Press Releases

01.18.16

Peters Statement in Advance of Gov. Snyder State of the State Address

Detroit, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement in advance of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's annual State of the State Address tomorrow: "As Governor Snyder prepares to deliver his State of the State address tomorrow, he should use this opportunity to outline concrete steps he will take to right the colossal wrong that has taken place in Flint as a result of inconceivably short-sighted decision making on the part of his Administration. "The effects of Flint's water c… Continue Reading


01.18.16

Peters Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today, we honor the life and legacy of an American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is fitting that we celebrate Dr. King with a day of service considering that his commitment to helping others shaped our history in a way that few others are able to do. By relying on a deep sense of community and compassion, rather than hatred and violence, his message represe… Continue Reading


01.17.16

Peters Statement on Release of Amir Hekmati

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement on Iran's release of Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine from Flint, Michigan who has been held captive by the Iranian government since 2011. Iran had originally accused Amir Hekmati of espionage and sentenced him to death, but the Iranian Supreme Court threw out that charge and sentenced him to 10 years in prison instead. "I join the Hekmati family, the State of Michigan and the entire country in celebrating the release … Continue Reading


01.16.16

Peters Statement On President Obama Signing Emergency Declaration for Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement after President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Flint, Michigan. Yesterday, Senator Peters joined Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee in writing to President Obama in support of the State of Michigan's request for federal assistance. " I am grateful that the President has declared a state of emergency to help ensure residents have immediate access to safe drinking water. However, the families of Flint, part… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Urge Governor Snyder to Accept Responsibility, Commit Resources for Flint Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) today sent a letter to Governor Snyder urging him to commit state resources to address the short term and long term damage from the Flint water crisis, including the establishment of a Future Fund for children exposed to lead poisoning. The letter also asks for assurances that the State will commit to repair the damaged water infrastructure, reimburse residents' water bills, … Continue Reading


01.15.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Urge President Obama to Provide Federal Assistance to Flint, Help State Meet its Responsibility to Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support the State of Michigan's request for federal assistance in Flint. The letter reads in part: "Over the last several years, our Governor and state regulators have failed to meet their legal responsibilities to protect the public health and well-being of the people of Flint….In addition to the substantial… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $497,507 in funding for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership to restore habitats in the Great Lakes. The Commission will work with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission to restore fish passage and habitat in Muskegon Lake. This funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Protecting the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes is a top conce… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Peters Statement on Reports of A-10 Retirement Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today released the following statement in response to reports that the Air Force is delaying plans to retire the A-10 fleet in its upcoming fiscal year 2017 budget proposal: "With the A-10 currently deployed in the mission to fight ISIS, I believe keeping these aircraft active in the next fiscal year is a wise decision. The A-10 fleet has proven to be a critical component of our nation's military, co… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Peters Applauds $4 Billion Automated Vehicle Budget Proposal by Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a 10-year, $4 billion fiscal year 2017 budget proposal to encourage the development and deployment of automated vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today: "Our auto industry is in the midst of a technological revolution that will change the way we get around in the future. As our automakers work to develop the technology t… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Peters Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after President Obama delivered his last State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Obama touched on what makes the United States so strong - the spirit of the American people. Our vibrancy and vitality and our resiliency and resolve have carried America through many victories and many challenges. "While there is still work to be done to fully recover from the financial crisis, our economy had made significant str… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Peters Visits Middle East to Meet with Allies and Discuss Strategies to Combat Global Terror

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today announced that he traveled to the Middle East last week, where he met with allies in the region to discuss a number of national security issues, including the threat from groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and progress on implementing the Iran nuclear agreement. Peters and seven other senators met with heads of state, ambassadors and other top officials in Israel, Turkey,… Continue Reading


01.11.16

Peters Tours Big Three Auto Exhibits at NAIAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the exhibits of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press preview at Cobo Center in Detroit. "Our auto industry is on the verge of a new frontier, and this year's auto show is a strong display of how Michigan's auto manufacturers and suppliers are leading the way in new vehicle innovations and advanced technologies," said Senator Peters. "From developing lightweight manufacturin… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Peters to Host Hassan Jaber, Executive Director of ACCESS, for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will host Hassan Jaber, Executive Director of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), at the President's annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12. ACCESS was created to support the Arab immigrant population settling in America and now provides a range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population. "While our nation's security should always be our first pr… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Peters Applauds Corporation for National and Community Service Decision to Send AmeriCorps Volunteers to Aid in Flint Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the announcement by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that they will be sending an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team to Flint to help meet the needs of citizens dealing with the water crisis. The NCCC team will help distribute water filters, educate citizens about health and safety related to lead exposure, and connect residents to government service programs to support better health a… Continue Reading


12.22.15

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee: New Resources to Fight Blight will Help Strengthen Neighborhoods, Decrease Crime

FLINT - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced new efforts recently signed into law to help remove and repurpose thousands of abandoned properties in Flint and other cities across Michigan. Speaking in downtown Flint, the three members of Michigan's congressional delegation celebrated a provision they championed to allow the U.S. Department of Treasury to transfer $2 billion more into the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), a program that … Continue Reading


12.21.15

Following State Efforts to Restrict Voter Access, Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Opportunity for Early and Absentee Voting

WASHINGTON, DC - After the Michigan Legislature this week passed a bill eliminating straight-ticket voting and rejected efforts to expand early voting options, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will be cosponsoring legislation to expand access to early voting in federal elections and ensure voters in every state do not need an excuse to vote absentee. "I am extremely disappointed in partisan political efforts in the Michigan Legislature that will erect barriers to the ball… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Keep Plastic Beads Out of Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which will protect the Great Lakes from pollution caused by small, plastic microbeads that are ingredients in certain soaps and personal care products. The legislation, which was sponsored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. It will phase out the manufacturing of products… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Peters Applauds Extension of Tax Credit for Businesses Employing Military Reservists & National Guardsmen

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today applauded the expansion and permanent extension of a tax credit for employers that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. The tax credit, which was included in an end-of-year government spending and tax bill, would apply to all businesses, but the extension is particularly helpful for small businesses that may find it mo… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Peters Statement on Arrival Syrian Refugee Dr. Refaai Hamo & His Family to Michigan

Washington, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters following the arrival of Syrian refugee Dr. Refaai Hamo and his family to Michigan. Dr. Hamo and his story were recently featured on Humans of New York. "Like so many people across the world, I was heartbroken to learn of the profound loss and tragedy Dr. Refaai Hamo and his family have endured. But I was also deeply inspired by his determination - his passion to make a difference in the world. The Hamo family's perseverance in… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Peters, Stabenow, Dingell Legislation to Award Medal of Honor to Ypsilanti Vietnam Veteran Included in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that legislation they introduced, which would allow Major Charles S. Kettles of Ypsilanti to be awarded the Medal of Honor, will move forward as part of the fiscal year 2016 government funding bill. The legislation was introduced in November following a request from the Ypsilanti Rotary Veterans History Project to review Major Kettles' actions during the Viet… Continue Reading

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