Press Releases

03.09.18

Peters Announces Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Farmers

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) visited Dream Winds Dairy farm in Ottawa County, where he announced bipartisan legislation to preserve critical loans used by small farmers to start and grow their operations. The bill, which he will be introducing with Republican David Perdue (GA), would ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan program can fulfill its commitments to already-approved loan applications. In recent years, the program had… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Peters, Stabenow Announce $3 Million for Improvements to Holly Road in Oakland County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced the Road Commission for Oakland County will receive $3 million to make safety improvements to Holly Road. The grant will support efforts to resurface and address issues on approximately 4.5 miles on North Holly Road from Grange Hall Road to County Line Road. This two-lane rural road provides access to a regional hospital, a national cemetery and I-75. The project will include drainage improvements, cutting hills to… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Children's Identity Theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to help protect children's identities from "synthetic ID fraud," a form of identity theft that relies on pairing stolen Social Security Numbers (SSN) with fake names and birth dates. A recent study found that one in every ten children had their SSN used by identity thieves to fraudulently open bank accounts or credit card accounts, negatively affecting a child's credit before they even be… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill Supporting U.S.-Israel Space Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced bipartisan legislation to support the longstanding partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA). Cooperation between the two agencies has resulted in a host of beneficial achievements, including work on global positioning systems (GPS) and the Mars Curiosity Rover. "From the groundbreaking discoveries of … Continue Reading


03.05.18

Peters, Colleagues Seek Information on Sec. Carson’s Extravagant Taxpayer-Funded Furniture Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today sent a letter urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to explain the process that led to approval of an expenditure in excess of $31,000 for an office dining set, which is an apparent violation of federal law. "These actions are the latest in a troubling pattern of senior Tr… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Resolution to Reinstate Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced a resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules that ensure a free and open internet for all Americans. The resolution, which would fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order, has the support of 50 members of the Senate, including Republican Senator Susan Collins. Only one more vote is needed for the Senate to take action. "We live in an increasingly interconnecte… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Peters Delivers President George Washington’s Farewell Address on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered the annual reading of President George Washington's Farewell Address on the Senate floor. Since 1896, senators of alternating parties have delivered the 7,641-word speech in observance of Washington's Birthday. Peters is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and his forefather, William Garrett, served in the Virginia militia alongside General Washington at Valley Forge during the harsh winter of 1777-1778. Watch the Vid… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Peters, Stabenow Urge Congress to Provide Funding for Critical Water Contamination Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide funding for a critical study on the health impacts of exposure to chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In Michigan, residents across the state are dealing with the aftermath of finding unsafe levels of these chemicals in their lakes and drinking water. PFAS have been linked to cancer as well as thyroid, kidney, liver, and reproductive problems. The… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Peters, Colleges Raise Concerns About State Department Vacancies

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined a letter to President Trump signed by 18 U.S. Senators expressing concern about the many vacant senior positions and extensive attrition at the State Department. "The absence of U.S. ambassadors in critical parts of the world leaves a number of our allies and strategic partners seeking assurances that America is committed to diplomacy," wrote the Senates. "We urge you to consult with Congress regarding measures that impact the recruitmen… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Peters, Colleagues Urge Social Security Administration to Help Prevent Identity Theft

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators urging the Social Security Administration to prevent identity theft by requiring financial institutions to match each customer's identity with their Social Security number when applying for loans, mortgages and credit cards. Identity thieves are increasingly stealing Social Security numbers (SSN) from children, pairing them with fake names, birth dates, and addresses to create new "synthetic" identities. The s… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Peters and Carper Press Agencies on Scott Pruitt’s Lavish Taxpayer-Funded Travel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee and Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent letters today pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) on recent reports of wasteful spending on excessive, taxpayer-funded travel by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff. "Administrator Pruitt's frequent tr… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Sen. Peters National Criminal Justice Commission Provision Approved by Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a provision based on bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) that would create a National Criminal Justice Commission. The commission would be tasked with conducting a top-to-bottom review and proposing recommendations to address the most pressing issues facing our nation's criminal justice system. The provision passed as part of broader sentencing reform l… Continue Reading


02.15.18

In Wake of Nassar Scandal, Peters, Cornyn & Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Hold Universities Accountable for Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that they are introducing legislation to hold universities that receive federal funding accountable for sexual abuse cases that threaten the safety of their students. Following horrific abuses involving Larry Nassar at Michigan State University and Jerry Sandusky at Pennsylvania State University, the Senators are introducing the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title I… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Peters and Burr Introduce Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Unfair Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today are introducing bipartisan legislation to help enforce trade laws for small and medium-sized businesses that are undercut by unfair trade practices. Under current law, the Commerce Department has the authority to self-initiate investigations into dumping and subsidies, but rarely utilizes this authority. The majority of their investigations begin only after companies or industry representatives lodge formal complaint… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Peters Floor Remarks Calling for Rural Broadband Investment

Peters: "Being connected to high-speed broadband in the 21st century is as critical to the prosperity of rural communities as being connected to running water in the 20th century." Peters: "The Administration's infrastructure proposal utterly fails to recognize the urgency for robust connectivity nationwide, especially for communities caught on the wrong side of the digital divide." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today calling on the Trump Administr… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Peters Statement on Bipartisan Trade Policy Meeting at White House

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) issued the following statement after today's bipartisan meeting with President Trump and other administration officials on trade policy: "I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend today's meeting and discuss critical trade policy issues that have harmed businesses and workers across Michigan. Michigan's workers are the best in the world, and our products will outshine our competitors as long as there is fair competition. I am extremely concer… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Peters Floor Remarks Urging Trump Administration to Enforce Sanctions against Russia

Peters: "What kind of signal does that send to Vladimir Putin when the Administration puts the Kremlin and Russian plutocrats ahead of the United States Capitol and duly elected Members of Congress?" Peters: "The Administration should use the power provided by Congress to punish Vladimir Putin, his inner circle, and those who do business with them and enrich Putin's regime." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate f… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Peters, Stabenow Demand Answers from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Stalled Investigation into Equifax Data Breach

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined 30 of their colleagues in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English demanding answers on why the CFPB has reportedly halted its investigation into the Equifax data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and personal identification information of more than 145 million Americans, including more than 4.6 million… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Peters, Colleagues Question Mattis on Cost to Taxpayers of President Trump’s Military Parade

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain the impact of President Trump's directive to conduct a military parade in Washington, D.C on American taxpayers. Peters is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Na… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Curb Improper Federal Payments to the Deceased

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined his colleagues in introducing the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, bipartisan legislation that would help save millions of federal taxpayer dollars by curbing erroneous payments to deceased individuals. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains the most complete federal database of individuals who are reported to have died, only a small number of federal agencies have access to this offi… Continue Reading

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