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08.10.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country has passed the Senate. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family records, medical histories, and employment information. The bill, which the Homeland Secu… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Peters Helps Senate Pass Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Invest in Michigan Roads, Bridges & High-Speed Internet

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped the Senate pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that makes historic investments in Michigan infrastructure, including roads, bridges, high-speed internet, electric vehicles and the Great Lakes that will strengthen our economy. This bill would also boost our economic competitiveness. It also includes robust funding for Peters' bipartisan STORM Act that was signed into law earlier this year and will help communities addres… Continue Reading


08.09.21

VIDEO: Peters, Stabenow Highlight Michigan Priorities in Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today held a virtual press conference to highlight Michigan priorities in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that is expected to soon pass the Senate. For video of Peters click here and for video of Stabenow click here. "It's exciting because we're finally addressing infrastructure, basic infrastructure - roads and bridges in this country that have been neglected for far too long," said Senator Peters during the vir… Continue Reading


08.07.21

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $80,000 in Support for the Summit Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Summit Township Fire Department will receive $83,103 to install a Source Capture Exhaust System. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that firefighters and first responders have the resources necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Securit… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Nearly $5.5 Million in Federal Funding to Address Damages Caused by Severe Flooding in Midland County

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed $5,476,035 in federal funding for the City of Midland to help address the significant damages and community needs resulting from severe storms and flooding that detrimentally affected the region in May 2020. This funding was awarded by the Office of Community Planning and Development within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the agency's Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDRF) gra… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $40,000 in Support for the Gerrish Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Gerrish Township Fire Department will receive $40,837 to purchase a new cot and power lift for the ambulance. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that firefighters and first responders have the resources necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Hom… Continue Reading


08.06.21

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced $796,470 for fire departments in 5 communities across Southeast Michigan to purchase new equipment. These grants come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The Canton Township Fire Department will receive $129,163 to implement a health care and wellness program to keep firefighters safe. The Dearborn Fire Department will receive $350,375 for train… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Video: Peters Convenes Second Hearing Examining Actions Needed to Combat White Supremacist and Anti-Government Domestic Terrorism Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing to examine how the federal government can more effectively combat the rise of domestic terrorism, including white supremacist, faith-based and anti-government violence. The hearing was the second Peters convened this week to continue examining the threat of domestic terrorism and needed actions by the federal government to address this significant and deadl… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Security Grants to Faith-Based and Nonprofit Institutions Across Michigan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will distribute nearly $3.5 million in 2021 to nonprofits and faith-based organizations across Michigan to help secure their facilities against potential attacks. This is a $1.1 million increase over the previous year. Peters helped secure $180 million in appropriations for the NGSP in the f… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Welcomes Biden Administration’s Steps to Strengthen American Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement welcoming the Biden Administration's action to promote electric vehicle sales goals, strengthen America's leadership in electric vehicle manufacturing and production while addressing climate change: "The future of the global auto industry is electric - and it is vital that the United States continue to lead in the 21st century mobility race. President Biden is taking much-needed steps to cement our leadership … Continue Reading


08.05.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in an effort to make higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA), which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR), would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants … Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Help Identify and Strengthen Critical Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to research supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten homeland security has advanced in the Senate. The bill, which Peters introduced last week, would also require DHS to identify ways to strengthen critical supply chains. Recent shortages of critical supplies have highlighted significant gaps in our nation's supply chains, as well as the need to strengthen d… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters and Portman Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination with State and Local Governments Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments has advanced in the Senate. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act would encourage federal cybersecurity experts to share information regarding cybersecurity thre… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Expand Eligibility for State Maritime Academies Student Incentive Payment Program Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to expand the age eligibility for the Student Incentive Payment Program through the Maritime Administration advanced in the U.S. Senate, after passing in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The Changing Age-Determined Eligibility to Student Incentive Payments (CADETS) Act would expand the Student Incentive Payment Program eligibility age for financial assistance to cadets who attended one of the six Sta… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Peters Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination with State and Local Governments Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments has advanced in the Senate. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act would encourage federal cybersecurity experts to share information regarding cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and breaches as well as… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Video: Peters Examines Impact of White Supremacist, Faith-Based and Anti-Government Domestic Terrorism Threat on American Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing to examine how the rise of domestic terrorism, in particular white supremacist, faith-based, and anti-government extremist violence, has impacted communities across the United States. The hearing was the first of two Peters is convening this week to continue examining the threat of domestic terrorism and needed actions by the federal government to address t… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Peters Discusses Cybersecurity Priorities with Top Administration Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after convening a meeting with Jen Easterly, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, and Anne Neuberger, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, to discuss how to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity defenses and tackle the threat posed by grow… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $530,000 for the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Fire Department will receive $531,428 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that firefighters and first responders have the resources necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively," said… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $180,000 for Fire Departments Across Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that four fire departments across Southeast Michigan will receive federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. The Sterling Heights Fire Department will receive $146,860; the City of Center Line will receive $19,047; the Village of Holly will receive $9,414; and the City of Novi will receive $6,493. These federal grants come from the Department of Homeland Security's Assis… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Peters and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Federal Workforce’s Understanding of Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would help bolster the federal workforce's understanding of artificial intelligence (AI). The bill would create a training program to help federal employees responsible for purchasing AI technologies better understand the risks and benefits it poses to the American people. It would also help ens… Continue Reading

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