Press Releases


Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Announce Environmental Protection Agency Approval of $100 Million in Federal Funds for City of Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency approved $100 million in federal emergency funding for the City of Flint. Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Kildee secured the funding in a bipartisan agreement that passed Congress at the end of 2016. "Today we have good news for families in Flint who have already waited far too long for their water system to be fi… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Legislation Expanding Coverage for Veterans Harmed by Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to help ensure that Vietnam veterans who served aboard deep-water naval vessels, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are eligible for the disability and health care benefits for illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange. Currently, care directly linked to Agent Orange exposure is only available to veterans who served… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding President Trump's proposed budget that dramatically cuts critical domestic programs: "President Trump's proposed budget makes drastic cuts that will hit Michigan families and businesses in both urban and rural areas especially hard, including cuts to transportation services education, job training and programs that are essential for protecting… Continue Reading


Peters, Portman & Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Great Lakes Funding

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. Despite holding one-fifth of the world's fresh water, t… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Kildee Introduce Resolution Opposing Nuclear Waste Storage Site in Great Lakes Basin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced resolutions, in both the House and Senate, expressing opposition to construction of a nuclear waste repository less than a mile from Lake Huron in Ontario. "The Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository less than a mile from Lake Huron could cause significant, lasting damage to the Great Lakes and undermine the progress we have made cleaning up th… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Send Bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force Letter Expressing Concern about Trump Administration’s Reported 97 Percent Cut to Great Lakes Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Task Force, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force today sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing concern about reports that the Trump Administration's 2018 budget request will include a 97 percent cut to Great Lakes funding. Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chair Rob Portman (R-OH), Vice Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Task Force m… Continue Reading


Peters Joins Calls for Increase in Federal Security Funds in Wake of Recent Threats against Religious Institutions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined 18 of his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging Secretary John Kelly to increase federal funds for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for Fiscal Year 2018 and fully fund the program at $50 million. The funds would help support physical security enhancements and other prevention, response and recovery efforts to protect nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a violent attack. T… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Stop Cuts to Coast Guard

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee overseeing the U.S. Coast Guard, helped lead a bipartisan group of 23 Senators in a letter urging Office of Management and Budget Administrator Mick Mulvaney not to make a $1.3 billion dollar cut to the budget of the U.S. Coast Guard. According to reports, the FY 2018 Presidential Budget Request could amount to almost 12 percent of the service's budget being cut. The U.S. Coast Guard plays a critical role… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Perdue Reintroduce No Hero Left Untreated Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Perdue (R-GA) have reintroduced the No Hero Left Untreated Act to enhance medical care for America's heroes. The bipartisan legislation would create a pilot program to test an innovative treatment called Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy for veterans to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other mental health issues. Peters and Perdue are both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and… Continue Reading


Peters Named Ranking Member on Senate Subcommittee Overseeing U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will serve as Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. The subcommittee oversees agencies critically important to the Great Lakes, including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service. "Next to our people, the Great Lakes are Michigan's most precious resource and play a central role in our state… Continue Reading


Peters, Graham, Cornyn Reintroduce National Criminal Justice Commission Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today reintroduced the bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission Act, legislation that would create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review the criminal justice system from top to bottom and propose reforms to address the most pressing issues facing the nation's criminal justice system. "Our criminal justice system is built on the pillars of fairness and equality, but too many Americ… Continue Reading


Peters, Portman, Nelson & Rubio Lead Entire Senate in Calling on DHS and DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions Across the Country

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are leading all 100 Senators in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC's), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter that will be sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators str… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Revised Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on President Trump's signing of a revised executive order: "As a member of the Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees, I take very seriously the federal government's responsibility to keep Americans safe. I believe we should always look for ways to fortify our refugee screening process, which is already one of the most rigorous in the world. However, I do not support President Trump's suspension of th… Continue Reading


Peters Visits Michigan Technological University’s Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Calumet, MI - 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, visited the Michigan Technological University (MTU)'s Advanced Power System Research Center (APS LABS) to learn more about MTU's connected and autonomous vehicle technology research and development efforts. Peters also visited MTU's Keweenaw Research Center to view research conducted by MTU for the Department of Defense. "Mi… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meeting with the Russian Ambassador: "Attorney General Sessions' statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee are just the latest in troubling pattern of Trump Administration and campaign officials covering up their interactions with the Russian government. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and National Security Advisory Michael Flynn both resigned after misleading the public about the… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Upton, Dingell Call for Federal Funding to Support Testing of Self-Driving Vehicle Technologies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell called on the Trump Administration to prioritize the development and testing of connected and self-driving vehicles in the President's proposed budget for 2018. The Members of Congress sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao urging them to include $200 million in their 2018 federal … Continue Reading


Sens. Peters & Perdue Introduce Bill to Enhance Cyber Security Coordination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced they have introduced bipartisan legislation to help state and local governments combat cyber threats by increasing coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The State and Local Cyber Protection Act requires DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to provide assistance and training for state, local and tribal governments in preventing, preparing for and… Continue Reading


Michigan Congressional Democrats Introduce Resolution Marking 16th Anniversary of International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument in Detroit

Washington, D.C. - Michigan Congressional Democrats today introduced a resolution commemorating the 16th anniversary of the Detroit River International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument. The monument, established by the Detroit River Project Initiative, honors Detroit's pivotal role as a crossing point into Canada for African Americans seeking freedom from slavery through the Underground Railroad. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced the resolution in the Senate. U.S. Re… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress: "When President Trump took office, I expected him to follow up on his campaign promises to create jobs and boost our manufacturing sector with concrete action. Instead, his first weeks in office have been focused on divisive executive orders and statements that cause America's allies to question our leadership and commitment to global security. "Since t… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsored Bipartisan Senate Resolution Designating February as CTE Month

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, a bipartisan caucus focused on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education. CTE programs help prepare youth and adults for high-skill, high-demand jobs in fields ranging from health care, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, information technology, marketing and sales, public safety and more. Each year, over 100,000 Michigan students enroll… Continue Reading

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