Press Releases

03.23.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Biden Administration Decision to Extend Health Care Special Open Enrollment Period Through August 15th

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) applauded the announcement today by the Biden Administration to extend the special open enrollment period for Americans to secure health care plans through the Affordable Care Act through August 15th. The special enrollment period was initially opened on February 15th and scheduled to run through May 15th. During the COVID-19 crisis, millions of Americans have lost their health insurance. The decision to extend the sign-up … Continue Reading


03.23.21

Peters Statement on Proposed U.S. Postal Service Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the recently released 10-year strategic plan from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service leaders: "While I understand Postal Service leadership's desire to set long-term goals, I am concerned that several of the initiatives in this plan will harm service for folks across the country who rely on the Postal Service for prescriptio… Continue Reading


03.23.21

As the Affordable Care Act Turns 11, Peters Highlights Progress Made in Effort to Strengthen Access to Affordable Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC - On the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is highlighting actions taken to strengthen the health care law and to expand access to quality care. The American Rescue Plan Act, which Peters helped pass and was signed into law this month, included significant steps to strengthen the health care law and lower health care costs. "Eleven years ago, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law - expanding health care access to Michi… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Todd Young (IN) announced the reintroduction of the Stop for School Buses Act. This bipartisan legislation requires a comprehensive evaluation of methods to prevent the dangerous and illegal passing of school buses at loading zones. The senators first introduced the legislation in 2019 after a number of incidents threated students in Michigan and across the country. In 2018, in Montcalm County, two students were seriously injured aft… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Peters Announces Support for Bipartisan Bill to Ensure All Veterans & Their Families Can Receive Free COVID-19 Vaccines Through VA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to expand free COVID-19 vaccine access to veterans and their families. The SAVE LIVES Act would specifically permit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allocate free vaccination services to all veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) recipients. This would enable them to get COVID-19 vaccines regardless of whether they are… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Peters Rated The #1 Most Effective Senator in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking released its biannual ratings on effectiveness based on enacting and advancing legislation, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) was ranked at the top of the list (#1) in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). In that timeframe, Peters passed 10 standalone bills into law and 14 bills through the Senate - more than any other Senator from either party. All of his bills were passed and signed into law with bipartisan support. That's despite the… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Peters Joins President Biden at White House to Commemorate Signing of American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined President Joe Biden at the White House to commemorate the signing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The bill, which Peters helped pass out of the Senate, includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution, help schools reopen safely, extend unemployment benefits, support small businesses and help communities carry out essential services. "Help is here for Michiganders," said Senator Peters.… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Peters Secures Funding in American Rescue Plan to Vaccinate Michiganders at Ford Field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, welcomed an announcement from the White House that federal funds he led the charge to secure as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act, will be directed to a vaccination clinic at Ford Field. The site, operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will accelerate vaccine distribution in Michigan. "Vaccine distribution has rapidly increased under the Biden Admin… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Peters: ‘Significant Relief is On the Way’ Now That American Rescue Plan Act is Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) welcomed President Biden signing the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which will provide robust COVID relief to Michiganders. Peters helped pass this historic package through the Senate, which includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution, help schools reopen safely, extend unemployment benefits, support small businesses and help local and state governments carry out essential functions. "There's no questi… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $4.5 Million Federal Funding to Help Advance Michigan Technological University Automated Vehicle Research

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed $4,498,650 in federal funding awarded to the Michigan Technological University for self-driving vehicle research and development. The funding - awarded through the Department of Energy - will support ongoing projects to enhance connected and automated vehicle technologies that improve driver safety by eliminating risk found in human error. Led by the University and in partnership with General Motors (GM), the… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Peters Statement on American Rescue Plan Heading to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after final House passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law: "A year into this pandemic, it's clear that Michiganders and Americans still need additional support to put food on the table, pay their bills and make ends meet. I have heard gut-wrenching personal stories from countless Michiganders - who are trying to keep their heads above water … Continue Reading


03.09.21

Peters & Portman Press Federal Agencies for Information on Coronavirus Pandemic Preparation and Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are pressing top federal agencies for information, including documents, communications and interviews, related to the federal government's Coronavirus pandemic preparedness and response. This is the first bipartisan effort by the committee leaders to examine the federal government's planning, coordination and execution of prevention … Continue Reading


03.06.21

Peters Helps Pass American Rescue Plan That Will Provide Significant COVID Relief to Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today helped the Senate pass robust Coronavirus relief legislation that would provide critical aid to Michiganders. The American Rescue Plan includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution, help schools reopen safely, extend unemployment benefits and support small businesses. Peters urged the House to swiftly approve the Senate-passed bill so it can be signed into law quickly by President Biden. "The American … Continue Reading


03.05.21

Peters Visits with Michigan National Guardsmen Deployed to Protect the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after joining Governor Whitmer in meeting and eating lunch with the Michigan National Guardsmen who have been deployed to Washington, DC to protect the U.S. Capitol: "It was an honor to again thank the Michigan National Guard for their service in protecting the Capitol: the very symbol of our democracy. During my interactions with our Michigan Guardsmen throughout their deployment, they demonstrated their comm… Continue Reading


03.05.21

Peters Announces Caitlyn Stephenson as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that Caitlyn Stephenson will serve as his Chief of Staff. "I am thrilled and gratified that Caitlyn will serve as my chief of staff and lead my team as we face the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead," said Senator Peters. "Caitlyn has been a trusted member of my team throughout the years. She is a dedicated public servant and there is no one who knows Michigan better than her. Her leadership will continue to be critical… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Peters Pushes for Passage of American Rescue Plan to Deliver Robust COVID Relief for Michiganders

WASHINGTON, DC - During a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today pushed for quick Senate passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which would deliver robust and comprehensive Coronavirus relief to Michiganders. The Senate is considering the package that will provide critical aid to Michiganders and Americans across the nation, includes funding to distribute stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution and help schools reopen safely. "We must act quickly to meet th… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Peters Presses Senior National Security and Defense Officials for Answers on Preparation and Response Failures That Led to January 6th Capitol Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today pressed senior officials from national security, law enforcement and defense agencies about breakdowns in intelligence gathering, security preparations and the delayed response on January 6, 2021 when domestic terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol. Peters pushed for information on how our nation's law enforcement and intelligence agencies misjudged the likelihood of violen… Continue Reading


03.02.21

Peters Helps Confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after joining his colleagues on a bipartisan basis to confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce: "I'm excited to work with Secretary-designate Raimondo on a wide variety of issues affecting Michigan. In our conversations, she has made clear her commitment to addressing challenges affecting Michigan workers: whether it is getting through thi… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Peters Releases GAO Report Showing More Action is Needed to Address PFAS Contamination

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that shows the federal government needs to take further action to clean up and prevent contamination from per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). The report found that the Trump Administration made limited progress in protecting communities and drinking water resources from exposure to toxic "forever" chemicals known… Continue Reading


02.27.21

Peters Applauds House Passage of American Rescue Plan, Pushes for Quick Senate Passage

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded House passage of robust and comprehensive Coronavirus relief that would provide critical aid to Michiganders and Americans across the nation. He urged the Senate, which is scheduled to begin considering the package next week, to pass it swiftly. The American Rescue Plan includes funding to distribute direct stimulus checks, accelerate vaccine distribution and help schools reopen safely. Peters supports the American Rescue Plan and has … Continue Reading

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