Press Releases

07.01.16

Senator Peters Cosponsors Bill to Support Michigan’s Outdoor Recreation Sector

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to support Michigan's outdoor recreation sector and inform policymakers and business leaders of the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee this week,would direct the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to conduct an assessment on the jobs created and the… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Commerce Committee Approves Peters-Gardner Bill to Keep America Competitive

Washington, DC - The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, legislation introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Committee's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies. The bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act maximizes basic research by reducing administrative burdens for researchers, en… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Peters, Gardner Introduce Substitute to American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

Washington, DC - Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies, introduced a substitute amendment to S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The amendment includes a four percent increase in National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) authorization levels for FY 2018 over FY 2017 in ad… Continue Reading


06.24.16

Peters Joins Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, which will highlight the key role cybersecurity plays in both national security and economic interests. The caucus engages Members of Congress in discussions about cyber security issues, including vulnerabilities, intellectual property theft, digital security, data breaches and national cybersecurity policies. "Our country is facing unprecedented cyber threats, and we … Continue Reading


06.23.16

Peters Meets with Canadian Ambassador to the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after meeting with Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton, who began serving as Ambassador in March: "I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Ambassador MacNaughton and discuss several important issues facing both Michigan and Canada. We discussed the importance of protecting our Great Lakes, which provide drinking water for 40 million people in Canada and the United States, and su… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's innovation and competitiveness working group on federal science and technology research policies, along with Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) who serve respectively as the chair and ranking member of the Committee introduced the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The bipartisan bill maximizes basic research by reducing … Continue Reading


06.22.16

Peters Introduces the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act to improve health outcomes for individuals at risk for diabetes and save long-term care costs for Medicare. This bipartisan legislation will extend Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services for Americans with pre-diabetes and risk factors for developing type-2 diabetes. Under current law, Medicare will only cover these serv… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Peters Statement on Lt. Colonel Kettles, of Ypsilanti, Being Awarded Medal of Honor by President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement applauding an announcement from the White House that President Obama will award Lt. Colonel (ret.) Charles S. Kettles, of Ypsilanti, the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam on July 18th: "Lieutenant Colonel Kettles heroically put his life on the line to save his fellow servicemembers, and I am thrilled that President Obama will be awarding him the … Continue Reading


06.20.16

Peters Tours Kettering University, Discusses Connected Auto Technology

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Kettering University and saw firsthand how Kettering University is playing a key role in the research and development of autonomous vehicle safety and technology. Peters, co-chair of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, toured the General Motors Foundation Automotive Research Area on Kettering University's campus, which is currently being developed as a proving ground for autonomous vehicle technology. He also visited Kettering's Crash S… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Peters Recognizes Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to recognize the day that African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation: "On this day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to spread the news that our nation's slaves were free - nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Although Juneteenth marked the end of one of … Continue Reading


06.16.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce almost $82,000 in Support for Shiawassee Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $82,000 for the Shiawassee Township Fire Department to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Shiawassee Township put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to h… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce almost $100,000 in Support for the Township of Kalamazoo and Berrien Springs/Oronoko Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced almost $100,000 for the Township of Kalamazoo and Berrien Springs/Oronoko Fire Departments to help purchase hose replacements and ventilation equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "Our firefighters in Southwest Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources,… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Grand Ledge Area Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Grand Ledge Area Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The department will receive $133,173 to purchase equipment and improve safety operations. "First responders in Grand Ledge put their lives on the line every day to protect their community," said Senator Peters. "It is imperative that they have the tools and reso… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that four fire departments across Southeast Michigan have been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Sterling Heights Fire Department, the Redford Township Fire Department, the Highland Park Fire Department and the Dryden Township Fire Department will use the funding to purchase equipment and improve safety operations. "First responders acros… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Senate Passes Stabenow, Peters Resolution Honoring Life and Legacy of Gordon “Gordie” Howe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, paying tribute to the life of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordon "Gordie" Howe, affectionately referred to as "Mr. Hockey." "Gordie Howe's excellence on the ice inspired players and fans everywhere and was equally matched by his contribution to the sport, our state, and the City of Detroit off the ice," said Senator Stabenow. "This resolution honors the life and legacy of one … Continue Reading


06.14.16

Peters’ Pipeline Safety Bill Headed to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded unanimous passage in the Senate of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act to improve pipeline safety and oversight. Peters introduced the Senate version of the bipartisan legislation with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT). The legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. … Continue Reading


06.09.16

Peters Announces Military Service Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today announced that nineteen Michigan students nominated by his office have received appointments to military Service Academies. Of the group, nine will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; six will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; three will attend U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and one will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Acad… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Peters, Vitter Introduce Bill to Bolster Small Business Cyber Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced yesterday the Small Business Cyber Security Improvements Act of 2016, which would enable the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assist small businesses in planning for and protecting against cyber security attacks. Vitter is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Peters, Daines, Tillis & Gillibrand Applaud Senate Passage of Amendment Ensuring Fairness for Veterans Erroneously Discharged from Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) applauded Senate passage of their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 bipartisan amendment codifies the principles… Continue Reading


06.03.16

Peters, Stabenow Announce $4.8 Million for Stony Island Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $4,828,635 to restore habitats on islands in the lower part of the Detroit River, part of the Friends of the Detroit River Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project. In addition to this funding, Senators Peters and Stabenow announced $2.3 million in funding this past February to restore fish and wildlife habitats in the Stony Island upper bay. … Continue Reading

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