Press Releases

01.17.20

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee, Moolenaar Introduce Resolution to Stop Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05) and John Moolenaar (MI-04) today introduced a bipartisan resolution opposing Canada's placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin, which is currently being considered at two sites by Canada. For years, Canada has considered storing 52 million gallons of low- and medium- level nuclear waste in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from Lak… Continue Reading


01.17.20

Peters, Stabenow, Tlaib, Lawrence, Dingell Call on Labor Department to Support Southeast Michigan Steelworkers

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Representatives Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today urged U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to grant Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits to support steelworkers in Southeast Michigan. Trade Adjustment Assistance ensures that workers who lose their jobs and financial security due to trade have an opportunity to transition to new jobs through income support, job tra… Continue Reading


01.16.20

Peters Announces Bipartisan Bill to Help Michigan Small Businesses Expand and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced bipartisan legislation that would help provide new avenues for small businesses across Michigan to expand and create good-paying jobs. The Small Business Start-up Savings Account Act, which Peters recently introduced with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), would allow small business owners to create tax-deductible savings accounts in order to launch or grow their companies. "Small businesses across Michigan not only help power our economy… Continue Reading


01.15.20

Peters Delivers Remarks in Support of USMCA, Renegotiated NAFTA Update

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered remarks supporting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During his remarks at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing considering the agreement, Peters highlighted why Michigan workers, farmers and businesses need a new trade deal that advances their interests. Peters will vote in favor of the USMCA when it comes before the full Senate for a vote, which is expect… Continue Reading


01.14.20

Peters, Stabenow Blast Final International Trade Commission Decision on Cherry Tariffs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today strongly criticized the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)'s final decision not to institute tariffs against Turkish tart cherry exporters, which have been dumping low-quality dried cherries into U.S. markets - creating a trade imbalance that has undermined Michigan cherry growers. The final determination runs contrary to the ITC's initial decision to institute tariffs and the U.S. Department of Commerce's dete… Continue Reading


01.10.20

Year in Review: Peters Continues Delivering Results for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who was recognized as one of the most effective and bipartisan Democratic senators by non-partisan organizations, continued delivering results for Michiganders in 2019. Legislative provisions Peters led to protect the Great Lakes, expand skills training opportunities, address the PFAS crisis and strengthen Michigan and U.S. security passed the Senate or were signed into law last year. "I'm focused on delivering results for Michigan and willing to … Continue Reading


01.09.20

Peters, Stabenow, Levin, Mitchell Request Additional EPA Assistance on Toxic Hazardous Site in Madison Heights

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Andy Levin (MI-09) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) today requested additional federal assistance for the State of Michigan's efforts to mitigate the threat posed by toxic chemicals leaking from the Electro-Plating Services site in Madison Heights. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Andrew Wheeler, the lawmakers also pressed the Agency to identify long-term solutions that will pr… Continue Reading


01.07.20

Peters Announces $1.1 Million Federal Grant for Port of Monroe Equipment Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Port of Monroe will receive a $1.1 million federal grant to expand its maritime commerce operations. Peters supported the Port's application for the grant that was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s America's Marine Highway Projects Program. The grant funding will allow the Port to purchase a crawler crane and train staff to use it, which will allow the Port to boost operations and meet the increas… Continue Reading


01.06.20

Peters, Stabenow Highlight Need to Address High Water Levels in the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Department of the Army and the Office of Management and Budget to help Michigan communities effected by high water levels in the Great Lakes and inland waterways. Extreme weather, flooding, and erosion have led to damaged property, harbors, beaches, roads, and infrastructure in Michigan. The Senators asked that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) allocate funding to address coastal erosion and dredging needs… Continue Reading


12.23.19

Peters Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Paul Whelan’s Unjust Detention in Russia

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the statement below in advance of the one-year anniversary since Russian authorities detained Novi resident Paul Whelan on December 28, 2018. Since Whelan's detention, Russian authorities have presented no evidence against him and continue to delay his trial, despite concerns surrounding his health. "After one year of detention - without due process and restricted consular access for American officials - the Russians have presented no c… Continue Reading


12.21.19

Peters Provisions to Preserve Great Lakes, Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders Signed into Law

DETROIT, MI - Provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to strengthen Great Lakes protection, restoration and fisheries programs, and to lower prescription drug costs for Michiganders were signed into law last night as part of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2020. Peters, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, said of the Great Lakes provisions: "The Great Lakes are part of who we are as Michiganders. They provide drinking water to 40 million people, are … Continue Reading


12.20.19

Peters’ Efforts to Support Michigan Servicemembers & Defense Sector, Address PFAS Crisis Signed into Law by President Trump

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) provisions to support our servicemembers, strengthen Michigan's growing defense sector and address the PFAS crisis were signed into law tonight as part of the national defense bill. The National Defense Authorization Act sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD). Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, said of the provisions to support servicemembers and Michigan's defe… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Peters Bipartisan Bill Improving Broadband Maps Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to improve the accuracy of the FCC's broadband availability maps by modernizing how broadband data is collected. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission's (FC… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Traverse City Cherry Grower Praises Peters’ Efforts To Crack Down on Unfair Trade Practices in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

TRAVERSE CITY, 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. Nels Veliquette grew up on a cherry farm in Traverse City and now helps run his own cherry business with his family. He explains how Michigan cherry growers are facing devastating consequences as a result of illegal dumping of dried tart cherries from Turkey. He says that when an industry of their … Continue Reading


12.19.19

Peters Efforts to Preserve Great Lakes, Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders Heads to President’s Desk To Be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate passage of legislation that includes provisions he led and supported to strengthen Great Lakes protection, restoration and fisheries programs, and to lower prescription drug costs for Michiganders. The legislation funds the government for Fiscal Year 2020, and now goes to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. Peters, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, said of the Great Lakes provisions: "The Great Lakes ar… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Peters Security Provisions Included in Year-End Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the year-end government funding bill includes several provisions he championed to secure the nation's borders, protect houses of worship from terrorist attacks, and facilitate efficient international commerce at Michigan's busy border crossings. "Ensuring the safety and security of Michiganders is my top priority, and I was proud to help secure th… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced today he has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for small businesses to contract with the federal government. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for small businesses, but some agencies have been reluctant to utilize the Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting programs. The Promoting Rigorous and Innova… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Peters Statement on House Impeachment Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "I swore an oath to defend the Constitution as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and when I became U.S. Senator - and I will fulfill my constitutional responsibility in the Senate. Abuse of office and obstruction of Congress are very serious charges that deserve solemn consideration. We must have a fair and non-partisan process, and I will thoroughly evaluate… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Peters Statement on Federal Appeals Court Ruling Regarding Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Texas v. United States regarding the health care law, which sent the case back to the U.S. District Court level: "Let's be clear: the Trump Administration is determined to overturn the health care law and end protections for millions of Michiganders with preexisting health conditions, raise health care costs and return us to the days when insurance companies could … Continue Reading


12.17.19

Peters Announces Support for USMCA, Renegotiated NAFTA Update

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he will support the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "I've long said that we need to renegotiate NAFTA to help level the playing field for Michigan. The USMCA is not perfect, but it is stronger than the initial deal the Administration announced and includes provisions I pushed for to strengthen enforcement and labor standards. When this bipartisan agreem… Continue Reading

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