Press Releases

09.16.20

Two More Peters Bills Headed to President to be Signed into Law, Building on Peters’ Record of Bipartisanship & Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives passed two more bills written by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week that are headed to the President's desk, building on Peters' strong record of bipartisanship and effectiveness. Once signed into law, the legislation passed this week - the bipartisan CHARGE Act and bipartisan PROSWIFT Act - would mark six standalone Peters bills signed into law under President Trump-the most of any Democratic senator in his presidency. Despite serving in h… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Peters Releases New Investigative Report Detailing Harmful Impacts of Nationwide Mail Delays following Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Reckless Changes to the Postal Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report detailing the results of his investigation into how operational changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS) ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy resulted in compromised service and serious harm for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail. The report determined that delays increase… Continue Reading


09.16.20

House Passes Peters Bipartisan Bill to Predict & Mitigate Space Weather Threats, Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan bill to strengthen the nation's ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. Having passed the full Senate this past July, the bipartisan bill that Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. Peters partnered with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) to pas… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1,700,000 Million in Support for the Sterling Heights Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Sterling Heights Fire Department will receive $ 1,766,993 in federal funding to hire new staff. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Ensuring that first responders across Michigan can do their jobs safely and effectively is not only essential to protecting our communities, but also integral to front… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters Presses for PFAS Federal Funding & Support in Upcoming Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) urged robust federal funding and support in upcoming government funding legislation to help combat the ongoing PFAS crisis in Michigan and across the country. In a letter to Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, Peters, along with his Senate colleagues, highlighted PFAS cleanup efforts, preventative treatments and research projects that are critical ahead of government funding legislation for fiscal year (F… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating Patriot Week

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution designating September 11th through September 17th as Patriot Week. Cofounded by Judge Michael Warren of Oakland County, Michigan, Patriot Week would honor the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, celebrate Constitution Day on the 17th and encourage students to delve deeper into American history. "Patriot Week is an important way to encourage everyone to engage in civics… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters Presses Postmaster General DeJoy on Delivery Delays of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on how his recent actions have resulted in widespread delays in the delivery of medications for Michiganders and Americans. Peters has been leading the charge to demand answers on DeJoy's recent operational changes that have caused significant mail delivery delays. In August, Peters launched an investigation after receiving mislead… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars on Federal Vehicles Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of his bipartisan bill to help save taxpayer dollars by updating policies to help federal agencies adopt electric vehicles, which are more energy efficient than traditional gas-powered vehicles. The Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act (CHARGE Act), which Peters championed through the Senate last year, would direct the General S… Continue Reading


09.14.20

Peters Introduces Bill Creating Task Force to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that he has introduced legislation to create a COVID-19 Misinformation & Disinformation Task Force amid reports of rising misinformation and disinformation related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Task Force will be charged with coordinating the government's analysis of and response to false and misleading information that conflicts with official government he… Continue Reading


09.14.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $10 Million in Federal Grants for Transportation & Infrastructure Improvements in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that Michigan will receive over $10 million in federal grants for transportation and infrastructure improvements in the state. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive a $8,333,600 grant to replace outdated traffic signal systems across the state, converting approximately 1,000 locations to a central control system that is owned, operated, and maintained by MDOT statewide. This funding w… Continue Reading


09.11.20

Peters Statement on 19th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee - who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve including volunteering again after the 9/11 terrorist attacks - released the following statement commemorating the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "It has been 19 years since devastating terrorist attacks took the lives of 2,977 people and changed our nation fore… Continue Reading


09.10.20

Peters, Manchin, Klobuchar, Carper Introduce Bill to Protect Postal Service from Partisan Politics

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Joe Manchin (WV), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Ranking Member of the Rules Committee, and Tom Carper (DE) introduced legislation that would ensure that the U.S. Postal Service remains nonpartisan and nonpolitical so that it can continue to effectively serve as a critical lifeline for seniors, small businesses, and rural communities across America. The Postal Service is the only car… Continue Reading


08.27.20

Peters, Rosen Demand Documents and Answers From Postmaster General DeJoy on Mail Delays and Conflicting Testimony

WASHINGTON, DC - Following the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee oversight hearing with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the committee, and Jacky Rosen (NV) are demanding answers and documents from DeJoy on changes he directed that have slowed down mail delivery and undermined the United States Postal Service. During last week's oversight hearing, the Senators requested these documents by Sunday, August 21st, but Mr. DeJo… Continue Reading


08.27.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $250,000 in Support for the City of Yale & Brown City Area Fire Departments

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the City of Yale Fire Department will receive $163,333 and the Brown City Area Fire Department will receive $87,047 in federal funding to purchase new equipment and provide training. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "As our state continues to navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, we must ensure that the first re… Continue Reading


08.27.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $279,000 in Support for the Richland Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Richland Township Fire Department will receive $279,631 in federal funding to purchase new equipment and provide training. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Now more than ever, fire departments in Michigan need the resources to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Se… Continue Reading


08.27.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $148,571 in Support for Bay Ambulance Inc. in Baraga

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that Bay Ambulance Inc. in Baraga will receive $148,571 in federal funding to purchase new equipment and for operations and safety purposes. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "As our state continues to navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, we must ensure that the first responders receive the resources and equipment th… Continue Reading


08.25.20

Peters Tours USPS Facility in Grand Rapids, Provides Update on Postal Service Investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility on Patterson Avenue SE in Grand Rapids and visited the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 56 in Kentwood. While there, Peters discussed recent changes by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have led to significant mail delays and provided an update on his ongoing investigation, which has received more than 7,600 personal submissions from individuals, veterans, seniors and small busines… Continue Reading


08.24.20

Peters Introduces Bill to Grant Food and Drug Administration Needed Authority to Recall Unsafe Drug Products, Protect Consumers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced he introduced legislation that would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to recall all unsafe drug products and help protect consumers. Currently, the FDA can only recommend that a company voluntarily recall a drug product, but it cannot require companies to recall these unsafe products. FDA, however, regularly publishes safety alerts rel… Continue Reading


08.21.20

Peters Grills Postmaster General DeJoy on Mail Delivery Delays

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, grilled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at today's committee hearing over recent changes that have left people in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries. The hearing - which Peters pressed for and secured - focused on recent operational changes DeJoy directed at the Postal Service that have caused mail delays. Earlier this month, Peters launched… Continue Reading


08.20.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $170,000 in Support for the Ahmeek Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $173,000 for the Ahmeek Fire Department to purchase new vehicles to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "As communities across our state continue working together to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19, our firefighters are navigating even greater risks to their health," said… Continue Reading

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