Press Releases

03.15.22

Peters Convenes Hearing to Assess Management of Federal Records

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing to examine how lawmakers can work to ensure that presidential and federal agency records are adequately maintained and preserved. The committee heard from legal and records management experts on how failures by recent administrations to correctly handle important documents have resulted in a lack of transparency for the American people and impeded Congress'… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Peters Provision to Increase Transparency of Reliance on Foreign Manufacturers for Medical Products Advances in Senate as Part of Pandemic Preparedness Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan provision authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to strengthen requirements for foreign manufacturers of medical products that are distributed in the United States to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advanced in the Senate as a part of a larger legislative package to strengthen our nation's preparedness and response to future pandemics. The provision, which is based o… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Peters Landmark Provision Requiring Critical Infrastructure to Report Cyber-Attacks Signed into Law as Part of Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A landmark provision authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to significantly enhance our nation's ability to combat ongoing cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure has been signed into law as a part of the government funding legislation. The provision, which matches a provision in a bill Peters previously introduced and passed out the Senate unanimously, would require critical infrastructur… Continue Reading


03.11.22

VIDEO: Peters: “American Rescue Plan Was the Shot in the Arm Michiganders Needed”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement and video today marking the one-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan being signed into law: "Signed into law one year ago, the American Rescue Plan was the shot in the arm Michiganders needed. Thanks to this legislation I helped enact our economy has made significant strides in its recovery and Michiganders received vital support during some of the darkest days of the pandemic. "The American Rescue Plan… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senate Passes Peters Landmark Provision Requiring Critical Infrastructure to Report Cyber-Attacks as Part of Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A landmark provision authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to significantly enhance our nation's ability to combat ongoing cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure has passed the Senate as a part of the government funding legislation. The provision, which matches a provision in a bill Peters previously introduced and passed out of the Senate unanimously, would require critical infrastructur… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Peters Secures Significant Wins for Michigan, Helps Pass Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) tonight helped the Senate pass an essential bipartisan government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2022. Peters successfully secured funding in the legislation for dozens of high-impact public local projects in Michigan that can benefit from federal assistance. Peters also supported or led provisions to help restore the Great Lakes, invest in workforce training programs, bolster local manufacturing, expand Michigan's defense footprint, and provide human… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Peters, Stabenow Press for Full Funding for Semiconductor Manufacturing in Competitiveness Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) called for full funding to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing. In a letter with colleagues in both the House and the Senate, Peters and Stabenow pressed for the final competitiveness bill to include $52 billion to fund the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that Congress previously passed into law. The funding would include provisions that Peters and Stabenow a… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Support Maritime Academy Students Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to expand the age eligibility for the Student Incentive Payment Program through the Maritime Administration has passed the U.S. Senate. The Changing Age-Determined Eligibility to Student Incentive Payments (CADETS) Act would expand the Student Incentive Payment Program eligibility age for financial assistance to cadets who attended one of the six State Maritime Academies and commit to a post-graduation service obligation to i… Continue Reading


03.08.22

VIDEO: Senate Passes Peters Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate passed historic, bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. The bill - which has now passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support - would make the first major reforms to the Postal Service in nearly 15 … Continue Reading


03.02.22

Senate Passes Peters Landmark Legislative Package to Strengthen Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate has passed a landmark legislative package authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to significantly enhance our nation's ability to combat ongoing cybersecurity threats against our critical infrastructure and the federal government. The legislation is urgently needed in the face of potential cyber-attacks sponsored by the Russian government in retaliation for U.S. support in Ukraine. The legislation co… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Peters Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on President Biden's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Biden laid out how our nation has made remarkable progress since he took office over a year ago. With our Democratic majority in the Senate, we've been able to pass comprehensive relief to help overcome this pandemic - legislation to fix our roads and bridges, expand access to high-speed internet and protect the Great Lakes - and expand access to q… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Peters Announces Saginaw UA Local 85 Leader as Virtual Guest for 2022 State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Justin Pomerville, Business Manager/Financial Secretary of UA Local 85 in Saginaw and Secretary of the Michigan Pipe Trades Association, will be his virtual guest for President Biden's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, March 1. Peters and Pomerville will highlight how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will invest in Michigan's infrastructure, bolster our economic recovery, create good-paying jobs for Mic… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement regarding President Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court: "The historic nomination of Judge Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court is a barrier-breaking moment in American history. Judge Jackson is a well-respected jurist whose qualifications and wide-ranging legal experience will undoubtedly serve our nation well. "The rulings of our nation's highest court have a direct and consequent… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Peters Calls for Robust Funding to Support DHS Border Security and Drug Detection

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led a group of his colleagues to call for sufficient resources in forthcoming government funding legislation to support the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to strengthen security at U.S. ports of entry and bolster our nation's ability to detect and seize illegal drugs before they cross our borders. In his letter, Peters raised concerns about the rising death toll… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Peters Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Ukrainian Caucus, released the following statement after Russian President Putin's declaration of war and Russia's further invasion of Ukraine: "I unequivocally condemn Russia's further invasion of Ukraine - an appalling and illegal assault on a sovereign nation and democracy itself. "This is a dark and dangerous moment. The U.S. and our European allies must send Putin an unmistakable message by … Continue Reading


02.23.22

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to encourage innovation in contracting and expand opportunities for small businesses to work with the federal government has been signed into law. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for small businesses, but some agencies have been reluctant to utilize the Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting programs. The Promotin… Continue Reading


02.23.22

Peters Calls for Full Funding to Support Operations at Michigan’s Great Lakes Center of Expertise

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) called on the Biden Administration to include $3.4 million for the United States Coast Guard Great Lakes Center of Expertise for Oil Spill Preparedness and Response, which was created and headquartered in Michigan thanks to Peters-led efforts, in their Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request. Peters previously secured $4.5 million to establish the Center of Expertise. This new level of funding would help support the Center of Expertise as it formally begi… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Peters Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators to Call for $3 Million in Funding for PAWS Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led 30 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, urging them to include $3 million in their proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget to support victims of domestic violence and their pets. The Department of Justice's Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance (PAWS) grant program - which was created through the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act that Peters authored and was signed int… Continue Reading


02.21.22

Peters Statement on Developments Regarding Ukraine and Russia

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Ukrainian Caucus, released the following statement on the latest developments regarding Ukraine and Russia: "Let's be clear: Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian and strongman who wants to turn back the clock three decades. His recognition of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as 'independent' states are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, international law and Russia's previous … Continue Reading


02.18.22

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reduce the Spread of Toxic PFAS at Commercial Airports

WASHINGTON, DC ­­- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reduce the spread of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at commercial airports. The Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), would deploy more existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) … Continue Reading

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