Press Releases

02.11.20

Peters Highlights Michigan Leadership, Bipartisan Bills to Bolster State and Local Cybersecurity at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped convene a hearing on establishing effective cybersecurity practices for state and local governments in Michigan and across the country. Chris DeRusha, the State of Michigan Chief Security Officer, testified during the hearing and discussed Michigan's cybersecurity leadership. At the hearing, Peters highlighted his commonsense, bipartisan bills to help states, locali… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Peters Calls for Investigation into Suspicious Cherry Import Practices from Brazil and Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate allegations that Turkish cherry growers have been routing tart cherry products through Brazil to evade duties on goods imported into the United States. Earlier this year, the Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) filed a complaint alleging that tart cherry imports from Brazil are being misidentified and misr… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industry to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the House passage of his bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation's food supply and agricultural industry at the border. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 will ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation's borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Bo… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez Press Trump Administration to Fully Fund Pandemic Preparedness and Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts in light of the global Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected tens of thousands of individuals and killed more than 500 worldwide. Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez serve as the Ranking Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Committee on Appropriations… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Belmont Resident Exposed to High PFAS Levels Highlights Peters’ Work to Address the Crisis in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

BELMONT, 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. Sandy Wynn-Stelt of Belmont became a PFAS activist after her husband of 25 years passed away from Stage 4 liver cancer three weeks after his initial diagnosis in 2016. The following year, the State of Michigan informed Sandy that the area surrounding her long-time home was previously a landfill for haza… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Peters to Examine Federal Support for Post-High School Education & Skills Training

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he is examining federal support for post-high school education, skills training, apprenticeship and other workforce development programs. "Everywhere I go in Michigan, I hear from workers, business owners, and students about how we need to expand access to affordable post-high school education and skills training programs that connect Michiganders with… Continue Reading


02.06.20

Peters Presses for Additional Athlete Safety Protections at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) pressed for additional whistleblower protections and anonymity protections to ensure Olympic and amateur athletes can report sexual abuse or harassment without fear of retaliation. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Peters noted that more steps must be taken to protect the anonymity of athletes who report abuse. He also reiterated the importance of preventing the systemic abuse committed by former U.S. Olympic and Michigan State University … Continue Reading


02.06.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish Veterans Assistance Hotline

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish a simple three-digit hotline for veterans to gain assistance related to their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and other services. The Veterans Assistance Helpline Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the VA to create an easy-to-remember hotl… Continue Reading


02.06.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Wasteful Government Spending Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today applauded the House passage of bipartisan legislation to cut down on billions of dollars in wasteful government spending. The Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 will help to rein in improper payments - including duplicative, excessive, unnecessary and improperly documented payments - that are estimated to have cost the federal government more than $151 billion … Continue Reading


02.05.20

Peters Presses Census Bureau on Prioritizing Hard-to-Count Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pressed U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham on the Bureau's plans to complete outreach in hard-to-count communities during the 2020 Census. Peters is seeking more information on the Bureau's efforts to effectively implement Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Centers, an outreach initiative that Congress supported in the 2020 government funding bill to help indi… Continue Reading


02.04.20

Peters Statement on State of the Union Address

"There is a lot more we can do to help working families in Michigan and across the country. I hope that we can find common ground and make progress on issues important to Michiganders: lowering prescription drug costs and expanding skills training and apprenticeship programs. We should build on some of the successful career and technical education programs in Michigan - like in Saginaw where Rick Burmeister, President of the Saginaw Intermediate School District board - is working with educators … Continue Reading


02.04.20

Peters Statement on Senate Impeachment Articles Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in advance of his Senate impeachment trial vote: "As an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and as a U.S. Senator, I took an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. After solemn consideration of the facts and evidence presented to the Senate, I have concluded that the President violated his oath of office and betrayed the public trust by putting his own personal and political interests before the people… Continue Reading


02.01.20

VIDEO: Peters Statement Honoring Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement recognizing Black History Month: "As communities in Michigan and across the nation commemorate Black History Month, we celebrate the generations of African American leaders whose contributions helped unlock technological advancements, enrich our culture, promote a more just world and defend our freedoms. Through their remarkable achievements, these men and women have had an immeasurable impact on our state and count… Continue Reading


01.31.20

Peters Statement on F-35 Mission Following Conversation with Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke with U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett on bringing the F-35 mission to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. The conversation follows numerous discussions during the basing process that Peters has had with the Air Force on the F-35, including a meeting with the Secretary in Peters' office earlier this month. Following today's conversation - which was additionally … Continue Reading


01.31.20

Peters Announces Saginaw Intermediate School District President as Guest for 2020 State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Richard "Rick" Burmeister, Jr., President of the Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD) board will be his guest at President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 4. Peters will highlight his efforts to close the skills gap by expanding career and technical education (CTE) and apprenticeship opportunities for students to get good-paying, in-demand jobs. The Saginaw ISD has also made CTE a cornerstone of its… Continue Reading


01.30.20

Peters, Colleagues Raise Concerns about REAL ID Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues to press the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for details on its contingency plans regarding the October 1, 2020 deadline for the switch to REAL ID Act-compliant identification cards. Beginning October 1st, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require all air travelers over the age of 18 to pres… Continue Reading


01.29.20

Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Effort Urging Trump Administration to Include New Great Lakes Icebreaker in Upcoming Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Administration to include adequate funding for the Coast Guard to acquire a new Great Lakes icebreaker. In their letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and United States Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz, which nine other senators joined, the Senators requested the Administration priori… Continue Reading


01.29.20

Peters Statement on USMCA Signing Ceremony

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "Trade deals need to work for Michigan's workers, farmers and businesses. Although the USMCA is not perfect, it is an improvement from the initial deal announced by the Administration and includes strict labor standards and stronger enforcement mechanisms that I pushed for. That's why I believe t… Continue Reading


01.28.20

Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Push to Secure $320 Million for Great Lakes Conservation Program in Trump Administration’s FY 2021 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led a bipartisan effort to urge the Trump Administration to allocate at least $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 President's budget request. In a letter to the heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Environmental Protection Agency, Peters, Stabenow and a bipartisan group of Senators highlighted the GL… Continue Reading


01.28.20

Peters Joins Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Proper-Fitting Body Armor and Personal Protective Equipment Is Available for Female Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to ensure body armor and personal protective equipment (PPE) is adequate, properly-fitted, and readily available for female servicemembers. The Female Body Armor Modernization Act would encourage the Services to expedite the contracting, procuring, and fielding of a new generation personal protective equipment that better fits and protects all servi… Continue Reading

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