Press Releases

08.20.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce $794,754 in Support for the Spring Lake Township Fire Department

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Spring Lake Township Fire Department will receive $794,754 in federal funding to recruit new staff. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Now more than ever, fire departments across Michigan need the resources to onboard first responders who will keep our communities safe," said Senator Peters, Ranking Me… Continue Reading


08.20.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $800,000 in Support for Fire Departments Across Southeast Michigan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $880,791 in support for Fire Departments across Southeast Michigan. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Luna Pier Fire Department will receive $73,333 to purchase new equipment and provide training. The Charter Township of Bloomfield Fire Department will receive $292,220 to purchase new equipment and provide training. The Elk Township Fir… Continue Reading


08.18.20

Peters Statement on DeJoy Reversal of Some Changes Harming USPS Delivery

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced under pressure from Peters, Members of Congress and the public that he would reverse some recent changes that have disrupted mail service: "There is simply no excuse for why Postmaster General DeJoy began instituting changes that have severely disrupted service for Michiganders and people in… Continue Reading


08.18.20

Peters Secures Senate Oversight Hearing with Postmaster General DeJoy

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after he secured an oversight hearing Friday, August 21st at 9:00am with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on recent changes that have left Americans in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries: "I am pleased to have secured an oversight hearing on Friday with Postmaster General DeJoy in order to address urgen… Continue Reading


08.17.20

Peters Leads Colleagues to Demand Answers from Postmaster General on Mail Service Delays

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today led the entire Senate Democratic caucus to demand answers from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on significant operational changes he directed that have caused serious delays for postal customers in Michigan and across the country. In a letter, the Senators called on DeJoy to testify before Congress and provide clear, transparent answers on service delays that have caus… Continue Reading


08.16.20

Peters Calls for Urgent Senate Hearing on Postal Service Changes and Delivery Delays

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called for an urgent hearing on August 21 or as soon as possible on recent changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has directed that have left Americans in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries. In a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson (WI), Peters pressed for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has oversight of the… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Peters Statement on Reports of USPS Removing Mail Processing Machines & Postal Collection Boxes Across the Country

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has begun removing some mail processing machines and collection boxes from processing facilities and communities across the country, including in Michigan: "These reports are alarming and raise big red flags about what appears to be an ongoing effort to slow mail delivery. I will be delving… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $900,000 in Support for the Blackman Charter Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $965,909 for the Blackman Charter Township Fire Department to purchase new equipment and provide training. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Now more than ever, firefighters in Michigan are putting their personal health at risk to protect their neighbors' families, homes, and businesses," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased that this… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Peters & Tester Press Postal Service on Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Mail-Order Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Jon Tester (MT), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, are pressing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on reports of veterans who have seen significant delays in receiving their prescription medication through the U.S. Postal Service. Peters has been leading the charge to demand answ… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters & Carper Introduce Bill to Block Harmful Changes that Impact USPS Delivery Service

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (DE) introduced legislation to protect the longstanding tradition of reliable delivery service at the U.S. Postal Service and block the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, from making any abrupt operational changes that might harm service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Peters has been leading the charge to demand answers on recent operational changes t… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters Visits BAJ Glass in Flushing, Highlights Need for More Federal Support for Michigan Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

FLUSHING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited BAJ Glass, which manufactures protective cases, floor signs, high quality face shields and protect barriers in Flushing. During this pandemic, BAJ Glass has produced and delivered over 15,000 personal protective face shields. While touring their facility, Peters highlighted his ongoing efforts to support Michigan small businesses and reaffirmed his push for more federal funding to support small businesses and the need for another Coronav… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $500,000 in Support for the Village of Laurium Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $525,142 for the Village of Laurium Fire Department to purchase new equipment and provide training. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Now more than ever, firefighters in Michigan are putting their personal health at risk to protect their neighbors' families, homes, and businesses," said Senator Peters. "I am pleased that this federa… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Peters Has Passed Nine Bills in Senate, Most by a Single Senator This Congress

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) recently passed his ninth bill through the full Senate with bipartisan support. With the passage of his legislation better predicting extreme space weather events, the U.S. Senate in this session of Congress has approved more Peters-led bills than any other Senator in the chamber. The distinction comes despite Peters still serving in his first term and being a member of the minority party. Peters has passed bipartisan legislation in this session of the… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $1 Million in Funding for the Capital Area Transportation Authority

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) will receive $1,824,416 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to rehabilitate a bus terminal in downtown Lansing. This funding comes from the FTA's Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "Whether it's to go to work or pick up prescription medication or buy essentials like groceries, Michiganders need reliable public transit now more… Continue Reading


08.11.20

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Telecommunications Networks from Threats by Foreign Suppliers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced bipartisan legislation that would help safeguard American telecommunications networks against cyber threats from untrusted foreign equipment suppliers, including those linked to the Chinese government. The Ensuring Network Security Act, which Peters introduced with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), would expand access to federal funding for telecommunications providers and educational institutions for the removal and replacement… Continue Reading


08.10.20

Peters, Lawrence Visit USPS Metroplex in Pontiac, Highlight Impact of Postal Service Delays on Michiganders

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today visited the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) Metroplex facility in Pontiac. While there, the lawmakers toured the facility, met with workers and discussed operations during the pandemic as well as the impact of Postal Service delays on Michiganders across the state. "The Postal Service should not slow down mail or in any way compromise service - especially during a pandemic - but that's exactly what we… Continue Reading


08.08.20

Peters Statement on Trump’s Coronavirus Executive Actions

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement after President Trump signed executive actions related to Coronavirus relief. "We are facing the worst public health and economic crisis in generations and the President's actions fall way short of what Michigan families and small businesses urgently need. I am disappointed the President chose to act unilaterally instead of doing the hard work to reach a bipartisan agreement with Congress. He alone cannot fix this crisis -… Continue Reading


08.06.20

Peters Launches Investigation into Postal Service Delays After Postmaster General Fails to Provide Answers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is launching an investigation into reported delays at the U.S. Postal Service that are preventing Americans from receiving critical mail on-time, including prescription drugs, business mail, and mail-in ballots. Despite repeated inquiries from Peters, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has failed to provide answers when pressed for details on reported service delays following recent… Continue Reading


08.05.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Caregiver Program Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program advanced in the Senate today, passing in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. According to reports, caregivers and veterans were arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018 that VA failed to adequately manage the caregiver program and recomme… Continue Reading


08.04.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $750,000 in Transit Funding for the City of Niles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing the City of Niles a $753,743 grant. Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that the City of Niles and its Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) service remains operational during the Coronavirus pandemic. "As communities across our state work to… Continue Reading

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