Press Releases

02.09.17

In Advance of His Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Senators Urge President Trump to Address Japan’s Unfair Trade Practices in Auto Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Gary Peters (D-MI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to President Trump asking him to make Japan's longstanding unfair trade practices in the auto sector a priority for the bilateral meeting. The Senators called on Trump to address Japan's use of currency manipulation, a practice that hurts American workers and p… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Peters Renews Efforts to Close the Rural Broadband Gap

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt a Universal Service Fund (USF) Mobility Fund Phase II (MFII), which is aimed at providing broadband service to rural and underserved areas. The Senators sent a letter to new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai calling for the agency to prioritize new mobile broadband deployment in these areas as well as preserve and upgrade mobile broadband where it is currently a… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Push for Answers About Price Hike for Lifesaving Anti-Opioid Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined 29 other Senators in a letter pushing for answers from a leading pharmaceutical company about the dramatic price hike for a life-saving medication used to respond to opioid overdoses. Recent reports unveiled that drug maker Kaléo Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an easy-to-use injector device containing the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, raised its price from $690 in 2014, to $4,500 currently. While the Evzio … Continue Reading


02.08.17

Peters, Heller Introduce the Pet and Women Safety Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today announced they are reintroducing the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, bicameral, bipartisan legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets. Multiple studies have shown that domestic abusers often seek to manipulate or intimidate their victims by threatening or harming their pets, but accordi… Continue Reading


02.06.17

Sen. Peters’ Urges Colleagues to Oppose DeVos for Education Secretary

Peters: "The American people are making their voices heard, and they are telling the U.S. Senate that Mrs. DeVos is not the right choice" Peters: "Given Mrs. DeVos' history of supporting policies that undermine traditional public schools and the communities they serve, I do not think she would act in the best interests of American students" Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today urging his colleagues to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secr… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Peters Statement Opposing Mick Mulvaney for Director of the Office of Management and Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement opposing the nomination of U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Peters voted against Mulvaney's nomination on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Social Security and Medicare are sacred promises that Michigan seniors rely on to retire with dignity after working their entire lives. During the campaign, President Trump promised… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Peters Statement Honoring Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement to commemorate Black History Month: "In celebration of Black History Month, we recognize the importance of diversity to the fabric of our country. African Americans have made significant contributions to our society - from serving in our armed forces and starting innovative businesses to making scientific breakthroughs and fighting for equal rights. This month, we honor the stories and legacies of the many African A… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate last night about why he will not support the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Watch his remarks here. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, I rise to express my opposition to the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. The position of Secretary of State was one of the original four Cabinet positions created by President George Washington. Even after we decla… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Peters Statement Opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement in opposition of Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination to be U.S. Attorney General: "The U.S. Attorney General is responsible for protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and I do not believe that Senator Sessions' past positions and comments are consistent with carrying out that duty. He has denigrated respected civil rights organizations like the NAACP. He also fiercely opposed legislative efforts to protect voting ri… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Peters to Serve as Ranking Member of Federal Spending Oversight Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, today announced he will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. The Subcommittee is tasked with ensuring the federal government operates effectively and that tax dollars are used efficiently. The Subcommittee also holds jurisdiction over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the federal government… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Peters Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States: "Just as President Obama did, President Trump has a constitutional responsibility to nominate Justices to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Senate has a constitutional responsibility to consider those nominees. For 293 days… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Peters Announces Armed Services Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Armed Services Committee, announced that he will serve on three subcommittees overseeing key components of Michigan's military installations and growing defense manufacturing industry. Peters was named to the Subcommittee on Airland, which oversees the National Guard and military reserves, as well as the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. "Our country is facing new and evolvi… Continue Reading


01.30.17

Peters, Colleagues Urge Clarification from Homeland Security Secretary on Executive Order Restricting Refugee Admissions to United States

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in a letter requesting a meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly amid troubling reports that he and key members within DHS were not appropriately involved with the crafting and implementation of President Trump's latest Executive Order restricting refugee admissions to the United States. In the letter, Peters and his colleague… Continue Reading


01.28.17

Peters Statement on Trump Executive Orders Suspending Refugee Program, Effectively Implementing Religious Test

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement condemning President Trump's executive orders restricting refugee admissions to the United States: "As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees, my top priority is ensuring we're doing everything we can to keep Americans safe. But I am also proud to represent vibrant Muslim and Arab American communities that are integral to Michigan's culture and our economy. "One of America's founding - an… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Peters, Stabenow Demand Trump Exempt Entire VA from Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserve, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow joined a group of 53 members of Congress to demand President Trump exempt the entire VA and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring. The Senate and House Members say Trump's hiring freeze will have devastating impacts on veterans and their families. "A hiring freeze at VA will delay veterans' access to health care and resolution o… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee: “President Trump, Don’t Jeopardize Flint Funding”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman Dan Kildee today urged President Trump not to jeopardize much-needed federal funding for Flint following his directive to halt all Environmental Protection Agency grants and agreements. The lawmakers sent a letter to the President to inquire whether his decision applies to the funding Congress passed with strong, bipartisan support to help address the City of Flint's drinking water crisis. "We write to re… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Peters Statement in Opposition to Rex Tillerson Nomination as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, today released the following statement in opposition of former Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson's nomination to be Secretary of State: "Like many Americans, I was alarmed by the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia was behind the cyber-attacks and misinformation campaign designed to interfere with our election. Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Peters’ Remarks in Opposition of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke on the floor on the U.S. Senate in opposition of the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of the Department of Education. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video: Click here to watch the video "Madame President, I rise today to speak on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. "Public education is deeply personal for me. "I am proud to have attended Michigan public schools and … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Space Weather Prediction Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today unanimously approved the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act, bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this month by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), and cosponsored by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The bill aims to better predict and mitigate the impacts of the extreme space weather events, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections, … Continue Reading


01.23.17

Peters Statement on Senate Vote to Confirm Mike Pompeo for CIA Director

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, today released the following statement after his vote against the nomination of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "Last week, I supported two of President Trump's national security cabinet nominees because I believe they will act as a balance to the President's unpredictable words and actions. However, I have very seriou… Continue Reading

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