Press Releases


Peters Floor Remarks on Supporting Small Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today on the need to preserve access to capital for small and disadvantaged farmers to start and grow their operations. This week, Peters introduced the Farm Service Agency Loan Flexibility Act, which will provide greater flexibility for the FSA loan program to provide loan and loan guarantees to farmers during periods of high demand. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Peters Bills to Support Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee approved two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that support small businesses. Peters' bills will increase awareness of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and help small businesses protect their intellectual property through patents. Peters introduced both bills with U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID). Peters' first bill, the Small Business Employee Ownership Promotion Enhancement Act, helps pro… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Bipartisan Bill to Boost Consumer Protections and Support Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) issued the following statement on Senate passage of the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: "Commonsense financial regulation is essential to supporting Michigan families, growing our economy, and creating jobs. I am proud to have served on the House Financial Services Committee and the conference committee that wrote and finalized Dodd-Frank. This important law cracked down on risky trading and created the C… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Development of Trail Loop around Belle Isle Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced $750,000 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to develop a six-mile, multi-use loop trail around Belle Isle Park. The funding is provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program. "Belle Isle gives families the opportunity to explore Michigan's history and natural beauty on the international waters of the Detroit River," said Senator… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Tell FCC That Mobility Fund Map Has ‘Gaps’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing serious concerns about the agency's recently released Mobility Fund Phase II (MF II) map. The purpose of this fund is to allocate $4.53 billion over the next 10 years to preserve and expand mobile coverage to rural areas. "We understand that the map was developed based on a preliminary assessment from a one-time dat… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Press Citigroup and Apollo on Loans to Kushner Business

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, joined colleagues in sending letters to Citigroup and Apollo Global Management seeking information on reports that the companies provided more than $500 million in loans to Kushner Companies, the family business of Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, after meeting with Kushner in the White House. "Federal ethics laws prohibit federal employees fro… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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