Press Releases

05.17.18

Peters, Cornyn Project Safe Neighborhoods Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate has passed a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018, which would authorize a nationwide law enforcement program focused on the reduction of violent crime. A companion bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) unanimously passed the House of Representatives in March. "It is critical that we do all we can to help communities in Michigan … Continue Reading


05.16.18

Peters, Stabenow Call for Trump Administration to Release Study on Health Effects of PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today called on the Trump Administration to release a study on the health effects of perfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. Recent news reports indicate that Trump Administration officials intervened in order to delay release of the study, which reportedly concludes that PFAS chemicals pose a danger to human health at a far lower level than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously said was safe. "If thi… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Peters, Gardner Introduce Bill to Strengthen Airport Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today will introduce bipartisan legislation to increase safety and security for airport passengers and visitors outside of Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-screened areas. The Secure Airport Public Spaces Act allows airports to use existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to update their security infrastructure to better protect public areas, including pick up and drop off areas, as well as baggag… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Peters Floor Remarks Supporting American Workers and the Butch Lewis Act

Peters: "These Americans made a deal with their employers, decades of hard work in exchange for fair earnings and a decent retirement. A deal is a deal." Peters: "We must address pension insolvency without sacrificing workers' hard-earned benefits." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to support American workers by addressing pension insolvency without sacrificing hard-earned benefits. Below is video and text of his remarks a… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Peters, Colleagues Urge FCC to Expand Rural Health Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), today joined a bipartisan group of 30 Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care providers. The program has b… Continue Reading


05.14.18

Peters Questions Mattis on Removal of Climate Change from Key Vulnerability Assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined a group of 21 Senators in calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to release the unpublished draft of a January 2018 assessment on the vulnerability of U.S. military installations and explain why references to climate change were removed. This follows a report that the Department of Defense revised the assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise. "These are substantive, not styl… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Peters, Stabenow Raise Concerns over Defense Department Response to Water Contamination across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow raised concerns with the Department of Defense's response to water contaminated from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at and around defense installations across Michigan. PFAS chemicals were used for decades in firefighting foam. Now a growing number of active and decommissioned military installations across Michigan are uncovering alarmingly high levels of PFAS, including Wurtsmith, Camp Grayling, KI Sawyer, Selfridge, A… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Peters Meets with NHTSA Administrator Nominee Heidi King

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Heidi King, President Trump's nominee to serve as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator: "We are in a new era of rapid technological changes in transportation, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will face a number of emerging challenges as it works to build a s… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Peters, Stabenow Urge President Trump to Follow Through on Commitment to Modernize Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) called on President Trump to follow through on his commitment to modernize the aging Soo Locks. They urged his Administration to complete a critical economic assessment that is necessary for Congress to fund an upgrade of the locks and to support the funding necessary to maintain the lock system before construction of a new lock is completed. "The Soo Locks facility currently consists of four parallel locks: the Poe,… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Peters Questions U.S. Spending in Afghanistan at Hearing

Peters: "In the 17 years since September 11th, the American taxpayer has been asked to bankroll hundreds of billions of dollars of spending on combat, relief, and reconstruction in Afghanistan." Peters: "What do I tell the people of Flint, Michigan who ask me, 'Why are my taxes paying for clean water in Kabul when I don't have clean water in my own home?'" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, p… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Peters Floor Remarks Supporting CRA to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

Peters: "We need net neutrality to keep our economy dynamic, growing and innovative. We need net neutrality to keep our startups and small businesses competitive." Peters: "I stand here urging my colleagues to reverse this disastrous decision. We have the power to do it, and we must. All we need is one more vote." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to support legislation that will reinstate net neutrality rules. Below is vid… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Peters Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on President Trump's announcement that the United States will exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): "Three years ago, the Senate voted on whether or not to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal. At the time, I stated my reservations with the deal as it was negotiated, but felt that accepting the agreement was our only v… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Peters, Stabenow Raise Alarm over Secretary DeVos Actions to Restore Federal Recognition of Failed For-Profit Accrediting Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today raised alarm over recent actions by the Department of Education to restore the federal recognition of failed for-profit accrediting organization, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges (ACICS). ACICS gave its stamp of approval to unscrupulous for-profit colleges like ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, which defrauded thousands of students in Michigan and left them saddled with debt. "Even with this staggering eviden… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Peters Visits Marinette Marine

MARINETTE, WI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today visited Marinette Marine, where he saw vessel production firsthand and highlighted Marinette Marine's critical role in American's national defense as a builder of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the U.S. Navy and employer of hundreds of Michiganders. "The production of the LCS is an intricate process that requires highly-skilled engineers and workers, who can transform raw material into a first… Continue Reading


05.01.18

Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Call for Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Next Year’s Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling for full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the fiscal year 2019 federal funding bill. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has provided more than $600 million in funding to Michigan, is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Peters Floor Remarks in Opposition to Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today in opposition of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video "I rise to oppose the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. "I voted against confirming Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency because he lacked the experience and qualificatio… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters Bipartisan Maritime Commerce Bill Advances in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) to reauthorize the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the federal agency responsible for promoting and maintaining a strong U.S. commercial maritime industry. The legislation also includes a provision requiring a competitiveness study to make recommendations for improvements for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway sy… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Full Funding For National Sea Grant College Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined a bipartisan group of 26 Senators in calling for strong funding for the National Sea Grant College Program following President Trump's proposal to eliminate the program. In a letter to Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, the Senators emphasized that the National Sea Grant College Program provides critical support to local… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters, Risch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Federal Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide additional cybersecurity resources to small businesses. The bill would create cybersecurity assistance units at Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout the country. The new assistance units will serve as a point-of-contact for small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack, helping businesses find a solution to the problem and prevent more attacks in the future. "In a… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Peters, Capito Provision Expanding Opioid Treatment for Adolescents Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today approved provisions based off the YOUTH Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to help expand access to opioid addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. Peters and Capito's provision passed as part of broader legislation addressing the opioid crisis. Among other provisions, the legislation passed today expands an existing… Continue Reading

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