Press Releases

11.05.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow, Congressman Kildee Call for Newly Elected Canadian Prime Minister to Stop Storage of Nuclear Waste on Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) today urged newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action to stop nuclear waste from being buried less than a mile from Lake Huron. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sens. Peters, Stabenow and Rep. Kildee urged the new Canadian government to not approve permits necessary to construct a proposed nuclear waste site in Kincardine, Ontario. The previous Can… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Peters Calls for Full Investigation into Wrongful Discharge of Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today joined his colleagues in calling on the Pentagon to conduct a full U.S. Army Inspector General investigation into recent allegations that the U.S. Army has, since 2009, wrongfully dismissed more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they returned from deployment and were diagnosed with mental health disorders. In a letter addressed to Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning,… Continue Reading


11.02.15

Peters Recognizes National Veterans Small Business Week

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement recognizing the week of November 2-6 as National Veterans Small Business Week: "America's servicemembers are leaders on the frontlines of battle and in their communities back home. The skills, motivation and training these men and women develop through their military service make them s… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Peters Offers Assistance with Applications for SBA Disaster Recovery Loans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today encouraged small businesses across Michigan that have been affected by excessive rain and cooler than normal temperatures that began on April 1, 2014 to contact his office if they need help applying for a disaster assistance loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Currently, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans program is available to eligible Michigan farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial los… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Peters, Stabenow Call for Extension of Perkins Student Loan Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to take up and pass a one-year, no-cost extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on October 1st. The Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help students with exceptional financial need pay for their education. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-year extensio… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation Strengthening U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act, bipartisan legislation that will strengthen American military cooperation with Jordan. Along with Israel, Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and is currently taking part in airstrikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria as a member of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. "As ISIS continues to sow instability in the Middle East and pose a serious thr… Continue Reading


10.26.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Employment Opportunities for Former Prisoners

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve employment opportunities for former prisoners reentering the workforce and help prevent repeated incarcerations. The FAIR Chance Act would bring the Ban the Box initiative to federal government positions and prohibit federal employers and federal contractors from asking applicants about criminal history information until they reach the conditional offer stage of the hiring pro… Continue Reading


10.24.15

Peters Statement on Return of 127th Wing to Selfridge After Supporting Mission to Combat ISIS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the safe return of approximately 500 Airmen from the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to eliminate ISIS: "I join the entire state of Michigan in welcoming home the brave men and women of the 127th Wing and thank them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation. Our National Guard… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for Immediate Action to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged the Obama Administration to take action to stop Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin. In a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators Peters and Stabenow called for funding to develop and implement measures that directly prevent Asian Carp from entering Michigan's waterways. Last week, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that small Asian Carp may… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Peters Statement Condemning Recent Attacks in Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters on the recent violence taking place in Israel: "The violence in Israel over the past weeks is absolutely terrifying, and the United States and the world community cannot stand by as the people of the State of Israel are subjected to these horrific attacks. Palestinian leaders, especially President Abbas, have a moral responsibility to speak out against these brutal attacks. My condolences go out to the victims and their famili… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Peters Applauds Efforts to Invest in Innovation to Drive Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement applauding the Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation that prioritizes investments in research and development, advanced vehicle technology and other innovations to spur economic growth: "I am pleased to see that the Obama Administration is continuing to focus on economic growth by outlining efforts to invest in the research and development priorities that are the building blocks of a strong e… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Peters, Gardner Continue Efforts to Strengthen American R&D Policy, Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and leaders of the innovation and competiveness working group established by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), today offered an update on input they received as part of bipartisan efforts to gather input from the U.S. science and research community and other interested parties on federal research and development (R&D) policy priorities… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Peters Tours Kalamazoo’s River’s Edge District

KALAMAZOO, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Kalamazoo's River's Edge District today to observe revitalization efforts to attract local business development, district development and residents to the area. While there, Peters highlighted the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, legislation he has introduced to support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance recreation … Continue Reading


10.16.15

Peters Statement on EPA Formation of the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force

DETROIT, MI - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that they are forming the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force, which will include science and technical experts from the EPA as well as officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the City of Flint: "All Michiganders deserve access to safe and clean drinking water, and the increased lead levels found in the Flint water s… Continue Reading


10.15.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Increasing Veterans’ Disability Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is cosponsoring the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the amounts paid for veterans' disability compensation and other benefits by implementing the same cost-of-living adjustment that recipients of Social Security receive. Michigan is home to more than 650,000 veterans. "Many veterans who have served our nation in unif… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Peters Leads Letter Urging Departments of State and Homeland Security to Improve U.S. Capability to Accept, Accommodate Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has joined his colleagues Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ) in leading a letter to the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS), urging both departments to take immediate action to address the burdensome processes that unnecessarily delay refugee processing in the country. In the letter, Peters and his colleagues commended the Administration's plan to increase the number of refugees br… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Peters Tours Bay City Riverfront

BAY CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Bay City's riverfront today to see firsthand efforts to attract business development to the area. While there, Peters highlighted the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, legislation he introduced to support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance recreation and tourism. Annette Rummel, President/CEO of the Bay Regional Conve… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Peters, Duggan Urge IRS to Halt Plan to Move Office from Detroit to Memphis

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced they met with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to urge the IRS to reconsider their plan to relocate 80 jobs from Detroit to Memphis. The IRS Detroit location is a Correspondence Production Services office used mainly for printing and mailing correspondence to taxpayers, which requires large printing equipment and loading docks. The IRS proposed moving the office to Memphis after the … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Peters Remanufacturing Bill Signed into Law by President

WASHINGTON, DC -President Obama has signed into law legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, which requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts in federal vehicle repairs when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance and does not compromise safety. "Maintaining the federal vehicle fleet is a nearly $1 billion annual expense, and promoting the use of remanufactured parts for repairs helps cut costs … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Peters Joins Senate Small Brewers Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, announced today that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus to promote the growth of small craft breweries, a growing industry in Michigan that has a significant impact on the state's economy. "Michigan is home to some of the finest craft beverages in the country, and the craft brewing industry continues to grow across our state, creating jobs and boosting our economy," said Senato… Continue Reading

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