Press Releases

03.12.21

Peters Secures Funding in American Rescue Plan to Vaccinate Michiganders at Ford Field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, welcomed an announcement from the White House that federal funds he led the charge to secure as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act, will be directed to a vaccination clinic at Ford Field. The site, operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will accelerate vaccine distribution in Michigan. "Vaccine distribution has rapidly increased under the Biden Admin… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Peters: ‘Significant Relief is On the Way’ Now That American Rescue Plan Act is Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) welcomed President Biden signing the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which will provide robust COVID relief to Michiganders. Peters helped pass this historic package through the Senate, which includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution, help schools reopen safely, extend unemployment benefits, support small businesses and help local and state governments carry out essential functions. "There's no questi… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $4.5 Million Federal Funding to Help Advance Michigan Technological University Automated Vehicle Research

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed $4,498,650 in federal funding awarded to the Michigan Technological University for self-driving vehicle research and development. The funding - awarded through the Department of Energy - will support ongoing projects to enhance connected and automated vehicle technologies that improve driver safety by eliminating risk found in human error. Led by the University and in partnership with General Motors (GM), the… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Peters Statement on American Rescue Plan Heading to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after final House passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law: "A year into this pandemic, it's clear that Michiganders and Americans still need additional support to put food on the table, pay their bills and make ends meet. I have heard gut-wrenching personal stories from countless Michiganders - who are trying to keep their heads above water … Continue Reading


03.09.21

Peters & Portman Press Federal Agencies for Information on Coronavirus Pandemic Preparation and Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are pressing top federal agencies for information, including documents, communications and interviews, related to the federal government's Coronavirus pandemic preparedness and response. This is the first bipartisan effort by the committee leaders to examine the federal government's planning, coordination and execution of prevention … Continue Reading


03.06.21

Peters Helps Pass American Rescue Plan That Will Provide Significant COVID Relief to Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today helped the Senate pass robust Coronavirus relief legislation that would provide critical aid to Michiganders. The American Rescue Plan includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution, help schools reopen safely, extend unemployment benefits and support small businesses. Peters urged the House to swiftly approve the Senate-passed bill so it can be signed into law quickly by President Biden. "The American … Continue Reading


03.05.21

Peters Visits with Michigan National Guardsmen Deployed to Protect the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after joining Governor Whitmer in meeting and eating lunch with the Michigan National Guardsmen who have been deployed to Washington, DC to protect the U.S. Capitol: "It was an honor to again thank the Michigan National Guard for their service in protecting the Capitol: the very symbol of our democracy. During my interactions with our Michigan Guardsmen throughout their deployment, they demonstrated their comm… Continue Reading


03.05.21

Peters Announces Caitlyn Stephenson as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that Caitlyn Stephenson will serve as his Chief of Staff. "I am thrilled and gratified that Caitlyn will serve as my chief of staff and lead my team as we face the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead," said Senator Peters. "Caitlyn has been a trusted member of my team throughout the years. She is a dedicated public servant and there is no one who knows Michigan better than her. Her leadership will continue to be critical… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Peters Pushes for Passage of American Rescue Plan to Deliver Robust COVID Relief for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - During a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today pushed for quick Senate passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which would deliver robust and comprehensive Coronavirus relief to Michiganders. The Senate is considering the package that will provide critical aid to Michiganders and Americans across the nation, includes funding to distribute stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution and help schools reopen safely. "We must act quickly to meet th… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Peters Presses Senior National Security and Defense Officials for Answers on Preparation and Response Failures That Led to January 6th Capitol Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today pressed senior officials from national security, law enforcement and defense agencies about breakdowns in intelligence gathering, security preparations and the delayed response on January 6, 2021 when domestic terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol. Peters pushed for information on how our nation's law enforcement and intelligence agencies misjudged the likelihood of violen… Continue Reading


03.02.21

Peters Helps Confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after joining his colleagues on a bipartisan basis to confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce: "I'm excited to work with Secretary-designate Raimondo on a wide variety of issues affecting Michigan. In our conversations, she has made clear her commitment to addressing challenges affecting Michigan workers: whether it is getting through thi… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Peters Releases GAO Report Showing More Action is Needed to Address PFAS Contamination

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that shows the federal government needs to take further action to clean up and prevent contamination from per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). The report found that the Trump Administration made limited progress in protecting communities and drinking water resources from exposure to toxic "forever" chemicals known… Continue Reading


02.27.21

Peters Applauds House Passage of American Rescue Plan, Pushes for Quick Senate Passage

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded House passage of robust and comprehensive Coronavirus relief that would provide critical aid to Michiganders and Americans across the nation. He urged the Senate, which is scheduled to begin considering the package next week, to pass it swiftly. The American Rescue Plan includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution and help schools reopen safely. Peters supports the American Rescue Plan and has … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Peters Asks Biden Administration to Increase Transparency on Northern Border Pandemic Travel Restrictions

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is asking the Biden Administration to prioritize communication and provide clear information to Michiganders and Americans on continuing land border travel restrictions at the Northern Border. In the letter, Peters requested additional information to ensure Michiganders are aware of current protocols, and requested that the Administration publicly disclose criteria driving the statu… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Peters Reintroduces Legislation to Ensure Public Buildings Utilize Energy Efficient Lighting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reintroduced a bipartisan bill 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 bill previously passed through Committee during the 116th Congress. "Utilizing the most energy efficient lighting systems in public buildings could save… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Willow Run Airport Will Receive $10 Million Federal Grant for Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $10 million to the Willow Run Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by funding Peters and Stabenow helped enact through a government funding bill. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements, including construction on a runway. "Safe and reliable air travel is critical to keeping communities across s… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Peters Speaks on Senate Floor and Helps Confirm Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered floor remarks in support of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's nomination to be Secretary of Energy. Peters voted in favor of her confirmation, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support. "I've known Secretary-designate Granholm for many years and I served in her Administration while she was Governor. There is no question she is uniquely qualified to serve as Secretary of Energy. As the Governor of Michigan, she led… Continue Reading


02.24.21

Peters Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order Securing America’s Supply Chains

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on President Biden's executive order securing our country's supply chains: "Whether it was the shortage of personal protective equipment early on in this pandemic - or the current semiconductor shortage that's hurting our autoworkers and manufacturing - there's no question more must be done to shore up our supply chains. These shor… Continue Reading


02.23.21

During First Oversight Hearing of January 6th Capitol Attack, Peters Presses Officials for Answers Regarding Security & Intelligence Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today pressed a group of officials responsible for security of the U.S. Capitol complex and surrounding area for answers on the January 6th attack. Peters pushed for information about breakdowns in intelligence gathering, security preparations and the delayed response during the first oversight hearing on the Capitol attack. Peters convened the bipartisan oversight hearing j… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen American Manufacturing and Create Jobs in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today introduced their bipartisan bill to strengthen our Buy American laws. The Make It in America Act will make it harder for federal agencies to use waivers to get around Buy American requirements, requiring the federal government to give preference to American companies and spend taxpayer dollars on American-made products and American jobs. Peters has led numerous efforts to support American manufacturers and workers.… Continue Reading

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