Press Releases

08.14.20

Peters Statement on Reports of USPS Removing Mail Processing Machines & Postal Collection Boxes Across the Country

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has begun removing some mail processing machines and collection boxes from processing facilities and communities across the country, including in Michigan: "These reports are alarming and raise big red flags about what appears to be an ongoing effort to slow mail delivery. I will be delving… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $900,000 in Support for the Blackman Charter Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $965,909 for the Blackman Charter Township Fire Department to purchase new equipment and provide training. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Now more than ever, firefighters in Michigan are putting their personal health at risk to protect their neighbors' families, homes, and businesses," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased that this… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Peters & Tester Press Postal Service on Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Mail-Order Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Jon Tester (MT), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, are pressing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on reports of veterans who have seen significant delays in receiving their prescription medication through the U.S. Postal Service. Peters has been leading the charge to demand answ… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters & Carper Introduce Bill to Block Harmful Changes that Impact USPS Delivery Service

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (DE) introduced legislation to protect the longstanding tradition of reliable delivery service at the U.S. Postal Service and block the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, from making any abrupt operational changes that might harm service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Peters has been leading the charge to demand answers on recent operational changes t… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters Visits BAJ Glass in Flushing, Highlights Need for More Federal Support for Michigan Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

FLUSHING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited BAJ Glass, which manufactures protective cases, floor signs, high quality face shields and protect barriers in Flushing. During this pandemic, BAJ Glass has produced and delivered over 15,000 personal protective face shields. While touring their facility, Peters highlighted his ongoing efforts to support Michigan small businesses and reaffirmed his push for more federal funding to support small businesses and the need for another Coronav… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $500,000 in Support for the Village of Laurium Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $525,142 for the Village of Laurium Fire Department to purchase new equipment and provide training. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Now more than ever, firefighters in Michigan are putting their personal health at risk to protect their neighbors' families, homes, and businesses," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased that this federa… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Peters Has Passed Nine Bills in Senate, Most by a Single Senator This Congress

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) recently passed his ninth bill through the full Senate with bipartisan support. With the passage of his legislation better predicting extreme space weather events, the U.S. Senate in this session of Congress has approved more Peters-led bills than any other Senator in the chamber. The distinction comes despite Peters still serving in his first term and being a member of the minority party. Peters has passed bipartisan legislation in this session of the… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $1 Million in Funding for the Capital Area Transportation Authority

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) will receive $1,824,416 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to rehabilitate a bus terminal in downtown Lansing. This funding comes from the FTA's Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "Whether it's to go to work or pick up prescription medication or buy essentials like groceries, Michiganders need reliable public transit now more… Continue Reading


08.11.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Telecommunications Networks from Threats by Foreign Suppliers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced bipartisan legislation that would help safeguard American telecommunications networks against cyber threats from untrusted foreign equipment suppliers, including those linked to the Chinese government. The Ensuring Network Security Act, which Peters introduced with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), would expand access to federal funding for telecommunications providers and educational institutions for the removal and replacement… Continue Reading


08.10.20

Peters, Lawrence Visit USPS Metroplex in Pontiac, Highlight Impact of Postal Service Delays on Michiganders

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today visited the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) Metroplex facility in Pontiac. While there, the lawmakers toured the facility, met with workers and discussed operations during the pandemic as well as the impact of Postal Service delays on Michiganders across the state. "The Postal Service should not slow down mail or in any way compromise service - especially during a pandemic - but that's exactly what we… Continue Reading


08.08.20

Peters Statement on Trump’s Coronavirus Executive Actions

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement after President Trump signed executive actions related to Coronavirus relief. "We are facing the worst public health and economic crisis in generations and the President's actions fall way short of what Michigan families and small businesses urgently need. I am disappointed the President chose to act unilaterally instead of doing the hard work to reach a bipartisan agreement with Congress. He alone cannot fix this crisis -… Continue Reading


08.06.20

Peters Launches Investigation into Postal Service Delays After Postmaster General Fails to Provide Answers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is launching an investigation into reported delays at the U.S. Postal Service that are preventing Americans from receiving critical mail on-time, including prescription drugs, business mail, and mail-in ballots. Despite repeated inquiries from Peters, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has failed to provide answers when pressed for details on reported service delays following recent… Continue Reading


08.05.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Caregiver Program Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program advanced in the Senate today, passing in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. According to reports, caregivers and veterans were 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 recomme… Continue Reading


08.04.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $750,000 in Transit Funding for the City of Niles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing the City of Niles a $753,743 grant. Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that the City of Niles and its Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) service remains operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. "As communities across our state work to… Continue Reading


08.04.20

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce Hampton Charter Township Will Receive $2.25 Million Federal Grant to Bolster Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that Hampton Charter Township will receive $2,225,000 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," s… Continue Reading


08.04.20

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


08.04.20

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


08.04.20

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


07.31.20

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


07.31.20

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

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