Press Releases

05.22.20

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Ensure National Guard Troops Activated In Response to COVID-19 Receive Full Benefits During the Public Health Emergency

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) helped introduce legislation to ensure that all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic receive benefits they've earned and provide states with greater certainty. The National Guard COVID-19 Response Stability Act would extend Title 32 authority for all troops activated in response to the crisis until the end of the public health emergency. By doing so, the federal government would continue coverin… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Peters Leads Bipartisan Push to Increase Funding for Programs Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence & Pets in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) called for increased funding for programs that support domestic violence survivors and their pets that were established under the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. In a letter to Senate leaders and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations, Peters, along with U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 30 Senate colleagues, highlighted how reports of domestic violence have risen during this pandemic, and that domestic violence shelte… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Disaster Response Assistance for State & Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill to provide greater assistance to communities facing ongoing disaster response challenges from the Coronavirus pandemic, severe flooding or other disasters this year. Peters' bill would eliminate the cost-share payments required of state and local governments who are seeking federal assistance from major disaster declarations. Pandemic response e… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. & Israeli Partnership on Developing Defense Technology

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bipartisan bill that would enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel on developing defense technology. The United States Israel Military Capability Act, which Peters introduced with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), would require the Department of Defense to establish a working group with their counterparts in the Israeli government to collaborate on the research and development of technology used for national defense. "As an … Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Presses President Not to Prematurely End National Guard Deployments in Effort to Deny Guardsmen Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today pressed the Trump Administration not to end National Guard deployments to assist with Coronavirus pandemic response - one day short of when they would become eligible for key federal benefits. In a letter to President Trump, Peters highlighted how members of the National Guard - including in Michigan - are assisting in critical operations to s… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Ypsilanti

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of President Trump's visit to Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday: "I'm proud that Michigan autoworkers are making the personal protection equipment and medical supplies that are saving lives. Michigan's workers and engineers are the most talented in the world and they have stepped up to help ensure we can get through this public health and economic crisis. As we… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters Introduces Legislation to Address Vulnerabilities in Medical Supply Chain, Bring Critical Manufacturing Back to U.S. & Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced two bills to address vulnerabilities in the medical supply chain and increase capacity for domestic advanced manufacturing of critical drugs and medical devices in the United States. America's pandemic response efforts have been hindered by shortages of critical drugs and medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment - highlighting the dangers of Americ… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $3 Million in Funding for Bay Metro Transit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that Bay Metro Transit will receive a $3,800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be used to continue transit service in the Bay County area during the COVID-19 pandemic. "From our dedicated frontline workers to seniors in need of critical supplies and … Continue Reading


05.19.20

Peters Announces Support for Heroes Fund to Reward Frontline Workers, Calls on Senate to Pass Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced support for his COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" proposal, and called on the Senate to work in a bipartisan manner and include it as part of a next Coronavirus package. The COVID-19 Heroes Fund would provide pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers. Peters' proposal has wide-ranging support from groups across Michigan and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on Congress to pass it. "From workers at groc… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Peters & Committee Colleagues Call for Oversight Hearing on Administration’s Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and his Democratic colleagues on the committee are urging Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) to convene an oversight hearing to examine the federal government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is the Senate's primary oversight committee, with broad jurisdiction over federal government operations generally, and specific… Continue Reading


05.15.20

House Approves Provisions Based on Peters’ COVID-19 ‘Heroes Fund’

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a provision based on U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" proposal. The measure would provide $190 billion in pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers. The provision was passed as part of larger legislation, which included measures Peters has emphasized are important to Michigan, including support for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and aid for local & state governments to support f… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $315 Million in Federal Funding to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $315 million in federal funds will be awarded to the State of Michigan to expand its coronavirus testing operations. This funding comes from the $25 billion for testing that Peters and Stabenow fought to be included as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act they helped enact last month. "We know that dramatically expanding testing capabilities is a necessary step towards reo… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Peters Calls on Administration to Stop Sending Coronavirus Stimulus Payments to Deceased Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined his colleagues in raising concerns following widespread reports that households across the country have received $1,200 stimulus checks for deceased family members. In a letter sent to leaders of the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Social Security Administration, Peters and colleagues called for immediate action to prevent further improper payments… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Senate Passes Peters-Backed Bipartisan Bill Expanding Access to Survivor Benefits for Families of First Responders Who Passed Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to expand access to survivor benefits for families of fallen first responders due to Coronavirus. The Safeguarding America's First Responders (SAFR) Act would establish the presumption that if a first responder contracts the Coronavirus within 45 days of their last day on duty and then subsequently passes away, the Department of Justice (DOJ) would classify the cause of death as a line of… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Peters Presses Administration to Crack Down on Chinese Government over Coronavirus Vaccine Research Hack

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called on the Trump Administration to take strong action against the Chinese government following reports that state-sponsored hackers attacked American hospitals and research institutions in an effort to steal information related to development of a Coronavirus vaccine. By attacking health care providers' information systems, the Chinese government put the health an… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Provision Based on Peters’ COVID-19 ‘Heroes Fund’ Included in New Proposed House Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, DC - A provision based on U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" proposal is part of the new Coronavirus legislation package announced today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure would provide $190 billion in pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers. "So many people in Michigan and across the country are working hard and performing essential duties to help our communities confront this pandemic, and they deserve extra compensat… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $19 Million in Funding for Flint Mass Transportation Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) would receive a $19 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that Flint MTA services remain operational for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic. "The Coronavirus pandemic has upended ev… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Peters, Upton, Stevens Lead Michigan Delegation in Pressing Support for Michigan’s Auto Suppliers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (MI-06) and Haley Stevens (MI-11) today led members of the Michigan Congressional delegation in a letter to the Trump Administration requesting an immediate dialogue to support the auto supply parts industry in Michigan and across the country amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In the letter, the lawmakers highlight how auto suppliers employ over 125,000 Michiganders and have complex supply chain needs that require imm… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Peters Recognized by Non-Partisan Lugar Center As One of Most Bipartisan Senators

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) was recognized as the 12th-most bipartisan Senator - and 3rd most bipartisan Democrat - in new rankings released today by the non-partisan Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University for his work in 2019. This follows Peters last year being named the 4th-most bipartisan Democrat by the Lugar Center and 4th-most effective Democratic senator in the 115th Senate (2017-2018) by the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmakin… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Peters, Stabenow, Upton, Kildee, Slotkin Urge Trump Administration to Reject Requests to Halt Service at Airports in Lansing, Flint & Kalamazoo/Battle Creek

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (MI-06), Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today urged the Trump Administration to reject a request from Delta Airlines to halt its service to Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN), Flint-Bishop International Airport (FNT), and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO). In a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Assistant Secretary for Aviation and In… Continue Reading

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