Press Releases

08.30.17

Peters Cosponsors Campaign Finance Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored two bills to increase transparency in campaign finance and reduce the influence of special interests in Congressional elections. The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act will require outside groups that spend over $10,000 on election advertising, including super PACs, to disclose their donors and source of funding within 24 hours. Peters is also cosponsoring the Fa… Continue Reading


08.29.17

Peters Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Extend HUBZone Redesignation Period from Three to Seven Years

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to support the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program by extending from three years to seven years the period in which HUBZone businesses can retain their status after losing the program's designation. The HUBZone program increases capital investment in distressed areas by providing small businesses located in certain areas with contractin… Continue Reading


08.28.17

Peters Cosponsors Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation to strengthen voter protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The legislation is in response to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that weakened federal voting protections in jurisdictions that have a history of voter suppression. "The right to vote is the core of our democracy, and every American has the right to make their voices heard at the ballot box," sai… Continue Reading


08.28.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $300,000 Investment to Protect Against Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced the Great Lakes Observing System Regional Association will receive $309,305 to help prevent the spread of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The grant comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ocean Technology Transition Program. The Great Lakes Observing System Regional Association is based in Ann Arbor and works to enhance the ability to collect, deliver and use data on the Great Lake… Continue Reading


08.24.17

Peters Joins Senate Working Forests Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he joined the bipartisan Senate Working Forests Caucus, which focuses on promoting the economic, environmental and social benefits of private working forests across the United States. In Michigan, over 20 million acres of forests support the state's $17.8 billion forest products industry and employ over 87,000 people. "Forests play an important role in the lives of Michiganders, both as a critical resource for economic growth a… Continue Reading


08.23.17

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Support Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would extend and improve existing programs for victims of human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act takes a variety of steps to reauthorize and expand programs devoted to combatting human trafficking including improving treatment options for victims, providing better training to help identify victims, and streamlining agency collaboration. "Human trafficking is one of th… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $5.9 Million for Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Sawyer International Airport has been awarded two grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) totaling $5,967,513 to support airport improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation. "Airports are a key source of economic growth for the Upper Peninsula, connecting the world to exciting and innovative opportunities in Michigan," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this funding, which wil… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Peters Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Military Strategy in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, released the following statement regarding President Trump's national address on American military strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia: "American military strategy in Afghanistan must work in conjunction with diplomatic efforts in the region to affirm our support for the Afghan people, prevent terrorist groups like … Continue Reading


08.21.17

Peters Joins Colleagues in Call for Hearing on Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters and his colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) asking for a hearing on violent white supremacism following the attack in Charlottesville that killed one woman and injured many others. "We are writing to request that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing on violent white supremacism and other domestic violent extremism," wrote th… Continue Reading


08.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce $60,000 of Support for Perrinton Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Perrinton Fire Department will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase a compressor and cascade system for filling self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air tanks. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Perrinton Firefighters and first responders prote… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Day 5 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Tours Oceana County Farm

HART, MI - On the fifth and final day of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters stopped in Oceana County to visit Herrygers Farms to highlight his work ensuring Michigan small farmers have access to the capital needed to start or grow their agricultural businesses. Peters has called for strong funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Farm Service Agency (FSA)'s loan program that helps family farmers launch or expand their businesses. "Michigan's agriculture industr… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Dearborn Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced that the Dearborn Fire Department will receive $1,795,092 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help hire new full-time firefighters. "When emergency strikes, firefighters are on the scene to keep families and businesses safe," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this support for the Dearborn Fire Department, which will help them hir… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Scio Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced that the Scio Township Fire Department will receive $29,500 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help recruit new full-time firefighters. "Residents rely on the vital protection firefighters provide in the event of an emergency," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help support the staffing needs of the Scio Township Fire Department so th… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $400,000 in Support for Madison Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Madison Township Fire Department will receive $411,654 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program to help hire three new full-time firefighters. "Firefighters play a crucial role in protecting families, communities and businesses during emergencies," said Senator Peters. "This funding will ensure that the Madison Township Fire Department c… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.5 Million in Support for Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will receive $1,547,983 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program to hire twelve new full-time public safety officers. "Communities depend on public safety officers for critical emergency response and public safety services," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased to announce this funding for the Kalamaz… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Day 4 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Tours Ford Airport to Discuss Importance of Rural Air Service

KINGSFORD, MI - On day four of the #RideMI Motorcycle Tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters traveled to Dickinson County to tour Ford Airport in Kingsford. Ford Airport is one of nine rural airports in Michigan that uses Essential Air Services (EAS) funding to provide air service to Michiganders safely and reliably. Over the next two years, Ford Airport will receive $3,924,019 in support from the EAS program. Peters also recently announced that the airport would receive an additional $4,843,789 in gran… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $100,000 of Support for Armada Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Armada Township Fire Department will receive $104,762 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase a new quick attack/brush truck, a firefighting vehicle that can operate in a range of environments. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "It is critical that our firefighters and first r… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $320,000 of Support for West Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two fire departments in West Michigan will receive $328,583 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. Montcalm County Emergency Services has been awarded $154,773 to purchase ten Automatic Compression Devices (ACD) that will provide First Responders with another set of hands when treating a patient. The Allegan Fire District has been awarded $173,810 t… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Day 3 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Visits Jacquart Fabrics in Gogebic County and Lake Shore Systems in Iron County

IRON RIVER, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters began day three of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour with a visit to Jacquart Fabrics in Ironwood for Northern Initiatives' "Thanks a Million" event. Jacquart Fabrics has worked closely with Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), to secure small business loans. The "Thanks a Million" event series recognizes Michigan counties that have received over $1 million in loans from Northern Initiatives. Peters, a member the Senate C… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Peters Statement on Trump Administration Opening NAFTA Renegotiation Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement as the Trump Administration and Canadian and Mexican government officials opened talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "In the two decades since NAFTA was signed, Michigan workers have seen far too many good-paying manufacturing jobs outsourced to other countries. Foreign nations, including many that pay lower wages or have less stringent worker protections, have taken advantage o… Continue Reading

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