Press Releases

03.27.20

Peters Delivers Weekly Democratic Address, Highlights Expansion of Unemployment Benefits, Significant Hospital Funding, Support for Small Businesses in 3rd Coronavirus Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered the Weekly Democratic Address, specifically highlighting efforts to ensure that the third Coronavirus package that passed the Senate included legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures to provide robust support for small businesses, and significantly more funding for hospitals and health care professionals during this crisis. The bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes Peters' Pandemi… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Third Coronavirus Package That Includes His Legislation to Significantly Expand Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) fought to significantly improve the latest package to address the Coronavirus pandemic and helped the Senate pass this bipartisan legislation. The third Coronavirus package includes Peters' legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures he pushed for to support small businesses, hospitals and health care professionals. Peter spoke about the legislation on the Senate floor Wednesday evening. The bill includes Peters' Pandemic Unemployment … Continue Reading


03.25.20

Peters Secures Expanded Unemployment Assistance in Third Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he secured inclusion of his legislation to expand unemployment assistance in the third Coronavirus package. This comes after Peters has worked tirelessly and pushed to expand unemployment benefits for Michiganders impacted by Coronavirus. Peters' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would create a temporary unemployment compensation program to provide federally funded benefits to people unable to work because of the Coronavirus. It w… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Peters Announces Proposal to Ensure Availability of Medical Supplies for Health Care Workers and Hospitals during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced a proposal to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 by ensuring the federal government is helping our nation's public health system prepare to handle an influx of patients. The need for sufficient personal protective equipment and medical supplies, protections for health care providers, and enough hospital beds for sick patients is critical during this pan… Continue Reading


03.21.20

Peters & Murray Press Trump Administration to Report Key Metrics on Tests and Equipment in Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, called on the Trump Administration to publicly report to Congress and the American people a list of critical metrics on the COVID-19 response. Peters and Murray are requesting the Administration make information about nationwide testing capacity, hospital bed space, person… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Peters Pushing for Inclusion of His Measures to Support Workers, Small Businesses & Health Care Professionals in Coronavirus Legislative Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is continuing his work to ensure legislation he spearheaded to support Michigan workers, families and small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic is included in the next legislative Senate package. He is also pressing to ensure frontline health care workers have the equipment and supplies needed to protect themselves and patients. The bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, which Peters helped the Senate pass earlier this week,… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Following Calls by Peters, President Trump Announces He’ll Use Defense Production Act to Address Supply Shortages in Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - Following calls and pressure from U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, President Trump announced he will use the authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to address widespread shortages for personal protective equipment and medical supplies due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The DPA authorizes the President to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extraordinary circumstances, and to direc… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic, Peters, Stabenow, Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Bill to Support Small Business Lending

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Maggie Hassan (NH) today reintroduced legislation to support small business lending as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to negatively impact small businesses in Michigan and across the country. The Small Business Access to Capital Act will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) which helps small businesses grow and create jobs. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Dev… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Peters Supports Governor Whitmer’s Call to Federally Fund Use of National Guard to Aid COVID-19 Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged President Trump to authorize federal support for the National Guard to aid in Michigan's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer called up the Michigan National Guard to "assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, an… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Calls for More Action

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after voting for the bipartisan Senate passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act - which, among other actions, provides Michigan with $850 million in Medicaid support: "I'm glad that the Senate finally passed this bipartisan bill that will give-much needed support to Michigan workers and families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This bill includes important measures such as unemployment assistanc… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Peters & Stabenow Raise Concerns over Possible Michigan Impact of Canada’s Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) wrote President Donald J. Trump to ensure his Administration is working with the Government of Canada on its new travel restrictions that could have an unintended impact on Michigan's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention to close the Canadian border to any individuals who are not citizens or permanent res… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Peters Announces Proposal to Quickly Increase Nationwide Coronavirus Testing Capacity

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced a proposal to quickly increase the nation's Coronavirus testing capacity, address the shortage of test kits and remove barriers to access for testing in communities across the country. Widespread testing is crucial for understanding the true scope of the outbreak, but a national shortage of testing kits in the United States has hampered the nation's r… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Peters Reiterates Calls for Immediate Senate Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement reiterating the immediate need for the U.S. Senate to reconvene and pass the U.S. House of Representatives-approved Families First Coronavirus Response Act: "The Senate must pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act immediately to help support families and workers in Michigan and across the country facing unprecedented personal, health and financial challenges. The Senate needs to act to make testing… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Peters Statement on National Emergency Declaration to Combat Coronavirus and Need for More Action

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week called on President Trump to declare an emergency making additional resources available, and led bipartisan legislation to provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peters issued the following statement after President Trump declared a national emergency today: "The current Coronavirus outbre… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window

WASHINGTON, DC - In light of the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance or short-term plans to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. Currently, about 27.5 million Americans lack health insurance - and even more are underinsured - which could leave them facing expensive medical bills if hospita… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Peters Introduces Free COVID-19 Testing Act, Presses Trump Administration to Address Testing Shortage

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation that would expand access to free COVID-19 testing and urged the Trump Administration to address the nationwide testing shortage. The Free COVID-19 Testing Act, would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related health care services for Americans enrolled in private health plans, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, VA as well as for federal civilians and American Indians. In a letter to Vice… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters, Wyden, Schumer Lead Bill With Colleagues to Provide Unemployment Assistance to Those Affected by Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of Senate Democrats' response to the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 20 colleagues today introduced legislation, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, to provide federally-funded unemployment assistance to affected individuals. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters Calls for Additional Aggressive Action to Protect Michiganders, Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called for bipartisan, aggressive action to address the Coronavirus outbreak, including expanded testing and additional steps to keep the American people safe: "As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to threaten public health, our economy and the daily lives of Michiganders, we need a comprehensive and effective federal response to protect Americans and suppo… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters Leads Bipartisan Effort to Provide Unemployment Assistance to People Unable to Work Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Coronavirus Worker Relief Act. The new bill, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Todd Young (R-IN), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) would provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Assistance would be available to individuals, including self-employed individuals and independent contra… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters, Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Great Lakes Communities Address Rising Water Levels, Shoreline Erosion

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide support for local communities facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding that have put homes and property at risk, and caused millions of dollars in damages. The Great Lakes are expected to hit record high-water levels this year, and communities in Michigan and Wisconsin are f… Continue Reading

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