Press Releases

07.01.21

Peters Welcomes Nearly $36 Million in COVID Relief Funding To Help Michigan Small Businesses and Consumers in Minority Communities

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded nearly $36 million to communities across Michigan through the Community Development Financial Institutions Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP), which he helped secure in the December COVID relief package last year. These resources will provide necessary capital for CDFIs to respond to economic challenges caused by the pandemic, particularly in underserved communities. "I'm proud to… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Peters and Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Secure Federal Information Technology Supply Chains against Threats

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect against cybersecurity threats and other technological supply chain security vulnerabilities that arise when the federal government purchases services, equipment or products. The Supply Chain Security Training Act would create a standardized training program to help federal employees responsible for purcha… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FEMA Reservists' Jobs During Disaster 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, announced they have introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reservists from losing their full-time employment when they are called up to assist communities with disaster response. FEMA reservists are temporary, on-call and intermittent employees who are essential to the agency's mission… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters Announces Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Expand Eligibility for State Maritime Academies Student Incentive Payment Program

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the age eligibility for the Student Incentive Payment Program through the Maritime Administration, which provides financial assistance to cadets who attend one of the six State Maritime Academies and commit to a post-graduation service obligation. The Changing Age-Determined Eligibility to Student Incentive Payments (CADETS) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tammy… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar and Judge Jane Beckering to Federal Judgeships in Michigan’s Eastern and Western Districts

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded President Biden's nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar as the U.S. District Court Judge to the Eastern District of Michigan and Judge Jane Beckering as the U.S. District Court Judge to the Western District of Michigan. If Judge Shalina Kumar is confirmed, she would be the first federal judge of South Asian descent in Michigan. "I'm pleased President Biden announced he intends to nominate Michiganders Shalina Kumar and Ja… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Peters and Portman Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill would 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 understandable justifications for their budget reque… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Peters, Stabenow Help Senate Pass the Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) helped the Senate pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021, which provides resources and incentives to help farmers, ranchers and foresters implement climate-conscious practices to benefit the environment, while boosting Michigan's economy and generating new sources of income through carbon markets. The legislation was introduced by Stabenow and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 52 Senators, including Peters. "… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill Expanding Access to Benefits for Displaced Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to benefits made available through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program for displaced workers. The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Reauthorization Act of 2021 would improve the existing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program by broadening eligibility so that additional trade-impacted workers can receive job training, extended un… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Peters Announces Reintroduction of Bipartisan Bill to Alleviate Student Loan Debt and Help Communities Fill Worker Shortages

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced reintroduction of bipartisan legislation to help recent graduates pay down student loan debt while addressing worker shortages in communities across the state and country. The Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarships Act of 2021, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would expand post-graduation scholarship grant programs by mandating that scholarship recipients are not required to pay inc… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Community Policing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that aims to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve by incentivizing recruits to work in the communities where they live. The Strong Communities Act would provide federal grants for local law enforcement recruits who agree to attend school or academy and then serve in a law enforcement agency in their respective communities. Peters previously introduced the legislation … Continue Reading


06.18.21

Peters Commemorates Juneteenth Independence Day

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing June 19th as the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day, the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation:"Each year, Juneteenth is a time to reflect on our nation's painful legacy of slavery and the fight for equality that still continues today. It is also a reminder of the enduring hope for and efforts to build an America where all people… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law: "Today's decision is critical for upholding access to quality, affordable health care and protecting those with pre-existing health conditions. We've simply come too far to go back to the days when insurance companies called the shots on health care for millions of Michiganders, and I'll continue fighting to protect and build on the progress we've made. "I look for… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Michigan Communities Support Peters’ Legislation to Protect Them from Consequences of Proposed Change to Metropolitan Area Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michigan officials are speaking in support of bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, that would help protect Michigan communities from the possible consequences of a proposed change that would increase the population threshold for metropolitan areas from 50,000 to 100,000. Communities in Michigan and across the United States count on this designation for federal funding that goe… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Peters Statement on the Passing of His Mother, Madeleine Vignier Peters

DETROIT, MI - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on the passing of his mother, Madeleine Vignier Peters, Tuesday at the age of 96: "My mother was the cornerstone of our family. Our hearts are shattered at her passing. She lived her incredible life to the fullest, devoted herself to her family and spent her life helping everyone she met. "My mother grew up in Reims, France and - at age 15 - she was forced to flee Nazi Germany's invasion of her hometown, even hiding in a dit… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Investigate Federal Vehicle Safety Tests

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the federal government's vehicle safety testing practices, specifically around crash test dummies. The Furthering Advanced and Inclusive Research for Crash Tests Act (FAIR Crash Tests Act), which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), would order a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of federal vehic… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to Convene Hearing Examining DC Statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he will convene a hearing on making Washington, D.C. the 51st state. The hearing will examine the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S. 51), legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), to grant Washington, D.C. statehood. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.'s Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, who led the legislation through… Continue Reading


06.14.21

Peters Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Traffic Signal Technology and Improve Roadway Efficiency

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced he helped introduce a bipartisan bill that would create the Smart Technology Traffic Signals Grant Program within the Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the functioning of traffic signals across the country through the implementation of innovative technologies. The Smart Intersections Act of 2021, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), … Continue Reading


06.11.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $42,000 for the Mount Clemens Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Mount Clemens Fire Department will receive $42,999 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan put their safety on the line to protect their neighbors and communities, and it's critical they have the resources needed t… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $466,000 for the Grand Rapids Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Grand Rapids Fire Department will receive $466,948 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan put their safety on the line to protect their neighbors and communities, and it's critical they have the resources needed to… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Peters and Portman Seek Input as Committee Works to Address Relentless Ransomware Attacks

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 seeking input from the Administration as they work to address the relentless wave of ransomware attacks against our nation's critical infrastructure. Recent attacks have included dangerous breaches of a major oil pipeline, the New York City transportation system, and meatpacking centers across the nation. "As highlighted in rece… Continue Reading

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