Press Releases

07.15.21

Michigan Delegation Members Commend Quick Decision from President Biden Declaring a Major Disaster for Washtenaw and Wayne Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today led members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation in commending the quick announcement from President Biden granting a request from Governor Whitmer to declare a Major Disaster for Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. In addition to Peters, Stabenow and Lawrence the letter was signed by U.S. Representat… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Peters and Portman Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FEMA Reservists' Jobs During Disaster Response Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to protect Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Reservists from losing their full-time employment when they are called up to assist communities with disaster response has advanced in the Senate. FEMA Reservists are temporary, on-call and intermittent employees who are essential to the agency's mission to quickly respond to disasters, but they currently lack employment protections that ensure … Continue Reading


07.14.21

Peters Statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Report on Failures of FBI’s Investigation into Larry Nassar

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report on failures of the FBI's investigation into allegations regarding Larry Nassar: "These findings are absolutely appalling and reinforce the systemic failure that allowed a monster to continue inflicting sexual abuse on collegiate and amateur athletes. We must ensure this can never happen again. "We must take action in Congress and I will keep pushin… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Peters, Stabenow Press for Additional Support for Restaurants Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today pressed for additional action to provide relief for Michigan restaurants and bars that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In their letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Senators highlighted concerns they have heard from small business owners regarding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and urged the SBA to address challenges faced by businesses that applied for support from the Fund and prov… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Peters Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Cybersecurity Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two pieces of legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to help protect public and private networks from growing cybersecurity threats have advanced in the Senate. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The bills would enhance cybersecurity guidance for K-12 educational institutions across the country and secure federal information technology supply chains against … Continue Reading


07.13.21

Following Peters’ Calls, Administration Will Halt Change to Metropolitan Area Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following calls from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced it will halt a proposed change that would increase the population threshold for metropolitan areas from 50,000 to 100,000. Communities in Michigan and across the United States count on this designation for federal funding that goes towards important programs. If implemented, the change could have threate… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Peters Introduces Legislation to Increase Investment and Access to Affordable Housing in Communities That Have Been Left Behind

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he introduced legislation that aims to provide affordable housing opportunities and investment to communities that have endured longstanding disinvestment. The Restoring Communities Left Behind Act would create a $5 billion program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to award competitive grants to eligible local partnerships to carry out neighborhood revitalization support activities. These activities include restoring … Continue Reading


07.12.21

VIDEO: At Peters’ Urging, Senate Confirms Key Cybersecurity Nominee Amid Relentless Wave of Ransomware Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led the Senate in unanimously confirming Jen Easterly to be the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In remarks on the Senate floor, Peters highlighted the important role CISA plays in safeguarding cybersecurity and federal information technology. In the wake of a significant increase in cyber-attacks targeting everything from critical infr… Continue Reading


07.07.21

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Over $12.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Michigan Head Start Programs Across State

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $12.7 million in funding to Michigan Head Start programs across the state through the American Rescue Plan, historic legislation both senators helped enact. This funding will help programs build back to fully operational, in-person services this fall as well as support vaccination of Head Start staff and families. "After facing … Continue Reading


07.01.21

Peters Welcomes Nearly $36 Million in COVID Relief Funding To Help Michigan Small Businesses and Consumers in Minority Communities

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded nearly $36 million to communities across Michigan through the Community Development Financial Institutions Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP), which he helped secure in the December COVID relief package last year. These resources will provide necessary capital for CDFIs to respond to economic challenges caused by the pandemic, particularly in underserved communities. "I'm proud to… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Peters and Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Secure Federal Information Technology Supply Chains against Threats

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect against cybersecurity threats and other technological supply chain security vulnerabilities that arise when the federal government purchases services, equipment or products. The Supply Chain Security Training Act would create a standardized training program to help federal employees responsible for purcha… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FEMA Reservists' Jobs During Disaster 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, announced they have introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reservists from losing their full-time employment when they are called up to assist communities with disaster response. FEMA reservists are temporary, on-call and intermittent employees who are essential to the agency's mission… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters Announces Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Expand Eligibility for State Maritime Academies Student Incentive Payment Program

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the age eligibility for the Student Incentive Payment Program through the Maritime Administration, which provides financial assistance to cadets who attend one of the six State Maritime Academies and commit to a post-graduation service obligation. The Changing Age-Determined Eligibility to Student Incentive Payments (CADETS) Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tammy… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar and Judge Jane Beckering to Federal Judgeships in Michigan’s Eastern and Western Districts

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded President Biden's nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar as the U.S. District Court Judge to the Eastern District of Michigan and Judge Jane Beckering as the U.S. District Court Judge to the Western District of Michigan. If Judge Shalina Kumar is confirmed, she would be the first federal judge of South Asian descent in Michigan. "I'm pleased President Biden announced he intends to nominate Michiganders Shalina Kumar and Ja… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Peters and Portman Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill would make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to the public. The legislation will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily understandable justifications for their budget reque… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Peters, Stabenow Help Senate Pass the Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) helped the Senate pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021, which provides resources and incentives to help farmers, ranchers and foresters implement climate-conscious practices to benefit the environment, while boosting Michigan's economy and generating new sources of income through carbon markets. The legislation was introduced by Stabenow and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 52 Senators, including Peters. "… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill Expanding Access to Benefits for Displaced Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to benefits made available through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program for displaced workers. The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Reauthorization Act of 2021 would improve the existing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program by broadening eligibility so that additional trade-impacted workers can receive job training, extended un… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Peters Announces Reintroduction of Bipartisan Bill to Alleviate Student Loan Debt and Help Communities Fill Worker Shortages

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced reintroduction of bipartisan legislation to help recent graduates pay down student loan debt while addressing worker shortages in communities across the state and country. The Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarships Act of 2021, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would expand post-graduation scholarship grant programs by mandating that scholarship recipients are not required to pay inc… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Community Policing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that aims to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve by incentivizing recruits to work in the communities where they live. The Strong Communities Act would provide federal grants for local law enforcement recruits who agree to attend school or academy and then serve in a law enforcement agency in their respective communities. Peters previously introduced the legislation … Continue Reading


06.18.21

Peters Commemorates Juneteenth Independence Day

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing June 19th as the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day, the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation:"Each year, Juneteenth is a time to reflect on our nation's painful legacy of slavery and the fight for equality that still continues today. It is also a reminder of the enduring hope for and efforts to build an America where all people… Continue Reading

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