Press Releases

10.17.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Prevent Unexpected Costs for Seniors’ Nursing Home Care

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that will ensure Medicare coverage for skilled nursing care and prevent seniors from incurring large, unexpected medical costs. Currently, a Medicare beneficiary must have an "inpatient" hospital stay of at least three days in order for Medicare to pay for post-hospitalization skilled nursing care. Patients that receive hospital care on "observation status" are left to pay for skilled nur… Continue Reading


10.14.16

Peters, Stabenow & Colleagues Seek Information on NSF’s Great Lakes Research Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Sherrod Brown (OH), sent a letter to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seek information on the agency's Great Lakes research and education activities in light of a recent report guiding NSF's research priorities. As the world's largest system of freshwater lakes, it is imperative that the Great Lakes are an integral part of NSF's ocean science research ag… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Veterans’ Crisis Hotline

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), a 24-hour, toll-free hotline that veterans across the country can call to speak to a responder trained in crisis management. The No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a plan to improve the Veterans Crisis Line and ensure every call, text message and email to the cri… Continue Reading


10.12.16

President Obama Signs Peters, Upton Legislation into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph,, applauded the recent signing into law of their bipartisan, bicameral legislation, H.R. 5944. This important legislation updates and modernizes the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. "The missions of the 110th Attack Wing are reshaping America's fighting forces for the future, and the… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $480,000 to Support Flint Schools Following Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the announcement of a $480,000 grant to Flint Community Schools from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The funding comes from the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. This assistance will help Flint Community Schools hire staff and improve stable learning environments for students, who have been affected by lead-contaminated water. "The water cri… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Peters Tours Futuramic for Michigan Manufacturing Day

DETROIT, MI - For Michigan Manufacturing Day, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company in Detroit with students from Davis Aerospace Technical High School and A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School to discuss career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Futuramic manufactures parts for NASA's Orion and Space Launch System missions, which will carry some of the first humans to Mars. Michigan Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 7th, is a national e… Continue Reading


10.06.16

Peters, McCaskill Urge FCC to Conduct Thorough and Transparent Interference Testing in 5.9 GHz Band

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the FCC to move forward with plans to test potential sharing and possible interference between short range communications used in advanced vehicle technologies and unlicensed Wi-Fi devices on the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. "Transparent, thorough, and expeditious … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Peters Tours Wolverine Coil Spring for Michigan Manufacturing Week

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As part of Michigan Manufacturing Week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Wolverine Coil Spring Company in Grand Rapids and met with students from Innovation Central High School to discuss career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Michigan Manufacturing Week, which takes place October 3-7, is part of a national effort to celebrate American manufacturing and inspire future generations to pursue jobs in manufacturing. "Manufacturing is in our state's DNA. From the e… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Peters, Upton Applaud Senate Passage of RPA Operation Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 5944. This bipartisan legislation would update and modernize the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "The men and women of the 110th Attack Wing are a proud part of Michigan's strong m… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Help Veterans Harmed by For-Profit School Closings

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would provide relief for veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits are affected by the permanent closure of for-profit schools. The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act would reinstate GI Bill entitlement for veterans who lose college credits due to permanent closure of the educational institution. Recently, the Department of Vetera… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Sen. Peters Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the passing of Israeli leader Shimon Peres: "Israel has lost a great leader with the passing of Shimon Peres, and the United States has lost a great friend. Shimon Peres helped to found the Jewish State that he would lead as both its prime minister and its president, and he was tireless in his efforts to build both the State of Israel and lasting peace with its neighbors. I am saddened by his passing, but hono… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Sen. Peters: House Amendment Indicates Willingness to Help Flint

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on the agreement in the House of Representatives to vote on an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would move towards providing federal aid to Flint: "The people of Flint have waited far too long for Congress to act and finally help put them on the road to recovery. House Republican leadership refused to even go on record supporting Flint as recently as Monday, and I am pleased that under press… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon on the government funding bill, which does not include assistance for Flint. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video: Click here to watch the video. "I want to thank my colleagues for their ongoing support and patience as we continue fighting to deliver federal support for Flint families. With an agreement today to take up a bipartisan House amendment to the Water Reso… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters Introduces the National Historic Vehicle Register Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history. Click here to watch Senator Peters' Floor remarks on the bill. "Few engine… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Sen. Peters Statement on Senate Republican Funding Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Senate Republicans' government funding proposal that does not include the bipartisan, Senate-passed assistance for the City of Flint: "Just last week, the Senate passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support that includes a fully paid-for agreement to help Flint and communities across the country replace crumbling pipelines and water infrastructure. There is no reason why we cannot include assistan… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Introduced Bill Authorizing Delayed VA Medical Leases

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined 17 of their colleagues in introducing legislation that would authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), including Michigan facilities in Ann Arbor and Pontiac. Under current law, the VA must receive specific legislative authorization to lease medical facilities with average annual rental payments in excess of $1 million, However, since 2012, Congress has not, t… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Airports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Wayne County Airport Authority will receive $20,654,150 to rehabilitate runways at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help maintain the structural integrity of the airport's pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. FAA is also awarding $5 million to the Oakland County International Airpor… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Sen. Peters Remarks on Passage of NASA Transition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves as Ranking Member on the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, spoke on passage of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee markup today. The bipartisan bill will provide certainty for to NASA and its major programs through the upcoming administration transition and will advance deep space exploration. Below is the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Sen. Peters Statement on NHTSA Guidance for 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) announcement of new automated vehicle guidance and model state policy. "The future of the automotive industry is rapidly changing, and we must ensure our policies keep pace with these emerging technologies that will save liv… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Michigan Congressional Delegation Members Join in Strong Support of Fort Custer for Missile Defense Site

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today sent a letter to Vice Admiral James D. Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, to voice their strong support of Fort Custer Training Center, one of three locations under consideration for a possible Continental United States Interceptor Site. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representative Fred Upton, U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence, U.S. Representative Candic… Continue Reading

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