Press Releases

07.02.20

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Supporting Additional Funding to Keep the Postal Service Operating

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined his colleagues in introducing a resolution in support of the U.S. Postal Service. The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis have led to serious financial uncertainty for the Postal Service, and the agency could be forced to limit operations in the coming months without additional financial support from Congress. Peters' resolution calls for additional f… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Senate Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Payments to Deceased Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced to prevent the federal government from wasting taxpayer dollars on wrongful payments to deceased Americans. The Senate's action follows a report Peters released earlier this week detailing how the Trump Administration sent more than 1.1 million Coronavirus economic relief payments totaling $1.4 billion … Continue Reading


07.01.20

Following Briefing, Peters Presses for Answers from Administration on Russia Reportedly Paying Bounties for Lives of U.S. Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement regarding the reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants for the lives of U.S. and allied servicemembers, following a Senate Armed Services Committee briefing today: "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, my top priority is ensuring servicemembers have the support they need to safely carry out their missions and return home," said Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "I … Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Northern Michigan Airports Will Receive Almost $2.2 Million Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,921,000 to the Cherry Capital Airport and $263,156 to the Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will g… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Muskegon County Airport Will Receive $1 Million Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,052,631 to the Muskegon County Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the rehabilit… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce Bishop International Airport Will Receive Around $419,000 Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $419,444 to the Bishop International Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters, Stabenow and Kildee helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towar… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Houghton County Memorial Airport Will Receive $544,000 Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $544,000 to the Houghton County Memorial Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the co… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Alpena County Regional Airport Will Receive $1.2 Million Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,206,500 to the Alpena County Regional Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the re… Continue Reading


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

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