Press Releases


Peters Statement on Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding President Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States from specific Muslim-majority countries: "I am very disappointed in the Supreme Court's divided 5-4 ruling on the Trump administration's travel ban. As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I am focused every day on keeping Americans safe from those… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Bergman Ready to Support Flood-Damaged Communities in the Upper Peninsula

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI), offered support of any request by the State of Michigan for federal assistance in responding to the widespread flooding that occurred following the heavy rainfall in Houghton and Menominee Counties. On Monday, Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster in Houghton and Menominee counties to make state resources available in the response and recovery effort. "We understand the State of Mi… Continue Reading


Peters, Young Introduce Bill to Narrow Skills Gap & Meet Workforce Needs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for students in career and technical education (CTE) by increasing training and awareness for school counselors. The Supporting Useful Career Counseling in Elementary and Secondary Schools (SUCCESS) Act would use existing funds to help develop and identify best practices for career counseling training programs based on local and regional employment needs. "I've… Continue Reading


Peters Commemorates 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. "Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the end of one of our nation's darkest chapters as the last remaining slaves finally learned of their freedom. This day is an important reminder that despite the sign… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bill with Peters Provisions to Bolster Michigan Military Operations & Research

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded Senate passage of bipartisan defense legislation that will establish defense policy for Fiscal Year 2019. The legislation includes a number of provisions supporting operations at Michigan's military installations, including supplementary funding for A-10 aircraft repairs and the Next Generation Ground Vehicle, as well as planning for mobility under harsh winter conditions. The legislation w… Continue Reading


Peters, Cornyn Project Safe Neighborhoods Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statements after President Trump signed their Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 into law. This legislation authorizes a nationwide law enforcement program focused on the reduction of violent crime. "Across Michigan, Project Safe Neighborhoods has strengthened community partnerships and utilized data to reduce violent crime rates," said Sen. Peters. "With today's bill signi… Continue Reading


Peters-Heller PAWS Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to help protect domestic violence survivors and their pets advanced in the Senate today. The bipartisan Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act protects survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets. The legislation passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Potential Threat of Chinese Attempts to Undermine U.S. Democracy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Trump administration officials raising concerns about China's attempts to undermine democratic institutions in the United States and supplant American leadership and alliances abroad. The senators, including members of the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Banking and Judiciary Committees, called on the administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter Chinese acti… Continue Reading


Peters, Paul, Jones, Lankford Introduce Bill Streamlining Federal Property Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Doug Jones (D-AL) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline the federal inventory review process and save taxpayer money by directing federal agencies to more frequently assess unneeded federal property. Currently, many federal agencies only declare property as excess during office moves or space reductions - often resulting in agencies retaining or storing unneeded property that could be utilize… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds $92,469 Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in Genesee County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded a $92,469 federal grant from the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) to the United Way of Genesee County. The grant will allow for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to work closely with the United Way's Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention Program to combat the opioid crisis in the region. "Almost everyone in Michigan knows someone who has been impacted by the opioid crisis," said Senator Pe… Continue Reading


Peters, Cornyn Project Safe Neighborhoods Bill to Reduce Violent Crime Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018, which would authorize a nationwide law enforcement program focused on the reduction of violent crime. The bill passed the Senate unanimously in May, and a previous version of the bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives in March. "Communities across Michigan have been shatter… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Repeal of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after the Michigan's Republican-led State Legislature voted to repeal the state's prevailing wage law: "Today's move to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law will not only hurt hardworking Michiganders who deserve decent pay for a job well done, it also threatens our public safety. Repealing a law that ensures high quality work earns better wages will only give an advantage to untrained and out-of-state workers who … Continue Reading


Peters Calls for Updated Authorization for the Use of Military Force

Peters: "Voting to send our sons and daughters to war is the most important, and the heaviest, responsibility that a member of Congress bears." Peters: "The technology of war has evolved in ways that would be unrecognizable to the Framers. Our military can impact world affairs in an instant with a drone strike directed remotely from inside the United States. How we authorize war must adapt to the changing threats and technologies." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking M… Continue Reading


Peters Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month: "In the face of discrimination and adversity, generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have courageously fought for justice and civil rights. Our nation was built on the promise of equality, and this year during Pride Month we are once again reminded that while we have made tremendous strides towards equal rights in recent years, we still have work t… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Nearly $98 Million for Mound Road Corridor

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) of a $ 97,864,465 grant to revamp Mound Road in Macomb County. The Mound Technology and Innovation Corridor Project will transform the roadway into a next-generation corridor that will reduce congestion, move freight more efficiently and build in smart technologies for connected vehicles. Mound Road is a major thoroughfare that is home to automotive, aerospace and defen… Continue Reading


Peters Holds Roundtable Discussion on Opioid Epidemic at Gerrish Township Fire Department

GERRISH TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today toured the Gerrish Township Fire Department and held a roundtable discussion on the ongoing opioid crisis with local first responders, health care providers and community partners. While there, Peters discussed the Opioid Crisis Response Act, bipartisan legislation that includes provisions based off Peters' YOUTH Act to expand access to opioid addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. Roscommon County has been hit particularly har… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Upcoming Community Meetings

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced that he is holding four community meetings across Michigan in the coming weeks to provide additional opportunities to hear from constituents. The events are open to the public, and casework staff from Senator Peters' office will be available to meet with constituents who need help dealing with federal programs and agencies such as Medicare, Social Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the IRS. "I am proud to represent Mi… Continue Reading


Peters Commemorates Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, in observance of Memorial Day: "America's brave men and women in uniform and their families make enormous sacrifices in defense of our nation, and today we remember those who paid the ultimate price by giving their lives to defend our country. The freedoms we enjoy today would not be possible without the generations of Ame… Continue Reading


Senators Peters and Ernst Join Veterans at Rolling Thunder in Observance of Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus, joined thousands of veterans to observe Memorial Day at the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run. The motorcycle ride brings together over one million riders and spectators combined to honor servicemembers killed in action (KIA), those still missing in action (MIA) and prisoners of war (POW). Both Peters and Ernst serve on the Senate Armed Services Co… Continue Reading


Peters & Stabenow Press DeVos on Department of Education Actions to Weaken Discrimination Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a group of their colleagues in a bicameral letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos pressing for clarifications on changes in policy after the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a new Case Processing Manual that makes it easier for the Department of Education to dismiss discrimination complaints. In their letter, the Senators also reaffirmed the importance of equal protections against discrim… Continue Reading

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