Press Releases

11.09.21

Ahead of Veterans Day, Peters Announces Bipartisan Effort to Expedite Veteran Discharge Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of Veterans Day, 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, today announced that he is leading a bipartisan effort to expedite the veteran discharge review process. In 2016, Peters authored and passed into law his Fairness for Veterans Act, which requires veteran discharge review boards to give liberal consideration to petitions for honorable discharge status if the servicemember has b… Continue Reading


11.08.21

Ahead of Veterans Day, Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Military Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of Veterans Day later this week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced he cosponsored legislation to help prevent suicide among servicemembers. The bipartisan Save Our Servicemembers (S.O.S.) Act - which is in response to a report revealing a 15% increase in military suicides in 2020 from the previous year - directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the effectiv… Continue Reading


11.06.21

After Passing House, Peters Provisions to Strengthen Cybersecurity in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Head to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Provisions secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to bolster our nation's cyber defenses have passed the House as a part of a bipartisan bill that would significantly upgrade our nation's infrastructure. The legislation passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. The provisions Peters secured would provide $1 billion to help state, local, tribal, and territ… Continue Reading


11.06.21

After Passing House, Peters’ $500 Million Provision in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Help Michigan Communities Address Shoreline Erosion and Flooding to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $500 million provision secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to help mitigate the impact of natural disasters has passed the House of Representatives as part of a bipartisan bill that would significantly upgrade our nation's infrastructure. The legislation passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. This is the first time funding has been secured for the… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Peters Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Repair Michigan Roads & Bridges, Expand High-Speed Internet & Protect the Great Lakes, Sending Bill to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today that will make vital investments in Michigan infrastructure, including in our roads and bridges, high-speed internet, the elimination of lead service lines, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes, all of which will strengthen our economy. Peters helped passed this bill that boosts our economic competitiveness out of the Senate in August… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Protect Privacy by Securing and Preventing Misuse of Data Collected By Artificial Intelligence Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to secure and protect information handled by federal contractors using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, such as biometric data from facial recognition scans, has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bill would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bill to Deliver Stability to Michigan Travel and Hospitality Economies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for convention, trade show, entertainment, travel, and hospitality industries and its workers in Michigan. The Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act would extend and establish tax credits that would help these industries retain workers, recover lost jobs due to the pandemic and provide greater economic stability. "Michigan is home to many tourism destinatio… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Peters & Colleagues Introduce Amendment to Annual Defense Bill to Strengthen Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense authorization bill to require critical infrastructure owners and operators and civilian federal agencies to report to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) if they experience a cyber-attack, and most entities to report if they make a ransomware payment. The amendment is based on… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Peters Bipartisan Bills to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Prevent Government Waste by Reducing Cost of Operating Federal Buildings Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two bipartisan bills authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to save taxpayer dollars and ensure that government is working effectively and efficiently for the American people have advanced in the Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bills would direct the General Services Administration (GSA) to install the most life-cycle cost effective and energy-efficient lighting in p… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Bipartisan Legislation Led By Peters to Strengthen Inspector General Protections Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to provide Inspectors General with additional protections has advanced in the Senate. The legislation, which will strengthen independent oversight of the federal government's effectiveness, was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bill is based on a legislation Peters introduced earlier this year. "It's critical that federal watchdogs are able to wo… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Peters Bipartisan Bills to Help Combat Human Trafficking Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two bipartisan bills authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that would enhance our nation's ability to combat the rise of human trafficking were approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bills would make permanent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) and increase coordination between DHS components and the Blue Campaign, a national public awareness effort… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce Nearly $6 Million in Federal Funding for Bishop, MBS Airports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding Bishop International Airport in Flint $3,844,995 and MBS International Airport in Saginaw County $2,141,384. These grants - which were made possible through the American Rescue Plan that Peters, Stabenow and Kildee helped enact earlier this year - will go towards improving airport safety and operations. "… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Delta County Airport Will Receive Nearly $1.1 Million in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,093,955 to Delta County Airport in Escanaba. This grant - which was made possible through the American Rescue Plan that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year - will go towards improving airport safety and operations. "Michigan airports play a critical role in growing our economy by connecting communities and businesses to important… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Federal Agencies Can Quickly and Securely Adopt Cloud Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, announced he has introduced bipartisan legislation to update and make permanent the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), to ensure federal agencies are able to quickly and securely adopt cloud-based technologies that improve government operations and efficiency. The bill will make FedRAMP more accountable to the American people and create private sector jobs in compan… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Peters Convenes Hearing with Independent Experts to Examine Amplification of Domestic Extremist Content on Social Media Platforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with independent experts focusing on the role social media platforms play in the amplification of domestic extremist content, including white nationalist and anti-government content, and how the spread of this rhetoric online translates to real world violence that presents a serious national security threat. "In attack after attack, there are signs that so… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Peters Convenes Hearing with Independent Experts to Examine Amplification of Domestic Extremist Content on Social Media Platforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with independent experts focusing on the role social media platforms play in the amplification of domestic extremist content, including white nationalist and anti-government content, and how the spread of this rhetoric online translates to real world violence that presents a serious national security threat. "In attack after attack, there are signs that so… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Michigan Judicial Nominees One Step Closer to Confirmation

WASHINGTON-Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing the nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar and Judge Jane Beckering by a bipartisan vote. Judge Shalina Kumar was nominated to be U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge Jane Beckering was nominated to be U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Their nominations now head to the full Senate for confirmation. If Judge Kumar is c… Continue Reading


10.27.21

ICYMI: On Washington Post Live, Peters Discusses Efforts to Address Threat Posed by Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Washington Post Live to discuss how he is leading efforts to fight back against cyber-attacks that disrupt lives and livelihoods and hold foreign adversaries and cybercriminals accountable for targeting American networks. During the interview, Peters highlighted his efforts to improve how the federal government combats online attacks, including ransomware, a… Continue Reading


10.21.21

Video: Peters Convenes Hearing with Federal Inspectors General Examining Need for Bipartisan Reforms to Safeguard Independence and Integrity of Agency Watchdogs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with federal inspectors general to discuss bipartisan legislation he authored that would provide federal watchdogs with protections to strengthen independent oversight of the government's effectiveness. Peters and the witnesses also examined the importance of ensuring the independence and integrity of inspectors general as they work to help Congress prevent… Continue Reading


10.21.21

ICYMI: Great Lakes Coast Guard Center of Expertise Created by Peters to be Headquartered in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced the location selection of the U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise (NCOE) for the Great Lakes, which will be headquartered in Michigan after Peters successfully secured $4.5 million for the initiative and passed legislation into law establishing the Great Lakes NCOE in 2018. To maximize research and operational capabilities, the Great Lakes NCOE, created by Peters, will formalize a partnership between Lake Superior State Universit… Continue Reading

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