Press Releases

10.01.21

VIDEO: On Manufacturing Day, Peters Recognizes Michigan Manufacturers and Workers & Highlights Efforts to Strengthen Domestic Manufacturing

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released a video commemorating Manufacturing Day, which is today October 1st, and recognized Michigan manufacturers and workers: "I believe strongly that you can't be a great country if you don't actually make things," said Senator Peters, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "In the United States and in Michigan, our tradition of building things has transformed society across generations - and I'm working to make sure… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Video: Peters Convenes Hearing with Emergency Management Experts to Examine Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with disaster preparedness and response experts to hear how worsening natural disasters, including flooding, severe storms, and wildfires, continue to harm lives and livelihoods in Michigan and across the nation. Peters and the witnesses discussed how lawmakers can work to improve preparedness for and response to increasingly severe natural disasters, and s… Continue Reading


09.29.21

After Passing House, Peters Bipartisan Bill to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks Heads to President to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of his bipartisan legislation to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family records, medical histories, and employment information. The bill will help educatio… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $800,000 in Funding for Center For Family Health, Inc.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $839,438 in funding to support Center For Family Health, Inc. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. This funding comes f… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $3 Million in Funding for Arenac, Genesee, Isabella, and Saginaw County Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $3,606,521 in funding to support community health centers in Arenac, Genesee, Isabella, and Saginaw Counties. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, … Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $6 Million in Funding for Southeast Michigan Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $6,715,200 in funding to support community health centers in Southeast Michigan. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. T… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $4 Million in Funding for Northern Michigan Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $4,157,068 in funding to support community health centers in Northern Michigan. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. Th… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $7 Million in Funding for West Michigan Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $7,145,225 in funding to support community health centers in West Michigan. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. This f… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Peters, Stabenow, Whitmer Announce Over $1 Million in Funding for Upper Peninsula Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced $1,303,044 in funding to support community health centers in the Upper Peninsula. Funding from this program will support health care construction and renovation projects including the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment. This will help these health centers strengthen primary care services in underserved communities and provide COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations. … Continue Reading


09.24.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to help make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to the public has been signed into law. The new law will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily understandable justifications for their budget requests on a single, central website each year. Congressional bu… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan PIGGY BANK Act to Bolster Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster youth financial literacy amid the economic challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program to Inspire Growth and Guarantee Youth Budgeting Advice and Necessary Knowledge (PIGGY BANK) Act, which was introduced with Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), would provide high school students with resources to help them become self-sufficient in their personal finances by creating a youth financial m… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Video: Peters Convenes Hearing with Top Officials Examining Actions Needed to Strengthen Federal and Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with top officials to examine the Biden Administration's actions to bolster our nation's cybersecurity defenses. Peters and the witnesses discussed additional resources and authorities the federal government needs to deter cyber-attacks that continue to disrupt the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders and Americans - including how lawmakers can work to est… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Create Leasing Program for Underutilized Space Held by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to create a program that allows federal agencies to lease underutilized properties with approval from the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), and to use the rent payments to help fund capital projects and facilities maintenance. Currently, many federal agencies hold underused property that they need and cannot sell - but… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Peters, Lankford, Sinema, Hawley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Leasing Program for Underutilized Space Held by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, James Lankford (R-OK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced bipartisan legislation to create a program that allows federal agencies to lease underutilized properties with approval from the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), and to use the rent payments to help fund capital projects and facilities maintenance. Currently, many feder… Continue Reading


09.22.21

VIDEO: Peters Discusses Importance of Protecting Federal Workers’ Rights During Hearing to Consider Nominations for the Merit Systems Protection Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today convened a hearing to consider the nominations of Cathy Harris, Raymond Limon, and Tristan Leavitt to serve as members of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). If confirmed, Harris would also serve as Chair of the MSPB, an independent agency that helps protect the merit-based civil service, ensures an effective and accountable federal government, and safeguards the… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Video: Peters Convenes Hearing With Top Officials Examining How Homeland Security Threats Have Changed Since 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with top officials to examine how threats to communities in Michigan and across the nation have significantly evolved since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks twenty years ago. Peters and the witnesses discussed the need for national security agencies to not only continue to address foreign terrorism, but to also increase their efforts to combat new an… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Peters, Stabenow Urge President Biden to Open U.S.-Canada Border to Vaccinated Canadians by October

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) joined a group of Northern border Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden, urging his administration to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. Noting the economic and familial strains caused by the continued restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border, the Senators asked the President to lift travel restrictions before October, create a public plan to reopen land ports of entry to vac… Continue Reading


09.20.21

As Part of Ongoing Domestic Terrorism and January 6 Investigations, Peters Presses Top Social Media Companies for Information on Efforts to Monitor and Remove Violent Extremist Content

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing the Chief Executive Officers of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more information regarding their companies' policies to monitor and remove extremist and conspiracy content that advocates violence. The letters are a part of Peters' ongoing efforts to investigate the rise of domestic terrorism across the country, and the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 att… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $3 Million in Support for Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Public Health Institute will receive $1,408,797 to provide smoke detectors and develop online fire prevention tools for Michigan schools. The Fire Department Safety Officers Association will also receive $1,500,000 in federal funding to support community fire prevention education and training. These federal funds come from the Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety Gr… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $20.8 Million in Funding for Detroit Metro Airport

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced the Wayne County Airport Authority will receive $20,860,485 in federal funding for Detroit Metro Airport. The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used for taxiway reconstruction. "Detroit Metro is a global transportation hub, connecting businesses and communities in the state to markets and destinations all across the world," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this federal grant, w… Continue Reading

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