Press Releases

12.18.19

Peters Statement on House Impeachment Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "I swore an oath to defend the Constitution as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and when I became U.S. Senator - and I will fulfill my constitutional responsibility in the Senate. Abuse of office and obstruction of Congress are very serious charges that deserve solemn consideration. We must have a fair and non-partisan process, and I will thoroughly evaluate… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Peters Statement on Federal Appeals Court Ruling Regarding Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Texas v. United States regarding the health care law, which sent the case back to the U.S. District Court level: "Let's be clear: the Trump Administration is determined to overturn the health care law and end protections for millions of Michiganders with preexisting health conditions, raise health care costs and return us to the days when insurance companies could … Continue Reading


12.17.19

Peters Announces Support for USMCA, Renegotiated NAFTA Update

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he will support the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "I've long said that we need to renegotiate NAFTA to help level the playing field for Michigan. The USMCA is not perfect, but it is stronger than the initial deal the Administration announced and includes provisions I pushed for to strengthen enforcement and labor standards. When this bipartisan agreem… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Peters Presses DeVos for Answers on Program that Wasted Over $500 Million in Taxpayer Money on Failed Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for answers after a recent report by the Network for Public Education (NPE) uncovered that more than $500 million in taxpayer funds went to charter schools that were closed or never even opened. According to the report, Michigan had the highest number of taxpayer-funded schools that never opened - 112 defunct charter s… Continue Reading


12.17.19

After Senate Passes Final National Defense Bill With Peters’ PFAS Provisions, Legislation Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the final national defense bill that includes provisions U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) authored and cosponsored to address PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense, has been enacted into law for more than 55 consecutive years. Now that the bill has been passed by the Senate and the House, it goes to the President to be signed into law. This … Continue Reading


12.17.19

Peters Provisions Supporting Servicemembers and Michigan Defense Sector Headed to President’s Desk in National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today passed provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that will benefit servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense sector that contribute to our national security as part of the national defense bill. The bill includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, an end to the "Widow's Tax," bipartisan legislation Peters supported to crack down on international manufacturers and traffickers of fentanyl and a provision based on … Continue Reading


12.16.19

Peters, Stabenow Bipartisan Bill to Establish Great Lakes Fisheries Program Authorization Included in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the final government funding bill will include their bipartisan legislation to authorize Great Lakes fishery funding and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act, which they led with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), will enable the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to continue to conduct research to help support th… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Final Government Funding Bill Includes Peters Effort to Increase Great Lakes Restoration Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the final government funding bill includes the provision he led to provide the first increase in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Funding since the program was established nearly a decade ago. The additional $19 million for the GLRI for Fiscal Year 2020 was an increase from the proposed level of $301 million. The provision Peters secured in this end-of-year legislation builds on his bipartisan measure that passed the Se… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Peters, Stabenow, Gillibrand, Cortez Masto Announce Bill to Help Workers Who Lose Their Jobs to Automation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) today announced they introduced The TAA for Automation Act. Their legislation would support workers who lose their jobs due to automation through expanded access to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits, such as job training and reemployment services. Although the current TAA program provides important support to workers who lose their jobs due to trade, workers di… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Representation for Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Sectors on FAA’s Drone Policy Board Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of bipartisan legislation to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s chief drone policy committee includes representation for agriculture, forestry, and rural America. The Drone Advisory Committee for the 21st Century Act, which Peters introduced with Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), would also ensure that the FAA provides representation for local gover… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Peters’ PFAS Provisions Included in Final National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the final national defense bill agreed to by negotiators from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives includes provisions he authored and cosponsored to address PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense, has been enacted into law for more than 55 consecutive years. Now that a final bill is negotiated, the Senate … Continue Reading


12.06.19

Peters Unveils New Report on Lowering Prescription Drug Costs with Michigan Patients & Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, unveiled a new report on skyrocketing prescription drug prices and drug shortages. At St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital in Pontiac, Peters joined Michiganders struggling with prescription drug costs and leaders from Trinity Health - the hospital's parent company. They toured St. Joseph's pharmacy and discussed the challenges health care providers and patients have fa… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Peters Presses Trump Administration to Expedite Approved PFAS Study in Western Michigan, Secures Commitment to Review Holdup from Trump Nominee at Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week pressed the Trump Administration to expedite the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) review of a PFAS health study examining contaminated communities across western Michigan. During the confirmation hearing for Paul Ray, nominated to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Peters secured a commitment to review the holdup and urged an expedited review of the PFAS health study examining contaminated s… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Peters, Stabenow Raise Concerns Over Potential Canadian Nuclear Waste Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) released the following statements raising concerns after the Nuclear Waste Management Organization in Canada announced potential sites to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron: "The Great Lakes provide drinking water to over 40 million people and are part of who we are as Michiganders. That's why we need to do everything we can to protect the Great Lakes for future generations. I am extremely concerned about the possibil… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Senate Unanimously Passes Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) to expand apprenticeship opportunities for veterans. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act would increase veterans' access to financial assistance they can use in connection with an apprenticeship program. In Michigan alone, only a few hundred of the 1,000 registered apprenticeships listed as active by the Department of Lab… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Peters, Romney Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Spread of Opioids through the Mail

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced bipartisan legislation to combat the circulation of opioids, including fentanyl, through the mail. Illicit trafficking of drugs has fueled the deadly opioid epidemic, and many drug traffickers take advantage of shipping and mailing organizations like the United States Postal Service (USPS) and private shipping companies to move their pro… Continue Reading


12.03.19

Peters Testifies Before International Trade Commission in Support of Michigan Cherry Growers, Tariffs Against Turkish Cherry Exporters

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today testified at a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing in Washington, DC in support of Michigan cherry growers' efforts to ensure a level playing field and hold Turkish tart cherry exporters accountable for continually using unfair trade practices. Peters reaffirmed his support for the ITC's preliminary decision to impose tariffs targeting the Turkish cherry industry and advocated for a final determination in line with their prelimin… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Michigan Congressional Delegation Members Continue Advocating for F-35 Mission at Selfridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 14 Members of the Michigan congressional delegation urged the new Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett to select Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County as one of the locations to host the Air National Guard's next F-35A operational base. Lawmakers highlighted the outstanding airmen, modern facilities, unique training range, and low cost of conversion that make the 127th Wing an ideal choice. In addition, lawmakers also pointed to recent developments of c… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Peters Calls for Michigan Border Crossing Funding to Promote Secure, Efficient Trade and Travel

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is urging his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide additional funding in year-end appropriations legislation to facilitate secure and efficient international commerce at Michigan's Blue Water and Gordie Howe Bridges, two of our nation's busiest border crossings. Approximately 300,000 people and $910 million in trade cross the Northern Border ever… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Senate Passes Peters Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination with State and Local Governments

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act would encourage national cybersecurity watchdogs to share information regarding cybersecurity threa… Continue Reading

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