Press Releases

09.28.16

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon on the government funding bill, which does not include assistance for Flint. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video: Click here to watch the video. "I want to thank my colleagues for their ongoing support and patience as we continue fighting to deliver federal support for Flint families. With an agreement today to take up a bipartisan House amendment to the Water Reso… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters Introduces the National Historic Vehicle Register Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history. Click here to watch Senator Peters' Floor remarks on the bill. "Few engine… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Sen. Peters Statement on Senate Republican Funding Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Senate Republicans' government funding proposal that does not include the bipartisan, Senate-passed assistance for the City of Flint: "Just last week, the Senate passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support that includes a fully paid-for agreement to help Flint and communities across the country replace crumbling pipelines and water infrastructure. There is no reason why we cannot include assistan… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Introduced Bill Authorizing Delayed VA Medical Leases

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined 17 of their colleagues in introducing legislation that would authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), including Michigan facilities in Ann Arbor and Pontiac. Under current law, the VA must receive specific legislative authorization to lease medical facilities with average annual rental payments in excess of $1 million, However, since 2012, Congress has not, t… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Airports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Wayne County Airport Authority will receive $20,654,150 to rehabilitate runways at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help maintain the structural integrity of the airport's pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. FAA is also awarding $5 million to the Oakland County International Airpor… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Sen. Peters Remarks on Passage of NASA Transition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves as Ranking Member on the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, spoke on passage of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee markup today. The bipartisan bill will provide certainty for to NASA and its major programs through the upcoming administration transition and will advance deep space exploration. Below is the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Sen. Peters Statement on NHTSA Guidance for Automated Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) announcement of new automated vehicle guidance and model state policy. "The future of the automotive industry is rapidly changing, and we must ensure our policies keep pace with these emerging technologies that will save liv… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Michigan Congressional Delegation Members Join in Strong Support of Fort Custer for Missile Defense Site

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today sent a letter to Vice Admiral James D. Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, to voice their strong support of Fort Custer Training Center, one of three locations under consideration for a possible Continental United States Interceptor Site. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representative Fred Upton, U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence, U.S. Representative Candic… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $1 Million in Support for Michigan Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation will receive $1 million to expand a brokerage-based program currently only available in certain parts of the state to a statewide model. The program manages and delivers non-emergency medical transportation for older adults, people with low incomes, and people with disabilities, ensuring they have access to non-emergency healthcare. "We must always take care of our state… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Peters, Commerce Committee Colleagues Introduce The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced the introduction of S. 3346, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2016. The legislation provides stability for NASA to sustain and build upon existing national space investments designed to advance space exploration and science with an overall authorization level of $19.508 billion for … Continue Reading


09.16.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce over $2.5 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority will receive $2,547,780 to rehabilitate runways at the Gerald R. Ford 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. "Travelers to and from West Michigan rely on the Gerald Ford Airport for safe and reliable transportation," said Senator… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce over $310,000 for Flint Mass Transportation Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive $310,040 to transport patients to non-emergency medical appointments as a part of Flint's Ride to Wellness Initiative. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. "Access to quality health care is paramount for the families in Flint that are recovering from the devastating water crisis in their community," s… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Senate Passage of Aid for Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor this evening to applaud Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which includes aid for the people of Flint, by a vote of 95-3. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Click here for the video. "I rise to applaud the Senate for passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, better known as WRDA. "It's important to pause for a moment and appreciate the fact that we wer… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Peters Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed every year from September 15th to October 15th: "Hispanic Heritage Month offers a time to reflect on the many meaningful ways Latinos have helped shape our country's history and culture. Our diversity is one of our country's greatest strengths, and the Latino community's roots are woven deeply into the fabric of our nation. Whether starting a small business, pro… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Senate Passage of Water Resources Development Act that Includes Urgently Needed Assistance for Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 95 to 3, which included their bipartisan agreement to help families in Flint and other communities across the country. The U.S. House of Representatives must now pass the legislation and send it to the President for his signature. The Stabenow-Peters agreement provides access to $100 million in funding to help repair Flint's dri… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Sen. Peters’ Statement on Memorandum of Understanding Reached with Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the new, long-term security assistance Memorandum of Understanding that was reached with Israel today: "The safety and security of Israel is in the national security interests of the United States, which is why I applaud the new long-term security assistance Memorandum of Understanding agreed upon today. Israel is America's strongest ally and a stalwart of democracy in a very troubled region. "When I met wit… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Support for Bloomfield Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Bloomfield Township Fire Department. The Bloomfield Township Fire Department will receive $23,589 for fire prevention projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. "It is critical that Michigan's firefighters are able to respond quickly and effectively during emergency situations," Senator Peters said. "This grant will provide first responders in Bloomf… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Support for Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention & Safety program. The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan will receive $51,451 for fire prevention projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. "It is essential that Michigan families address potentially harmful housing conditions that pose… Continue Reading


09.09.16

Sen. Peters’ Statement on 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement commemorating the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Fifteen years ago, our country was shaken to its core following the tragic terrorist attack that took the lives of 2,977 Americans. The pain and heartbreak that it caused for the victims' loved ones, our nation, and the entire world will never be forgotten. But the loss and sorrow of September 11 was met by the strength and reso… Continue Reading


09.08.16

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Transportation Funding for Flint

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded support for the City of Flint from the Department of Transportation's Bus and Bus Facilitates Competitive Program. The Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive $12,800,000 in funding for the purchase of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit buses and a workforce development training program for mechanics and drivers. The grant will help with the purchase of approximately 23 new buses. "This exciting transpo… Continue Reading

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