Press Releases


Peters Statement on President Trump’s Refusal to Label China as a Currency Manipulator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement after President Trump refused to label China as a currency manipulator: "China has a proven history of manipulating their currency and engaging in illegal trade practices to deliberately undermine America's economic competitiveness, and they are likely to resume these practices in the future. Currency manipulation prevents the American auto industry from expanding into n… Continue Reading


Peters Announces Bill to Help Small Businesses Applying for Federal Contracts

LANSING, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) visited MessageMakers in Lansing to announce that he will be introducing bipartisan legislation with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to help protect small businesses from falling victim to fraud when they register to procure federal contracts. The Procurement Fraud Prevention Act would require small businesses to be notified that free assistance is available for help in procuring government contracts through federal programs, including Procuremen… Continue Reading


Peters Visits YWCA in Kalamazoo, Highlights Legislation to Protect Domestic Violence Victims and Pets

KALAMAZOO, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today toured the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Kalamazoo to learn more about their programs to assist domestic and sexual assault victims. While there, he discussed the Pets and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, bipartisan legislation Peters introduced to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from trauma caused by violence against their pets. Multiple studies have shown that domestic abusers often seek t… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Palm Sunday Attacks on Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt

DETROIT, MI - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on recent bombing attacks against two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday: "I am saddened by the horrific attacks in Egypt against Coptic Christians. Everyone deserves the right to worship in peace and safety, but Copts in Egypt have suffered persecution and attacks on their churches for too long. The Egyptian Government must take action to both address the threat of violent extremism and ensure the protection… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Release Army Corps Brandon Road Study to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) together with 10 other Great Lakes Senators called on the Trump Administration to release a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that recommends specific measures to prevent Asian Carp from getting beyond the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a crucial chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system. The study, which is critical to stopping the flow of Asian Carp and other invasive species, was supposed to be released at the end of… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Call For Increase in U.S. Science Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter today to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the Committee to support a substantial increase in federal funding for science, research, and development at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "Ongoing federal initiatives in research and development are already respons… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Introduce Resolution to Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Resolution (COST Savings Resolution), bipartisan legislation that would require Congressional committees to hold oversight hearings on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Annual Report of Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap and Duplication and the GAO High Risk List. "Congress is responsible for ensuring taxpayer dollars are being… Continue Reading


Peters, Tillis Lead Colleagues in Calling for Funding to Advance Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in a letter calling for increased funding to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. The letter specifically calls for Congress to appropriate funding for the safe development and testing of CAV technologies at U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally-designated proving grounds. The letter was sent to Senate Transportatio… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Missile Strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, released the following statement on U.S. military missile strikes in Syria: "Bashar Al-Assad's ruthless use of chemical weapons to kill innocent men, women, and children is abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. Our ultimate goals in resolving the crisis in Syria should be restoring stability to the region and providing safety and security for the Syrian people, who have endured… Continue Reading


Peters Leads Colleagues in Calling for Continued Funding of Essential Air Service Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) led 20 of his Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter calling for robust funding for the Essential Air Service Program (EAS). The EAS Program, funded through the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT), provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, helping to grow area businesses and support economic growth. President Trump's FY2018 budget proposal would eliminate funding for the program, which could force rur… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge President Trump to Keep Promise to Michigan Workers in Meeting with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), joined by Senators Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote to President Trump asking him to keep his promise to American workers by calling on China to stop its harmful t… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge President Trump to Address Chinese Steel Dumping and Overcapacity During Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined a group of steel state Senators in urging President Trump to address Chinese steel dumping and overcapacity during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. The impact of Chinese steel produced with unfair methods of completion and other illegal practices has a harmful impact on our national security interests. Due to the recent downturn in steel production, more than 13,600 hardworking Americans have been lai… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Reported Chemical Attack in Idlib Province in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement regarding reports of a chemical weapon attack in Idlib province in Syria: "My heart goes out to the innocent civilians, including children, who were killed during the extremely disturbing and inhumane chemical attack in Idlib province. This is yet another reprehensible, shameful and illegal chemical attack on the Syrian people by their own government. "The Syrian people have been forced to endure horrific act… Continue Reading


Peters, Heitkamp Urge GAO to Review Effect of Hiring Freeze on Government Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, and Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management sent a letter urging the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the implementation of President Trump's hiring freeze for all federal civilian employees. Previous GAO reports have found that hiring freezes under the Carter and Reagan Administrat… Continue Reading


Senator Peters & Ernst Launch Motorcycle Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) announced the formation of the first-ever Motorcycle Caucus in the United States Senate. The life-long motorcycle riding senators will serve as co-chairs of the caucus, and will advocate for a multitude of issues on behalf of both motorcycle riders and manufacturers. "I've loved motorcycles since I was a kid, and I started a newspaper route to buy my first motorcycle at age 11. To this day, I believe there is no be… Continue Reading


Peters Calls on President Trump to Restore Funding for National Sea Grant College Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today joined a group of 22 other senators in calling on President Trump to reconsider his proposed elimination of the critical National Sea Grant College Program. In a letter to President Trump, the senators highlighted the important role Sea Grant Programs play in boosting local economies and preserving coastal communities, and urged him to fully fund the program in FY 2018. "We represent senators from some of the 33 states with Sea Grant Programs and… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Delegation Letter to Trump Administration Urging Funding for Dredging of Recreational Harbors in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow led a bipartisan delegation letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney requesting that funding for dredging of recreational and commercial harbors in Michigan be included in the fiscal year 2018 budget. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not included operation and maintenance funding to dredge Michigan harbors over the last several fiscal years. "These harbors are critical to commercial and recreational na… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Risch Reintroduce Legislation to Help Small Businesses Access Patent Protections

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) today announced that they have reintroduced the Small Business Innovation Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to help small businesses protect their intellectual property by improving education on obtaining and protecting patents. The bill will require the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to work together to leverage existing outreach programs in order to better educ… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce Legislation to Toughen Up Buy American Act and Create More Jobs at Home

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced the Make It In America Act, which closes loopholes in the current Buy American law so the federal government is spending American tax dollars to buy products made in America. This Act also holds federal agencies accountable for how they spend taxpayer dollars. "Spending American tax dollars on products made by American workers not only helps create jobs, it's a critical component of protecting our national s… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Great Lakes Debris Cleanup

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee and a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, joined his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation to help address the growing problem of marine debris affecting the Great Lakes and America's coastlines. The Save our Seas (SOS) Act would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, which removes thousands of tons of… Continue Reading

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