Press Releases

07.22.20

Peters, Stabenow Reintroduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act to Rename After Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen voter protections that the late Representative John Lewis (GA-05) and other civil rights leaders fought to secure within the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, renamed after the Civil Rights icon, is in response to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that weakened federal voting protections in jurisdictions that have a history o… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Peters Bill to Strengthen Disaster Response for Communities of Color Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to strengthen the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster response efforts for communities of color advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in Disaster Response, Recovery, and Resilience Act would establish the Office of Equal Right… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Peters Requests Details on Reported Changes to USPS Mail Delivery Services

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is requesting detailed information on reported changes to the longstanding delivery service providing by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is the only entity that provides delivery to every address in the United States, and changes that compromise service could risk cutting off communities and families who depend on the Postal Service every day. "It is essential t… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Over $25 Million in Funding for Advance Vehicle Technology Projects in Michigan That Go to Program They Have Pushed to Support

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed that six projects supporting new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies in Michigan will receive a total of $25,854,623 million in funding from the Department of Energy (DOE). Peters and Stabenow have led the charge on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide additional resources for the DOE's Vehicle Technology Office, which is the office responsible for the management of these projects. Their biparti… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Peters Announces Support for Child Care is Essential Act, Pushes for Funding for Child Care Centers as Part of Next COVID-19 Relief Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced support for legislation that would help ensure that child care providers have the resources needed to maintain operations and reopen safely and is pushing for its inclusion as part of the next Coronavirus relief package. The Child Care is Essential Act, which Peters is cosponsoring, would provide $50 billion to a new Child Care Stabilization fund within the already existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. As businesses… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Peters Statement on Air Force Awarding Contract for Remediation Around Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base Near Oscoda

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Air Force awarding a contract to Aerostar SES LLC to better control the migration of PFAS in areas around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base near Oscoda as part of the remediation process: "Today's announcement is an important step towards finally cleaning up these toxic chemicals that have been present in the Oscoda community for too long. I was proud to work with my colleagues to secure dedicated … Continue Reading


07.15.20

Peters Tours TentCraft in Traverse City, Highlights Efforts to Support Businesses Adapting to Challenges Posed by COVID-19

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited TentCraft, a custom pop-up tent, frame tent and tent accessory manufacturer, in Traverse City. While on a tour of their facility, Peters also highlighted his recent efforts to support small businesses across Michigan that are working to adapt to unprecedented challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. TentCraft applied for and received a loan from the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which Peter… Continue Reading


07.14.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $18.3 Million for the Capital Area Transportation Authority Through the CARES Act

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), which services Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties, an $18.3 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 CATA will remain operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. "As communit… Continue Reading


07.14.20

Peters Presses Federal Agencies for Plans on Safely Reopening, Protecting Workers from Coronavirus

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is seeking details from 24 federal agencies on their plans to begin safely reopening offices in Michigan and across the country, as well as the steps they are taking to provide health and safety guidance and personal protective equipment to workers. "While the country faces an unprecedented public health crisis and accompanying economic recession, it is more important than … Continue Reading


07.10.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $3 Million in Transit Funding for City of Midland

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the City of Midland will receive $2,974,164 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). 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 the City of Midland Dial-A-Ride Transportation will remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Between the Coronavirus pandemic and recovering f… Continue Reading


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

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