Press Releases

02.04.19

Incoming President of GVSU to be Peters’ Guest for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Dr. Philomena Mantella, who was unanimously elected last month by the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Board of Trustees to be the institution's next president, will be his guest at President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5. Dr. Mantella will be GVSU's fifth president in its history and its first female president. "I'm excited to work with Dr. Mantella to build on all the amazing things being done … Continue Reading


02.01.19

Peters Statement Honoring Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement honoring the celebration of Black History Month, which begins today: "As we recognize this year's Black History Month, let us celebrate the contributions African Americans have made in every aspect of our society. From innovators and entrepreneurs to scientists and activists, African Americans have played an important role in the American story. "Black history is woven into the fabric of America. It tells the sto… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Peters Urges Air Force Cooperation with the State of Michigan on PFAS Cleanup Efforts Surrounding Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to cooperate with the State of Michigan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) decontamination efforts in the area surrounding the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County, Michigan. In a letter to Secretary Wilson, Peters also invited her and Assistant Secretary John Henderson to meet with community mem… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Peters Sponsors Bill to Prevent Future Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that he has co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal funding will not lapse in the absence of appropriations being signed into law. He highlighted the legislation following the recent partial federal government that lasted 35 days and as another funding deadline looms February 15. The bill would automatically renew government spending levels at the … Continue Reading


01.23.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Improve Health Services for Servicemembers Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced he has joined his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation to protect veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their service. The Burn Pits Accountability Act would require that servicemembers be assessed for exposure to open toxic burn pits as part of their routine health exams. Burn pits were frequently used on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn waste, including plastics,… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Peters to Serve as Ranking Member on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The committee is responsible for policies and programs related to technology-based research and development, special operations, intelligence, counter-terrorism, and homeland security. This new position comes as groundbreaking research on autonomous vehicles takes place in Michigan and Michi… Continue Reading


01.21.19

Peters Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "As we honor Dr. King on this day with community service, let us remember how much he and his family sacrificed in the struggle for justice. One of the greatest lessons Dr. King taught us was that our country is at its strongest when we are united as one. In today's uncertain times, it is critical - now more than ever - that we uphold Dr. King's legacy of bridging gaps.… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Senators Peters and Stabenow Request Update from Army Corps on Plans to Divert Money from Soo Locks, Other Michigan Infrastructure Priorities to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following news reports that President Trump is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to identify funds that could be used for construction of a border wall, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, wrote to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to request an update on any intentions to reallocate funds away from the Soo Locks and other Michigan infrastructu… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he has joined his colleagues to introduce legislation to strengthen the bargaining rights of seniors on the cost of prescription drugs. The legislation permits Medicare to negotiate for lower prices on behalf of over 1.8 million Michiganders eligible for enrollment in Medicare Part D. Currently, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies on drug costs. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. … Continue Reading


01.11.19

Peters Seeks Answers on Trump Hotel Exemption during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter pressing the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) for information on the decision to staff the Old Post Office Tower located within the Trump International Hotel during the government shutdown. The National Park Service (NPS) attraction has continued to operate using NPS personnel, while other NPS sites and parks ha… Continue Reading


01.07.19

Peters Tours Bay Area Women’s Center, Highlights Legislation Signed into Law to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence & Pets

BAY CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Bay Area Women's Center in Bay City to learn more about their programs to help domestic violence survivors and highlight his bipartisan legislation recently signed into law to strengthen current federal domestic violence protections to encompass threats or acts of violence against a victim's pet. The Bay Area Women's Center partners with numerous local organizations, including the Judy V. Spencer Fund, to help ensure pets of domestic … Continue Reading


12.22.18

Peters, Cornyn Bill to Bolster Safety and Operational Efficiency at U.S. Ports of Entry Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters applauded Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to bolster security and daily operational efficiency of air, land and sea ports of entry. The United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act also directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish a report assessing the strengths and potential vulnerabilities of the nation's ports in order to facilitate international commerce … Continue Reading


12.21.18

Peters, Paul, Jones, Lankford Bill to Streamline Federal Property Review Process to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and James Lankford (R-OK) to save taxpayer money by streamlining the federal inventory review process. Currently, many federal agencies only declare property as excess during periods of transition, such as office moves or space reductions. This can result in agencies retaining or storing unneeded property that could be utilized by… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Peters, Stabenow Announce Senate Passage of Legislation Naming Howell Post Office after WWII Veteran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6020 to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building." Sergeant Burgett lived almost his entire adult life in Howell and was a World War II combat veteran. This legislation, authored by Congressman Mike Bishop, passed the House of Representatives in September and Senators Peters an… Continue Reading


12.13.18

Peters Floor Remarks In Favor of Ending U.S. Support to Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor in support of bipartisan legislation that would end U.S. support to Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen, which is exasperating the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. Click here for video of his remarks and below is the text as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, I rise today to address the war in Yemen, which is causing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Tens of thousands of young children ha… Continue Reading


12.13.18

Peters Bill to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence & Pets to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) to help protect domestic violence survivors and their pets. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act helps provide funding for facilities that harbor survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence and their pets, or are looking to do so. The legislation passed the Senate and the House of Representatives as part of a … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Peters Floor Remarks Supporting Resolution to Target ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today in support of a Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn Internal Revenue Service guidance easing donor reporting requirements for certain tax-exempt groups that engage in political advertising. Click here for video of his remarks and below is the text as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, I rise today in support of overturning the Treasury Department's rule to allow even more 'dark money' into … Continue Reading


12.11.18

Peters to Serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) will serve as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the U.S. Senate's principal oversight committee, in the 116th Congress. The committee is responsible for ensuring all federal departments and agencies are operating effectively, and also oversees the Department of Homeland Security. Peters previously served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management within the H… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Peters & Stabenow Urge EPA to Protect Michiganders from Lead in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pressing the agency to implement all of the recommended policies from a July 2017 EPA Inspector General report regarding best practices to prevent another drinking water crisis from lead contamination. While EPA has acted on many of the Inspector General's recommendations, the agency has refused to establish national controls to e… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Peters, Stabenow Announce $40.7 Million for Infrastructure Projects in Sault Ste. Marie, Berrien County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award two grants totaling $40.7 million for infrastructure projects in Sault Ste. Marie and Berrien County. The $20.7 million will go towards repairs for the Carbide Dock Port, which is located on the same waterway as the Soo Locks and serves as a staging area for vessels needing emergency assistance. The additional $20 million will help directly connect US-31 to I… Continue Reading

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