Press Releases

12.01.16

Sen. Peters’ Floor Remarks in Support of Iran Sanctions Act Extension

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today in support of renewing the Iran Sanctions Act to extend the existing sanctions framework for 10 years. Peters is a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill and has called for increased transparency in International Atomic Energy Agency reporting of Iran's nuclear activity. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. / Madam President, "I rise to express my support for legislation the Senate is c… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Peters Statement in Support of Iran Sanctions Act Extension

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following his vote in favor of renewing the Iran Sanctions Act. Peters is a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill and has called for increased transparency in International Atomic Energy Agency reporting of Iran's nuclear activity. "It is vital that the United States and world powers in the P5+1 continue to hold Iran accountable to its obligations in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A stro… Continue Reading


11.30.16

Peters Calls for Comprehensive Public Health Study of Air Pollution in Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today sent a letter to the International Joint Commission (IJC) urging them to investigate the cumulative public health impact of air pollution along the United States-Canadian border in Wayne County, Michigan and Essex County, Ontario. Air pollution continues to be a major health problem in Southeast Michigan, and sources like petroleum coke, oil refineries, coal power plants and industrial facilities emit pollutants that can have negative effects … Continue Reading


11.30.16

Peters Statement on EPA Announcement on Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement on fuel economy standards: "I have expressed to the Administration my concerns with EPA's decision to release the proposed Midterm Evaluation standard for vehicle emissions so far ahead of schedule. In order to protect our environment and ensure America remains economically competiti… Continue Reading


11.22.16

Sen. Peters Applauds DOT Competition for National Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement of a competition to designate national proving grounds for testing and validating connected and automated vehicle technologies: "In order to maximize the life-saving benefits of connected and automated vehicle technologies… Continue Reading


11.21.16

Peters and Stabenow Call for Improved Mail Service Protections in Comprehensive Postal Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of more than 80 legislators from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in calling for adding lasting solutions to improve and protect mail delivery and service in comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform legislation introduced in the House. Peters, Stabenow and their colleagues are pressing House and Senate leaders for better, more reliable mail service - which is often a critical li… Continue Reading


11.21.16

Peters, Stabenow, Dingell Join Michigan Officials to Break Ground on American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today joined Governor Rick Snyder, state officials and leaders in automotive technology to celebrate the groundbreaking of the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, a global center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles. "Today's groundbreaking is a significant step forward in ensuring the American Center for Mobility w… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Peters Applauds the Passage of Bill to Protect Northern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, today applauded the passage in the U.S. Senate of the bipartisan Northern Border Security Review Act. Peters, along with Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), introduced the legislation last year, which requires a comprehensive examination of how to strengthen American security at the Northern Border with Canada, protect Michigan'… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran by Naming Traverse City VA Clinic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced legislation to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient, who fought in both World War I and II. The VA CBOC in Traverse City provides health care services for thousands of Northern Michigan veterans every year, including primary care, women's health, disease prevention and telehealth… Continue Reading


11.15.16

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Applaud Decision to Fund Lead Removal in Flint and Other Michigan Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released a statement applauding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's approval of funding for lead detection and removal in Flint and communities across the State of Michigan. The State of Michigan will now be able to use approximately $24 million this year and up to that same amount over the next four years to pay for lead abatement services such as testing, paint remov… Continue Reading


11.14.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for New Alpena Customs Agent in Letter to Customs and Border Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. SenatorsGary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) sent a letter to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske expressing their concern regarding the loss of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent stationed in Northeast Lower Michigan. The agent recently retired and CBP does not currently plan to replace him. "Without a border agent serving this very large geographic area, communities in this region will suffer serious economic consequenc… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Stabenow, Peters, and Upton Announce Legislation to Honor Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) today announced legislation to make James C. McCloughan eligible for our nation's highest military honor - the Medal of Honor - for his acts of heroism and valor during the Vietnam War. Then-Private First Class McCloughan, a native and current resident of South Haven, served as a medic and saved the lives of 10 members of his platoon who were wounded during the Battle of N… Continue Reading


11.02.16

Peters Highlights Legislation to Cut Taxes for Craft Brewers at Short’s Brewing Co. Production Facility

ELK RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee and the Small Brewers Caucus, today toured Short's Brewing Company's production facility, where he discussed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to reduce excise taxes for small craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Michigan has the sixth-highest number of craft breweries in the country with more than 150 breweries across the state. Michigan's beer industry supports more than 7,000 jobs and co… Continue Reading


11.01.16

Peters, Stabenow & Colleagues Urge Department of Defense to Restore National Guard Bonuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) joined 28 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to restore bonuses and benefits incorrectly awarded to National Guard soldiers in California through no fault of their own. The Department of Defense has sought to recoup the wrongly awarded benefits after an audit found that due to faulty paperwork, mistakes by recruiters, and … Continue Reading


10.26.16

Sen. Peters Honors Military Servicemembers & Families On ‘Day of the Deployed’

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement recognizing "Day of the Deployed," which encourages Americans to pay tribute to the nation's deployed servicemembers and their families. "America's men and women in uniform serve our country with courage and honor both at home and abroad, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. Whether it's our active d… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Sen. Peters Statement on NHTSA Cybersecurity Best Practices for Connected and Automated Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposed cybersecurity best practices for automated and connected vehicles: "Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to completely change the way we get around in the future, reduce accidents and save t… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Michigan’s Role in the Future of Mobility

TROY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke at Automation Alley today to discuss the future of mobility and Michigan's role in the transformation. Peters is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where he is the Senate's biggest champion for connected and automated vehicles. He is also the co-founder of the bipartisan Smart Transportation Caucus, which encourages policies that support emerging advanced vehicle technologies. Automation Alley is a technology business … Continue Reading


10.21.16

Peters Presents Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

WARREN, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters presented nearly 100 Vietnam veterans from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the U.S Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command's (TACOM) Detroit Arsenal, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any other era, and it is my honor and privilege to … Continue Reading


10.20.16

Peters, Great Lakes Senators Urge DOT to Help Implement Maritime Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (WI), Robert Casey (PA), Joe Donnelly (IN), Richard Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Mark Kirk (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging DOT to take a leadership role in the implementation of a first-ever regional strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system (MTS). The strategy was developed by the C… Continue Reading


10.18.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Support for Flint Mental Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded a $4,862,995 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide mental health and substance use disorder services for Flint residents. The Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma grant provides funding for communities with children and families who are exposed to trauma through natural or man-made disasters. "… Continue Reading

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