Press Releases


Peters, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Expand Opportunity for Disabled Veterans in Highway Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During National Veterans Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today announced bipartisan legislation to help expand the number of infrastructure contracts awarded to small businesses run by veterans with a service-connected disability. The Disabled-Veterans Rebuilding Infrastructure to Vitalize our Economy (DRIVE) Act creates a goal that 5% of the funding authorized in the last highway bill be extended to Service-connected Disabled Veter… Continue Reading


Peters to Convene Field Summit on PFAS Contamination in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) will convene a Senate subcommittee field summit titled "Local, State and Federal Response to PFAS Contamination in Michigan" at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 13th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management Subcommittee summit will highlight how exposure to PFAS chemicals impacts Michigan communities and inform potential federal actions to support local efforts to address PFAS contamination. The summit will… Continue Reading


Peters, Capito Provisions Improving Opioid Treatment for Adolescents Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump has signed into law provisions based off the YOUTH Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to expand access to safe, effective treatment for adolescents and young adults struggling with opioid addiction. The provisions, which were included as part of broader legislation, expand an existing youth substance use disorder program to include young adults and help support the identification of … Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce $1 Million in Funding to Address Oscoda PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1 million in new federal funding to help Oscoda Township provide safe drinking water and address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Oscoda Township utilized changes made by Senators Stabenow and Peters in the 2018 bipartisan budget bill to raise the maximum amount of USDA emergency water grants from $500,000 to $1 million. This increase allowed the township to be aw… Continue Reading


Peters Tours Delta College, Discusses Career & Technical Education

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today visited Delta College and highlighted bipartisan legislation recently signed into law to strengthen career and technical education (CTE) counselor awareness and training. Peters had the opportunity to see firsthand how the curriculum like Delta College's Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program is providing students with the technical skills needed to cater to local employment needs. "We need a 21st century workforce to keep innovati… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Bill to Strengthen Election Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced he cosponsored legislation to strengthen election security and require paper ballots to counteract efforts by foreign adversaries to interfere in U.S. elections. The Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act mandates the use of paper ballots and "risk-limiting" audits for all federal elections, ensuring that election results have not been tampered with by hackers or foreign governments. "We have seen undeniable evidence that a… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Justice Department Grants to Michigan’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Department of Justice's announcement Michigan will receive over $1 million in funding through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program. Peters and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) authored the bipartisan law authorizing the grant program, which is a nationwide law enforcement initiative aimed to reduce violent crime. The U.S. Attorney's office in Michigan's Eastern Judicial District will receive $688,951 and the Western Judicial … Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge the Administration to Take Action to Protect Michigan Students from Lead in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow were joined by 33 of their colleagues this week in calling on the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to protect students from lead in drinking water. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows an estimated 41 percent of public school districts did not test for lead in school drinking water, and a third of districts that were tested showed elevated levels. In Michig… Continue Reading


President Signs Peters, Risch, Evans Bill Helping Small Businesses Access Patent Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald J. Trump has signed into law legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and James Risch (R-ID), Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) aimed at helping small businesses safeguard their intellectual property with expanded education on obtaining and protecting patents. The Small Business Innovation Protection Act will build upon existing outreach programs run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SB… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow & Kildee Press EPA on Dismissal of Children’s Health Protection Office Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee today wrote a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the removal of the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection Director, Dr. Ruth Etzel. The lawmakers pressed Wheeler for more details surrounding the dismissal, especially during a period when families across Michigan are facing numerous drinking water contamination crises. "It is imper… Continue Reading


Peters Floor Remarks On CRA to Stop Expansion of Health Care Plans Without Protections for Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) spoke on the Senate floor today on Senate Republicans' opposition to a resolution that would have stopped the Trump Administration's expansion of health insurance plans that do not protect people with preexisting conditions. Below is video of his remarks and text as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President. The topic of health care affordability should unite us as a common cause. We all need health care. Whether you are young or old, male or fema… Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Bill to Commemorate End of WWII

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the son of a World War II veteran, today introduced bipartisan legislation to establish a commemorative program ahead of the 75th anniversary of World War II in 2020. The program's goals are to honor veterans, educate the public about the history of World War II, highlight the service of the men and women who served our nation on the home front during the war, recognize the contributions of our al… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Senate Passage of Soo Locks Funding Authorization

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released a statement applauding Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes a $922.4 million authorization to build a large replacement lock at the Soo Locks. The authorization follows a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Economic Reevaluation Report released earlier this year at the urging of Senators Peters and Debbie Stabenow that estimates the cost of a replacement lock to be $922.4 million. "Our national econom… Continue Reading


Peters Floor Remarks in Opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

Peters: "Unfortunately, when I examine the record of Judge Kavanaugh, I do not see an open mind. I do not see fairness. I see a partisan ideologue who will do judicial backflips to rule in favor of large corporations, the powerful and the elite." Peters: "Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation will provide only more division in our country and cast a cloud over the decisions of the court for years to come." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) spoke on the Senate floor today in oppositio… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on EPA’s PFAS Meeting in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) roundtable meeting in Kalamazoo regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination: "The scripted, invite-only format for today's PFAS meeting lacks any meaningful opportunity for Michigan residents who have been exposed to toxic chemicals to make their voices heard. Last week, Michiganders traveled all the way to Washington, DC and filled … Continue Reading


Peters Requests DoD Briefing on Chinese Surveillance Hardware Reports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, sent a letter to Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary James Mattis requesting a briefing to Congress on recent reports that China installed surveillance microchips in certain hardware devices used in systems across DoD and other intelligence agencies. According to a recent Bloomberg article, operatives from China's People's Liberation Army inserted the chips during the manufacturin… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on AV 3.0 Guidance for Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-author of the bipartisan AV START Act, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation's Automated Vehicle 3.0 guidance: "Self-driving technology will transform the future of transportation, helping to save thousands of lives and improving mobility for consumers. I'm pleased that the Department of Transportation is continuing to build on previously is… Continue Reading


Peters Provision Allowing Airports to Discontinue PFAS To Be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded passage of his provision permitting airports to discontinue use of fire-fighting foams containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health issues. Currently, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require airports to use firefighting foams that contain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), a group of approximately 4,700 toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer as well as a wide variety of t… Continue Reading


Peters Floor Remarks in Support of FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that sets FAA policy for the next five years. Peters worked to include provisions in the bill to bolster airport security, support the educational use of unmanned aircraft systems, and help remove harmful PFAS chemicals from airport firefighting foams. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delive… Continue Reading


Peters, Hoeven Bill to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Hoeven (R-ND) to train and help retain high-skilled cybersecurity professionals in the federal government advanced in the Senate yesterday. Despite growing cyber threats, the federal government faces a cyber workforce shortage due to hiring and retention challenges, competition with the private sector and difficulty refilling federal positions after an employee leaves. The legislation passed the U.S. … Continue Reading

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