Press Releases

07.27.17

Peters, Bipartisan Michigan Delegation Members Urge President Trump to Issue Federal Disaster Declaration Following Severe Flash Flooding in Four Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives John Moolenaar (R-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Jack Bergman (R-MI), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Dave Trott (R-MI), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today urged President Trump to approve Governor Snyder's request for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flo… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Peters, Stabenow, Bergman, Kildee Lead Bipartisan Push to Protect Thunder Bay Sanctuary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives Jack Bergman (R-MI) and Dan Kildee (D-MI) today led a bipartisan call on the Trump Administration to maintain the existing boundaries of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and warned against any attempt by the Administration to circumvent the ban on Great Lakes oil and gas drilling. The Trump Administration recently ordered a review of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monume… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $6 Million for Cherry Capital Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City will receive a $6,130,114 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support infrastructure projects including the extension, construction, and rehabilitation of multiple runways. "Cherry Capital Airport connects the rest of the world to the beautiful sights and attractions of Northern Michigan," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased to announce this funding whic… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Michigan Congressional Delegation Shows Strong Support for Selfridge ANGB to Host F-35 Mission

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today sent a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force in support of Selfridge Air National Guard Base hosting the Air National Guard's new F-35 mission. Selfridge, in Harrison Township, is among five National Guard bases that are candidates to host the F-35. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and U.S. Representatives Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Fred Upton (MI-6), John Conyers (MI-13)… Continue Reading


07.24.17

Peters Joins Colleagues to Introduce Comprehensive G.I. Bill Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC - 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 announced that he joined his colleagues to introduce broad, bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans' education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 will strengthen investments in the proven educational success of our veterans and help propel them tow… Continue Reading


07.22.17

Peters Attends USS Ford Commissioning

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 attended the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy's newest and largest aircraft carrier. The USS Ford will be the first of her class in 40 years, incorporating state-of-the-art advanced radar and aircraft deployment technologies. The aircraft carrier is named after former President Gerald R. Ford, a west Michigan native and t… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for 20 West Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $497,160 regional award for 20 fire departments in West Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "West Michigan communities depend on firefighters to protect their families, businesses and homes," said Senator Peters. "This critical funding will provide the region with upgraded equipment so firefighters can more… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $910,000 in Support of Delta Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Delta Township Fire Department will receive $916,115 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help hire six new full-time firefighters. "Fire departments protect families, homes and businesses and it's essential that they receive sufficient support," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased to announce this funding that will help the Delta… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $240,000 in Support of Groveland Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Groveland Township Fire Department will receive $244,809 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help hire two new full-time firefighters. "Local families and businesses depend on the Groveland Township Fire Department to keep residents and property safe and secure," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help the department replen… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Peters, Stabenow Request Meeting with President Trump to Discuss Ways to Promote American Jobs and Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the White House continues its "Made in America" activities this week, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today requested a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss ways to promote American jobs and manufacturing and end outsourcing. The Senators reminded President Trump of his promise to put forward a comprehensive plan to end outsourcing and create jobs, and they called on him to work with Congress to ensure that American jobs are not shipped… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Peters, Rubio Introduce Bill to Improve Burial Services for Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced that they are introducing bipartisan legislation to improve burial services for our nation's veterans by increasing funeral benefits for eligible veterans. The Burial Rights for America's Veterans' Efforts (BRAVE) Act would update the current funeral and burial benefit system to ensure that all non-service connected deaths are treated equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away. Veterans with no nex… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Peters, Young Introduce Legislation to Update Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps for Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) today announced that they are introducing bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes to better address habitat restoration and potential ecological impacts in the event of an oil spill or a natural disaster. ESI maps provide an inventory of at risk coastal resources such as endangered and threatened species, sensitive shoreline habitats, and human-use resources like bea… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Peters, Colleagues Raise Concerns over Trump Administration’s Possible Rollback of 11 Marine Sanctuary and Monument Expansions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, led 19 of his colleagues in a bicameral letter urging U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to extend the public comment period to ninety days on an executive order that could lead to the rollback or elimination of 11 marine sanctuaries and monuments created or expanded over the past decade and open these protected areas to oil and gas exploration. Mar… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $2.7 Million for Delta County Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Delta County Airport in Escanaba will receive a $2,729,672 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support infrastructure rehabilitation projects, including runway refurbishing and providing new signage and LED lighting for portions of the runway and taxiways. "The Delta County Airport plays a critical role in connecting Escanaba and Delta County residents with business and travel opportunities a… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow: NAFTA Modernization Should Strengthen Michigan Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to strengthen Michigan agriculture during negotiations to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Agriculture is Michigan's second largest industry, and exports of agricultural products support an estimated 26,000 jobs in the state. Canada and Mexico consistently rank among the top destinations for agricultural products produced in Michig… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.4 Million for Detroit Metropolitan Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Wayne County Airport Authority will receive $3,411,782 to construct a service road and rehabilitate runways at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "The Detroit Metropolitan Airport connects southeast Michigan residents with travel and economic opportunities ac… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Following Peters, Portman Letter, NDAA Authorizes Additional $695.5 Million to Modernize Stryker Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes an additional $695.5 million in funding to modernize Stryker Vehicles. The decision to include the funding follows a letter led by Senators Peters and Portman urging Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) to upgrade the Stryker Vehicles. The Stryker is the Army's most versatile and deplo… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Peters, Risch Introduce Legislation to Improve Awareness of Employee Stock Ownership Plans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) today announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to increase awareness of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) as an employee ownership model for businesses. ESOPs are workplace benefit plans that allow employees to save for retirement while sharing in a business' profits by ensuring a majority of a business' holdings are owned by employees. "Employee Stock Ownership Plans have been a proven success for bus… Continue Reading


07.06.17

Peters, Stabenow Accepting Applications from Candidates Interested in Nomination for Federal Judgeship and U.S. Attorney in Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced they are accepting applications from qualified persons interested in nomination for federal judge or United States Attorney. There is currently one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District. Both U.S. Attorney positions are also vacant. Interested candidates should request an application by emailing ju… Continue Reading


07.05.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce More Than $4.6 Million in PILT Funding for Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $4,644,847 in funding for 29 Michigan counties through the Department of the Interior's Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Michigan is home to more than two million acres of federal lands, meaning that county governments throughout Michigan miss out on important property tax revenue every year. PILT program funds help to make up for the lost property tax revenue to fund essential services in these Michigan coun… Continue Reading

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