Press Releases

07.10.20

Peters, Colleagues Call for Premium Pay for VA Employees on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined his colleagues in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to share information on premium and retention pay policies for medical employees working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Peters previously proposed the "COVID-19 Heroes Fund" to provide pandemic premium pay to reward, retain and recruit essential workers. The House passed a provision ba… Continue Reading


07.09.20

Peters & Stabenow Press for Clarification on Northern Border Travel Restrictions as Local Coronavirus Guidance Evolves

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) are pressing the Department of Homeland Security for additional information on travel restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border as local Coronavirus restrictions begin to change. Restrictions on non-essential travel have helped slow the spread of Coronavirus and allowed essential trade and travel to continue at the U.S.-Canada border. The Senators are… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Peters Introduces the National Institute of Manufacturing Act

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced introduction of legislation that would establish an independent federal institute - the National Institute of Manufacturing (NIM) - to serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs that would be led by a Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) responsible for creating and implementing a National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing across the executive branch. The National Institute of Manufacturing Act would coordinate federal manufacturin… Continue Reading


07.06.20

Peters Introduces 1619 Act to Raise Awareness, Understanding of African American History in Schools

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced a bill to increase awareness and understanding of African American history across our schools through expanded access to programming from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The 1619 Act would provide federal funding to support African American History educational programs through workshops and professional development activities for educators. Peters' bill is cosponsored by 15 Senators, including … Continue Reading


07.06.20

Peters, Stabenow Press Trump Administration for Answers on Rewarding an Unreliable Company to Produce Testing Supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) explain why a company called Fillakit was awarded a no-bid contract by FEMA worth more than $10 million. According to recent reporting, Fillakit was incorporated one week before it was awarded the contract and was headed by an untrustwo… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Peters Report Details Impact of Coronavirus on Nursing Home Residents and Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a new report on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on residents and workers in nursing homes. The report details missteps by the Trump Administration that enabled the spread of COVID-19 through nursing homes, which led to deaths of more than 54,000 residents and workers nationwide, and about 2,000 seniors and workers in Michigan facilities. Despite representi… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Peters Announces Over $14 Million in Federal Grants to Expand Apprenticeships in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor is providing the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity with $14,329,228 in federal grants to expand and improve apprenticeship programs. Michigan will receive $9,447,859 for Registered Apprenticeship Programs and $4,881,369 for Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Programs. Last month, Peters supported Michigan's application for a grant to build state capacity for increasing skills training oppor… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Supporting Additional Funding to Keep the Postal Service Operating

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined his colleagues in introducing a resolution in support of the U.S. Postal Service. The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis have led to serious financial uncertainty for the Postal Service, and the agency could be forced to limit operations in the coming months without additional financial support from Congress. Peters' resolution calls for additional f… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Senate Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Payments to Deceased Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced to prevent the federal government from wasting taxpayer dollars on wrongful payments to deceased Americans. The Senate's action follows a report Peters released earlier this week detailing how the Trump Administration sent more than 1.1 million Coronavirus economic relief payments totaling $1.4 billion … Continue Reading


07.01.20

Following Briefing, Peters Presses for Answers from Administration on Russia Reportedly Paying Bounties for Lives of U.S. Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement regarding the reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants for the lives of U.S. and allied servicemembers, following a Senate Armed Services Committee briefing today: "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, my top priority is ensuring servicemembers have the support they need to safely carry out their missions and return home," said Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "I … Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Northern Michigan Airports Will Receive Almost $2.2 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 $1,921,000 to the Cherry Capital Airport and $263,156 to the Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will g… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Muskegon County Airport Will Receive $1 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 $1,052,631 to the Muskegon County Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the rehabilit… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce Bishop International Airport Will Receive Around $419,000 Federal Grant for Improvements

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 $419,444 to the Bishop International Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters, Stabenow and Kildee helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towar… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Houghton County Memorial Airport Will Receive $544,000 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 $544,000 to the Houghton County Memorial Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the co… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Alpena County Regional Airport Will Receive $1.2 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 $1,206,500 to the Alpena County Regional Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - which Peters and Stabenow helped enact - to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the re… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $4.1 Million for Transportation Services in Holland, Zeeland Through the CARES Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing the Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority (MAX Transit), which services both Holland and Zeeland, a $4.1 million grant. Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that MAX Transit will remain operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. … Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Joins Homeland Security Committee Members in Calling for Answers on Strategic National Stockpile Supplies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined several of his committee colleagues in a letter calling for answers from the Administration about the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to rapidly distribute personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during public health emergencies. U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (NH), Tom Carper (DE), Kamala Harris (CA)… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Receives Special Recognition Award from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today received a Special Recognition Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) for his dedication to ensuring that all Michiganders can access quality, affordable health care and leadership during the Coronavirus pandemic. "Now more than ever, it is critical that health care professionals serving in hospitals, nursing homes and community health centers in every corner of our state have the resources needed to do their jobs safely a… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Statement on Trump Administration Filing Brief Asking Supreme Court to Invalidate Health Care Law

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration late Thursday night filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, in its latest move to end the health care law: "As we battle the Coronavirus and continue to face an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the Trump Administration is dangerously pushing for the Supreme Court to invalidate the health care law, end protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and raise he… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Accurate Census Count and Address Coronavirus Disruptions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cosponsored legislation that would extend required deadlines for delivering census data and implement important transparency and accountability requirements to help ensure a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census. In April, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would delay all field operations by three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, raising questions about the … Continue Reading

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