Press Releases

02.28.20

Peters Continues Efforts to Protect Public Health and Ensure Administration is Prepared to Address Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week continued his efforts to ensure the Trump Administration is responding appropriately to the global Coronavirus outbreak. Peters questioned the Trump Administration's decision to allow patients infected with the Coronavirus to return to the United States on a plane with healthy passengers - possibly risking exposure to the virus. In a letter to Health and Human Service… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Peters, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Border Security Officers from Fentanyl Exposure

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees from accidental exposure to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and Training Act of 2020 would require CBP to issue safety protocols for handling synthetic opioids, provide training to officers who could … Continue Reading


02.27.20

Peters Convenes Call with Michigan Local and State Health Officials on Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after convening a call with public health officials and hospitals from across the state on preventing the spread of Coronavirus in Michigan: "As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, keeping Michiganders and all Americans safe is my top priority. Earlier today, I convened a call - with Michig… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Peters Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Transportation Industry Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to expand career opportunities throughout the transportation industry. The Promoting Service in Transportation Act, which Peters introduced with Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to deploy public awareness campaigns highlighting job opportunities in the transportation sector to… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Peters, Michigan Delegation Members Announce $13.5 Million for PFAS Cleanup Efforts at Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today announced that the Air Force will allocate $13.5 million towards PFAS remediation efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. This funding comes from $60 million that Congress had recently provided the Department of Defense to spend to address PFAS contamination at decommissioned bases around the country. Last month, Peters - along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) and… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Peters Urges Social Media Platforms to Combat Disinformation Targeting 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today pressed leading social media and technology companies to provide details on their efforts to combat disinformation and misinformation campaigns surrounding the 2020 Census. Many technology companies have updated their policies regarding deceptive and inaccurate content about the census and pledged to work with the U.S. Census Bureau to identify and remove potentially … Continue Reading


02.26.20

Peters Statement on the EPA’s PFAS Action Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the statement below following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing their PFAS Action Plan: Program Update: "The EPA's update to their Action Plan does not provide affected Michiganders the immediate action needed to address the PFAS crisis. I will continue working to advance measures that will force the EPA to take swift action to ensure our drinking water is safe and establish strong PFAS standards now. We must also mak… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Improve Market Competition

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices by improving market competition. The Reforming Evergreening and Manipulation that Extends Drug Years (REMEDY) Act would stop drug companies from filing numerous meaningless patents on old drugs, while the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act would empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent pharmaceutical companies from altering a product … Continue Reading


02.25.20

Peters Presses Administration to Take Strong Action to Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak in U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the Administration's request for $2.5 billion to address the growing Coronavirus outbreak: "The highly contagious and rapidly spreading Coronavirus outbreak is a serious threat to our public health and safety. As Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I continue to press the Administration … Continue Reading


02.25.20

Peters, Walberg Call for Examination of Security Standards at U.S. Ports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (MI-07), called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study inconsistencies in the cargo screening standards at American ports that have halted service at Michigan's Port of Monroe. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Detroit Field Office has restricted the Port of Monroe from accepting international break bulk … Continue Reading


02.21.20

In Latest ‘On the Job for Michigan,’ West Michigan Farmer Applauds Peters’ Efforts to Combat Unfair Trade Practices

HART, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the latest installment of "On the Job for Michigan," a series highlighting his office's work supporting Michiganders across the state. Mike Van Agtmael is the head of the Van Agtmael family farm in Hart. Currently in its 98th year of operation, the Van Agtmaels grow a number of crops on their farm, with tart cherries being their primary crop. Unfortunately, government-subsidized Turkish tart cherry exporters have been undercutting Michigan… Continue Reading


02.21.20

At Michigan Events, Peters Discusses Efforts to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities

LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) made stops in Saginaw, Coopersville and Lansing over the past week to discuss his efforts to expand apprenticeship opportunities for Michiganders. Peters spoke and met with veterans, career and technical education (CTE) specialists and UA local chapter members about the importance of skilled trades to Michigan's future and how to ensure students and apprentices can access the training needed for successful careers. Peters has championed numerous effor… Continue Reading


02.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $400,000 in Federal Grant for Sawyer International Airport

MARQUETTE, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that Sawyer International Airport will receive a $400,500 federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will go toward purchasing winter safety equipment and rehabilitating existing runways in order to enhance reliability for winter travel. "Residents across the Upper Peninsula depend on Sawyer International Airport to help them connect with businesses and travel opportunities acr… Continue Reading


02.14.20

Peters, Stabenow, Baldwin to Prioritize Great Lakes Icebreaker After Administration’s Budget Does Not Include Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) today reaffirmed their support for a new Great Lakes icebreaker. The Trump Administration recently released their proposed budget for FY 2021, which included no funding for a new icebreaker. Peters, Stabenow and Baldwin led a bipartisan effort urging the Administration to include adequate funding for the Coast Guard to acquire a new icebreaker for the Great Lakes. "Businesses across Michigan depend on r… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Lift Freeze on Benefits for Vietnam War Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) recently urged the Trump Administration to stop denying benefits to Vietnam War veterans suffering from illnesses connected to Agent Orange exposure. In a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, Peters, Stabenow and 41 of their colleagues demanded an explanation for why the VA is blocking benefits to Vietnam War veterans suffering from conditions such as bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Park… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Peters Highlights Michigan Leadership, Bipartisan Bills to Bolster State and Local Cybersecurity at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped convene a hearing on establishing effective cybersecurity practices for state and local governments in Michigan and across the country. Chris DeRusha, the State of Michigan Chief Security Officer, testified during the hearing and discussed Michigan's cybersecurity leadership. At the hearing, Peters highlighted his commonsense, bipartisan bills to help states, locali… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Peters Calls for Investigation into Suspicious Cherry Import Practices from Brazil and Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate allegations that Turkish cherry growers have been routing tart cherry products through Brazil to evade duties on goods imported into the United States. Earlier this year, the Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) filed a complaint alleging that tart cherry imports from Brazil are being misidentified and misr… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industry to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the House passage of his bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation's food supply and agricultural industry at the border. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 will ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation's borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Bo… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez Press Trump Administration to Fully Fund Pandemic Preparedness and Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts in light of the global Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected tens of thousands of individuals and killed more than 500 worldwide. Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez serve as the Ranking Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Committee on Appropriations… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Belmont Resident Exposed to High PFAS Levels Highlights Peters’ Work to Address the Crisis in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

BELMONT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the latest installment of "On the Job for Michigan," a series highlighting his office's work supporting Michiganders across the state. Sandy Wynn-Stelt of Belmont became a PFAS activist after her husband of 25 years passed away from Stage 4 liver cancer three weeks after his initial diagnosis in 2016. The following year, the State of Michigan informed Sandy that the area surrounding her long-time home was previously a landfill for haza… Continue Reading

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