA to Provide Increased Clarity to Disaster Victims on Eligibility for Federal Assistance

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, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to clearly communicate with victims of disasters on their eligibility for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides assistance to individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses. In a letter to FEMA Adminis… Continue Reading

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