Press Releases

04.16.20

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Help Address Reported Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Testing, Treatment and Outcomes

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced a bill this week to help address the reported racial disparities in COVID-19 testing, treatment and outcomes. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data about the testing, treatment, and outcomes of COVID-19. The Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act of 2020 requires HHS to provide a report to Congress with … Continue Reading


04.15.20

Following Calls from Peters & Stabenow, IRS to Automatically Send Stimulus Checks to SSI Beneficiaries

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the agency will automatically send $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans currently receiving benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Earlier this month the Senators called on the Trump Administration to automatically issue stimulus checks to recipients of benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Peters, Stabenow to Participate in Virtual Town Hall Thursday to Answer Constituent Questions about COVID-19

DETROIT, MI -- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced their participation in a special one-hour virtual town hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to answer constituent questions about the COVID-19 crisis. The live town hall will be broadcast on Channels 2 (WJBK-TV), 4 (WDIV-TV), 7 (WXYZ-TV), 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV). This broadcast will be shared with broadcast TV and radio stations across Michigan in partnership with t… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Peters Visits Novi Medical Support Center for Coronavirus Patients

NOVI, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today joined FEMA Region Five Administrator James Joseph, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S Representative Haley Stevens (MI-11) on a tour of an alternate care facility being built at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. As part of the federal government's efforts to respond to the Coronavirus the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federa… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Administration for Information and Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force to lead a national inventory of the country's COVID-19 diagnostic test supply, release public data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. In their letter, the Senators point out the need for widespread diagnostic testing in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak. "Over th… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Michigan Hospitals, Health Care Providers Will Receive More Than $936 Million for Coronavirus Response Efforts

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be distributing more than $936 million to hospitals and health care providers in Michigan. Peters and Stabenow successfully fought for an increase in funding for hospitals and health care providers during negotiations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure those fighting on the front lines would receive the support … Continue Reading


04.10.20

Peters Cosponsors Momnibus Bill to Address Black Maternal Health Crisis, Recognizes Black Maternal Health Week

DETROIT, MI - As we mark Black Maternal Health Week, which begins Saturday April 11, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) announced he cosponsored legislation to address the maternal health crisis disproportionately impacting African American communities across the nation. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020 would fill gaps in existing maternal health legislation by authorizing investments in social determinants of health, additional data collection, community-based organizations, the perin… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Peters, Tlaib Lead Michigan Delegation in Urging FEMA to Waive Cost-Sharing Burden for State and Local Fire and Emergency Response Grants

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) led the Michigan Congressional Delegation in urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive cost-sharing requirements for local communities that rely on federal grant programs to keep their communities safe and secure. Many fire departments depend on federal funding to help cover overtime pay and hire extra workers, especially in times of crisis. The members noted that the ongoing Coronaviru… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Peters Requests CDC Make COVID-19 Testing Data Public to Ensure Effective Response to the Pandemic

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) asked the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to publicly report all available information about who is able to access COVID-19 tests, which continue to be scarce. He, along with more than a dozen Senators, requested CDC Director Robert R. Redfield collect and provide data broken down by sex, race, ethnicity, whether a patient is a health care provider and any other available demographics. The CDC is currently only disclosing a subset of its data, primar… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Peters, Stabenow Call for Action to Prevent Counterfeiting, Price Gouging of Medical Supplies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged President Donald Trump to act to prevent price gouging, as well as fraudulent and counterfeit supplies, which are hampering efforts to treat patients and combat the spread of COVID-19. "Every day, profiteers and scam artists are taking advantage of desperate buyers and the unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment by charging obscene prices and selling counterfeit or fraudulent goods," the Senators wro… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Murray Call on Administration to Take Aggressive Actions to Address Coming Critical Drug Shortages during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, are calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to take immediate action to prepare for and prevent… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters Urges Trump Administration to Ensure Transit Workers Receive Essential Protective Equipment, Updated Safety Guidelines

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged the Trump Administration to ensure that transit agencies can acquire personal protective equipment for their frontline workers. In a letter to Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) K. Jane Williams, Peters led 20 of his Senate colleagues and cited the story of Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove, who passed away from Coronavirus after he e… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $907,460 Million in Funding for Upper Peninsula Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $907,460 in funding to help the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CA… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1 Million in Funding for Mid-Michigan Counties and Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $1,992,355 in funding to help health centers in Mid-Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act t… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $4 Million in Funding for Genesee County and Great Lakes Bay Region Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $4,573,645 in funding to help health centers in Genesee County and the Great Lakes Bay Region respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, an… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $8 Million in Funding for West Michigan Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $8,762,488 in funding to help health centers in West Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act … Continue Reading


04.08.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $10 Million in Funding for Southeast Michigan Counties and Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $10,358,980 in funding to help health centers in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus outbreak. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES… Continue Reading


04.07.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Michigan Will Receive Additional $6.3 Million in CDC Funding for Coronavirus Response Efforts

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act they helped enact last month is bringing the state of Michigan $6.3 million in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding to support Coronavirus response efforts. "As the Coronavirus continues to pose unprecedented public health challenges across Michigan, ensuring our state has sufficient resources to respond to this pandemic is a t… Continue Reading


04.07.20

Peters Announces Coronavirus “Heroes Fund” Proposal, Calls for $25,000 Pay Increase for Essential Workers on Frontlines of Pandemic Response

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced a proposal for the "COVID-19 Heroes Fund," to provide pandemic premium pay to reward, retain and recruit essential workers. Peters' proposal consists of two major components: a $25,000 premium pay increase for essential healthcare workers, which would equate to a raise of $13 per hour from the start of the public health emergency until December 31, 2020 and a… Continue Reading


04.06.20

Peters, Stabenow Urge Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Trump Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. In a bipartisan letter signed by 41 of their colleagues, the Senators wrote to the Secretary of Agriculture - Sonny Perdue - urging permanent flexibility in Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and equitable access to credit during this peri… Continue Reading

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