Press Releases

05.03.17

Peters, Tillis Lead Colleagues in Letter Calling for Funding for State Veterans Homes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation's veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new fa… Continue Reading


05.03.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Funding for Economic Development in West Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission will receive a $210,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help spur economic development in West Michigan. "Strong regional coordination helps attract new businesses and new jobs to West Michigan," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this funding, which will help ensure the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Developme… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Improve Space Weather Prediction

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved the bipartisan Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The legislation will help improve the ability to predict and mitigate the impacts of the extreme space weather events, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections, which are naturally occurring changes in emissions from the sun that can cau… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Peters, Daines Introduce Bill to Protect Americans’ Personally Identifiable Information

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced legislation to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII) from vessel manifest sheets before making them available for public disclosure. The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act would simply amend the manifest disclosure process to explicitly require the removal of individuals' PII, such as, residential addresses, social security numbers, and pa… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Peters Cosponsors Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today he is cosponsoring legislation to help working women fight against wage disparity and gender discrimination in the workplace. The Paycheck Fairness Act would amend the Equal Pay Act passed in 1938 to close loopholes that currently make it easy for companies to pay female employees less solely on the basis of gender. Nationwide, women currently make about 79 cents on the dollar compared to men in the same positions, while in Michigan w… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Peters, Portman Introduce the National Historic Vehicle Register Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced they are introducing legislation to create a national register to preserve records of historic vehicles in recognition of their significant impact on America's history and culture. The bipartisan National Historic Vehicle Register Act would require the Department of Interior to establish a register housed in the Library of Congress to preserve examples of American history and engineering innovation by documen… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Peters, Gardner Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice. Small businesses rely on a range of publicly available machi… Continue Reading


04.25.17

Michigan Delegation Members Join Bipartisan Push to Keep EPA Region 5 Office Open

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following reports that the Trump Administration plans to abolish Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - which serves Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio - as part of the fiscal year 2018 budget, U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Representatives John Conyers Jr., Sander Levin, Dan Kildee, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence joined a bipartisan push calling for the Region 5 office to remain intact and fully supported. … Continue Reading


04.25.17

Senators Peters, Collins Introduce Bill to Help Small Businesses Applying for Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced they will be introducing bipartisan legislation to help protect small businesses from falling victim to fraud when they register to procure federal contracts. The Procurement Fraud Prevention Act would require small businesses to be notified that free assistance is available for help in procuring federal contracts through federal programs, including Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Small Bus… Continue Reading


04.21.17

Peters Joins Colleagues Urging President Trump to Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, joined a group of Senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government. "Science and technology are central to both the challenges and opportunities America faces in the 21st century," wrote Peters and his colleagues. "Without adequate OSTP staff… Continue Reading


04.21.17

Peters Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Promote Research and Development of Wood Products for Building Construction

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), announced today he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to encourage research and development of innovative uses for wood as a building material in the construction of tall buildings over 85 feet in height. The Timber Innovation Act of 2017, which was introduced by U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would direct the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish programs to advance and improve environmentally-friendly wood building construct… Continue Reading


04.20.17

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Establish National Registry for Firefighters Suffering from Cancer

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to establish a national registry that would better monitor cancer diagnoses in firefighters. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act would also improve voluntary data collection to track and respond to firefighters' unique health care needs. Firefighters are exposed to hazardous toxins and carcinogens in the line of duty and have a higher risk for cancer, which is a leading cause of death for ca… Continue Reading


04.19.17

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Access to Care for Women Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide better access to services to help meet the unique health care needs of women veterans. The Deborah Sampson Act, named for a woman who disguised herself to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, would … Continue Reading


04.18.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Cheboygan Life Support Systems Inc.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $159,773 for the Cheboygan Life Support Systems Inc. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program and will equip ambulances with a power-load cot system to further assist first responders in the line of duty. "Our first responders work hard to keep us safe every day, we owe it to them to make sure they are kept safe on the job as well" said Senator Peters. … Continue Reading


04.18.17

Peters, Colleagues to Urge Trump to Quickly Nominate Government Watchdogs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to send a letter urging President Donald Trump to quickly nominate qualified candidates for Inspectors General (IGs), who serve as watchdogs at federal agencies. According to a 2014 report from the Council of the Inspectors General on Int… Continue Reading


04.18.17

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Help More Veterans Suffering from PTSD Receive Mental Health Treatment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, announced today he is cosponsoring legislation to require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide mental and behavioral health services to certain former servicemembers who received less than honorable discharges, also known as "bad paper" discharges. The Honor Our Commitment Act of 2017 would extend eligibility for VA mental health b… Continue Reading


04.17.17

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Promote Investments in Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today he is cosponsoring legislation to encourage greater investments in short line railroads. The Building Rail Access for the Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which was introduced by U.S Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) would make permanent a tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads, which are regional railroad lines that often … Continue Reading


04.17.17

Peters Statement on Reported Potential Closure of EPA Region 5 Office

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on reports that President Trump's Administration may close the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Office in Chicago that serves Michigan and other Great Lakes states: "While these reports have yet to be confirmed, I am gravely concerned with any effort to potentially close the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office, which would be a disaster for the Great Lakes. Not only are the Great La… Continue Reading


04.17.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Michigan Bureau of Fire Services

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $434,783 for the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services Fire Fighter Training Academy. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "We rely on our firefighters to protect our communities every day, and we must provide them with the right training so they can do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this award that wil… Continue Reading


04.13.17

Peters Presents Flint Area Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today presented Vietnam veterans from Flint and the surrounding area with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the American Legion Post #294 in Swartz Creek, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "The men and women who served … Continue Reading

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