Press Releases

05.04.22

VIDEO: Peters Highlights Selfridge & Need to Address PFAS Contamination at Hearing with Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, again secured a commitment from Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall that Selfridge Air National Guard Base will continue to play an important role in the U.S. Air Force's long-term plans. The renewed commitment - which Peters secured at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing - comes after Peters hosted Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks at … Continue Reading


05.04.22

VIDEO: Peters Convenes Hearing with Secretary Mayorkas to Examine Resources Needed by DHS to Address Threats and Challenges Facing Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas to examine what resources and authorities DHS needs to fulfill its mission of protecting American communities and address significant challenges facing the nation. During the hearing, Peters raised the need for the Department to have the necessary resources and tools to enhance our n… Continue Reading


05.04.22

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill Improving How Congress Works to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Enhance Government Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to require the Government Accountability Office (GAO), as part of its annual reporting to Congress, to submit a report listing unimplemented recommendations for congressional consideration and identify actions Congress can take to help agencies implement open recommendations from the GAO that can often help Congress improve government efficienc… Continue Reading


05.04.22

ICYMI: Peters in Elle Magazine on Family Abortion Story: “It’s Such An Intensely Personal Issue…to Have Politics Get in the Middle of It is Simply Unacceptable”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is featured in a new ELLE Magazine story today, chronicling his conversation about his family's personal abortion story. Peters was the first and only Senator to share his personal family story with abortion - which he discussed previously on MSNBC in October 2020 during the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation process. ELLE Magazine Excerpt: "With abortion rights under attack, ELLE brought together five members of Congress perhaps most qualified to di… Continue Reading


05.03.22

Peters Holds Defense Department Accountable for Missing Major PFAS Reporting Deadlines, Urges Prompt Updates to Congress & Additional Action to Protect Michigan Communities from Exposure

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is leading efforts to hold the Department of Defense (DoD) accountable for missing major perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reporting deadlines to Congress and to urge DoD to take additional action to protect Michigan communities from PFAS exposure - including at sites like the decommissioned Wurtsmith and K.I. Sawyer Airforce Bases, as well as Camp Grayling. Pe… Continue Reading


05.02.22

PHOTOS: Peters Highlights Strength of Trans-Atlantic Alliance and Response to Russia’s War in Ukraine During Congressional Delegation in Europe

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently returned from a congressional delegation to France, Georgia and Italy. Peters and the delegation met with U.S. diplomats, senior government officials, and civil society leaders in each country to discuss the importance of sustaining and strengthening the trans-Atlantic alliance, maintaining a forceful response against Russia's war against Ukraine, as well as shared secur… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Peters Highlights Need for Autonomous Vehicle Federal Framework to Support Future of Mobility

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chair of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, today pressed for a need to develop a comprehensive federal framework for autonomous vehicles. In a letter with colleagues to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Peters highlighted how autonomous vehicles have the potential to not only create good-paying American jobs and support existing ones, but also to save lives and ensure the United States will continue leading in the future of mob… Continue Reading


04.20.22

Peters Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Network Security

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to strengthen and secure our communications systems, which are critical to our economic competiveness and national security. The Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Act, which was introduced with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to permanently establish the Communications Securi… Continue Reading


04.18.22

Peters Applauds Defense Department Move to Begin Implementing His Provision to Ensure Guardsmen and Reservists Receive Benefits They’ve Earned

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the Department of Defense's (DoD) announcement it will take steps toward standardizing service records across U.S. military components. This move by the Defense Department means that DoD will begin implementing a provision Peters passed to provide National Guardsmen and Reservists with the official documentation granted to other servicemembers following their retirement or completion of service. Currently, Reservists do not receive a separ… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Senate Passes Peters Bipartisan Resolution Supporting National Safe Digging Month

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the recent Senate passage of his bipartisan resolution designating April as National Safe Digging Month, to build awareness of safe digging practices that protect homeowners and utility workers from damaging underground utility lines during excavation projects. Peters introduced this resolution with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). "Every year, underground utility lines are damaged during exca… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Peters Helps Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement today after helping the Senate confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court with bipartisan support: "This is without question a challenging time not only for the Supreme Court but also for our democracy - and it is clear that Judge Jackson has the extensive experience and qualifications, temperament, impartiality and fidelity to the law that will undoubtedly serve our n… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Peters Selected to Negotiate Final Economic Competitiveness Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was appointed today to serve among select members of both the Senate and House to negotiate a final economic competitiveness bill that can be enacted into law. Peters will serve on the conference committee that will be tasked with working out differences between the House and Senate-passed economic competitiveness bills. Through this role, Peters will lead the charge in crafting … Continue Reading


04.06.22

VIDEO: On Senate Floor, Peters Highlights Support for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Peters met last week with Judge Jackson and during his remarks today, Peters highlighted her exceptional experience, qualifications and support from across the legal spectrum. "After my one-on-one meeting with Judge Jackson last week, I was convinced she is extraordinarily qualified and prepared to… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Peters Joins President Biden at White House for Signing of His Historic Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The President has signed into law historic, bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. Chairman Peters joined President Biden at the White House for the bill signing. The new law - which passed the House with 342 votes and the Senat… Continue Reading


04.04.22

PHOTOS: Peters Receives U.S. Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, Addresses Navy Supply Corps School Graduates

NEWPORT, RI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award. Peters - who was previously recognized for the award last year by the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni Program - was recognized for his dedicated service to Michigan following his distinguished career in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "Without question, my experience as a sup… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Peters Statement on Supplemental H-2B Temporary Worker Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) to raise the cap for H-2B temporary worker visas for 2022: "I support today's announcement to make an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary worker visas available to companies in line with U.S. labor laws, which will help Michigan businesses - partic… Continue Reading


03.31.22

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Peters Meets with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after meeting with President Biden's nominee to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: "I was pleased to meet with Judge Jackson today and am impressed by her distinguished and wide-ranging legal career, extensive qualifications, character, and work ethic," said Senator Peters. "Supreme Court rulings have an enormous impact on Americans and our way of li… Continue Reading


03.31.22

VIDEO: Peters Discusses Importance of the Postal Service with Board of Governor Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today convened a full committee hearing to consider the nominations of Derek Kan and Daniel Tangherlini to serve on the United States Postal Service Board of Governors. During the hearing, Peters discussed how the Postal Service plays a critical role in the lives of countless Americans, including veterans, businesses owners, rural residents, seniors, and underserved communiti… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Commercial Satellites from Cybersecurity Threats Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide voluntary cybersecurity resources to commercial satellite owners and operators has advanced in the Senate. Commercial satellites provide data and information used for navigation, agriculture, technology development, scientific research, and more. Industrial Control Systems - the technology involved in operating critical infrastructu… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Peters Legislation to Save Taxpayer Dollars by Ensuring Public Buildings Utilize Energy-Efficient Lighting Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, that would help save taxpayer dollars by directing the General Services Administration (GSA) to install the most life-cycle cost effective and energy-efficient lighting in public buildings. The legislation now moves to the United States House of Representatives for consideration. "By using more efficient lighting, the fe… Continue Reading

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