Press Releases

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


07.13.16

Sen. Peters Opening Statement on the Future of NASA at Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) participated in the Senate Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee hearing on the future of NASA and human space exploration policy. Below is the text of his opening statement as prepared for delivery: "Good afternoon. Thank you Chairman Cruz for calling this hearing. I am very pleased to be here to discuss the future of NASA. I'd also like to recognize and thank Ranking Member Nelson for his leadership on these issues. "Being from … Continue Reading


07.13.16

Peters Floor Remarks on the Need to Address Climate Change and Web of Denial Blocking Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor last night to discuss the threat of climate change and industry-led organizations that are working to block action on climate change. Below is the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery. "As the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, I know how important it is for our country to invest in scientific research and make informed decisions based on the findings. "Sound science has… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Sens. Peters, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Address Needs of At-Risk Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced legislation to help states identify and respond to the needs of children who come into contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act would authorize grants to improve cooperation between, and data collection by, the state agencies overseeing juvenile justice and child welfare programs. "Thousands of at-risk c… Continue Reading


07.12.16

Peters Floor Remarks on Tragedy in St. Joseph, Michigan & National Criminal Justice Commission Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon in response to the tragedy in St. Joseph, Michigan yesterday. He also addressed recent events in Dallas, Texas, Falcon Heights, Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and discussed his legislation to create a National Criminal Justice Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system. Below is the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President, I rise today with a he… Continue Reading


07.12.16

Peters, Colleagues Urge FCC to Close the Rural Broadband Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of 26 Senators, urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the Universal Service Fund's (USF) Mobility Fund, which is aimed at providing broadband service to rural and underserved areas. The Senators sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler 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 available.… Continue Reading


07.11.16

Peters Statement on Shooting at Berrien County Courthouse

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), released the following statement on the tragic shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph: "I'm deeply saddened by the tragic shootings at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph. I join my fellow Michiganders in grieving for all those affected by this senseless tragedy, including the two public servants who lost their lives. We are still awaiting more details of what happened during this heartbreaking event, and I will continue t… Continue Reading


07.01.16

Senator Peters Cosponsors Bill to Support Michigan’s Outdoor Recreation Sector

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to support Michigan's outdoor recreation sector and inform policymakers and business leaders of the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee this week,would direct the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to conduct an assessment on the jobs created and the… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Commerce Committee Approves Peters-Gardner Bill to Keep America Competitive

Washington, DC - The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, legislation introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Committee's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies. The bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act maximizes basic research by reducing administrative burdens for researchers, en… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Peters, Gardner Introduce Substitute to American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

Washington, DC - Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies, introduced a substitute amendment to S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The amendment includes a four percent increase in National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) authorization levels for FY 2018 over FY 2017 in ad… Continue Reading


06.24.16

Peters Joins Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, which will highlight the key role cybersecurity plays in both national security and economic interests. The caucus engages Members of Congress in discussions about cyber security issues, including vulnerabilities, intellectual property theft, digital security, data breaches and national cybersecurity policies. "Our country is facing unprecedented cyber threats, and we … Continue Reading


06.23.16

Peters Meets with Canadian Ambassador to the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after meeting with Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton, who began serving as Ambassador in March: "I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Ambassador MacNaughton and discuss several important issues facing both Michigan and Canada. We discussed the importance of protecting our Great Lakes, which provide drinking water for 40 million people in Canada and the United States, and su… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies, along with Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) who serve respectively as the chair and ranking member of the Committee introduced the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The bipartisan bill maximizes basic research by reducing … Continue Reading

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