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Peters Floor Remarks Calling for Bipartisan, Fiscally Responsible Tax Reform That Helps Middle Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today in opposition to the Senate Republican Tax bill that will balloon the national debt and disproportionately benefits corporations and the wealthiest Americans more than middle class families. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video "Today, we are debating legislation that will dramatically reshape the American economy. It was written - and continues to be re-written - i… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Raise Alarm over Delay in Finalizing Critical Asian Carp Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters, member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow, co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter to the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works raising alarm over the delay in finalizing the Brandon Road Study, a critical action-plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Upon news of a second extension of the comment period for a new public meeting in New Orleans, the Senators expressed se… Continue Reading


Peters Joins Congressional Delegation to Visit Troops and Engage with Military and Diplomatic Leaders in Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined a bipartisan congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq to thank U.S. servicemembers for their service and sacrifice ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The congressional delegation also met with senior military and diplomatic leaders in the region to receive updates on continued anti-terrorism efforts, including the fight against ISIS and … Continue Reading


Peters Announces Legislation to Protect Pensions for Thousands of Michigan Retirees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced new legislation that will ensure thousands of Michigan retirees can keep the pensions they have earned. The bill would give financially troubled multi-employer pension plans, such as the Central States Plan, an opportunity to get back on solid footing and ensure they can meet their obligations to current retirees and workers for decades to come, without any cuts to pension benefits. "Michiganders who worked day-in and day-out and… Continue Reading


Peters & Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Red Tape for Bio-Tech Startups

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Fostering Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory relief for many innovative startup companies in scientific and medical research fields. This industry faces additional burdens when complying with federal regulations because of the resource-intensive research and development costs associated with bringing new scientific and medical developments to consumers. "Michig… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Defense Bill with Peters Provisions to Boost Michigan Defense Industry, Military Installations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today helped pass major defense legislation with over a dozen provisions he authored supporting Michigan's growing defense industry and boosting America's military preparedness. The final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which sets Department of Defense (DoD) policy was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate th… Continue Reading


Peters Floor Remarks on Senate Republican Tax Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today to voice his opposition to the current draft of the Republican tax plan that disproportionately benefits the wealthiest Americans and creates over one trillion in new debt. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video here "Mr. President, I rise today to make a simple request of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. When it comes to the tax legislation that my colle… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Urge Support for Landline Services in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week joined 15 of his colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raising concerns about a proposed rule that could harm rural consumers by undermining existing protections for landline service. Many Michiganders in rural areas - particularly elderly residents - utilize landline services for telephone and DSL broadband internet service, alarm systems, fax machines, and medical monitoring devices. The proposed FCC rule … Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Richard Cordray’s Retirement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray: "I appreciate Richard Cordray's many years of public service and his longstanding commitment to protecting consumers and holding bad actors in the financial industry accountable for fraudulent or predatory practices. Continuing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's mission to shield consumers against abusive practices is more imp… Continue Reading


Peters Statement Honoring Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "From World War II to Korea and Vietnam to modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, generations of Michigan veterans have served our nation in uniform with honor and dedication. On Veterans Day, we honor all the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who answered the call of… Continue Reading


Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Foreign Investment Review Process, Safeguard National Security

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to authorize heightened scrutiny on the flow of sensitive U.S. technology to foreign countries that may be investing in American companies to gain a military advantage. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) would modernize and strengthen the review process by which the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approves acquisitions, mergers, … Continue Reading


Peters Urges Senate Finance Committee to Preserve Electric Vehicle Tax Credit in New Tax Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, urging the committee to preserve the Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (EV Credit) in the forthcoming Senate tax reform proposal. The EV Credit, which drives innovation and economic growth for the American automotive industry, was omitted in the House Republicans' draft tax legislation released last week. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior memb… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Raise Serious Concerns about Line 5 Pipeline Conditions and Call for Investigation into Enbridge’s Compliance with Reporting and Safety Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today raised serious concerns about the current conditions of Enbridge's Line 5 Pipeline and called for an investigation into whether Enbridge complied with reporting and safety requirements. The Senators sent letters to the CEO of Enbridge and the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) following recent news reports that Enbridge did not disclose problems in the protective coating of the Line 5 … Continue Reading


Peters Hosts Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President at U.S. Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee, hosted Chris Swartz, President of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), at a subcommittee hearing this week on how to protect Native American lands for future generations. Decades of mining and manufacturing in the Upper Peninsula have resulted in long-term pollution issues, including stamp sands: a hazardous material that is a byproduct from ore processing. Today… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce over $1.5 Million in Great Lakes Funding for Grand Traverse Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced $1,589,664 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding for three projects in Grand Traverse Bay to protect against invasive species and improve water quality. GLRI is critical to cleaning up our Great Lakes, beaches, and waterways for swimming, boating, and fishing; fighting invasive species like Asian carp; and protecting our Michigan way of life. The Nature Conservancy will receive a $550,0… Continue Reading


Peters, Capito Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment for Adolescents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced legislation that will help expand access to opioid addiction treatment for adolescents. The Youth Opioid Use Treatment Help (YOUTH) Act will renew an existing substance abuse program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and establish a demonstration program that will expand access to medication to treat adolescents suffering from opioid addiction. According to… Continue Reading


Sen. Peters Statement on Indictments in Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the indictments in the Russia investigation: "I advocated for a special counsel because America needs a full investigation into Russian interference in our elections that is impartial and free from politics. There are many unanswered questions about Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, and today's indictments further demonstrate that Robert Mueller must be able to continue this independent investigation… Continue Reading


Peters Presents Michigan WWII Veteran’s Family with Medals and Honors

GRAND RAPIDS, MI- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today presented nine medals and honors to the family of U.S. Army Private Frederick Ash. Ash bravely served in the European Theater in World War II and passed away in the 1950s. Peters helped obtain the commendations after Mr. Ash's daughter contacted his office to ensure his contributions to our nation were properly honored. Peters is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "Private Ash… Continue Reading


Peters Leads Colleagues in Urging Trump Administration to Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Overpricing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today led 11 of his colleagues, including Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing alarm over the department's decision to further delay implementation of a rule holding drug companies accountable for overcharging for prescription drugs. The final rule, which was announced in January by the Obama Administration, would give HHS greater authority to penalize pharmaceutical companies … Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Call on President to Allow Government to Negotiate Lower Prices for Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the White House finalizes its emergency declaration on opioid abuse, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) called on President Trump to follow the recommendations of his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and allow the government to negotiate lower prices for naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 and access to naloxone is critical given the … Continue Reading

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