Press Releases

01.11.17

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce over $12.8 Million for Flint Mass Transportation Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive $12,800,000 to purchase 32 new Compressed Natural Gas transit buses and provide a workforce development training program for mechanics and drivers. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. "Reliable, safe public transportation is critical for communities to grow and prosper. This grant will help Flint re… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $200,000 Brownfield Grant for DTE Energy Rouge River Plant

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will receive a $200,000 Brownfield Grant to fund a cleanup and redevelopment plan for DTE Energy Rouge River Power Plant in downtown River Rouge. "I applaud this grant, which will help attract private investment in the community, stimulate the economy with new jobs and improve the health of River R… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Peters Statement on Meeting with Secretary of Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement after meeting with Elaine Chao, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Transportation: "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Elaine Chao and discuss a number of transportation issues critical to Michigan and the nation. During our meeting, I was able to raise the importance of connected and automated v… Continue Reading


01.06.17

President Signs Peters-Gardner American Innovation and Competitiveness Act into Law

Washington, DC - President Obama today signed into law the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with John Thune (R-SD), and Bill Nelson (D-FL). The first major update to federal research and technology policy to originate in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in more than a decade, this legislation maximizes basic research opportunitie… Continue Reading


12.23.16

Sen. Peters’ Fairness for Veterans Amendment Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan provision introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fairness for Veterans amendment, which Peters authored, was included in the final National Defense Authorization Act conference report t… Continue Reading


12.23.16

Peters Statement on United Nations Security Council Resolution Vote on Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of the United Nations Security Council's vote regarding Israel: "I am concerned that one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations would undermine any future efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the table. We need to focus on achieving a two-state solution that would bring peace and security to Israel and a future Palestinian state. The resolution currently being considered by the Unite… Continue Reading


12.21.16

Peters Tours Omega Plastics, Holds Roundtable with Local Manufacturers

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) today toured Omega Plastics in Clinton Township and held a roundtable with local manufacturers to highlight bipartisan legislation he introduced, which was unanimously approved by Congress, to improve advanced manufacturing by strengthening the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) - a public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. "Small and mid-sized manufacture… Continue Reading


12.20.16

President Signs into Law Peters, Heitkamp, Heller Bipartisan Bill to Give Small Businesses & Startups a Seat at the Table

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Dean Heller (R-NV) today announced that the president signed into law their bipartisan bill to make sure small businesses and startups have a voice when new federal rules are written on how they can raise funding and access the resources they need to succeed. "Michigan is home to over 850,000 small businesses, which hire locally, give back to their communities, and boost economic growth across the state," said Peter… Continue Reading


12.19.16

Sen. Peters to Join Senate Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced he has been appointed to the Senate Committee on Armed Services for the 115th Congress, subject to ratification by the Democratic Caucus. Peters will also continue to serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. "As a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, I am proud to be carrying on Michigan's strong military tradit… Continue Reading


12.19.16

Peters Visits Huron Area Technical Center in Bad Axe to Highlight Bipartisan Legislation to Make College More Affordable & Accessible

BAD AXE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Huron Area Technical Center (HATC) in Bad Axe and highlighted bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. Peters' Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would expand access to dual and concurrent enrollment programs and early/middle colle… Continue Reading


12.16.16

Peters-Gardner American Innovation and Competitiveness Act to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by U.S Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with John Thune (R-SD), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), that maximizes basic research opportunities, reduces administrative burdens for researchers, encourages scientific entrepreneurship, and promotes oversight of taxpayer-funded research. The legislation a… Continue Reading


12.16.16

Peters Tours XG Sciences, Highlights Legislation Supporting Small and Medium Manufacturers

LANSING, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) today toured XG Sciences in Lansing to highlight bipartisan legislation he introduced, which unanimously passed the Senate, to improve advanced manufacturing by strengthening the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) - a public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. "Michigan manufacturers are pioneering groundbreaking research and developing innovative new products that … Continue Reading


12.15.16

Sen. Peters Applauds General Motors Announcement to Build Their First Autonomous Vehicle in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement regarding General Motors' announcement that they will begin testing autonomous vehicles on Michigan's roads and build their first autonomous Chevy Bolt in Michigan: "Michigan is the birthplace of the automotive industry, and our state led the way in putting America, and the rest… Continue Reading


12.14.16

Senators Peters, Perdue Introduce No Heroes Left Untreated Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced they introduced the No Heroes Left Untreated Act, legislation that would create a pilot program for innovative medical care for veterans to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other mental health issues. "The effects of traumas, like PTSD, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain and opiate addiction weighs heavily on many of American's v… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Sen. Peters Applauds DOT Proposed Rule Requiring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Technology in New Vehicle Models

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement of a proposed rule requiring vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology (V2V) to be included in all new light-duty vehicles: "I'm pleased that DOT is continuing to build on their efforts to bring advanced vehicle technolo… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Peters, Colleagues Call for National Intelligence Estimate of Russian Tampering in U.S. Election, Request Confirmation of Justice Dept. Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today joined eight of his colleagues in calling for a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to determine the extent of Russian intervention in the 2016 United States presidential election, accompanied by an unclassified summary of its key judgments by January 20th, 2017. An NIE is the formal, authoritative assessment of the Director of National Intelligence related to a particular national security … Continue Reading


12.12.16

Senate Approves Peters-Gardner American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), that maximizes basic research opportunities, reduces administrative burdens for researchers, encourages scientific entrepreneurship, and promotes oversight of taxpayer-funded research. The legislation also promotes diversity i… Continue Reading


12.10.16

Senate Passes Agreement to Provide Critical Help for Flint and Other Communities, Clearing Way for President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress has finally passed an agreement to provide $170 million in long-awaited assistance for Flint and other communities affected by lead. The bipartisan agreement, championed by Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee, passed the Senate 78-21 tonight as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. This agreement closely mirrors legislation that passed the Senate in September by a margin of 95-3. It now goes to the desk of the … Continue Reading


12.09.16

Peters Joins Bipartisan Call for President-Elect Trump to Stand Against Russian Aggression, & Support NATO, Ukrainian Sovereignty

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to call on President-elect Donald Trump to continue America's tradition of support for the people of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. "In light of Russia's continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereign right to choose its own destiny, we also renew our call for the United States to increase political, economic, and military support for Ukraine," wro… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Peters Helps Pass Major Defense Bill with Key Provisions for Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today helped pass critical defense legislation that will support veterans suffering from mental trauma, as well as Michigan's manufacturers and small businesses. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2017, passed the House of Representatives last week and is now headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. Also in… Continue Reading

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