Press Releases

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


12.17.19

Peters Presses DeVos for Answers on Program that Wasted Over $500 Million in Taxpayer Money on Failed Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for answers after a recent report by the Network for Public Education (NPE) uncovered that more than $500 million in taxpayer funds went to charter schools that were closed or never even opened. According to the report, Michigan had the highest number of taxpayer-funded schools that never opened - 112 defunct charter s… Continue Reading


12.17.19

After Senate Passes Final National Defense Bill With Peters’ PFAS Provisions, Legislation Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the final national defense bill that includes provisions U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) authored and cosponsored to address PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense, has been enacted into law for more than 55 consecutive years. Now that the bill has been passed by the Senate and the House, it goes to the President to be signed into law. This … Continue Reading


12.17.19

Peters Provisions Supporting Servicemembers and Michigan Defense Sector Headed to President’s Desk in National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today passed provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that will benefit servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense sector that contribute to our national security as part of the national defense bill. The bill includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, an end to the "Widow's Tax," bipartisan legislation Peters supported to crack down on international manufacturers and traffickers of fentanyl and a provision based on … Continue Reading


12.16.19

Peters, Stabenow Bipartisan Bill to Establish Great Lakes Fisheries Program Authorization Included in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the final government funding bill will include their bipartisan legislation to authorize Great Lakes fishery funding and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act, which they led with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), will enable the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to continue to conduct research to help support th… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Final Government Funding Bill Includes Peters Effort to Increase Great Lakes Restoration Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the final government funding bill includes the provision he led to provide the first increase in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Funding since the program was established nearly a decade ago. The additional $19 million for the GLRI for Fiscal Year 2020 was an increase from the proposed level of $301 million. The provision Peters secured in this end-of-year legislation builds on his bipartisan measure that passed the Se… Continue Reading

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