Press Releases

05.28.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $64 Million in Funding for the Detroit Department of Transportation Through the CARES Act

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will receive a $64,300,000 grant 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 allow the DDOT to more frequently disinfect buses, provide additional personal protective equipment to employees and continue transit service th… Continue Reading


05.28.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Telehealth, Help Michiganders Receive Health Care

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced the bipartisan Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act to direct $2 billion to help health care providers in Michigan increase their broadband capacity and expand telehealth services during the current public health crisis. Peters introduced this legislation along with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Boozman (R-AR), Angus King (I-ME), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Ed Markey (D-MA) in … Continue Reading


05.27.20

Peters Introduces Bill to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus in Nursing Homes

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, last week introduced a bill to provide $20 billion to help states, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities contain the spread of the Coronavirus. To date, more than 20,000 nursing home residents and workers have been killed by the virus. The Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act would help states implement strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, purch… Continue Reading


05.27.20

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Support Michigan’s Medicaid Waiver Extension Request for Flint

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) today requested that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extend a waiver expanding Medicaid support for Flint. In response to the Flint Water Crisis, CMS in 2016 approved a five-year Medicaid waiver that expanded Medicaid eligibility and coverage for residents up to 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to lead. The lawmakers wrote to CMS Administrator Seema Ver… Continue Reading


05.27.20

Peters Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Capital for Financial Institutions that Support Small Business Owners, Consumers in Minority Communities

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced a bill that would increase access to capital for community investment institutions working to support small business owners and consumers through the Coronavirus pandemic in minority communities. The Community Capital Investment Act would establish a Treasury Department program to provide community investment institutions, such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs)… Continue Reading


05.26.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $11.5 Million in Federal Grants for Kalamazoo, Berrien County Transit Services

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing Kalamazoo's Central County Transportation Authority (Metro) a $9.1 million grant and Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph's Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) in Berrien County a $2.4 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 t… Continue Reading


05.23.20

Peters, Stabenow, Moolenaar Join FEMA to Tour Flooding in Midland County

MIDLAND, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (MI-04) today joined with FEMA Regional Administrator James K. Joseph in surveying damage caused by the historic flooding and dam failure earlier this week in Midland County. The group participated in an aerial survey of the damage, assessed damage in Sanford, met with local officials to discuss next steps and thanked first responders, volunteers and the Michigan State Police in helping t… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Peters & Slotkin Seek Information on Coast Guard Readiness Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, pressed leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for information about the agency's readiness amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Admiral Karl Schultz, the Michigan lawmakers expressed their concern that the pandemic, which has infected millions and killed more than 93,… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Peters Commemorates Memorial Day

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a video in advance of Memorial Day. "While the Coronavirus pandemic has upended annual traditions of this solemn holiday, we cannot forget those who died in service for our nation," said Senator Peters, a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "That's why this yea… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Ensure National Guard Troops Activated In Response to COVID-19 Receive Full Benefits During the Public Health Emergency

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) helped introduce legislation to ensure that all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic receive benefits they've earned and provide states with greater certainty. The National Guard COVID-19 Response Stability Act would extend Title 32 authority for all troops activated in response to the crisis until the end of the public health emergency. By doing so, the federal government would continue coverin… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Peters Leads Bipartisan Push to Increase Funding for Programs Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence & Pets in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) called for increased funding for programs that support domestic violence survivors and their pets that were established under the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. In a letter to Senate leaders and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations, Peters, along with U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 30 Senate colleagues, highlighted how reports of domestic violence have risen during this pandemic, and that domestic violence shelte… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Disaster Response Assistance for State & Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill to provide greater assistance to communities facing ongoing disaster response challenges from the Coronavirus pandemic, severe flooding or other disasters this year. Peters' bill would eliminate the cost-share payments required of state and local governments who are seeking federal assistance from major disaster declarations. Pandemic response e… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. & Israeli Partnership on Developing Defense Technology

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bipartisan bill that would enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel on developing defense technology. The United States Israel Military Capability Act, which Peters introduced with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), would require the Department of Defense to establish a working group with their counterparts in the Israeli government to collaborate on the research and development of technology used for national defense. "As an … Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Presses President Not to Prematurely End National Guard Deployments in Effort to Deny Guardsmen Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today pressed the Trump Administration not to end National Guard deployments to assist with Coronavirus pandemic response - one day short of when they would become eligible for key federal benefits. In a letter to President Trump, Peters highlighted how members of the National Guard - including in Michigan - are assisting in critical operations to s… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Ypsilanti

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of President Trump's visit to Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday: "I'm proud that Michigan autoworkers are making the personal protection equipment and medical supplies that are saving lives. Michigan's workers and engineers are the most talented in the world and they have stepped up to help ensure we can get through this public health and economic crisis. As we… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Introduces Legislation to Address Vulnerabilities in Medical Supply Chain, Bring Critical Manufacturing Back to U.S. & Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced two bills to address vulnerabilities in the medical supply chain and increase capacity for domestic advanced manufacturing of critical drugs and medical devices in the United States. America's pandemic response efforts have been hindered by shortages of critical drugs and medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment - highlighting the dangers of Americ… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $3 Million in Funding for Bay Metro Transit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that Bay Metro Transit will receive a $3,800,000 grant 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 be used to continue transit service in the Bay County area during the COVID-19 pandemic. "From our dedicated frontline workers to seniors in need of critical supplies and … Continue Reading


05.19.20

Peters Announces Support for Heroes Fund to Reward Frontline Workers, Calls on Senate to Pass Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced support for his COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" proposal, and called on the Senate to work in a bipartisan manner and include it as part of a next Coronavirus package. The COVID-19 Heroes Fund would provide pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers. Peters' proposal has wide-ranging support from groups across Michigan and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on Congress to pass it. "From workers at groc… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Peters & Committee Colleagues Call for Oversight Hearing on Administration’s Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and his Democratic colleagues on the committee are urging Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) to convene an oversight hearing to examine the federal government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is the Senate's primary oversight committee, with broad jurisdiction over federal government operations generally, and specific… Continue Reading


05.15.20

House Approves Provisions Based on Peters’ COVID-19 ‘Heroes Fund’

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a provision based on U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" proposal. The measure would provide $190 billion in pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers. The provision was passed as part of larger legislation, which included measures Peters has emphasized are important to Michigan, including support for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and aid for local & state governments to support f… Continue Reading

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