Press Releases


Peters, Cornyn Bill to Address Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to strengthen border security and address law enforcement shortages at ports of entry throughout the country advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Securing America's Ports of Entry Act of 2019 would fully staff America's airports, sea… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. "As we recognize Juneteenth Independence Day and the closing of one of our nation's darkest periods, we must acknowledge that the battle for equality is far from finished. "From fighting against efforts … Continue Reading


Peters Announces Proposal to Establish a National Institute of Manufacturing, Make Manufacturing Policy a Major National Focus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced a new proposal to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing during his keynote address at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC. Inspired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the institute would serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs, promote efforts to help our workforce close the skills gap and function as the focal point for developing a national strategy focused on ensuring American manufactur… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Bergman Announce Over $550,000 for Moran Iron Works in Onaway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) today announced that Moran Iron Works in Onaway will receive $564,300 to purchase a PythonX CNC plasma cutting system. The machine will replace three outdated pieces of machinery and allow the company to take on an additional marine project each year. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant program. Senators S… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge USDA to Help Michigan Farmers Facing Delayed Planting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After historic rainfall has prevented many Michigan farmers from planting their crops this year, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to help affected farms across the state. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the S… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Reintroduce Outsourcing Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) today reintroduced legislation that would help identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign countries by requiring publicly traded companies to publish reports detailing the number of employees per location, including by state and by country. The Outsourcing Accountability Act would also direct these companies to disclose the total number of employees and pe… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Push to Improve Access to Broadband

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) highlighted the need to expand broadband services to communities in Michigan and throughout the country that do not have access. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Peters said that more must be done to expand access to broadband, particularly in rural areas. During his questioning, Peters announced that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the accuracy of the FCC's b… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds ITC Decision to Continue Investigating Unfair Trade Practices Harming Michigan Cherry Growers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to continue investigations into the dumping of Turkish dried tart cherries that has hurt Michigan cherry growers. In April, the Dried Tart Cherry Coalition filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the ITC and Department of Commerce. "I've met with Michigan cherry growers that have been unfairly disadvantaged by Turkish cherry dumping into the market. This unanimou… Continue Reading


Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure Impact of Automation on Workers and Inform Workforce Development Strategies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would better assess the impacts of automation on workers in order to inform workforce development strategies and best practices. The Workforce Data for Analyzing and Tracking Automation Act would authorize the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - with the assistance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - to record the effect of automation on the workforce and me… Continue Reading


Peters, Portman Seek to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions & Nonprofit Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against potential terrorist attacks. In recent years there have been a significant number of prominent threats and attacks on institutions including synagogues, churches, mosques and gurdwaras in communities across … Continue Reading


Peters & Capito Join Bipartisan Effort to Crack Down on Chinese Fentanyl Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that they are cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would crack down on manufacturers and traffickers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is ravaging communities throughout the United States. The Fentanyl Sanctions Act would be the first-ever targeted fentanyl sanctions bill, aimed at pressuring the Chinese gover… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Brown Disappointed by VW Response Following Concerns Senators Raised About Union Election at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Sherrod Brown (OH) released the following statements after receiving a response from Volkswagen (VW) regarding the delayed union election at the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga. The senators had requested more information from VW last month following the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decision to grant Volkswagen's request to halt all election proceedings for workers petitioning to organize with the United … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Peters Commemorates Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a video in advance of Memorial Day. "Memorial Day is a patriotic day of remembrance - a time to honor those who died in service to their fellow countrymen." said Senator Peters. "As Michiganders gather with friends and family to enjoy the holiday weekend, I encourage everyone to pause and reflect on the significance of this day." Cl… Continue Reading


Peters Provisions Supporting Servicemembers and Michigan Defense Interests Pass Senate Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee passed the annual national defense bill that includes provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters that will benefit servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense interests that contribute to our national security. It will also help improve efforts to address PFAS and authorize investments in infrastructure, advanced technology and important defense systems that protect U.S. security interests and our allies,… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Brandon Road Report on Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Brandon Road Chief's Report being submitted to Congress, which outlines steps necessary to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes: "The Great Lakes are more than an economic engine and source of drinking water to 40 million people: they are part of who we are as Michiganders. We must take every step possible to prevent the spread of Asian Carp and invasive species.… Continue Reading


Peters’ PFAS Provisions Advance to Full Senate As Part of National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Provisions that U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led to address the PFAS crisis in Michigan and across the country will advance to the full Senate, after the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the measures as part of the national defense bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense, has been enacted into law for more than 55 consecutive years. Peters secured a provision that would encourage the Department of Defense to fi… Continue Reading


Peters, Roberts, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Raise Awareness About Vaccines, Increase Vaccination Rates, Cut Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced they introduced the bipartisan VACCINES Act to increase vaccination rates by raising vaccine awareness through a national campaign to combat misinformation. "We've seen firsthand in Michigan the devastating impact of diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. No one should have to experience the pain of seeing a loved one fall ill or even lose their life because of a vaccine-prev… Continue Reading


Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent motorists from passing school buses stopped at loading zones. The Stop for School Buses Act of 2019 commissions a comprehensive review of best practices to prevent vehicles from illegally passing school buses that are loading or unloading students. The legislation comes as a number of incidents have threatened students in Michigan and across the country. Last year in Montcalm Co… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following an all-Senators briefing with the Trump Administration regarding Iran: "Iran is an oppressive authoritarian regime, a leading state sponsor of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East. The U.S. needs a plan that effectively counters Iran. This should focus on deterring Iran's illicit activities and preventing any effort to develop a nuclear … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Peters Helps Grand Rapids Resident Claim VA Benefits in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today released the latest installment of 'On the Job for Michigan,' a series highlighting the successful work of his office resolving cases involving federal agencies on behalf of Michiganders. Grand Rapids resident Kent Wesenberg shared how Peters' office assisted him in claiming benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Kent served at Takhli Air Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War era and his duties placed him in and around the pe… Continue Reading

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