Press Releases

12.10.16

Senate Passes Agreement to Provide Critical Help for Flint and Other Communities, Clearing Way for President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress has finally passed an agreement to provide $170 million in long-awaited assistance for Flint and other communities affected by lead. The bipartisan agreement, championed by Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee, passed the Senate 78-21 tonight as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. This agreement closely mirrors legislation that passed the Senate in September by a margin of 95-3. It now goes to the desk of the … Continue Reading


12.09.16

Peters Joins Bipartisan Call for President-Elect Trump to Stand Against Russian Aggression, & Support NATO, Ukrainian Sovereignty

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to call on President-elect Donald Trump to continue America's tradition of support for the people of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. "In light of Russia's continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereign right to choose its own destiny, we also renew our call for the United States to increase political, economic, and military support for Ukraine," wro… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Peters Helps Pass Major Defense Bill with Key Provisions for Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today helped pass critical defense legislation that will support veterans suffering from mental trauma, as well as Michigan's manufacturers and small businesses. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2017, passed the House of Representatives last week and is now headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. Also in… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Peters, Daines, Tillis & Gillibrand Fairness for Veterans Provision to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan provision to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fairness for Veterans amendment was included in the final National Defense Aut… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Peters, Michigan Congressional Democrats Introduce Resolution to Mark 15th Anniversary of Underground Railroad Memorial Monument in Detroit

Washington, D.C. - Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation introduced H.Res. 946, a resolution in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to commemorate 15 years since the opening of the International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument (IURMM). Led in the Senate by Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow; and the House of Representatives by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-9), and … Continue Reading


12.07.16

Peters Applauds Air Force Announcement of Selfridge ANGB as Finalist for F-35 Mission

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Air Force's announcement today that Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County is among five candidates to host the Air National Guard's new F-35 mission: "The airmen of the Selfridge Air National Guard base have always stood ready to protect our nation against those that would do us harm, and today's announcement is a testament to the critical role these brave men and women play in … Continue Reading


12.07.16

Peters, Stabenow, Benishek Applaud Passage of Bill to Honor Michigan Veteran by Naming Traverse City VA Clinic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, Medal of Honor recipient and a Traverse City-area native. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate last week and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Colonel Demas Craw is a … Continue Reading


12.02.16

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded unanimous Senate passage of legislation they introduced to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where Congressman Benishek has introduced similar legislation. "Colonel Demas Craw laid his life on the line and made the ultimate … Continue Reading


12.01.16

Sen. Peters’ Floor Remarks in Support of Iran Sanctions Act Extension

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today in support of renewing the Iran Sanctions Act to extend the existing sanctions framework for 10 years. Peters is a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill and has called for increased transparency in International Atomic Energy Agency reporting of Iran's nuclear activity. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. / Madam President, "I rise to express my support for legislation the Senate is c… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Peters Statement in Support of Iran Sanctions Act Extension

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following his vote in favor of renewing the Iran Sanctions Act. Peters is a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill and has called for increased transparency in International Atomic Energy Agency reporting of Iran's nuclear activity. "It is vital that the United States and world powers in the P5+1 continue to hold Iran accountable to its obligations in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A stro… Continue Reading


11.30.16

Peters Calls for Comprehensive Public Health Study of Air Pollution in Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today sent a letter to the International Joint Commission (IJC) urging them to investigate the cumulative public health impact of air pollution along the United States-Canadian border in Wayne County, Michigan and Essex County, Ontario. Air pollution continues to be a major health problem in Southeast Michigan, and sources like petroleum coke, oil refineries, coal power plants and industrial facilities emit pollutants that can have negative effects … Continue Reading


11.30.16

Peters Statement on EPA Announcement on Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement on fuel economy standards: "I have expressed to the Administration my concerns with EPA's decision to release the proposed Midterm Evaluation standard for vehicle emissions so far ahead of schedule. In order to protect our environment and ensure America remains economically competiti… Continue Reading


11.22.16

Sen. Peters Applauds DOT Competition for National Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement of a competition to designate national proving grounds for testing and validating connected and automated vehicle technologies: "In order to maximize the life-saving benefits of connected and automated vehicle technologies… Continue Reading


11.21.16

Peters and Stabenow Call for Improved Mail Service Protections in Comprehensive Postal Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of more than 80 legislators from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in calling for adding lasting solutions to improve and protect mail delivery and service in comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform legislation introduced in the House. Peters, Stabenow and their colleagues are pressing House and Senate leaders for better, more reliable mail service - which is often a critical li… Continue Reading


11.21.16

Peters, Stabenow, Dingell Join Michigan Officials to Break Ground on American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today joined Governor Rick Snyder, state officials and leaders in automotive technology to celebrate the groundbreaking of the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, a global center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles. "Today's groundbreaking is a significant step forward in ensuring the American Center for Mobility w… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Peters Applauds the Passage of Bill to Protect Northern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, today applauded the passage in the U.S. Senate of the bipartisan Northern Border Security Review Act. Peters, along with Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), introduced the legislation last year, which requires a comprehensive examination of how to strengthen American security at the Northern Border with Canada, protect Michigan'… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran by Naming Traverse City VA Clinic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced legislation to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient, who fought in both World War I and II. The VA CBOC in Traverse City provides health care services for thousands of Northern Michigan veterans every year, including primary care, women's health, disease prevention and telehealth… Continue Reading


11.15.16

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Applaud Decision to Fund Lead Removal in Flint and Other Michigan Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released a statement applauding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's approval of funding for lead detection and removal in Flint and communities across the State of Michigan. The State of Michigan will now be able to use approximately $24 million this year and up to that same amount over the next four years to pay for lead abatement services such as testing, paint remov… Continue Reading


11.14.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for New Alpena Customs Agent in Letter to Customs and Border Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. SenatorsGary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) sent a letter to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske expressing their concern regarding the loss of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent stationed in Northeast Lower Michigan. The agent recently retired and CBP does not currently plan to replace him. "Without a border agent serving this very large geographic area, communities in this region will suffer serious economic consequenc… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Stabenow, Peters, and Upton Announce Legislation to Honor Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) today announced legislation to make James C. McCloughan eligible for our nation's highest military honor - the Medal of Honor - for his acts of heroism and valor during the Vietnam War. Then-Private First Class McCloughan, a native and current resident of South Haven, served as a medic and saved the lives of 10 members of his platoon who were wounded during the Battle of N… Continue Reading

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