Press Releases

09.22.17

Peters Leads Colleagues to Urge Office of Management and Budget to Investigate Taxpayer-Funded Travel for Executive Branch Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management, led 15 of his colleagues in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) following reports that a number of high-ranking officials in the Trump Administration are incurring excessive travel costs. According to a September 19th POLITICO report, at least three members of the Cabinet have used taxpayer funds to charter expensive private airplanes … Continue Reading


09.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.6 Million for Houghton County Memorial Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Houghton County Memorial Airport will receive a $1,629,463 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which will be used to rehabilitate the runway and apron, as well as purchase snow removal equipment. "The Houghton County Memorial Airport helps bolster the local economy by connecting Keweenaw Peninsula residents and businesses with the world," said Senator Peters. "This additional support will help t… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Peters, Colleagues Request Investigation into Secretary Price’s Travel

Washington, D.C. - Senior Congressional Democratic leaders sent a letter to the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today requesting an investigation into reports that Secretary Tom Price has been using taxpayer funds to book private jets to accommodate his travel. The letter was signed by Senate Subcommittee onFederal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Patty… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Peters, Warren & Udall Introduce Bill Barring Taxpayer-Funded Travel at Properties Owned by President, Executive Branch Officials

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act to prohibit executive branch employee travel expenses paid by tax dollars from being spent at properties owned by the President, Vice President, cabinet secretaries or their family members. The legislation aims to prevent potential confli… Continue Reading


09.19.17

U.S. Senate Approves Defense Bill with Peters Provisions

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included over a dozen provisions authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The NDAA sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2018. "Our country faces constantly evolving threats, and it is vital that our brave men and women in uniform have the resources and support they need to safely conduct military operations and protect… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $3.8 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive $3,830,587 to improve security. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program. "Travelers to and from West Michigan rely on the Gerald Ford International Airport for safe and reliable transportation," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased the airport will be able to us… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Peters Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed every year from September 15th to October 15th: "Diversity is one of our country's greatest strengths. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the critical role Hispanic Americans have played in our country's history, culture and prosperity. Whether as civic leaders and entrepreneurs, members of our armed forces, or trailblazers in academia, art, … Continue Reading


09.14.17

Peters Applauds Federal Trade Commission Investigation of Equifax

- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the following statement applauding the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) decision to investigate Equifax's data breach. Peters sent a letter this week urging the FTC to investigate whether Equifax misled consumers and failed to maintain adequate security protocols. "Equifax's failure to secure the personal identifying information of millions of Americans was an egregious breach of consumer … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Investment for Wayne County Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that two Wayne County fire departments will receive $140,211 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The City of Wayne Fire Department will receive $14,972 to train officers in fire inspection, and the Westland Fire Department will receive $125,239 to purchase and install smoke alarms in senior and low income homes. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts g… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $300,000 in Fire Prevention Funding for Grand Rapids Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Grand Rapids Fire Department will receive $347,781 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to expand local fire prevention programs in residential areas of Grand Rapids and provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts goes a long way toward saving lives during emergencies," said Senator Peters. "With this funding, the Gra… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Funding for Meridian Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Meridian Township Fire Department will receive $66,667 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase and install new combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in Meridian Township homes. "Investing in local fire prevention efforts goes a long way toward saving lives during emergencies," said Senator Peters. "With this funding, the Meridian Township Fire… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Public Safety Funding for Saginaw Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced the Saginaw Fire Department will receive $32,381 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase 1,000 new carbon monoxide alarms to distribute to Saginaw homes. "Carbon monoxide alarms help to protect families and save lives," said Senator Peters. "With this additional support, the Saginaw Fire Department can ensure homes across the community have this esse… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.2 Million in Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1,222,087 for fire departments in Southeast Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Ida Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $204,581 grant. The Roseville Fire Department will receive a $106,292 grant. The Plymouth Community Fire Department will receive a $195,546 grant. The Kimball Township Fir… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Peters Urges the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Equifax’s Breach by Hackers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, sent a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether Equifax misled consumers with false claims of cybersecurity integrity and failed to maintain adequate security protocols to protect consumer data in light of a breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans. "Beyond merely compromising the personal data of millions of consumers, th… Continue Reading


09.11.17

Peters, Colleagues Urge DHS Inspector General to Review Compliance with Presidential Protection Assistance Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned whether the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) can comply with federal law and congressionally mandated spending limits when the agency uses millions of taxpayer dollars to protect President Trump's multiple properties, including Trump Tower in … Continue Reading


09.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Two Upper Peninsula Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $150,701 for two fire departments in the Upper Peninsula to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Kingsford Public Safety Department will receive a $51,979 grant. The Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department will receive a $98,722 grant. "Upper Peninsula residents and businesses depend on the protection firefight… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Maple Rapids Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $94,000 for the Maple Rapids Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Firefighters and first responders put themselves in harm's way to protect our homes, businesses and communities," said Senator Gary Peters. "This new funding will help the Maple Rapids Fire Department purchase equipment and supplies so t… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1.1 Million in Support for West Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1,159,525 for fire departments in West Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Bronson Fire Department will receive a $218,264 grant. The Burlington Township Fire Department will receive an $80,917 grant. The Charter Township Department of Comstock Fire & Rescue will receive an $860,344 regional grant. … Continue Reading


09.07.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $680,000 for Chippewa County International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie will receive a $689,269 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the construction of replacement runway lighting systems, runway rehabilitation, an approach survey to identify existing obstructions to runway approaches, and an update to the Airports Geographic Information System data. "Chippewa County International Airport is a critica… Continue Reading


09.05.17

Peters Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Rescind DACA Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for young men and women brought to the United States as children. "I strongly disagree with today's decision, which is unfair to thousands of Michiganders who voluntarily came out of the shadows and only creates instability for these young people who are now at risk of losing the only home they h… Continue Reading

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