Press Releases

02.14.19

Senate Passes Peters-Stabenow's Legislation Supporting MotorCities National Heritage Area

Washington D.C. - This week, the Senate passed legislation by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to support the MotorCities National Heritage Area in Southeast Michigan. The Preserving the MotorCities Heritage Act, which passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act, will increase the authorized funding cap for the area from $10 million to $12 million through 2021. Without this increase, the MotorCities National Heritage area would have soon been ineligible to r… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Peters Statement on EPA’s PFAS Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the agency's Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Action Plan: "This plan falls far short of the commitments promised by EPA leadership a year ago. We know PFAS contamination can have devastating health impacts - and Michigan families across the state that have bee… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Peters Joins Stabenow to Introduce Medicare at 50 Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that he is an original cosponsor to legislation introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to allow people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old to buy into Medicare. The Medicare at 50 Act would provide another health care option for millions of Americans approaching retirement, many of whom are forced to retire early due to layoffs and face increasing health care needs. "Providing anyone age 50 or older the option to buy i… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Peters, Portman, Stabenow, Duckworth Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Great Lakes Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. Despite holding one-fifth of… Continue Reading


02.11.19

Peters Sponsors Bill to Protect Integrity of 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that he has joined his Senate colleagues in cosponsoring legislation that would protect the integrity of the 2020 Census by requiring any proposed changes to the count be properly studied, researched and tested by the Census Bureau. "Any significant changes to the decennial census must be properly researched and vetted to ensure that taxpayer dollars… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Peters Statement on Passing of John D. Dingell

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the passing of former Dean of the House of Representatives John D. Dingell: "Chairman Dingell was a true statesman: he embodied the values, spirit and dedication that all public servants should aspire to have. He was a mentor to me and countless others who sought to give back to their communities. I will never forget his wise counsel as I learned my way around Congress. "Chairman Dingell will always be with us b… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Peters Receives Air Force Response to Letter on PFAS Cleanup Surrounding Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today received a response from Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in response to a letter Peters sent last week regarding the agency's cooperation with the State of Michigan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County. In the Air Force's letter, Secretary Wilson assured Peters that the Air Force will continue to work with the State of Michigan, and that Assistant Sec… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Peters, Stabenow Announce $19.2 Million for Flash Flooding Recovery Efforts in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a grant totaling $19.2 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for disaster recovery projects in Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee Counties. The fundingwill be used to repair highways and roads that were significantly damaged as a result of th… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced in August 2018 in the wake of Franklin's passing. The Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act would honor Franklin's role in shapin… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Peters Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after President Trump delivered his State of the Union address: "Moving forward, I hope that Democrats and Republicans will work together on several critical issues: growing our economy in a way that helps Michigan workers and families, repairing and modernizing our crumbling infrastructure, and securing our nation's Northern and Southern borders in the most efficient and cost-effective way. I'm also committed to help… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Peters, Stabenow Announce Funding to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, today announced seven school-based health centers in Michigan will receive $696,861 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resouces and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding will increase access to mental health, substance abuse and childhood obesity-related services in school-based health centers. The centers receiving funding are:… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Incoming President of GVSU to be Peters’ Guest for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Dr. Philomena Mantella, who was unanimously elected last month by the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Board of Trustees to be the institution's next president, will be his guest at President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5. Dr. Mantella will be GVSU's fifth president in its history and its first female president. "I'm excited to work with Dr. Mantella to build on all the amazing things being done … Continue Reading


02.01.19

Peters Statement Honoring Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement honoring the celebration of Black History Month, which begins today: "As we recognize this year's Black History Month, let us celebrate the contributions African Americans have made in every aspect of our society. From innovators and entrepreneurs to scientists and activists, African Americans have played an important role in the American story. "Black history is woven into the fabric of America. It tells the sto… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Peters Urges Air Force Cooperation with the State of Michigan on PFAS Cleanup Efforts Surrounding Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to cooperate with the State of Michigan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) decontamination efforts in the area surrounding the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County, Michigan. In a letter to Secretary Wilson, Peters also invited her and Assistant Secretary John Henderson to meet with community mem… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Peters Sponsors Bill to Prevent Future Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that he has co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal funding will not lapse in the absence of appropriations being signed into law. He highlighted the legislation following the recent partial federal government that lasted 35 days and as another funding deadline looms February 15. The bill would automatically renew government spending levels at the … Continue Reading


01.23.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Improve Health Services for Servicemembers Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced he has joined his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation to protect veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their service. The Burn Pits Accountability Act would require that servicemembers be assessed for exposure to open toxic burn pits as part of their routine health exams. Burn pits were frequently used on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn waste, including plastics,… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Peters to Serve as Ranking Member on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The committee is responsible for policies and programs related to technology-based research and development, special operations, intelligence, counter-terrorism, and homeland security. This new position comes as groundbreaking research on autonomous vehicles takes place in Michigan and Michi… Continue Reading


01.21.19

Peters Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "As we honor Dr. King on this day with community service, let us remember how much he and his family sacrificed in the struggle for justice. One of the greatest lessons Dr. King taught us was that our country is at its strongest when we are united as one. In today's uncertain times, it is critical - now more than ever - that we uphold Dr. King's legacy of bridging gaps.… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Senators Peters and Stabenow Request Update from Army Corps on Plans to Divert Money from Soo Locks, Other Michigan Infrastructure Priorities to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following news reports that President Trump is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to identify funds that could be used for construction of a border wall, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, wrote to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to request an update on any intentions to reallocate funds away from the Soo Locks and other Michigan infrastructu… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he has joined his colleagues to introduce legislation to strengthen the bargaining rights of seniors on the cost of prescription drugs. The legislation permits Medicare to negotiate for lower prices on behalf of over 1.8 million Michiganders eligible for enrollment in Medicare Part D. Currently, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies on drug costs. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. … Continue Reading

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