Press Releases

11.18.20

Peters & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led 40 of his colleagues in introducing legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump, which created a new classification for federal employees, Schedule F. This harmful executive order would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise. "This recent executive order… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Telecommunications Networks from Foreign Suppliers Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for passing his bipartisan legislation that would help safeguard American telecommunications networks against cyber threats from untrusted foreign equipment suppliers. The Ensuring Network Security Act, which Peters introduced with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), would expand access to federal funding for telecommunications providers and educational institutions for the removal an… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Peters Applauds House Passage of His Bipartisan Bill to Fix Security Vulnerability Posed by Foreign Ownership of Federally Leased Properties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded passage of his bipartisan bill that requires the federal government to determine if office space it leases is owned by foreign entities. "Our foreign adversaries are constantly seeking to steal valuable information from our government. Knowing exactly who owns office space where sensitive U.S. government materials is stored could prevent our foreign adversari… Continue Reading


11.17.20

Senate Passes Peters Bipartisan Bill to Establish National Integrated Flood Information System

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System. The Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support (FLOODS) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), would specifically provide funding to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) ability to forecast floods, hurricanes and tornados and disperse relevant information to… Continue Reading


11.17.20

Peters Warns Delayed Transition Could Slow Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is raising concerns that continued delays to the Presidential transition could interfere with the incoming Biden Administration's efforts to effectively distribute potential Coronavirus vaccines once authorized or approved. Peters recently released a report highlighting shortcomings in the Trump Administration's vaccine plans and making recommendations to ensure that vacc… Continue Reading


11.17.20

Tenth Peters Bill Passes the Senate This Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved U.S. Senator Gary Peters' bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes, marking the tenth standalone Peters bill that has passed the Senate in this session of Congress - more than any Senator, Republican or Democrat. Recently, President Trump signed a sixth Peters bill into law - no Senate Democrat has enacted more bills during his presidency, and this week's passage of Peters' l… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Peters Bill to Update Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps Passes Senate; Peters Has Passed More Bills Through Senate Than Any Senator This Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate 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), 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 would additionally require periodic Grea… Continue Reading


11.13.20

Peters Statement on State of Michigan Revoking Line 5 Easement

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) - a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee which oversees the federal agency responsible for pipeline safety - today released the following statement on the State of Michigan revoking Enbridge's easement to operate Line 5 underneath the Straits of Mackinac: "There's no question an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would have catastrophic and long-term consequences to the economic and environmental health of Michigan and… Continue Reading


11.10.20

Peters Commemorates Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a video in advance of Veterans Day. "From World War II to modern day conflicts across the globe, generations of Michiganders have answered America's call to service," said Senator Peters, a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "On Veterans Day, we honor the r… Continue Reading


11.09.20

Peters Statement Ahead of Supreme Court Health Care Lawsuit Oral Arguments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement ahead of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the future of the health care law: "We've come too far to go back to the days when insurance companies called the shots on health care for millions of Michiganders. We cannot go back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people with pre-existing health conditions; when seniors could be charged more for prescription drugs; or when lifetime … Continue Reading


11.02.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Provision to Protect Amateur & Olympic Athletes From Abuse Signed Into Law

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan amendments to ensure Olympic and amateur athletes can report abuse anonymously were signed into law by President Trump as part of the bipartisan Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act. This legislation was introduced following the findings of systemic abuse within the U.S. Olympic movement and the sexual abuse of former U.S. Olympic and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar. The Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act is sw… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $15.6 Million Federal Grant for Michigan Rail Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $15.6 million in federal funding to rehabilitate railroad tracks, replace over 16 miles of rail and enhance track crossing protections in the corridor between Ypsilanti and Jackson. This federal grant comes from the Department of Transportation's Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program. "As communities across Michigan continue wo… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Peters Speaks on Senate Floor Opposing Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today spoke on the Senate floor opposing Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his remarks, Peters highlighted how over two million Michiganders have already voted and that Americans deserve to have a say in who nominates and confirms the next Justice to a lifetime appointment on our nation's highest court. He stressed the far-reaching consequences of the Supreme Court, including the health care lawsuit pushed by the T… Continue Reading


10.23.20

New Peters Report Presses Trump Administration to Take Immediate Action to Ensure Trusted, Safe, Effective Coronavirus Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a new report urging the Trump Administration to take immediate action to ensure eventual Coronavirus vaccines will be safe, effective, free and widely available to all Americans. Peters' report found that the Administration's political interference in vaccine development is eroding public trust in eventual vaccines, and that the Administration is falling short wi… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Sixth Peters Standalone Bill Signed Into Law Under President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - President Trump last night signed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' bipartisan PROSWIFT Act into law, marking the sixth standalone Peters bill that Trump has signed into law. Peters already had more of his bills signed by Trump than any other Senate Democrat, and this bill builds on that record of effectiveness and bipartisanship. Despite serving in his first term and in the minority, Peters also has: Passed through Congress and gotten eight standalone bills signed into law since he … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Predict & Mitigate Space Weather Threats Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the signing into law of his bipartisan bill to strengthen the nation's ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. Peters, who introduced the legislation with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), partnered with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) to pass this bill through the House - they had introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. With the … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters Statement on High PFAS Contamination Levels in Grand Traverse County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement regarding findings of elevated levels of PFAS contaminants in wells in Grand Traverse County: "I am very alarmed at reports of elevated PFAS levels in wells in Grand Traverse County. We've seen in communities across Michigan how PFAS contamination and exposure can have serious human health and environmental impacts. That's why we must do everything we can to mitigate exposure and remediate these harmful chem… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Trump Administration to Extend Health Insurance Enrollment Period for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today called on the Trump Administration to extend the health care enrollment period in order to provide Michiganders, including those without insurance, additional time to secure coverage. In their letter, the Senators requested that the upcoming enrollment period that begins November 1 be extended through the end of January 2021 - instead of through December 15 - to allow more Michiganders the opportunity to obtain qualit… Continue Reading


10.20.20

Peters Investigative Update Shows Persistent Delays of On-Time Mail Delivery, Including Increasing Delays in Detroit and Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released an investigative update with new U.S. Postal Service (USPS) data showing wide-spread fluctuations in on-time mail delivery, including recent and severe delays in the Detroit area. Peters' update shows that while on-time mail delivery has improved nationwide due to congressional pressure and court orders, delivery performance remains below levels prior to Postmast… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $300,000 to Support Rural Small Businesses in West and Southwest Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $338,525 in federal funding to support rural small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan. This funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program, which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill that Senator Stabenow authored. The Rural Business Development Grant … Continue Reading

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