Press Releases

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


06.30.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $141,000 in Support for Graafschap Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $141,715 for the Graafschap Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Graafshap firefighters and first responders protect our communities in the event of an emergency, and it is essential they have the equipment they need to perform their jobs safely," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this fund… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Announce $15 Million to Assist Women, Children, and Families Affected by Lead Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Dan Kildee today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $15 million to the Genesee County Healthy Start program to assist women, children, and families affected by lead exposure. This funding was included in the Flint agreement that Senators Peters and Stabenow and Congressman Kildee passed to provide long-awaited federal assistance for Flint and other communities affected by lead. "Le… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Peters, Stabenow Urge Department of Defense to Explore Efforts to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs in TRICARE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking him for timely consideration of a pilot program to improve access and reduce the costs of prescription drugs in the TRICARE program, which serves active duty military personnel, National Guard, reservists, retired servicemembers and their families. "We believe the TRICARE Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program for Retail Pharmacy is a sensible approach to reduc… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge Federal Support of Michigan Communities Affected by Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today sent letters to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of federal disaster assistance for Michigan families, communities and farmers affected by severe flooding this month. The counties of Midland, Isabella, Gladwin, Bay and surrounding areas recently experienced heavy rainfall and flood waters that displaced families from their homes, damaged personal property, destr… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $773,000 in Support for Dearborn Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $773,637 for the Dearborn Fire Department to help purchase personal protection gear and provide for training and vehicle maintenance. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Dearborn depends on their local firefighters to protect their homes, their livelihoods and their families," said Senator Peters. "These new resources will help the Dearborn Fir… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Resolutions Recognizing Centennials at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and Fort Custer Training Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced they introduced two resolutions in the U.S. Senate to recognize Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the Fort Custer Training Center on their 100th anniversaries. "Since their establishment 100 years ago, Selfridge and Fort Custer have been central to Michigan's military history and continue to play critical roles in our national defense," said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Commit… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Peters’ Amendments to Strengthen Airport Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved several amendments authored by U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI) to help strengthen security and protect travelers outside of Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-screened areas in local airports. Recent incidents at airports in Ft. Lauderdale, Brussels, and Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, have highlighted vulnerabilities to coordinated and lone-wolf attacks in public areas like baggag… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Peters Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act Passed by Senate Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, authored several provisions and amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2018. The legislation was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. "The National Defense Authorization Act will bolster American leadership around the world and provide our brave men and women in uniform with the support … Continue Reading


06.27.17

Peters Introduces Amendments to Strengthen Airport Security in Federal Aviation Administration Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is offering amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 that will help strengthen safety for passengers and visitors outside of Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-screened areas in local airports, as well as ensure the views of academia, small business owners and farmers are represented as the FAA formulates future drone policies. Peters announced two amendments that will allow airpor… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Peters, Colleagues Urge Senate Armed Services Committee to Fund Stryker Vehicle Upgrade

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) led a bipartisan letter to Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed urging them to support funding for modernizing Stryker Vehicles in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Stryker is the U.S. Army's most versatile and deployable combat vehicle, and this funding would provide Stryker Brigades with additional vehicles with upgraded weapons systems, survivability im… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Peters Statement on Silver Carp Discovery Near Lake Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement regarding an announcement from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee that a silver carp has been discovered in Illinois, within nine miles from Lake Michigan and beyond an electric barrier designed to prevent invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin: "We know how serious of a threat invasive species like Asian carp are to the Great Lakes ecosystem … Continue Reading


06.23.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Macomb County Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $346,364 for the St. Clair Shores, Roseville and Eastpointe Fire Departments to purchase new handheld, vehicle and headset radios to meet the latest standards for emergency communications equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "The St. Clair Shores, Roseville and Eastpointe Fire Departments work closely together to protect our homes, our… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Cherry Grove Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $57,519 for the Cherry Grove Fire Department to purchase chest compression systems and upgrade their air packs. The chest compression system will help free up the department's medical team to treat more patients, which is especially valuable in rural areas where the nearest hospital can be 30 minutes away. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Ch… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Peters Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Boost Small Business Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve cybersecurity resources for small businesses. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Cyber Training Act will expand efforts to train SBDC employees to become certified in cyber strategy counseling. Peters introduced the legislation in the Senate with Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, John Kennedy (R-LA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-I… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Peters Statement on Senate Republican Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the recently released Senate Republican draft health care bill: "Senate Republicans wrote this bill in secret and without any input from their Democratic colleagues or the public, and now they are rushing to pass it next week without any hearings or sufficient opportunities for input from the American people and health care experts. While I'm still reviewing the details of the bill, it appears similar to the Hou… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation Demanding Administration Release Report on Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which will require the Trump Administration to release the Brandon Road Study within seven days of the bill's enactment. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam study will provide important guidance on how best to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes and is an important hurdle before further action can be taken. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Tas… Continue Reading

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