Press Releases

08.02.19

Peters Urges Customs and Border Protection to Assign Customs Officer to Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assign a customs officer to Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County. In a letter to CBP, Peters raised concerns about the economic consequences for businesses and communities across the Upper Peninsula that seek to further engage in international trade and travel. "The lack of CBP presence to process intern… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Peters Helps Advance Bipartisan Bill Reauthorizing Coast Guard, Requiring an Update to Northern Michigan’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approval of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing funding for the U.S. Coast Guard for the next two fiscal years. The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019 would provide resources to help the Coast Guard retain and invest in its' workforce, expand access to affordable child care for Coast Guard members and their families and ensure that the men and women of the Coast Guard continue rec… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Peters Announces Fourth Annual Motorcycle Tour Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced his fourth annual motorcycle tour that will go across Michigan over the course of five days, including stops in Metro Detroit, Flint, the Upper Peninsula, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Mid-Michigan. Peters is an avid motorcycle rider and founded the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus in 2017. Throughout the tour, Peters will be highlighting issues important to Michigan, including closing the skills gap and expanding apprentices… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Peters Announces $2.6 Million Federal Grant for Zero-Emission Electric Buses in Metro Detroit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a grant totaling $2.6 million to the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Suburban Mobility Authority Regional Transportation (SMART) for a new fleet of zero-emission electric buses. The funding will be used to replace the current fleet of energy efficient buses with newer, more sustainable transit vehicles, and provide the necessary infrastructure and technic… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase and Extend Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined bipartisan members of the Michigan congressional delegation to introduce legislation increasing funding to protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 will reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2021, for another five years. Peters was joined by Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-Chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, in i… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Peters Provisions to Hold Drug Companies Accountable and Lower Health Care Costs for Seniors Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate Finance Committee approval of provisions based on his legislation to hold drug companies accountable and help lower the cost of health care for seniors. The provisions approved will require drug companies to pay rebates to Medicare when they raise prices for Medicare Part B drugs higher than the rate of inflation. Medicare reimbursement for these drugs is based on the average sales price of the drugs without limit, giving manu… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Peters Statement on Automaker-California Greenhouse Gas Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the agreement Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW reached with the California Air Resources Board regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is important to combatting climate change but it is also critical we have one strong standard for auto emissions. I am encouraged by today's announcement, which shows we can sustain stability and certainty for the auto … Continue Reading


07.24.19

Peters Statement on Department of Defense PFAS Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper establishing a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) task force to evaluate health aspects, clean-up standards and interagency coordination surrounding PFAS contamination: "PFAS contamination has upended the lives of Michigan families across our state. When I visited Oscoda, I heard firsthand about the frustrations Michiganders had with the slow pace of t… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Peters, Blackburn Introduce Legislation to Improve VA Caregiver Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced legislation to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program. According to recent reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018 that VA failed to adequately manage the caregiver program and recommended improvements and reforms. T… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Peters Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Deceptive Tactic Used by Robocallers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation to aid Michiganders inundated with robocalls. The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2019 would double the penalties for illegal caller-ID "spoofing," a tactic scammers often use to trick victims into answering their phone calls. Over 784 million robocalls have been placed to Michiganders so far in 2019 - includin… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Ahead of 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Senate Passes Peters, Cruz Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Apollo Landing Sites

WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing Saturday, the U.S. Senate today passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to permanently protect the Apollo landing sites on the moon. Peters spoke on the Senate floor about the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act, which would enact first-of-its-kind legal protections for the Apollo sites from intentional and unintentional disturbances by codifying exis… Continue Reading


07.16.19

VIDEO: Peters Secures Commitment to Implement Fairness for Veterans Law from Secretary of Defense Nominee at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today secured a commitment from Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, nominated to be Secretary of Defense, to implement Peters' bipartisan legislation to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fairness for Veterans Act, which was signed into law by Preside… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Peters, Stabenow & Alexander Bill to Promote Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' approval of bipartisan legislation they reintroduced to support research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The Vehicle Innovation Act would bolster investment in more energy efficient cars and trucks to help increase fuel mileage and decrease our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In the 114th … Continue Reading


07.15.19

VIDEO: Peters Helps West Bloomfield Resident and Vietnam War Veteran Claim VA Benefits in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today released the latest installment of "On the Job for Michigan," a series highlighting the successful work of his office resolving cases involving federal agencies on behalf of Michiganders. West Bloomfield resident Al Morrison shared how Peters' office assisted him in claiming benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Al served in the US Air Force while stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War Era. He was sent to Vietnam fo… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Peters, Stabenow Recognize Military Times Soldier of the Year and Southfield Army Civil Affairs Specialist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow last night recognized Specialist Shayn Lindquist at the Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards in Washington, where he was named Soldier of the Year. Specialist Lindquist is a member of the Army Reserve and is a civil affairs soldier with the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion in Southfield. "It's not every day you meet someone like Specialist Shayn Lindquist. He is a living example of Army values: he overcame adversity to e… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Peters, Roberts, Cornyn & Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border. Agricultural inspectors work to prevent the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods into the United States… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Peters, Young Bill to Update Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) today applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of bipartisan legislation they reintroduced to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes. The legislation would require 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. It woul… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Peters, Cruz Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Apollo Landing Sites Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of their bipartisan legislation that would protect the Apollo landing sites on the moon. The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act would provide legal recognition and protection for the Apollo sites from intentional and unintentional disturbances by codifying existing NASA preservation recommendations. The bill's advancement t… Continue Reading


07.03.19

Peters Applauds Funding for New State Veterans Homes in Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today applauded federal funding to support the construction of new veterans' homes in Michigan. The new State Veterans Home in Chesterfield Township in Metro Detroit will receive $46,150,172 and the new State Veterans Home in Grand Rapids will receive $40,929,890. The investment will come from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) State Home Construction Grant Program, which Senator Peters ha… Continue Reading


07.01.19

After Pressing for Air Force Action, Peters Welcomes Progress to Address PFAS Contamination at Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - After calling for the U.S. Air Force to take action on PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on new developments announced today. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the US Air Force (USAF) said that the Air Force will accelerate its efforts to address PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda: "I invited Secretary Hender… Continue Reading

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