Press Releases

08.15.16

Peters Cosponsors Measure to Combat Terrorism Financing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring the Stop Terrorist Operational Resources and Money (STORM) Act, legislation that creates additional penalties and tools to address foreign governments that are failing to stop terrorism financing. "Cutting off financing for terrorist groups like ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaeda and Hezbollah is a critical part of the United States' efforts to combat global terrorism and protect our national security," said Senator Peters, … Continue Reading


08.10.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $7.9 Million for Muskegon Lake Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has received a $7.9 million grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to restore Michigan's Muskegon Lake. The grant will support what is expected to be one of the final habitat restoration projects necessary to formally remove Muskegon Lake from the list of Areas of Concern. The restoration is part of a new $40 million regional partnership between GLC and the National… Continue Reading


08.09.16

Peters to Cosponsor Bill Providing Certainty for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will be cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to make permanent a tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads. The tax credit was extended for two years as part of the omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December, and the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act would provide certainty for short line railroads to invest in their infrastructure with a permanent tax credit rather than temporary e… Continue Reading


08.05.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Republican Leaders to Call Congress Back to Session, Address Growing Zika Trend

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to immediately call Congress back into session and pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. The letter also notes that since Congress went into recess, at least 15 individuals have contracted the Zika virus on U.S. soil, likely via mosquito, and according to health experts, tho… Continue Reading


08.04.16

Peters Joins Senate Philanthropy Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he joined the bipartisan Senate Philanthropy Caucus, which focuses on the role of philanthropy in society, national policymaking and federal programs. According to the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan is home to more than 2,600 independent, family, company-sponsored, community and operating foundations that award approximately $1.61 billion in grants annually. "Contributions from Michigan's philanthropic organizations … Continue Reading


08.02.16

Peters, Cassidy MEGABYTE Act Becomes Law

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the president's signing of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act into law. Peters and Cassidy introduced the MEGABYTE Act in the US Senate in December 2015 after the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. … Continue Reading


07.26.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Cambridge Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Cambridge Township Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire department will receive $159,786 to improve safety operations, including professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, and modifications to facilities. "It is essential that Michigan firefighters have the necessary resources… Continue Reading


07.26.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire department will receive $17,620 to improve safety operations, including professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, and modifications to facilities. "It is essential that Michigan firefighters have the necessary resources to p… Continue Reading


07.26.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Cadillac Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Cadillac Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire department will receive $59,977 to improve safety operations, including professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, and modifications to facilities. "It is essential that Michigan firefighters have the necessary resources to protect… Continue Reading


07.26.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Mackinaw City Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Mackinaw City Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire department will receive $78,572 to improve safety operations, including professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, and modifications to facilities. "It is essential that Michigan firefighters have the necessary resources to pr… Continue Reading


07.25.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $500,000 for MBS International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that Bay County and the Cities of Midland and Saginaw will receive $500,916 to rehabilitate runways and provide pavement maintenance at MBS International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "This investment will make travelling to and from the Great Lakes Bay Region safer and more efficient," sa… Continue Reading


07.25.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $175,000 for Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that Marquette County will receive $175,135 to rehabilitate runways, improve structural integrity, and remove debris at Sawyer International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "This investment will make travelling to and from the Upper Peninsula safer and more efficient," said Senator Stabenow.… Continue Reading


07.25.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $1.5 Million for Cherry Capital Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission will receive $1,531,800 to rehabilitate runways and acquire land adjacent to the airport for development at Cherry Capital Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "This investment will make travelling to and from Traverse City safer and more efficien… Continue Reading


07.22.16

Peters, Colleagues Urge Inclusion of Fairness for Veterans Provision in Final Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI) today led seven of his colleagues in sending a letter to Senators John McCain and Jack Reed, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urging inclusion of a provision to help veterans who may have been erroneously discharged from the military in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. The Senate unanimously passed an amendment led by Senators Peters, Steve Daines (MT), Thom Tillis (NC), and Kirsten G… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Hold Companies Accountable for Disastrous Oil Spill Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today joined his colleagues in introducing a pair of bills to increase accountability for big oil companies responsible for disastrous spills, improve the federal government's ability to help areas affected by an oil disaster, and eliminate bailouts for the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry. "Michiganders know the devastating impacts of an oil spill far too well, following the disastrous pipeline rupture that spilled into the Kalamazo… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Peters, Colleagues Urge Greater Transparency in Reporting on Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today led 14 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to encourage additional transparency when reporting on Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA is responsible for monitoring and verifying Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) reached by the P5+1 and Iran last year. "We supported the JCPOA and continue to believe it is … Continue Reading


07.15.16

Peters, Colleagues Urge Greater Transparency in Reporting on Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today led 14 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to encourage additional transparency when reporting on Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA is responsible for monitoring and verifying Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) reached by the P5+1 and Iran last year. "We supported the JCPOA and continue to believe it is… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Peters Applauds Passage of MEGABYTE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-US Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) applauded the passage of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act in both chambers of Congress. The MEGABYTE Act will now be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. Peters introduced the Senate version of the legislation with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) last year, and it passed the Senate last week. The legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Wil… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Hamtramck Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Hamtramck Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program. The Detroit-area fire department will receive over $2.3 million and use the funding to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. "Families in Hamtramck depend on the fire department to keep t… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Peters Speaks on Congress’ Failure to Act on Aid for Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon on Congress' failure to act on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes a bipartisan agreement that would provide aid to the City of Flint and other communities across the country dealing with water infrastructure issues. Click here to watch a video of his remarks. "I rise today to speak about the need to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, known as WRDA. "Despite strong, … Continue Reading

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