Press Releases

08.30.16

Day 2 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Visits Camp Grayling, Clare & Reed City

REED CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters began Day Two of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour with a tour at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, the largest National Guard training facility in the United States. Camp Grayling provides year-round training and coordination exercises among multiple branches of the military. Peters toured the simulation center that includes a virtual firing range and Humvee and MRAP simulator, as well as Grayling Army Airfield, which will house the future cyber tr… Continue Reading


08.30.16

Day 1 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Visits Oscoda Twp, Harrisville

HARRISVILLE, MI - On Day One of his #RideMI Motorcycle tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited Alcona Health Centers' Oscoda Clinic to see firsthand the benefits of telemedicine in Northern Michigan. He then toured the Harrisville Harbor of Refuge to discuss the importance of Great Lakes conservation and research efforts to support Michigan's commercial fishing and tourism industries. At Alcona Health Center's Oscoda Clinic, Peters received a demonstration of their new psychiatric telehealth … Continue Reading


08.29.16

Peters, Colleagues Urge President Obama to Raise Financial Cybersecurity at Upcoming G-20 Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters and five of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama urging him to prioritize cyber attacks on financial institutions in discussions at the upcoming G-20 summit in September and help develop a global strategy to counter these threats. Last February, hackers stole $81 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) international financial messaging service. Joining Sen. Peter… Continue Reading


08.25.16

Sens. Peters & Coons Visit Europe & Morocco to Discuss Combatting Russian Aggression & Middle East Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Chris Coons (DE), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today announced that he traveled to North Africa and Europe last week, where he met with allies in the region to discuss a number of national security issues, including the threat from Russian aggression, terrorism in the Middle East and the importance of U.S. partnerships with European and North African allies. Peters and Coons were part of a bipartisan, bicameral congress… Continue Reading


08.25.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $990,000 for Alpena County Regional Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Alpena County will receive an initial $990,000 in federal funding to help with the construction of a new terminal building at the Alpena County Regional Airport. The money will go toward the design of the terminal, which is the first of three phases in the construction process. The planned 18,000 square foot terminal will accommodate modern security needs and support increased passenger traffic. "Ensuring Mich… Continue Reading


08.22.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $3.2 Million for Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Capital Region Airport Authority will receive $3,271,791 to rehabilitate runways and enhance safety operations at Lansing's Capital Region International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. "Travelers to and from Michigan's state capital count on the Capital Region International Airpo… Continue Reading


08.22.16

Peters Scuba Dives at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

ALPENA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today visited the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where he went scuba diving to view shipwreck sites and toured the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Peters also met with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers to learn more about their current projects, including mapping new Lake Huron deep water ship wrecks and studying uncharted sink holes. Peters is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committe… Continue Reading


08.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $69,480 Investment for Veterans Housing in Grand Rapids

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $69,480 investment to provide assistance to help end veteran homelessness in West Michigan. The assistance is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The funding will go to the Kent County Housing Commission, which will work with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center and the Wyoming VA Health Care Center to support h… Continue Reading


08.19.16

Peters, Stabenow Call for End to Local Nuisance Ordinances that Endanger Domestic Violence Survivors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined 27 of their colleagues in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take action against unfair and discriminatory nuisance ordinances that can force survivors of domestic violence to choose between their safety and homelessness. Local nuisance ordinances are designed to fight crime and ensure public safety often by limiting the number of times police can be called to a residence. These or… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Croswell Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $22,089 for the Croswell Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Croswell 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 their jobs mor… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Bath Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $9,000 for the Bath 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 Bath 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 help them do their… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Climax Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $82,381 for the Climax 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 Climax 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 help them do … Continue Reading


08.18.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill Supporting Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced that he is cosponsoring legislation to help veteran-owned small businesses access federal surplus equipment such as computers, office equipment, and vehicles. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2015 would allow veterans who own small businesses to participate in the General Services Administration's Federal Surplus Property Program and obtain federal surplu… Continue Reading


08.17.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $131,191 for Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding a $131,191 grant to the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The grant will support a diverse, interdisciplinary team that will use advanced technology to locate and rapidly assess additional cultural sites underwater within Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. "Our precious Great Lakes are home to a rich maritime past, and t… Continue Reading


08.15.16

Peters Cosponsors Measure to Combat Terrorism Financing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring the Stop Terrorist Operational Resources and Money (STORM) Act, legislation that creates additional penalties and tools to address foreign governments that are failing to stop terrorism financing. "Cutting off financing for terrorist groups like ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaeda and Hezbollah is a critical part of the United States' efforts to combat global terrorism and protect our national security," said Senator Peters, … Continue Reading


08.10.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $7.9 Million for Muskegon Lake Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has received a $7.9 million grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to restore Michigan's Muskegon Lake. The grant will support what is expected to be one of the final habitat restoration projects necessary to formally remove Muskegon Lake from the list of Areas of Concern. The restoration is part of a new $40 million regional partnership between GLC and the National… Continue Reading


08.09.16

Peters to Cosponsor Bill Providing Certainty for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will be cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to make permanent a tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads. The tax credit was extended for two years as part of the omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December, and the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act would provide certainty for short line railroads to invest in their infrastructure with a permanent tax credit rather than temporary e… Continue Reading


08.05.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Republican Leaders to Call Congress Back to Session, Address Growing Zika Trend

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to immediately call Congress back into session and pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. The letter also notes that since Congress went into recess, at least 15 individuals have contracted the Zika virus on U.S. soil, likely via mosquito, and according to health experts, tho… Continue Reading


08.04.16

Peters Joins Senate Philanthropy Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he joined the bipartisan Senate Philanthropy Caucus, which focuses on the role of philanthropy in society, national policymaking and federal programs. According to the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan is home to more than 2,600 independent, family, company-sponsored, community and operating foundations that award approximately $1.61 billion in grants annually. "Contributions from Michigan's philanthropic organizations … Continue Reading


08.02.16

Peters, Cassidy MEGABYTE Act Becomes Law

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the president's signing of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act into law. Peters and Cassidy introduced the MEGABYTE Act in the US Senate in December 2015 after the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. … Continue Reading

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