Press Releases

08.26.21

Peters Statement on Deadly Terrorist Attack in Kabul

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the deadly terrorist attack in Kabul: "As I continue to closely monitor developments in Afghanistan, I am mourning the loss of brave U.S. servicemembers and innocent civilians as a result of the horrifying terrorist attack in Kabul. I'm praying for the recovery of our servicemembers and Afghan allies who were injured. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to th… Continue Reading


08.25.21

PHOTOS: Peters Concludes Annual Motorcycle Tour Across Michigan in Paradise

PARADISE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Paradise in the Upper Peninsula on the third and final day of his annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters concluded his Hell to Paradise motorcycle tour at the Whitefish Point Light Station and was joined by Chris Olson with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa County Commission Board Chair Jim Martin, and Bruce Lynn with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. "There is no better way to see everyt… Continue Reading


08.24.21

After Passing House, Peters and Portman Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending Heads to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the House passage of their bipartisan bill, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act, to help make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to the public. The legislation will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily underst… Continue Reading


08.19.21

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Quickly Evacuate Afghan Allies and Their Families to Safety

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators today in urging the Biden Administration to address the quickly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan partners. In the letter, Peters and 52 other Senators call for the urgent evacuation of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and their families, as well as the full and immediate implementation of legislation that they helped the Senate pass last mo… Continue Reading


08.19.21

Peters, Stabenow, Brown Urge Taiwan to Continue Efforts to Address Ongoing Semiconductor Chip Shortage Affecting Auto Workers, Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Sherrod Brown (OH) urged the Taiwanese government to continue working to mitigate the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has impacted American auto manufacturers, causing plants to idle and resulting in layoffs for workers throughout the auto industry's supply chain. In their letter to Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Bi-khim Hsiao, the senators thanked Taiwan for working to address the global chip shortage, wh… Continue Reading


08.16.21

Photos Available: Peters Tours of Port of Monroe with Acting CBP Commissioner and Port Leaders

MONROE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today toured the Port of Monroe with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, including Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, and Port of Monroe leaders to assess current operations and discuss resolving ongoing cargo clearance challenges the port faces. In recent years, the Port of Monroe has been restricted by CBP's Detroit Field Office from accepting international break bulk carg… Continue Reading


08.12.21

Peters, Stabenow Accepting Applications for Federal Judgeship in the Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT, MI - Following the announcement that Judge David Lawson, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, is taking senior status, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced they are accepting applications from qualified persons interested in nomination for federal judge in the Eastern District of Michigan. Interested candidates should request an application by emailing judicialnominations@stabenow.senate.gov. The deadline to submit an application for… Continue Reading


08.11.21

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Community Leaders Across Michigan Applaud Senate Passage of Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) yesterday helped the Senate pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that makes historic investments in Michigan infrastructure, including roads, bridges, high-speed internet, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes that will strengthen our economy. In recent months, Peters held roundtable discussions across the state to hear from local, business and labor leaders on Michigan's infrastructure needs and improvements. Here's what leaders … Continue Reading


08.10.21

Peters Provisions to Strengthen Cybersecurity Pass Senate as a Part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Provisions secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to bolster our nation's cyber defenses have passed the Senate as a part of a bipartisan bill that would significantly upgrade our nation's infrastructure. The provisions would provide $1 billion to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments deter attacks from cybercriminals and modernize systems to protect sensitive data and information, as wel… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Peters Secures $500 Million to Help Michigan Communities Address Shoreline Erosion and Flooding in Senate-Passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that he secured $500 million in funding for communities to help mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that has passed the Senate. The funding would be used to help states establish revolving loan programs for local governments to carry out mitigation projects that reduce natural disaster risk, including extreme flooding, shor… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country has passed the Senate. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family records, medical histories, and employment information. The bill, which the Homeland Secu… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Peters Helps Senate Pass Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Invest in Michigan Roads, Bridges & High-Speed Internet

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped the Senate pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that makes historic investments in Michigan infrastructure, including roads, bridges, high-speed internet, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes that will strengthen our economy. This bill would also boost our economic competitiveness. It also includes robust funding for Peters' bipartisan STORM Act that was signed into law earlier this year and will help communities addres… Continue Reading


08.09.21

VIDEO: Peters, Stabenow Highlight Michigan Priorities in Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today held a virtual press conference to highlight Michigan priorities in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that is expected to soon pass the Senate. For video of Peters click here and for video of Stabenow click here. "It's exciting because we're finally addressing infrastructure, basic infrastructure - roads and bridges in this country that have been neglected for far too long," said Senator Peters during the vir… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Nearly $5.5 Million in Federal Funding to Address Damages Caused by Severe Flooding in Midland County

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed $5,476,035 in federal funding for the City of Midland to help address the significant damages and community needs resulting from severe storms and flooding that detrimentally affected the region in May 2020. This funding was awarded by the Office of Community Planning and Development within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the agency's Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDRF) gra… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Video: Peters Convenes Second Hearing Examining Actions Needed to Combat White Supremacist and Anti-Government Domestic Terrorism Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing to examine how the federal government can more effectively combat the rise of domestic terrorism, including white supremacist, faith-based and anti-government violence. The hearing was the second Peters convened this week to continue examining the threat of domestic terrorism and needed actions by the federal government to address this significant and deadl… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Security Grants to Faith-Based and Nonprofit Institutions Across Michigan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will distribute nearly $3.5 million in 2021 to nonprofits and faith-based organizations across Michigan to help secure their facilities against potential attacks. This is a $1.1 million increase over the previous year. Peters helped secure $180 million in appropriations for the NGSP in the f… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Welcomes Biden Administration’s Steps to Strengthen American Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement welcoming the Biden Administration's action to promote electric vehicle sales goals, strengthen America's leadership in electric vehicle manufacturing and production while addressing climate change: "The future of the global auto industry is electric - and it is vital that the United States continue to lead in the 21st century mobility race. President Biden is taking much-needed steps to cement our leadership … Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in an effort to make higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA), which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR), would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants … Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Help Identify and Strengthen Critical Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to research supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten homeland security has advanced in the Senate. The bill, which Peters introduced last week, would also require DHS to identify ways to strengthen critical supply chains. Recent shortages of critical supplies have highlighted significant gaps in our nation's supply chains, as well as the need to strengthen d… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters and Portman Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination with State and Local Governments Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments has advanced in the Senate. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act would encourage federal cybersecurity experts to share information regarding cybersecurity thre… Continue Reading

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