Press Releases

08.23.18

Senate Passes Peters, Stabenow Resolution Honoring Aretha Franklin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced Senate passage of a resolution they introduced celebrating the life and legacy of singer Aretha Franklin. Franklin moved to Detroit as a young girl and began her singing career at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. Peters and Stabenow were joined by a bipartisan group of 36 cosponsors. "Aretha Franklin broke barriers with her once in a generation singing voice, but also her fierce advocacy for civil rights and wom… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Peters Announces Subcommittee Hearing on PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management will hold a hearing on Wednesday September 26th at 2:30pm entitled "The Federal Role in the Toxic PFAS Chemical Crisis." Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used for decades in firefighting foams and other industrial applications at military bases, airports and manufacturing facilities. PFAS are linked to health problems including certain … Continue Reading


08.21.18

In the News: Peters Presses for Answers on Line 5 at Field Hearing in Traverse City

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, convened a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City yesterday to discuss federal oil spill prevention efforts, preparedness and response capability in the event of an oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5, the 65-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac, has been the subject of multiple safety concerns, incl… Continue Reading


08.20.18

Peters Opening Remarks at Field Hearing on Line 5 & Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, today convened a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City on Line 5 and the importance of protecting the Great Lakes for future generations. You can watch Senator Peters' opening remarks on his Facebook page, and below is the text of his opening remarks as prepared for delivery: "Thank you to the Dennos Museum for… Continue Reading


08.16.18

Peters, Stabenow Urge President Trump to Approve Individual Assistance Appeal to Help Families Affected by Severe Flooding in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today urged President Trump to approve Governor Snyder's appeal of Individual Assistance for families affected by the severe flash flooding that occurred in Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. FEMA denied the State of Michigan's request for Individual Assistance last week. The Governor's appeal indicates that only 18 individuals and businesses have active flood insurance and without federal assistance, the major… Continue Reading


08.15.18

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $500,000 in Support for the Bedford Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Bedford Township Fire Department will receive $536,071 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program to hire four firefighters for a three year period. This funding will support the hiring and retention of firefighters and volunteer firefighters and allow the Bedford Township Fire Department to increase their advanced life support service at all hou… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Peters to Hold Commerce Committee Field Hearing on Line 5 & Protecting the Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) will convene a field hearing titled "Pipeline Safety in the Great Lakes: Incident Prevention and Response Efforts at the Straits of Mackinac" at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 20th in Traverse City, Michigan. The hearing will focus on enhancing federal oil spill prevention efforts, preparedness and response capability in the event of an oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5, the 65-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac, h… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Peters to Hold Community Meeting in Traverse City

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters will hold a community meeting in Traverse City on Saturday, August 18th to provide an additional opportunity to hear from constituents. The meeting is open to the public, and staff from Senator Peters' office will be available to meet with constituents who need help dealing with federal programs and agencies such as Medicare, Social Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the IRS. This is Peters' fifth community meeting this summer. He rece… Continue Reading


08.10.18

Day 5 #RideMI: Peters Views Pere Marquette River Restoration & Promotes Short Line Railroad Investments

LUDINGTON, MI - On the fifth and final day of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters stopped in Baldwin to observe restoration efforts along the Pere Marquette River. Peters, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, discussed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which provides federal funding to leverage the efforts of local groups to clean and preserve local waterways. "One of the many great aspects of the GLRI is the ability for local organizations to turn feder… Continue Reading


08.09.18

Day 4 #RideMI: Peters Rides Restored Harley, Discusses Employee Owned Businesses & Promotes Innovative Timber Use

McBain, MI - On Day Four of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited Hagerty in Traverse City, where he had the opportunity to ride a restored 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster. Hagerty provides insurance and financial products to owners of classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. Last year, Peters introduced the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, which would require the Department of Interior to establish a register within the Library of Congress to preserve examples… Continue Reading


08.09.18

Peters Statement on FEMA’s Denial of Individual Assistance for June Flooding

MCBAIN, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) denial of individual assistance in Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee Counties following June flooding. FEMA previously declared these areas eligible to receive assistance through the Public Assistance Program: "While swiftly repairing the roads is vital to the health of the community, the families whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed also need help to r… Continue Reading


08.08.18

Day 3 #RideMI: Peters Visits U of M BioStation in Cheboygan County & Michigan Scientific in Charlevoix County

CHARLEVOIX, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters began Day Three of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour with a visit to the University of Michigan's Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston to view their cutting-edge environmental research on issues like climate change, endangered species, and river and wetland restoration. "Michiganders are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of natural resources, diverse ecosystems, and fascinating wildlife, and I appreciate UMBS's critical research efforts that help pr… Continue Reading


08.07.18

Day 2 #RideMI: Peters Visits Oscoda County Auto Supplier, Receives Forestry Briefing in Montmorency County

PELLSTON, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters began Day Two of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour with a visit to Cooper Standard in Fairview. Cooper Standard manufactures automotive systems and components, and Peters applauded their efforts to help veterans obtain specialized training opportunities after their military service. "Manufacturing is part of Michigan's past, present and plays a critical role in shaping our state's future," said Senator Peters. "Michigan needs a 21st century workforce to keep ou… Continue Reading


08.06.18

Day 1 #RideMI Motorcycle Tour: Peters Tours Local Farms & Rides with Michigan Motorcyclists

West Branch, MI -U.S. Senator Gary Peters kicked off Day One of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour with a visit to Star of the West Milling Company in Richville, where he held a roundtable discussion with local farmers. Senator Peters worked with his colleagues to include a provision in last March's government spending bill to level the playing field for farmers to sell their products to both cooperative and non-cooperative businesses. "Having the opportunity to hear from Michigan farmers about what t… Continue Reading


08.03.18

Peters, Stabenow Responded to Federal Disaster Declaration Following Severe Flooding in the Upper Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today responded to the approval for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee Counties. In July, the lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump urging the declaration for the affected areas be made. The damage from the flooding in the three counties is estimated at more than $42 million in covered damage to public facilities. With this declaration, assis… Continue Reading


08.03.18

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $4 Million for the Bishop International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Bishop International Airport will receive $4,012,542 to rehabilitate the taxiway. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program. "Bishop International Airport plays a critical role in connecting Michiganders with business and travel opportunities around the world," said Senator Peters. "By using this funding to i… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Peters Speaks on Need to Increase Veterans’ Burial Benefits at Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing this week in support of bipartisan legislation he introduced to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans. The Burial Rights for America's Veterans' Efforts (BRAVE) Act updates the current benefit system to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran pass… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Peters Statement on Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Standards Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement on fuel economy standards: "We need one strong, national fuel economy standard based on solid science and data to continue driving our economic competitiveness, protect our environment and public health, and help address climate change. The Administration's preferred option moves us in the wrong direction - cr… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Peters Highlights Measures to Protect Michigan’s Environment, Public Health in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today applauded passage of government funding legislation that will help protect clean air and water in Michigan. The bill includes provisions to support lead abatement programs in housing, prevent lead exposure through drinking water, and provide resources to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the premier tool to clean up the Great Lakes. "Whether it's exposure through drinking water, air or soil, we know there are no safe levels of lead,… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Peters Provisions Supporting Michigan Military Operations, Manufacturing & Research to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the U.S. Senate passed major defense legislation that includes provisions authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to support Michigan's growing defense industry and bolster America's military readiness. The final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets Department of Defense (DoD) policy for Fiscal Year 2019, now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. Peters is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.… Continue Reading

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