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Peters Receives Update on Potential Missile Defense Site

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received a letter from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) regarding an update for a potential new missile defense site for the East Coast. In the letter, the DoD identified Fort Drum in New York as the current preferred option "by a small margin", but noted that it is likely the most expensive option and has significant environmental challenges. Fort Custer, near Battle Creek, is considered the lea… Continue Reading


Peters Provisions Addressing PFAS, Supporting Servicemembers and Bolstering Michigan’s Defense Sector Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed the annual national defense bill that includes provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters benefiting servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense sector that contribute to our national security. It will also help improve efforts to address PFAS and authorize investments in infrastructure, advanced technology and important defense systems that protect U.S. security interests and our allies, including the State of Israel. The… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Administration's justification for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire: "The census plays a vital role in our democracy by making important determinations for Congressional representation and federal funding. Today's decision is a step in the ri… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Supreme Court Redistricting Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on gerrymandering that will impact the redrawing of Michigan's state legislative and Congressional district boundaries: "I am disappointed in today's decision. Following the 2010 Census, the Michigan state legislature drew what has been widely regarded as some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. Politicians shouldn't be able to pick their own voters, and Michigand… Continue Reading


Peters Joins Bipartisan Effort to End Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced he cosponsored legislation to end government shutdowns by holding Members of Congress accountable for their failure to govern responsibly. The Government Shutdown Accountability Act, which was approved by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week, would prevent another government shutdown by automatically extending funding at … Continue Reading


Peters, Roberts, Duckworth Bill to Raise Awareness About Vaccines, Increase Vaccination Rates, Cut Health Care Costs Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to increase vaccination rates by raising vaccine awareness through a national campaign to combat misinformation advanced in the Senate today. The VACCINES Act was passed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions as part of a larger health care package. The bill would also establish grants to address vaccine-preventable diseases and woul… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on MSU Independent Investigation into Nassar Abuse Scandal

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees unanimously approving an independent investigation into the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal: "Nearly 18 months ago, I called for an independent investigation so that we could ensure that what happened at MSU could never happen again. We must get to the root cause of how such a toxic climate emerged to enable Larry Nassar to get away with all the abuse he inflicted on surv… Continue Reading


Peters, Wicker Urge FAA to Include Broad Rural Representation on Drone Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include representatives from rural America, including agriculture, forestry, and rangeland stakeholders, on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). In their letter to Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell the Senators emphasized the importance of ensuring broad rural representation and improved efficiency … Continue Reading


Peters, Cornyn Bill to Address Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to strengthen border security and address law enforcement shortages at ports of entry throughout the country advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Securing America's Ports of Entry Act of 2019 would fully staff America's airports, sea… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. "As we recognize Juneteenth Independence Day and the closing of one of our nation's darkest periods, we must acknowledge that the battle for equality is far from finished. "From fighting against efforts … Continue Reading


Peters Announces Proposal to Establish a National Institute of Manufacturing, Make Manufacturing Policy a Major National Focus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced a new proposal to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing during his keynote address at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC. Inspired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the institute would serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs, promote efforts to help our workforce close the skills gap and function as the focal point for developing a national strategy focused on ensuring American manufactur… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Bergman Announce Over $550,000 for Moran Iron Works in Onaway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) today announced that Moran Iron Works in Onaway will receive $564,300 to purchase a PythonX CNC plasma cutting system. The machine will replace three outdated pieces of machinery and allow the company to take on an additional marine project each year. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant program. Senators S… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge USDA to Help Michigan Farmers Facing Delayed Planting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After historic rainfall has prevented many Michigan farmers from planting their crops this year, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to help affected farms across the state. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the S… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Reintroduce Outsourcing Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) today reintroduced legislation that would help identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign countries by requiring publicly traded companies to publish reports detailing the number of employees per location, including by state and by country. The Outsourcing Accountability Act would also direct these companies to disclose the total number of employees and pe… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Push to Improve Access to Broadband

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) highlighted the need to expand broadband services to communities in Michigan and throughout the country that do not have access. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Peters said that more must be done to expand access to broadband, particularly in rural areas. During his questioning, Peters announced that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the accuracy of the FCC's b… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds ITC Decision to Continue Investigating Unfair Trade Practices Harming Michigan Cherry Growers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to continue investigations into the dumping of Turkish dried tart cherries that has hurt Michigan cherry growers. In April, the Dried Tart Cherry Coalition filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the ITC and Department of Commerce. "I've met with Michigan cherry growers that have been unfairly disadvantaged by Turkish cherry dumping into the market. This unanimou… Continue Reading


Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure Impact of Automation on Workers and Inform Workforce Development Strategies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would better assess the impacts of automation on workers in order to inform workforce development strategies and best practices. The Workforce Data for Analyzing and Tracking Automation Act would authorize the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - with the assistance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - to record the effect of automation on the workforce and me… Continue Reading


Peters, Portman Seek to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions & Nonprofit Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against potential terrorist attacks. In recent years there have been a significant number of prominent threats and attacks on institutions including synagogues, churches, mosques and gurdwaras in communities across … Continue Reading


Peters & Capito Join Bipartisan Effort to Crack Down on Chinese Fentanyl Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that they are cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would crack down on manufacturers and traffickers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is ravaging communities throughout the United States. The Fentanyl Sanctions Act would be the first-ever targeted fentanyl sanctions bill, aimed at pressuring the Chinese gover… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Brown Disappointed by VW Response Following Concerns Senators Raised About Union Election at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Sherrod Brown (OH) released the following statements after receiving a response from Volkswagen (VW) regarding the delayed union election at the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga. The senators had requested more information from VW last month following the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decision to grant Volkswagen's request to halt all election proceedings for workers petitioning to organize with the United … Continue Reading

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