Press Releases

06.16.16

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Honoring Life and Legacy of Gordon “Gordie” Howe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, paying tribute to the life of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordon "Gordie" Howe, affectionately referred to as "Mr. Hockey." "Gordie Howe's excellence on the ice inspired players and fans everywhere and was equally matched by his contribution to the sport, our state, and the City of Detroit off the ice," said Senator Stabenow. "This resolution honors the life and legacy of one … Continue Reading


06.14.16

Peters’ Pipeline Safety Bill Headed to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded unanimous passage in the Senate of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act to improve pipeline safety and oversight. Peters introduced the Senate version of the bipartisan legislation with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT). The legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. … Continue Reading


06.09.16

Peters Announces Military Service Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced that nineteen Michigan students nominated by his office have received appointments to military Service Academies. Of the group, nine will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; six will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; three will attend U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and one will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Acad… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Peters, Vitter Introduce Bill to Bolster Small Business Cyber Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced yesterday the Small Business Cyber Security Improvements Act of 2016, which would enable the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assist small businesses in planning for and protecting against cyber security attacks. Vitter is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Peters, Daines, Tillis & Gillibrand Applaud Senate Passage of Amendment Ensuring Fairness for Veterans Erroneously Discharged from Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) applauded Senate passage of their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 bipartisan amendment codifies the principles… Continue Reading


06.03.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $4.8 Million for Stony Island Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $4,828,635 to restore habitats on islands in the lower part of the Detroit River, part of the Friends of the Detroit River Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project. In addition to this funding, Senators Peters and Stabenow announced $2.3 million in funding this past February to restore fish and wildlife habitats in the Stony Island upper bay. … Continue Reading


06.02.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Roseville, Hamtramck Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $484,000 for the Roseville and Hamtramck Fire Departments to purchase equipment and a new vehicle. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Roseville and Hamtramck put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the e… Continue Reading


06.02.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.7 Million to Continue Cleanup of Manistique River

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality $3,795,056 to help continue the cleanup of contaminated sediment from industrial waste in the Manistique River. This support will help MDEQ develop and implement measures to remediate poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination in the watershed. "Michigan's waterways are one of our state's m… Continue Reading


05.27.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge President Obama To Raise Issue Of Nuclear Waste Storage at North American Leaders‘ Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in calling on President Obama to address proposals to store nuclear waste near the Great Lakes basin during an upcoming meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the North American Leaders' Summit. "With trilateral energy and environmental issues likely on the agenda, we write to urge you to take this opportunity to discuss proposals tha… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Peters, Daines, Tillis & Gillibrand Introduce Amendment Ensuring Fairness for Veterans Erroneously Discharged from Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 bipartisan amendment codifies the Hagel memo, ensuring Discharge… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Student Tax Relief Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined six of their colleagues to introduce the Student Tax Relief Act, a bill that would protect defrauded student borrowers from being taxed on their forgiven loans. This legislation follows actions by the Department of Education to protect defrauded students at 100 Corinthian Colleges across the country, including five Everest Colleges in Michigan, and ensures that borrowers at any schools whose loans were forgiven receive t… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Action on Delayed VA Medical Leases

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined 13 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to authorize leases for 18 major medical facilities across 12 states, including a new expanded outpatient facility in Ann Arbor, MI, that have been awaiting congressional authorization for over a year. An additional six leases for facilities, including a new outpatient clinic in Pontiac, MI, must be authorized this year. The … Continue Reading


05.23.16

Peters Tours Downtown Market Grand Rapids to Highlight Innovative Payments Technology for Small Businesses

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Downtown Market Grand Rapids and A Moveable Feast food truck to meet with business owners and see firsthand how small businesses in Grand Rapids are using innovative technology to accept electronic and mobile payments to help their businesses grow and create jobs. Peters was accompanied by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Downtown Market Grand Rapids' President and CEO Mimi Fritz. Peters is Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate P… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Kingsford, Houghton Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced over $122,000 for the Kingsford Public Safety Department and the Houghton Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Kingsford and Houghton put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Mt. Morris, Croswell Firefighters and First Responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced over $179,000 for the City of Mt. Morris Fire Department and the Croswell E.M.S. to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters and first responders in Mt. Morris and Croswell put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men a… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Dearborn, Livonia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced over $310,000 for the City of Dearborn and the Livonia Fire & Rescue to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Dearborn and Livonia put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Otsego County Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $47,000 for the Otsego County Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Otsego County put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do … Continue Reading


05.20.16

Peters Tours Fullerton Tool West & Highlights Bipartisan Bill to Support Small and Medium Manufacturers

THOMAS TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured Fullerton Tool West in Thomas Township, MI to highlight bipartisan legislation he recently introduced to strengthen and improve the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) - a public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. Michigan's MEP affiliate, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), has been working with small and medium-sized businesses … Continue Reading


05.19.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Quick Completion of Army Corps Study to Help Upgrade Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to swiftly complete their Economic Reevaluation Report in order to begin the process of upgrading the Soo Locks. At the urging of Stabenow and Peters, the Obama Administration last year approved $1.35 million for Army Corps of Engineer's request to review upgrades for the Soo Locks and help replace the Davis and Sabin Locks with a lock of similar size to the Poe Lock. … Continue Reading


05.17.16

Peters, Stabenow Call for Stricter Standards, Stronger Oversight of Great Lakes Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging DOT to hold pipelines that cross the Great Lakes to the same standards as other offshore pipelines given the potential for significant economic and ecological harm from an oil spill in the Great Lakes. Pipelines crossing the Great Lakes, including Enbridge's Lin… Continue Reading

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