Press Releases

08.28.19

Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Stop Choosing Oil Companies over Michigan Farmers

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, joined five Senators to urge the Administration to support a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for Michigan farmers. The President recently took action to benefit oil companies and undercut American-grown biofuels. On August 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued 31 small refinery hardship waivers, which allows oi… Continue Reading


08.26.19

Peters Announces Bipartisan Bill to Help Retired Government Laboratory Animals Find New Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that he recently introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). The bipartisan legislation would direct all federal agencies to develop and maintain a policy allowing for the adoption or retirement of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals no longer needed for research in federal labs. "Ensuri… Continue Reading


08.15.19

Peters Requests Information from Facebook on Handling of User Audio

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting additional information on the company's handling of personal audio accessed from users. The letter comes amid reports that Facebook not only captured audio from users, but that the audio was sent to a third-party vendor to be analyzed and transcribed. Last year, Peters questioned Zuckerberg at a joint Commerce and Judiciary Committee hearing regarding concerns that users' audio conversat… Continue Reading


08.13.19

Peters Presses for Answers on CBP Action that Halted Service at Port of Monroe

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, pressed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on an agency decision that has blocked the Port of Monroe from receiving certain types of international cargo. In a letter to CBP, Peters expressed concern that a 2017 notification from CBP's Detroit Field Office has restricted the Port of Monroe from accepting international break bulk cargo and containerized cargo - counte… Continue Reading


08.13.19

In the News: Peters Highlights Issues Critical to Michigan During Fourth Annual Motorcycle Tour

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) completed his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan last week, which included stops in Metro Detroit, Flint, Escanaba, Ishpeming, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge over five days. At each stop, Peters highlighted issues important to Michigan, including closing the skills gap and expanding apprenticeships, supporting veterans, preserving the Great Lakes as an economic engine and major source of drinking water, and strengthening our national defense … Continue Reading


08.12.19

Peters Statement on New Study Finding Asian Carp Able to Survive in Larger Areas of Lake Michigan Than Previously Known

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the newly published University of Michigan study that found Asian Carp have a larger suitable habitat and are capable of growing in larger portions of Lake Michigan than previously known: "The Great Lakes are not only an economic engine and source of drinking water to 40 million people - they are part of who we are as Michiganders. This study on Lake Michigan reinforces the urgent need to take every step po… Continue Reading


08.09.19

Motorcycle Tour Day 5: Peters Touts Efforts to Strengthen National Security in Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge

GRAND LEDGE, MI - On the fifth and final day of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) stopped at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids and Michigan National Guard's Grand Ledge Armory to discuss efforts to strengthen national security. At the airport, Peters participated in a demonstration of border security screening procedures with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and K9s. Peters then rode to the Michigan National G… Continue Reading


08.08.19

Motorcycle Tour Day 4: Peters Highlights Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today highlighted the importance of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) at a visit to the Boardman River Watershed Restoration Project in Traverse City on the fourth day of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. While there, Peters discussed his efforts to reauthorize and expand the GLRI, which contributed directly to the successes of the Boardman River project. "The Great Lakes are more than just an economic driver and a v… Continue Reading


08.07.19

Motorcycle Tour Day 3: Peters Tours Senior Center, Highlights Efforts to Support Age-Friendly Communities in Ishpeming

ISHPEMING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center to meet with local seniors and discuss how to best support healthy-aging initiatives on the third day of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters also toured renovation projects underway at the center and highlighted his efforts to help set national standards for creating age-friendly communities. "As the number of Michiganders entering the later stages of adulthood and retirement c… Continue Reading


08.06.19

Motorcycle Tour Day 2: Peters Stops in Escanaba to Talk Manufacturing

ESCANABA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Engineered Machined Products' (EMP) manufacturing products facilities in Escanaba on the second day of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. While there, Peters highlighted the importance of keeping Michigan at the forefront of manufacturing and his proposal to make manufacturing policy a greater national focus. "In order to compete globally, we need a national manufacturing agenda that can make sure companies like EMP can … Continue Reading


08.05.19

Motorcycle Tour Day 1: Peters Kicks Off in Farmington Hills, Highlights Veterans Apprenticeships in Flint

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today kicked-off Day One his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan at a kick-off event in Farmington Hills. Peters then rode with workers and riders to Flint, where he visited Mott Community College (MCC) to hold a roundtable discussion on promoting apprenticeship opportunities - especially for veterans - and toured MCC's Regional Technology Center. "One of my first jobs growing up was riding my bicycle around my neighborhood to deliver newspape… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Peters Urges Customs and Border Protection to Assign Customs Officer to Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assign a customs officer to Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County. In a letter to CBP, Peters raised concerns about the economic consequences for businesses and communities across the Upper Peninsula that seek to further engage in international trade and travel. "The lack of CBP presence to process intern… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Peters Helps Advance Bipartisan Bill Reauthorizing Coast Guard, Requiring an Update to Northern Michigan’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approval of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing funding for the U.S. Coast Guard for the next two fiscal years. The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019 would provide resources to help the Coast Guard retain and invest in its' workforce, expand access to affordable child care for Coast Guard members and their families and ensure that the men and women of the Coast Guard continue rec… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Peters Announces Fourth Annual Motorcycle Tour Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced his fourth annual motorcycle tour that will go across Michigan over the course of five days, including stops in Metro Detroit, Flint, the Upper Peninsula, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Mid-Michigan. Peters is an avid motorcycle rider and founded the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus in 2017. Throughout the tour, Peters will be highlighting issues important to Michigan, including closing the skills gap and expanding apprentices… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Peters Announces $2.6 Million Federal Grant for Zero-Emission Electric Buses in Metro Detroit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a grant totaling $2.6 million to the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Suburban Mobility Authority Regional Transportation (SMART) for a new fleet of zero-emission electric buses. The funding will be used to replace the current fleet of energy efficient buses with newer, more sustainable transit vehicles, and provide the necessary infrastructure and technic… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase and Extend Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined bipartisan members of the Michigan congressional delegation to introduce legislation increasing funding to protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 will reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2021, for another five years. Peters was joined by Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-Chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, in i… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Peters Provisions to Hold Drug Companies Accountable and Lower Health Care Costs for Seniors Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate Finance Committee approval of provisions based on his legislation to hold drug companies accountable and help lower the cost of health care for seniors. The provisions approved will require drug companies to pay rebates to Medicare when they raise prices for Medicare Part B drugs higher than the rate of inflation. Medicare reimbursement for these drugs is based on the average sales price of the drugs without limit, giving manu… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Peters Statement on Automaker-California Greenhouse Gas Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the agreement Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW reached with the California Air Resources Board regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is important to combatting climate change but it is also critical we have one strong standard for auto emissions. I am encouraged by today's announcement, which shows we can sustain stability and certainty for the auto … Continue Reading


07.24.19

Peters Statement on Department of Defense PFAS Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper establishing a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) task force to evaluate health aspects, clean-up standards and interagency coordination surrounding PFAS contamination: "PFAS contamination has upended the lives of Michigan families across our state. When I visited Oscoda, I heard firsthand about the frustrations Michiganders had with the slow pace of t… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Peters, Blackburn Introduce Legislation to Improve VA Caregiver Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced legislation to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program. According to recent reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018 that VA failed to adequately manage the caregiver program and recommended improvements and reforms. T… Continue Reading

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