Press Releases

12.10.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Update Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes is headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. The legislation, which he introduced with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), requires the Great Lakes Region ESI maps to be updated for the first time in over two decades, joining maps for the East coast, West coast, and Gulf coast that have been updated more recently. Companion legislation was led… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Peters Calls for Increased Funding to Help Protect Houses of Worship from Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a bipartisan group of his colleagues called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) receives adequate funding to meet the needs of houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations that want to help secure their facilities against potential terrorist attacks. In recent years, there have been a significant num… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Senate Passes Peters Bipartisan Bill to Help Great Lakes Communities Address Rising Water Levels, Shoreline Erosion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has passed the Senate to address rising water levels and shoreline erosion. Introduced earlier this year, the bill would provide support for local communities facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding that have put homes, property, and our communities at risk, and caused millions of dollars in damages. U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Peters Statement Following Meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director-Designate Neera Tanden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with President-elect Joe Biden's Office of Management and Budget Director-Designate Neera Tanden to discuss issues faced by working families in Michigan and across the nation: "Families in Michigan and across the country are facing trying circumstances brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, and they need Congress and the inco… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Peters Statement on President-elect Biden’s Secretary of Defense Designate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement that he plans to nominate retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense. "Our nation faces extraordinary challenges and a series of evolving security threats and we need a steady, experienced leader at the Department of Defense. As we move forward, the Department of Defense will play a critical role in… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Peters Presses Top Trump Administration Officials to Ensure Nation is Prepared for Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller for information on their preparations to meet the enormous challenge of coordinating the wide distribution of Coronavirus vaccines to Michiganders and all Americans once cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "I write to ensure our nation is prepare… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Peters Statement on President-elect Biden’s Announced Health Care Team

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement of key nominations and appointments for his health team: "We're in the middle of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. This pandemic has taken the lives of thousands of Michiganders and Americans and continues to rage through daily life - posing a threat to everyone. We need experienced, dedicated leadership ready to hit the ground running on day one to… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Peters Supported Measures to Provide Servicemembers a Pay Raise, Strengthen National Security & Michigan’s Defense Sector in Final National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who helped negotiate the final national defense bill, today highlighted provisions in it that will benefit servicemembers and their families, support Michigan's defense sector and strengthen our national security. It includes a pay raise for our men and women in uniform and Peters-led provisions to strengthen the medical supply chain and increase support for missile defense. The National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy for the Departme… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Peters Applauds House Passage of His Bipartisan Bill to Update Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded House passage of his bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes. The legislation, which he introduced with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), passed the Senate earlier this month and companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and David Joyce (OH-14). This bill require… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Peters Meets with Intended Homeland Security Secretary Nominee Alejandro Mayorkas to Discuss Michigan and National Security Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, met with President-Elect Joe Biden's intended nominee for United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to discuss the security priorities of Michiganders and the American people. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: "As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I am committed to strengthenin… Continue Reading


11.24.20

Peters and Colleagues Introduce Bill to Address PPE Shortages Facing Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped introduce the Protect Our Heroes Act of 2020, a bill that will increase the domestic production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 masks and improve the transparency of the supply and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "Providing personal protective equipment to frontline workers like doctors, nurses, … Continue Reading


11.23.20

Peters Statement on GSA Releasing Transition Resources to President-Elect Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy informed President-elect Biden that the agency is making transition resources available: "While I am glad that the President-Elect now has access to critical transition resources, this delay has created unnecessary risks to our national security and pandemic respons… Continue Reading


11.23.20

Peters Statement on General Motors Withdrawing from Emissions Lawsuit

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on General Motors (GM) withdrawing from a lawsuit spearheaded by the Trump Administration regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: "It is critical that the American auto industry wins the global race to own the 21st century car market. Today's announcement from General Motors is a welcome step towards ensuring that - working together - we can meaningfully address climate change while putting… Continue Reading


11.23.20

Peters Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Decision to Nominate Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President-Elect Biden announced he will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security: "Our nation faces persistent threats, both longstanding and new, including foreign and domestic terrorism, natural disasters, cyber-attacks, and now a pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security plays a critical role i… Continue Reading


11.20.20

Eleven Peters Bills Have Now Passed the Senate This Congress, Most for Any Senator in Either Party

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Senate this week unanimously approved yet another bill authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI). The legislation - which will support veterans and their caregivers - marks the 11th standalone Peters bill that has passed the Senate this Congress. Earlier this week, Peters' tenth bill passed the Senate. Despite serving in his first term and in the minority, Peters has passed more bills than any Senator through the Senate this Congress, Republican or Democrat. Peters also ha… Continue Reading


11.20.20

Peters Slams Administration for Lack of Action Against Foreign Adversaries Over Coronavirus Vaccine Research Hacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, slammed the Trump Administration for their lack of action against foreign adversaries, including Russia, China, and North Korea, that have sponsored cyber-attacks against American hospitals and research institutions in an effort to steal information related to development of Coronavirus vaccines. Peters' letter comes after President Trump fired senior cybersecurity… Continue Reading


11.19.20

Peters & Colleagues Call On GSA Administrator to End Unprecedented Delay & Provide Critical Transition Resources to President-Elect Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led his colleagues in calling on General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy to end her unprecedented delay, immediately ascertain Vice President Joe Biden as President-elect and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect, and make available the transition resources that are provided by law. This delay creates unacceptable risks to national securit… Continue Reading


11.19.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill Supporting Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to bolster the public-private partnerships providing critical support and guidance to small and medium sized manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Helping Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19 Act of 2020, which Peters introduced earlier this year with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), would specifically grant MEP centers throughout the country … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Peters Calls on GAO to Identify Strategies to Eliminate Discrimination in Travel Screenings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine ways to eliminate discrimination in travel screenings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Several of Peters' constituents in Michigan, including individuals from the Muslim and Arab American communities, have shared reports of potentially … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Caregiver Program Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Gary Peters (MI) to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program. This marks Peters' 11th bill that he has passed through the Senate since 2019, the most of any Senator from either party. According to reports, caregivers and veterans were arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018… Continue Reading

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