Press Releases

05.11.18

Peters, Stabenow Raise Concerns over Defense Department Response to Water Contamination across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow raised concerns with the Department of Defense's response to water contaminated from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at and around defense installations across Michigan. PFAS chemicals were used for decades in firefighting foam. Now a growing number of active and decommissioned military installations across Michigan are uncovering alarmingly high levels of PFAS, including Wurtsmith, Camp Grayling, KI Sawyer, Selfridge, A… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Peters Meets with NHTSA Administrator Nominee Heidi King

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Heidi King, President Trump's nominee to serve as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator: "We are in a new era of rapid technological changes in transportation, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will face a number of emerging challenges as it works to build a s… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Peters, Stabenow Urge President Trump to Follow Through on Commitment to Modernize Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) called on President Trump to follow through on his commitment to modernize the aging Soo Locks. They urged his Administration to complete a critical economic assessment that is necessary for Congress to fund an upgrade of the locks and to support the funding necessary to maintain the lock system before construction of a new lock is completed. "The Soo Locks facility currently consists of four parallel locks: the Poe,… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Peters Questions U.S. Spending in Afghanistan at Hearing

Peters: "In the 17 years since September 11th, the American taxpayer has been asked to bankroll hundreds of billions of dollars of spending on combat, relief, and reconstruction in Afghanistan." Peters: "What do I tell the people of Flint, Michigan who ask me, 'Why are my taxes paying for clean water in Kabul when I don't have clean water in my own home?'" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, p… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Peters Floor Remarks Supporting CRA to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

Peters: "We need net neutrality to keep our economy dynamic, growing and innovative. We need net neutrality to keep our startups and small businesses competitive." Peters: "I stand here urging my colleagues to reverse this disastrous decision. We have the power to do it, and we must. All we need is one more vote." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to support legislation that will reinstate net neutrality rules. Below is vid… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Peters Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on President Trump's announcement that the United States will exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): "Three years ago, the Senate voted on whether or not to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal. At the time, I stated my reservations with the deal as it was negotiated, but felt that accepting the agreement was our only v… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Peters, Stabenow Raise Alarm over Secretary DeVos Actions to Restore Federal Recognition of Failed For-Profit Accrediting Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today raised alarm over recent actions by the Department of Education to restore the federal recognition of failed for-profit accrediting organization, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges (ACICS). ACICS gave its stamp of approval to unscrupulous for-profit colleges like ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, which defrauded thousands of students in Michigan and left them saddled with debt. "Even with this staggering eviden… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Peters Visits Marinette Marine

MARINETTE, WI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today visited Marinette Marine, where he saw vessel production firsthand and highlighted Marinette Marine's critical role in American's national defense as a builder of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the U.S. Navy and employer of hundreds of Michiganders. "The production of the LCS is an intricate process that requires highly-skilled engineers and workers, who can transform raw material into a first… Continue Reading


05.01.18

Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Call for Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Next Year’s Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling for full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the fiscal year 2019 federal funding bill. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has provided more than $600 million in funding to Michigan, is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Peters Floor Remarks in Opposition to Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today in opposition of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video "I rise to oppose the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. "I voted against confirming Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency because he lacked the experience and qualificatio… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters Bipartisan Maritime Commerce Bill Advances in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) to reauthorize the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the federal agency responsible for promoting and maintaining a strong U.S. commercial maritime industry. The legislation also includes a provision requiring a competitiveness study to make recommendations for improvements for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway sy… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Full Funding For National Sea Grant College Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined a bipartisan group of 26 Senators in calling for strong funding for the National Sea Grant College Program following President Trump's proposal to eliminate the program. In a letter to Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, the Senators emphasized that the National Sea Grant College Program provides critical support to local… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Peters, Risch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Federal Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide additional cybersecurity resources to small businesses. The bill would create cybersecurity assistance units at Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout the country. The new assistance units will serve as a point-of-contact for small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack, helping businesses find a solution to the problem and prevent more attacks in the future. "In a… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Peters, Capito Provision Expanding Opioid Treatment for Adolescents Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today approved provisions based off the YOUTH Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to help expand access to opioid addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. Peters and Capito's provision passed as part of broader legislation addressing the opioid crisis. Among other provisions, the legislation passed today expands an existing… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Peters Statement on Nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement opposing the nomination of Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to be Secretary of State: "I opposed Director Pompeo's nomination to lead the CIA because he lacked the experience and qualifications for the position, and his tenure at the CIA has failed to assure me that he now has the capabilities to lead the State Department. I remain concerned about his hostility to American Muslims, his… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Peters, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Reduce Violent Crime through Project Safe Neighborhoods Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funding for the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, a nationwide partnership between federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors that uses evidence-based and data-driven approaches to reduce violent crime. "Far too many families know the devastating toll gun violence and drug crimes can have on communities in Michigan and across the country," said Senator Peter… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Peters Floor Remarks in Opposition to NASA Administrator Nominee Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Peters: "I am deeply concerned that his nomination is further evidence of a deeper problem. I am concerned that this Administration does not respect science, especially science in government institutions." Peters: "A White House that does not respect science will hold our nation back." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), spoke on the Senate floor today in opposition of Congressman Jim Bridenstine's (OK-01) nomination as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Peters Statement on Senate Failure of Ballast Water Discharge Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the statement below after the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act that included the controversial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA): "The spread of invasive species presents an existential threat to health of the Great Lakes, and I'm pleased to have worked with my Senate colleagues to stop the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act from moving forward. Setting weak environmental standards for ballast… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Peters, Stabenow Call on Administration to Take Immediate Action to Reduce Price of Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today led 14 of their colleagues in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to reduce the price of naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug. The Senators' letter follows a recent national advisory issued by the United States Surgeon General urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use naloxone delivery devices. In 2016, Michigan had the eighth most deaths of any sta… Continue Reading


04.15.18

Peters Statement on Line 5 Suspending Operations

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on Enbridge decision to suspend Line 5 operations due to ongoing severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting potential swells upwards of 12 feet, far exceeding the conditions under which on-site cleanup equipment is able to adequately respond to a spill. "It is simply reckless and irresponsible to operate Line 5 under the current weather conditions in the Straits… Continue Reading

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