Press Releases

06.22.16

Peters Introduces the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act to improve health outcomes for individuals at risk for diabetes and save long-term care costs for Medicare. This bipartisan legislation will extend Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services for Americans with pre-diabetes and risk factors for developing type-2 diabetes. Under current law, Medicare will only cover these serv… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Peters Statement on Lt. Colonel Kettles, of Ypsilanti, Being Awarded Medal of Honor by President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement applauding an announcement from the White House that President Obama will award Lt. Colonel (ret.) Charles S. Kettles, of Ypsilanti, the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam on July 18th: "Lieutenant Colonel Kettles heroically put his life on the line to save his fellow servicemembers, and I am thrilled that President Obama will be awarding him the … Continue Reading


06.20.16

Peters Tours Kettering University, Discusses Connected Auto Technology

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Kettering University and saw firsthand how Kettering University is playing a key role in the research and development of autonomous vehicle safety and technology. Peters, co-chair of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, toured the General Motors Foundation Automotive Research Area on Kettering University's campus, which is currently being developed as a proving ground for autonomous vehicle technology. He also visited Kettering's Crash S… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Peters Recognizes Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to recognize the day that African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation: "On this day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to spread the news that our nation's slaves were free - nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Although Juneteenth marked the end of one of … Continue Reading


06.16.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce almost $82,000 in Support for Shiawassee Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $82,000 for the Shiawassee Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Shiawassee Township 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 h… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce almost $100,000 in Support for the Township of Kalamazoo and Berrien Springs/Oronoko Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $100,000 for the Township of Kalamazoo and Berrien Springs/Oronoko Fire Departments to help purchase hose replacements and ventilation equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Southwest Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources,… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Grand Ledge Area Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Grand Ledge Area Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The department will receive $133,173 to purchase equipment and improve safety operations. "First responders in Grand Ledge put their lives on the line every day to protect their community," said Senator Peters. "It is imperative that they have the tools and reso… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that four fire departments across Southeast Michigan have been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Sterling Heights Fire Department, the Redford Township Fire Department, the Highland Park Fire Department and the Dryden Township Fire Department will use the funding to purchase equipment and improve safety operations. "First responders acros… Continue Reading


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

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