Press Releases

07.11.19

Peters, Stabenow Recognize Military Times Soldier of the Year and Southfield Army Civil Affairs Specialist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow last night recognized Specialist Shayn Lindquist at the Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards in Washington, where he was named Soldier of the Year. Specialist Lindquist is a member of the Army Reserve and is a civil affairs soldier with the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion in Southfield. "It's not every day you meet someone like Specialist Shayn Lindquist. He is a living example of Army values: he overcame adversity to e… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Peters, Roberts, Cornyn & Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border. Agricultural inspectors work to prevent the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods into the United States… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Peters, Young Bill to Update Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) today applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of bipartisan legislation they reintroduced to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes. The legislation would require the Great Lakes Region ESI maps to be updated for the first time in over two decades, joining maps for the East coast, West coast, and Gulf coast that have been updated more recently. It woul… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Peters, Cruz Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Apollo Landing Sites Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of their bipartisan legislation that would protect the Apollo landing sites on the moon. The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act would provide legal recognition and protection for the Apollo sites from intentional and unintentional disturbances by codifying existing NASA preservation recommendations. The bill's advancement t… Continue Reading


07.03.19

Peters Applauds Funding for New State Veterans Homes in Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today applauded federal funding to support the construction of new veterans' homes in Michigan. The new State Veterans Home in Chesterfield Township in Metro Detroit will receive $46,150,172 and the new State Veterans Home in Grand Rapids will receive $40,929,890. The investment will come from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) State Home Construction Grant Program, which Senator Peters ha… Continue Reading


07.01.19

After Pressing for Air Force Action, Peters Welcomes Progress to Address PFAS Contamination at Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - After calling for the U.S. Air Force to take action on PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on new developments announced today. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the US Air Force (USAF) said that the Air Force will accelerate its efforts to address PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda: "I invited Secretary Hender… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Peters Receives Update on Potential Missile Defense Site

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received a letter from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) regarding an update for a potential new missile defense site for the East Coast. In the letter, the DoD identified Fort Drum in New York as the current preferred option "by a small margin", but noted that it is likely the most expensive option and has significant environmental challenges. Fort Custer, near Battle Creek, is considered the lea… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Peters Provisions Addressing PFAS, Supporting Servicemembers and Bolstering Michigan’s Defense Sector Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate passed the annual national defense bill that includes provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters benefiting servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense sector that contribute to our national security. It will also help improve efforts to address PFAS and authorize investments in infrastructure, advanced technology and important defense systems that protect U.S. security interests and our allies, including the State of Israel. The… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Peters Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Administration's justification for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire: "The census plays a vital role in our democracy by making important determinations for Congressional representation and federal funding. Today's decision is a step in the ri… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Peters Statement on Supreme Court Redistricting Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on gerrymandering that will impact the redrawing of Michigan's state legislative and Congressional district boundaries: "I am disappointed in today's decision. Following the 2010 Census, the Michigan state legislature drew what has been widely regarded as some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. Politicians shouldn't be able to pick their own voters, and Michigand… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Peters Joins Bipartisan Effort to End Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced he cosponsored legislation to end government shutdowns by holding Members of Congress accountable for their failure to govern responsibly. The Government Shutdown Accountability Act, which was approved by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week, would prevent another government shutdown by automatically extending funding at … Continue Reading


06.26.19

Peters, Roberts, Duckworth Bill to Raise Awareness About Vaccines, Increase Vaccination Rates, Cut Health Care Costs Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to increase vaccination rates by raising vaccine awareness through a national campaign to combat misinformation advanced in the Senate today. The VACCINES Act was passed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions as part of a larger health care package. The bill would also establish grants to address vaccine-preventable diseases and woul… Continue Reading


06.21.19

Peters Statement on MSU Independent Investigation into Nassar Abuse Scandal

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees unanimously approving an independent investigation into the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal: "Nearly 18 months ago, I called for an independent investigation so that we could ensure that what happened at MSU could never happen again. We must get to the root cause of how such a toxic climate emerged to enable Larry Nassar to get away with all the abuse he inflicted on surv… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Peters, Wicker Urge FAA to Include Broad Rural Representation on Drone Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include representatives from rural America, including agriculture, forestry, and rangeland stakeholders, on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). In their letter to Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell the Senators emphasized the importance of ensuring broad rural representation and improved efficiency … Continue Reading


06.19.19

Peters, Cornyn Bill to Address Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to strengthen border security and address law enforcement shortages at ports of entry throughout the country advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Securing America's Ports of Entry Act of 2019 would fully staff America's airports, sea… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Peters Statement on Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. "As we recognize Juneteenth Independence Day and the closing of one of our nation's darkest periods, we must acknowledge that the battle for equality is far from finished. "From fighting against efforts … Continue Reading


06.18.19

Peters Announces Proposal to Establish a National Institute of Manufacturing, Make Manufacturing Policy a Major National Focus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced a new proposal to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing during his keynote address at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC. Inspired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the institute would serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs, promote efforts to help our workforce close the skills gap and function as the focal point for developing a national strategy focused on ensuring American manufactur… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Peters, Stabenow, Bergman Announce Over $550,000 for Moran Iron Works in Onaway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) today announced that Moran Iron Works in Onaway will receive $564,300 to purchase a PythonX CNC plasma cutting system. The machine will replace three outdated pieces of machinery and allow the company to take on an additional marine project each year. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant program. Senators S… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Peters, Stabenow Urge USDA to Help Michigan Farmers Facing Delayed Planting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After historic rainfall has prevented many Michigan farmers from planting their crops this year, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to help affected farms across the state. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the S… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Peters, Colleagues Reintroduce Outsourcing Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) today reintroduced legislation that would help identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign countries by requiring publicly traded companies to publish reports detailing the number of employees per location, including by state and by country. The Outsourcing Accountability Act would also direct these companies to disclose the total number of employees and pe… Continue Reading

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