Press Releases

06.14.17

Peters Highlights Michigan Innovation & Leadership on Self-Driving Vehicles at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Smart Transportation Caucus, today introduced John Maddox, President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at a Commerce Committee hearing on self-driving vehicle technology. Earlier this year, Peters announced a joint, bipartisan effort with Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune to craft legislation to advance the development and deployment… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Senators Release Bipartisan Principles for Self-Driving Vehicles Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today released principles for bipartisan legislation on self-driving vehicles in advance of tomorrow's Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing, "Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles." The hearing will explore automated vehicle technology and hurdles for testing and deployment in the United States. "Self-driving vehicles will not only dramatically change how we get from place t… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Peters, Stabenow, Upton Announce that President Will Award Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Fred Upton today announced that President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan on July 31, 2017. This follows legislation passed by Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Upton to make then-Private First Class McCloughan eligible for our nation's highest military honor. Their legislation passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act and was sign… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $200,000 for Three Land and Water Conservation Projects in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $222,800 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to support land and water conservation projects throughout Michigan. The funding is provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program. Livingston County will receive $86,000 to develop trails, sport… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Peters Floor Remarks on Urgent Need to Upgrade Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the Senate floor yesterday about legislation he has introduced with Senator Debbie Stabenow and other Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation to authorize funding for construction of another Poe-sized lock at the Soo Locks. Watch his remarks here. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, I rise today to speak about legislation that I introduced with my colleague from Michigan, Senator Stabenow, to authorize… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for Robust Funding for National Sea Grant College Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of 25 senators in a letter calling for robust funding for the National Sea Grant College Program, which President Trump proposed to eliminate in his fiscal year 2018 budget. The National Sea Grant College Program provides vital support to local businesses and is a crucial resource for Michigan's coastal communities. "We urge you to reject the administration's proposed elimination of the National Sea Grant C… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Peters, Capito Reintroduce Bill to Help Prevent Diabetes in Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act to improve health outcomes for individuals at risk for diabetes and save long-term costs for Medicare. Under current law, Medicare will only cover medical nutrition therapy services for individuals already diagnosed with diabetes or renal disease. This bipartisan legislation would extend Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services for Americans wit… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Peters, Michigan Delegation Members Introduce Bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, Representative Jack Bergman, Sandy Levin, Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, Tim Walberg, Dan Kildee, Mike Bishop, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, and Paul Mitchell today introduced the bipartisan Soo Locks Modernization Act. The legislation authorizes the necessary level of funding to construct another Poe-sized lock. Introduction of this legislation comes just days after seven Members of Michigan's Congression… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Wyoming Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $45,644 for the Wyoming Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Families in Wyoming rely on firefighters to protect their homes, businesses, families and their personal safety from potential hazards," said Senator Peters. "We must support our firefighters and first responders with the equipment to help th… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Green Oak Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $206,757 for the Green Oak Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Families in Green Oak Township rely on firefighters to protect their homes, businesses, families and their personal safety from potential hazards," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help firefighters and first responders imp… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $9,000,000 for Airport Improvements Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Michigan State Block Grant Program has been awarded a $9,933,338.00 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support a variety of airport improvement projects in small airports across the state, including runway and taxiway rehabilitations, lighting and navigational aids, terminal building improvement and equipment and facility upgrades. The Michigan State Block Grant program services 73 non-pr… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Peters, Michigan Congressional Delegation Tour Highlights Importance of Soo Locks to Economy, National Security

Sault Ste. Marie -U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined six other Members of Michigan's Congressional Delegation and Governor Rick Snyder on a bipartisan tour of the Soo Locks. The tour highlighted the importance of the Locks to our state and country's economy and national security. Members also discussed the critical need to upgrade and build a replacement lock, ensuring this vital gateway for commerce and jobs remains open. The Soo Locks facility is comprised of four parallel locks - the Poe, the… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Peters Announces $11.4 Million in Support for Michigan AmeriCorps Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that Michigan has received $11.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "Citizen service is an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities and the individuals they serve, and essential to solving problems that face Michigan and the United States," said Senator Peters. "The AmeriCorps funding provided by the Corporatio… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Flint Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $275,910 for the Flint Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Families in Flint Township rely on firefighters to protect their homes, businesses, families and their personal safety from potential hazards," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help Flint's firefighters and first responders imp… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Peters, Colleagues Request More Information on President Trump’s Troubling Pattern of Chinese Trademark Approvals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today sent a letter to President Trump asking for more information on the troubling pattern of trademark approvals by the People's Republic of China of Trump Products, including this week's reporting that Trump added another Chinese trademark to his portfolio. The Sena… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Peters, Colleagues Raise Concerns over President Trump’s Cuts to Rural Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined 28 other Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural America. In the letter, the Senators objected to the proposed cuts, and urged President Trump to maintain the position of Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Small towns and rural communities embody many of our nation's greatest str… Continue Reading


05.29.17

Peters Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "From the fight for American independence to the fight against ISIS, millions of American servicemembers have laid their lives on the line to make our country a stronger and safer place to live. Today, we honor the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice to prot… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $780,000 in Support for Mid-Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $786,887 for fire departments in Mid-Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Dewitt Township Fire Department has been awarded a $674,910 regional grant to be used throughout Clinton County. The Somerset Township Fire Department has been awarded a $60,667 grant. The Benton Township Fire Department has been awa… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Support for City of Flint Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded $267,069 for the City of Flint Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Flint's firefighters put themselves in harm's way to help protect their community, and we should do everything we can to keep them safe in the line of duty," said Senator Peters. "This grant will help ensure that firefighters and first… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce New Pipeline Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced a package of bills that would increase pipeline safety in and around the Great Lakes and account for the unique needs of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The bills announced today would raise liability caps for Great Lakes pipeline operators; expand and clarify U.S. Secretary of Transportation's authority to suspend or shut down unsafe oil pipelines; strengthen federal review of oil spill response plans; increase transpare… Continue Reading

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