Press Releases


Peters, Stabenow Announce Beaverton Will Receive $851,000 Federal Grant to Bolster Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the City of Beaverton will receive $851,000 in federal funding to bolster water and wastewater infrastructure. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a part of the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. "Now more than ever, Michigan families are depending on consistent access to clean water and reliable utilities," said Senator Peters. "This funding will ensure th… Continue Reading


Peters Helps Senate Pass Bipartisan Bill that Includes His Provision to Protect Amateur and Olympic Athletes From Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed sweeping bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse. The Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act - which U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped pass - includes Peters' bipartisan amendments to ensure Olympic and amateur athletes can report abuse anonymously. This legislation was introduced following the findings of systemic abuse within the U.S. Olympic mo… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Applaud Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act Being Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today applauded the signing into law of bipartisan legislation that will guarantee funding towards public lands maintenance and renovation projects in Michigan and across the country. The Great American Outdoors Act - which Peters and Stabenow cosponsored - will both permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million dollars annually. The LWCF has helped promote outdoor recreation and has… Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Reentry Opportunities Through Skills Trainings & Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation that strengthens reentry programs that provide workforce training, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship. The Reentry Employment Opportunities Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would codify into law the U.S. Department of Labor's Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Program, which supports national, regional and local organizations that administer skills training programs. Th… Continue Reading


Peters, Klobuchar, Carper & Schumer Demand Answers from USPS on Reported Changes to Delivery Services

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) are demanding answers from U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after he refused to answer whether reported changes restricting mail delivery came at his direction. The Senators' letter follows a letter from Peters requesting information on possible changes to… Continue Reading


Peters Leads Bipartisan Effort to Support Veteran Workforce Development During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced a bipartisan effort to support veteran workforce development during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peters and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend GI Bill benefits for veterans whose registered apprenticeships were cut short or ended due to COVID-19. Currently, veterans must meet a minimum number of apprenticeship hours to receive their full Monthly Housing Allowance. However, due to the Coronavir… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $8 Million in Federal Funding for Two Southeast Michigan Airports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $7,496,524 to Oakland County International Airport and $921,000 to Willow Run Airport. Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants will go towards runway improvements. "Ensuring safe and reliable air travel continues in S… Continue Reading


Peters Bipartisan Bill to Predict and Mitigate Space Weather Threats Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to strengthen the nation's ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. A severe space weather event, such as a solar flare or coronal mass ejection, has the potential to seriously disrupt the electric power grid, communications networks including cellular phones and GPS, satellites and aircraft operations. Peters and Gard… Continue Reading


Peters Calls on FEMA to Support Safe Reopening of Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help support schools in Michigan and across the country as they prepare to reopen safely. Under President Trump's March 13th emergency declaration, FEMA has the authority to provide assistance to protect public health and safety, such as training, disinfection of facilities, emergency medical care and medical … Continue Reading


Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan RESTART Act to Support Hardest-Hit Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Impacted by COV-19

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced his support for the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act to support the small and mid-sized businesses most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. Answering the calls of the hardest-hit restaurants, gyms, hotels, retailers, and other businesses, the RESTART Act would provide Michigan businesses with a critical lifeline needed to help keep the lights on until they can completely an… Continue Reading


Peters Delivers Remarks at Post Office’s 245th Anniversary Celebration in Lansing, Highlights Efforts to Support & Protect USPS Operations

LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered remarks at the Postal Service's 245th Anniversary Celebration in Lansing. As the United States Postal Service continues to confront numerous challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Peters highlighted his efforts to support the agency by ensuring service can continue and postal workers across the nation can still carry out the agency's mission. Peters also discussed his work to protect the Postal Service against efforts to dismantle … Continue Reading


Peters Tours Total Plastics International in Wyoming, Highlights Efforts to Support Businesses Adapting to Challenges Posed by COVID-19

WYOMING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Total Plastics International, a distributor and manufacturer of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and tape that has operated in Michigan for over four decades. While on a tour of their facility, Peters also highlighted his recent efforts to support small businesses across Michigan that are working to adapt to unprecedented challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Total Plastics International applied for and received a loan from the Sma… Continue Reading


Peters, Lankford & Carper Bipartisan Bill to Extend Critical Counterterrorism Program Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - President Trump signed into law this week a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), James Lankford (OK), Tom Carper (DE) and other Senate colleagues to strengthen our national security by extending the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years. The program, created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ensures that facilities holding high-risk chemicals have security measures in place to reduce the risk of chemicals bei… Continue Reading


Peters-Supported Measures to Provide Servicemembers Pay Raise, Strengthen National Security & Michigan’s Defense Sector Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed the annual national defense bill that includes provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) benefiting servicemembers and their families, supporting Michigan's defense sector and strengthening our national security. It includes a pay raise for our men and women in uniform and Peters-led provisions to strengthen the medical supply chain and increase support for missile defense. The National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy for t… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Proposal to Support Students, Families, Teachers in Michigan & Across Country for Coming School Year

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced a proposal to support an eventual safe return to school by ensuring local communities have the resources and supplies needed to keep students connected to a quality education. As Senate negotiations begin on the next Coronavirus package and schools begin considering steps to return in the fall, Peters' proposal would help ensure communities have the f… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Reintroduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act to Rename After Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen voter protections that the late Representative John Lewis (GA-05) and other civil rights leaders fought to secure within the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, renamed after the Civil Rights icon, is in response to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that weakened federal voting protections in jurisdictions that have a history o… Continue Reading


Peters Bill to Strengthen Disaster Response for Communities of Color Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to strengthen the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster response efforts for communities of color advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in Disaster Response, Recovery, and Resilience Act would establish the Office of Equal Right… Continue Reading


Peters Requests Details on Reported Changes to USPS Mail Delivery Services

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is requesting detailed information on reported changes to the longstanding delivery service providing by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is the only entity that provides delivery to every address in the United States, and changes that compromise service could risk cutting off communities and families who depend on the Postal Service every day. "It is essential t… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Welcome Over $25 Million in Funding for Advance Vehicle Technology Projects in Michigan That Go to Program They Have Pushed to Support

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed that six projects supporting new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies in Michigan will receive a total of $25,854,623 million in funding from the Department of Energy (DOE). Peters and Stabenow have led the charge on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide additional resources for the DOE's Vehicle Technology Office, which is the office responsible for the management of these projects. Their biparti… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Support for Child Care is Essential Act, Pushes for Funding for Child Care Centers as Part of Next COVID-19 Relief Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced support for legislation that would help ensure that child care providers have the resources needed to maintain operations and reopen safely and is pushing for its inclusion as part of the next Coronavirus relief package. The Child Care is Essential Act, which Peters is cosponsoring, would provide $50 billion to a new Child Care Stabilization fund within the already existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. As businesses… Continue Reading

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