Press Releases

09.01.21

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and a bipartisan group of Senators are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism - especially those who served in Afghanistan - to provide them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports find calls to veterans' suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Kabul earlier this month. "We write in light of the recent events in Afghani… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Peters & Portman Urge FEMA to Provide Increased Clarity to Disaster Victims on Eligibility for Federal Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to clearly communicate with victims of disasters on their eligibility for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides assistance to individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses. In a letter to FEMA Adminis… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $100,000 in Support for Deerfield Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Deerfield Fire Department will receive $104,834 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governme… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $200,000 in Support for Ahmeek Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Ahmeek Fire Department will receive $213,942 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmenta… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $500,000 in Support for Fredonia Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Fredonia Township Fire Department will receive $554,419 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and … Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $700,000 in Support for Fire Departments in Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that fire departments in Southeast Michigan will receive $737,272 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Superior Township Fire Department will receive $205,745. Orion Township Fire Department will receive $126,664. Applegate Volunteer Fire Depa… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $100,000 in Support for Saginaw, Bay and Midland County Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Buena Vista Charter Township Fire Department will receive $66,667 and the Bay City Fire Department will receive $41,318 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. Jerome Township Hall will receive $6,800 for fire prevention and safety. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and Fire… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $3 Million in Funding for Pellston Regional Airport

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $2,958,460 in federal funding has been awarded to the Pellston Regional Airport in Emmet County. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation and is supplemented through the historic American Rescue Plan that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year. It will allow the airport to repair and upgrade its critical infrastructure, including its runways and tarmac where aircraft are parked, board… Continue Reading


08.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $5.2 Million in Funding for West Michigan Airports

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $5,288,605 in federal funding has been awarded to two airports in West Michigan. Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids will receive $4,882,136 and Muskegon County Airport will receive $406,469. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation and is supplemented through the historic American Rescue Plan that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year. It will allow the airports to … Continue Reading


08.26.21

Peters Statement on Deadly Terrorist Attack in Kabul

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the deadly terrorist attack in Kabul: "As I continue to closely monitor developments in Afghanistan, I am mourning the loss of brave U.S. servicemembers and innocent civilians as a result of the horrifying terrorist attack in Kabul. I'm praying for the recovery of our servicemembers and Afghan allies who were injured. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to th… Continue Reading


08.25.21

PHOTOS: Peters Concludes Annual Motorcycle Tour Across Michigan in Paradise

PARADISE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Paradise in the Upper Peninsula on the third and final day of his annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters concluded his Hell to Paradise motorcycle tour at the Whitefish Point Light Station and was joined by Chris Olson with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa County Commission Board Chair Jim Martin, and Bruce Lynn with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. "There is no better way to see everyt… Continue Reading


08.24.21

After Passing House, Peters and Portman Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending Heads to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the House passage of their bipartisan bill, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act, to help make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to the public. The legislation will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily underst… Continue Reading


08.20.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $120,000 in Support for the Ogemaw County EMS Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Ogemaw County EMS Authority will receive $121,462 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Ogemaw County risk their lives to keep their community safe. It's critical they have the resources needed to do their jobs safely an… Continue Reading


08.20.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $40,000 in Support for the Alpena Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Alpena Fire Department will receive $43,810 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Firefighters in Alpena risk their lives to keep their community safe. It's critical they have the resources needed to do their jobs safely and effectively,… Continue Reading


08.20.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $300,000 in Support for Fire Departments In Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $280,236 in federal funding for fire departments in Southeast Michigan. The Luna Pier Fire Department will receive $66,426 to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. The Detroit Fire Department will receive $213,810 for fire prevention and safety. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and Fire Prevention and … Continue Reading


08.20.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $700,000 in Support for the Adrian Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Adrian Fire Department will receive $697,373 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program "Firefighters in Adrian risk their lives to keep their community safe. It's critical they have the resources needed to do their jobs safely and effectively… Continue Reading


08.19.21

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Quickly Evacuate Afghan Allies and Their Families to Safety

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators today in urging the Biden Administration to address the quickly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan partners. In the letter, Peters and 52 other Senators call for the urgent evacuation of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and their families, as well as the full and immediate implementation of legislation that they helped the Senate pass last mo… Continue Reading


08.19.21

Peters, Stabenow, Brown Urge Taiwan to Continue Efforts to Address Ongoing Semiconductor Chip Shortage Affecting Auto Workers, Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Sherrod Brown (OH) urged the Taiwanese government to continue working to mitigate the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has impacted American auto manufacturers, causing plants to idle and resulting in layoffs for workers throughout the auto industry's supply chain. In their letter to Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Bi-khim Hsiao, the senators thanked Taiwan for working to address the global chip shortage, wh… Continue Reading


08.18.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.6 Million in Funding for Michigan Fire Departments

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $1,670,107 in federal funding has been awarded to seven fire departments in Michigan to purchase new tools and safety equipment including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) used by first responders to breathe in hazardous environments. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Departments i… Continue Reading


08.16.21

Photos Available: Peters Tours of Port of Monroe with Acting CBP Commissioner and Port Leaders

MONROE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today toured the Port of Monroe with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, including Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, and Port of Monroe leaders to assess current operations and discuss resolving ongoing cargo clearance challenges the port faces. In recent years, the Port of Monroe has been restricted by CBP's Detroit Field Office from accepting international break bulk carg… Continue Reading

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