Press Releases


Peters, Colleagues View Demo of School Bus Safety Technology, Highlight STOP for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Julia Brownley (CA-26) attended a school bus safety technology showcase hosted by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) to highlight their legislation to prevent motorists from passing school buses stopped at loading zones. The event, which helped mark School Bus Safety Week, featured a school bus equipped with examples of technology used to prevent stop-ar… Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Legislation to Award Judge Damon Keith Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation to honor the life and legacy of Detroit native Judge Damon Keith by posthumously awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal. Judge Keith, who passed away on April 28th, 2019, overcame institutional barriers throughout the course of his over 50 year career to become an instrumental figure on the federal bench. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor award bestowed by Congress. "Judge Damon Keith was a trailbl… Continue Reading


Peters to Introduce Amendment to Increase Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will file an amendment to a government funding bill to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The amendment, which will be filed to appropriations legislation the Senate is set to consider this week, would increase GLRI funding for Fiscal Year 2020 from the current proposed level of $301 million to $320 million. A similar bill that included the funding increase for the GLRI already passed the Hous… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge Long-Term Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (NY) to prioritize long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). In a bipartisan letter, which was cosigned by 25 senators, Stabenow and Peters calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) a… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Passing of Governor Milliken

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement following the passing of former Michigan Governor Bill Milliken: "Governor Milliken's proud record of bipartisan problem-solving, exemplary public service and love for the Great Lakes defined a Michigan era, and his legacy will continue to inspire Michiganders for generations to come. Like so many, I sought his counsel and I was always grateful for his advice and support. Colleen and I send our deepest sympathies to th… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Welcome House Passage of 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 welcomed House of Representatives passage of a companion to their Outsourcing Accountability Act. The legislation, which they reintroduced earlier this year, would identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign countries and require publicly traded companies to publish reports detailing the number of employees per location, including by state and by coun… Continue Reading


Peters, Wyden & Brown Question White House Decision to Host G-7 Summit at Trump Doral Resort in Miami

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are raising the alarm over the Administration's decision to host the 2020 G-7 Summit at the President's Trump National Doral Miami property. The Senators are pressing for answers on how Doral was selected to host the summit, and whether this decision is a misuse of the President's public office to steer money from American taxpayers and foreign sources to private businesses that benefit him financially. … Continue Reading


Peters Raises National Security Concerns after Reported Misuse of White House Classified Systems for Presidential Conversations with Foreign Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is raising concerns following multiple reports that the White House has misused high level national security computer systems in an effort to conceal the details of the President's conversations with foreign leaders. Peters, who is a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is pressing for information on how the co… Continue Reading


Peters, Graham, Cornyn Announce Reintroduction of Bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today announced the reintroduction of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, bipartisan legislation that would task a National Criminal Justice Commission to assess the entire system and propose reforms to address the most pressing issues facing the nation's criminal justice system. "Our criminal justice system is built on equality and fairness under the law, but too many Michiganders and Amer… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Call on Secretary DeVos to Undo Rule that Guts Protections for Defrauded Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) last week called on the Trump Administration to undo a newly-proposed rule that guts protections for defrauded students seeking debt relief. In a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Peters and Stabenow urged Secretary DeVos to abandon the proposed rule and resolve the backlog of current "borrower defense" claims. Borrower defense is a long-standing authority that is supposed to provide cheated and def… Continue Reading


Peters Hears From Michigan Families Impacted by High Prescription Drug Costs During Listening Tour Across Michigan

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) held a series of roundtable discussions during his listening touron lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Michiganders, which included stops in Grand Rapids, Southgate and Flint over three days. At each stop, Peters spoke with local health providers and medical professionals as well as families impacted by high prescription drug costs. "No one should ever have to face the decision of whether to pay their bills or pay for the medication they or the… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Protect Michiganders with Preexisting Health Conditions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Trump Administration to protect Americans from health insurance plans that discriminate against people with preexisting medical conditions, including 4.1 million Michiganders. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma, Peters, Stabenow and their Senate colleagues highlighted the need to reverse the Administration's rule on… Continue Reading


Peters Encouraged by New Pipeline Safety Rules Finalized as a Result of Legislation He Authored

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed new rules announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to enhance pipeline safety that are being implemented as a result of his provisions that were signed into law. The rules - which Peters pressed for and helped enact as part of the PIPES Act in 2016 - include requiring stricter inspection standards for hazardous liquid pipelines like Line 5 and provide for emergency authority for PHMSA to take act… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Peters Delivers Remarks on Combatting Domestic Terrorism and White Supremacist Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped convene the committee's first ever hearing on domestic terrorism with a focus on countering white supremacist violence. At the hearing, Peters discussed how hateful ideologies like white supremacy have motivated deadly domestic terror attacks in recent years, and how the federal government must address this evolving threat to protect our national security and … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Senate Passes Peters Resolution Calling for Final National Defense Bill to Address PFAS Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today spoke on the Senate floor and the Senate unanimously passed his resolution calling for the final national defense bill that is sent to the President to include a provision prohibiting the Department of Defense (DoD) from using firefighting foams containing PFAS by the end of 2023. Peters' resolution reaffirms support for previously Senate-approved bipartisan provisions requiring DoD to discontinue the purchase and use of firefighting foams tha… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Tariff Decision to Protect Michigan Cherry Growers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded a preliminary decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to institute tariffs against Turkish tart cherry exporters, which has used unfair trade practices to undermine Michigan cherry growers. Earlier this year, the Dried Tart Cherry Trade Committee filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the ITC and U.S. Department of Commerce. "Michigan cherry growers are being regularly undercut by unfair competit… Continue Reading


Peters Announces $1 Million in Federal Funding for PFAS Study in Western Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct a PFAS health study examining contaminated sites in western Michigan. The grant will be awarded to the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services to conduct experiments at sites in Parchment, Cooper Township and North Kent County. The study aims to help researchers gain a… Continue Reading


Peters Urges President Trump to Take ‘All Appropriate’ Action to Advocate for Release of Michigander Paul Whelan from Russia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is urging President Donald J. Trump to take action to secure the release of Michigander Paul Whelan, who was arrested by Russia in December 2018 and imprisoned since then without evidence brought forward. Specifically, Peters called on the President to direct new National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, who served as Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA), to work on securing Whelan's release. In O'Brien's previous role for the Admi… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Peters Helps Veteran of Afghanistan in Warren Claim GI Bill Benefits in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

WARREN, 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. Warren resident and veteran Jeff Chene shared how Peters' office assisted him in claiming benefits from the post-9/11 GI Bill through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Jeff served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012, including a tour in Afghanistan. Jeff… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $343,000 in Support of Fire Departments in Flushing, Albee Twp.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $274,727 for the Flushing Fire Department and $69,047 for the Albee Township Fire Department to purchase new equipment and improve services. These grants comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Michigan's first responders help make our communities safe places to live, work and raise a family," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this fundi… Continue Reading

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