Press Releases

06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $4.1 Million for Transportation Services in Holland, Zeeland Through the CARES Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing the Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority (MAX Transit), which services both Holland and Zeeland, a $4.1 million grant. Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that MAX Transit will remain operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. … Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Joins Homeland Security Committee Members in Calling for Answers on Strategic National Stockpile Supplies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined several of his committee colleagues in a letter calling for answers from the Administration about the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to rapidly distribute personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during public health emergencies. U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (NH), Tom Carper (DE), Kamala Harris (CA)… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Receives Special Recognition Award from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today received a Special Recognition Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) for his dedication to ensuring that all Michiganders can access quality, affordable health care and leadership during the Coronavirus pandemic. "Now more than ever, it is critical that health care professionals serving in hospitals, nursing homes and community health centers in every corner of our state have the resources needed to do their jobs safely a… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Statement on Trump Administration Filing Brief Asking Supreme Court to Invalidate Health Care Law

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration late Thursday night filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, in its latest move to end the health care law: "As we battle the Coronavirus and continue to face an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the Trump Administration is dangerously pushing for the Supreme Court to invalidate the health care law, end protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and raise he… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Accurate Census Count and Address Coronavirus Disruptions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cosponsored legislation that would extend required deadlines for delivering census data and implement important transparency and accountability requirements to help ensure a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census. In April, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would delay all field operations by three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, raising questions about the … Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Introduces End Outsourcing Act, Incentives for Companies to Bring Jobs Back to Michigan & America

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced legislation that would incentivize American companies to retain and create American jobs. The End Outsourcing Act, which Peters introduced with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), would reform the tax code to reward businesses that bring jobs back from foreign countries. The bill would also require companies that receive federal grants, loans and contracts but continue to outsource American jobs to pay back federal ta… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Peters, Stabenow, Dingell Introduce Bicameral Bill to Rename Ann Arbor VA Facility after Ypsilanti Medal of Honor Recipient

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today introduced bicameral legislation that would rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Ann Arbor after Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles. Lieutenant Colonel Kettles, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti who passed away in January of 2019, served in the Vietnam War as an Army helicopter commander and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2016 for leadin… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Peters Convenes Coronavirus Hearing on Strategic National Stockpile, Presses for Answers on American Overreliance on Foreign Manufacturers for Medical Supplies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today helped convene a hearing to examine the role of the Strategic National Stockpile in the United States' response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Peters emphasized that effectively maintaining the Strategic National Stockpile and ensuring the federal government is prepared to protect Americans' health and safety in an emergency is a matter of national security. Peters also… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Peters Unveils New Report on Financial Impact of Delayed Coronavirus Aid on Michigan & National Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, unveiled a new report detailing the Trump Administration's failure to quickly distribute $175 billion in Coronavirus relief funds to hospitals. These delays and other missteps have led to significant layoffs and furloughs of health care workers during the pandemic. Today, nearly three months after the CARES Act was signed into law, approximately $72 billion - or 41%… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Peters Commemorates 155th Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. "As we recognize the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day, we must acknowledge that the pain from one of our nation's darkest periods is still very much present in our… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Peters & Grassley Lead Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Inspector General Protections

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Inspectors General (IGs) at federal agencies, following the dismissal of several independent watchdogs by the Trump Administration. The Securing Inspector General Independence Act, which strengthens a 2008 IG protection law, is also cosponsored b… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Peters Statement on Supreme Court DACA Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Trump Administration from terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "The DACA program was created to help thousands of hardworking young people, who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, step out of the shadows and make vital contributions… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Community Policing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve by incentivizing recruits to work in the communities where they live. The Strong Communities Act would provide federal grants for local law enforcement recruits who agree to attend school or academy and then serve in a law enforcement agency in their respective communities. Peters introduced the bill with U.S. Se… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Peters, Stabenow Help Senate Pass Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act That Will Benefit Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today helped pass bipartisan legislation that would guarantee funding towards public lands maintenance and renovation projects in Michigan and across the country. The Great American Outdoors Act would both permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million dollars annually. The LWCF has helped promote outdoor recreation and has established and expanded parks and wild areas across the coun… Continue Reading


06.16.20

Peters & Maloney Call for Investigation into Secretary DeVos’ Use of Private Information to Limit Relief for Defrauded Student Borrowers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, called for an investigation into reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have violated federal privacy laws and undermined legal protections for student borrowers. Peters and Maloney urged the Department of Education Inspector General to investigate allegations that … Continue Reading


06.15.20

Peters, Stabenow Welcome $25 Million Federal Grant to Improve, Expand Customs Operations at Blue Water Bridge

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide a $25 million grant to support critical operations at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, which is one of the busiest trade crossings in the country. The funding will specifically help expand the customs plaza at the bridge that is responsible for facilitating a major portion of the over 300,000 people and $910 million in trade that cross the Northern… Continue Reading


06.15.20

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Federal Employment Discrimination Law Protects LGBTQ+ Employees

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that existing federal employment discrimination law protects LGBTQ+ employees: "This is a historic day for LGBTQ+ rights and equality in this country. Nobody should face discrimination in the workplace or fear losing their job for who they are or who they love. Michigander Aimee Stephens did not live to see this day, but today we honor her and carry on this fight in her memory. While … Continue Reading


06.15.20

Michigan Congressional Delegation Joint Statement on Paul Whelan Sentencing in Russia

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Haley Stevens (MI-11), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Fred Upton (MI-06), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), John Moolenaar (MI-04), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following joint statement on the sentencing of Michigan resident Paul Whelan in Russia: "For 17 months, Paul Whelan has been unjustly detained by the Russian go… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Peters Statement on Air Force Contract Announcement for Remediation Around Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base Near Oscoda

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Air Force's announcement that it will award a contract in July to better control the migration of PFAS in areas around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base near Oscoda as part of the remediation process: "I pressed the Air Force to act more quickly because the people of Oscoda have waited far too long. That's why I worked to secure additional funding for PFAS clean-up at sites like Wurtsmith. While I'… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Peters Votes To Give Servicemembers Pay Raise, Strengthen National Security & Support Michigan’s Defense Sector

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped advance the bipartisan annual national defense bill to the full Senate, voting to give servicemembers a pay increase and greater access to benefits, and for measures to strengthen our national security and support Michigan's defense sector. "From serving on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic to leading innovative projects at testing facilities throughout the state, Michiganders have continually displayed the unique skillsets and dedi… Continue Reading

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