Press Releases

06.02.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $9,000,000 for Airport Improvements Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Michigan State Block Grant Program has been awarded a $9,933,338.00 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support a variety of airport improvement projects in small airports across the state, including runway and taxiway rehabilitations, lighting and navigational aids, terminal building improvement and equipment and facility upgrades. The Michigan State Block Grant program services 73 non-pr… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Peters, Michigan Congressional Delegation Tour Highlights Importance of Soo Locks to Economy, National Security

Sault Ste. Marie -U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined six other Members of Michigan's Congressional Delegation and Governor Rick Snyder on a bipartisan tour of the Soo Locks. The tour highlighted the importance of the Locks to our state and country's economy and national security. Members also discussed the critical need to upgrade and build a replacement lock, ensuring this vital gateway for commerce and jobs remains open. The Soo Locks facility is comprised of four parallel locks - the Poe, the… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Peters Announces $11.4 Million in Support for Michigan AmeriCorps Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that Michigan has received $11.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "Citizen service is an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities and the individuals they serve, and essential to solving problems that face Michigan and the United States," said Senator Peters. "The AmeriCorps funding provided by the Corporatio… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Flint Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $275,910 for the Flint Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Families in Flint Township rely on firefighters to protect their homes, businesses, families and their personal safety from potential hazards," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help Flint's firefighters and first responders imp… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Peters, Colleagues Request More Information on President Trump’s Troubling Pattern of Chinese Trademark Approvals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today sent a letter to President Trump asking for more information on the troubling pattern of trademark approvals by the People's Republic of China of Trump Products, including this week's reporting that Trump added another Chinese trademark to his portfolio. The Sena… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Peters, Colleagues Raise Concerns over President Trump’s Cuts to Rural Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined 28 other Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural America. In the letter, the Senators objected to the proposed cuts, and urged President Trump to maintain the position of Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Small towns and rural communities embody many of our nation's greatest str… Continue Reading


05.29.17

Peters Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "From the fight for American independence to the fight against ISIS, millions of American servicemembers have laid their lives on the line to make our country a stronger and safer place to live. Today, we honor the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice to prot… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $780,000 in Support for Mid-Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $786,887 for fire departments in Mid-Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Dewitt Township Fire Department has been awarded a $674,910 regional grant to be used throughout Clinton County. The Somerset Township Fire Department has been awarded a $60,667 grant. The Benton Township Fire Department has been awa… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Support for City of Flint Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded $267,069 for the City of Flint Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Flint's firefighters put themselves in harm's way to help protect their community, and we should do everything we can to keep them safe in the line of duty," said Senator Peters. "This grant will help ensure that firefighters and first… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce New Pipeline Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced a package of bills that would increase pipeline safety in and around the Great Lakes and account for the unique needs of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The bills announced today would raise liability caps for Great Lakes pipeline operators; expand and clarify U.S. Secretary of Transportation's authority to suspend or shut down unsafe oil pipelines; strengthen federal review of oil spill response plans; increase transpare… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Homeland Missile Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, joined his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve the reliability, capability, and capacity of U.S. homeland missile defense. The Advancing America's Missile Defense Act of 2017 will, among other actions, accelerate the completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as part of the next step in developing an interceptor site in the Midwest … Continue Reading


05.23.17

Peters Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, which makes drastic cuts to programs that Michigan families and businesses rely on: "I am extremely concerned that President Trump's budget proposal makes significant cuts to critical programs that boost Michigan's working families, support economic development in Michigan's urban and rural c… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Protect Public Land & Water

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF uses revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund the protection of everything from wildlife refuges and national parks to lakes, rivers and community parks. Michigan has received over $320 million in funding from the LWCF over the 50 yea… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Saugatuck Township Fire District

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $41,885 for the Saugatuck Township Fire District to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "We rely on our firefighters to protect our communities in the event of an emergency, and we must provide them with the right equipment to stay safe while on the job," said Senator Peters. "I'm pleased to announce this grant for Sauga… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $458,666 for two fire departments in Southeast Michigan to help purchase equipment. The grants come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Ypsilanti City Fire Department has been awarded $451,237, and the Armada Township Fire Department has been awarded $7,429. "We rely on our firefighters to protect our communities in the event of an emergency, and we must pr… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Peters, Stabenow & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Tackle Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined their colleagues in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. "Access to higher education can provide a pathway to economic opportunity, but too many young people are saddled with crushing debt after they leave school," said Senato… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Peters, Alexander & Stabenow Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced they are reintroducing the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act to encourage investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil. In the 114th Congress, Senators Peters, Alexander and Stabenow introduced similar legislation, which was approved by the U.S. Senate as part… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Peters Statement on Appointment of Special Counselor in Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel in the Russia investigation: "Russia's unprecedented interference into our election threatens our national security and the very foundation of our democracy. The appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel is a good first step toward a thorough investigation that is free from political… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, which will help veterans suffering from respiratory ailments as a result of exposure to open burn pits during their military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burn pits were frequently used on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn waste, including toxic… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Peters, Collins Introduce Bill to Give Fire Departments Flexibility in Hiring

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help local fire departments across the country save money and hire and promote trained first responders. The Firefighters Retention Act of 2017 will give fire departments flexibility to use Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants to transition part-time or paid-on-call personnel to full-time status. Under current law, fire departments can only use SAFER… Continue Reading

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