Press Releases


Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Curb Improper Federal Payments to the Deceased

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined his colleagues in introducing the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, bipartisan legislation that would help save millions of federal taxpayer dollars by curbing erroneous payments to deceased individuals. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains the most complete federal database of individuals who are reported to have died, only a small number of federal agencies have access to this offi… Continue Reading


Peters Addresses Dysfunctional Budget Process at Federal Spending Oversight Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, participated in a hearing on the impact of governing through stop-gap funding measures and shutdown crises. Below is the text of his opening statement as prepared for delivery and video of his remarks: Watch the Video "I'd like to extend a sincere thank you to Chairman Paul for providing a forum to engage on this topic today in a collaborative, bipartisan ma… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Joe Knollenberg

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) issued the following statement about former Congressman Joe Knollenberg: "Throughout his sixteen years of service in Congress, Joe worked tirelessly to represent the people of Southeast Michigan. He cared deeply about his country and his state, and he remained active in his community even after his service in Congress ended. Joe was a true statesman and a well-respected gentleman-exactly the kind of person you want to see in public service. My thou… Continue Reading


Peters Joins Bipartisan Push for Community Health Centers Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Peters and 66 of his Senate colleagues expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. "Co… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Push for Rural Broadband Investments in Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined their colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to include robust funding for high-speed internet in rural and underserved areas as part of any comprehensive infrastructure proposal. "In an increasingly interconnected world and global economy, we must include in our discussion of infrastructure not just roads, bridges and waterways, but also high-speed internet access. While the vast majority of Americans ha… Continue Reading


Peters Statement Recognizing Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) issued the following statement honoring Black History Month: "This February, as we commemorate Black History Month, we honor the countless ways that African Americans have shaped the story of Michigan and our remarkable nation. Through vibrant leadership and unique contributions, in areas from public service to the arts and sciences to innovation and entrepreneurship, African Americans have enriched our communities and our shared American story. "… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after President Trump delivered his State of the Union address: "At a time when America is deeply divided, it is more important than ever that Members of Congress from both parties come together to tackle the big challenges facing our nation. I hope President Trump will make good on his commitment tonight to work with both Democrats and Republicans to pass bipartisan legislation that will rebuild our crumbling infrast… Continue Reading


Peters to Serve as Ranking Member on Surface Transportation Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. The Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of federal agencies critical to Michigan's infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as the Great Lakes. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Saint Lawrence Seaway Dev… Continue Reading


Peters Announces 2018 State of the Union Guest

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that Mike Jackson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (MRCC), will be his guest at President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 30. As Congress and the President discuss putting forward an infrastructure plan, Peters and Jackson will highlight the need for any proposal to include existing protections for American workers, including abiding by prevailing wag… Continue Reading


Peters Floor Remarks on Need to Find Bipartisan Solutions for Long Term Spending Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today on the need for Congress to come together to find bipartisan, commonsense solutions to the nation's long-term spending goals. Below is video and text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Watch the full video "I believe that every campaign for elected office in this great nation is essentially a months-long job interview with the voters. Or perhaps more accurately, it is thousands and thousands of interviews. A… Continue Reading


Peters Calls For Investigations, Congressional Oversight in Wake of Nassar Abuse Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) issued the statement below calling for congressional hearings and investigation into sexual abuse of collegiate and amateur athletes. He also called on Michigan State University to commission an independent, outside investigation. "Yesterday, Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation to the MSU Board of Trustees. But yesterday does not mark the end of … Continue Reading


Peters Calls for Resignation of MSU President Simon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement calling on Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign in the wake of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse scandal: "We will never be able to fully account for the damage that Larry Nassar has done to his victims. In the past week, the survivors have fully awoken us to the evil he perpetrated, and now the judicial system has delivered the justice it can provide. However, it has become clear that the lead… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Statements on Trump Administration’s Tariff Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released statements on the Trump Administration's decision to impose tariffs on foreign-made washing machines. This follows calls from Stabenow and Peters for the International Trade Commission to recommend that the Trump Administration take strong action against these imports that harm domestic manufacturers. "For too long Michigan's workers have been negatively impacted by Chinese and South Korean companies… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Call to Fund Testing and Development of Self-Driving Cars in Government Spending Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today led a bipartisan call to fund the testing and development of connected and self-driving cars as part of any government spending deal that is negotiated for 2018. The Senators made their request in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), respectively. U.… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Push to Fund Critical Strategy to Protect Great Lakes Coastline in Next Year’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today led a bipartisan push to provide funding for the Great Lakes Coastline Resiliency Study, a critical strategy to protect coastlines across the state, in the fiscal year 2019 budget. Following recent hurricanes that have caused massive flooding across the country, this study would help Great Lakes states to b… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today we celebrate the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by honoring his call to take action to secure a better and brighter future for our nation. Dr. King was deeply committed to pursuing equal opportunity, but he taught us that progress comes from the hard work of everyday Americans striving to make our society better. "Over the last year, we… Continue Reading


Peters, Collins Provision Boosting Fire Departments Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump signed into law the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act that included a provision authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to help fire departments save money by hiring and promoting trained first responders. The provision gives local fire departments around the country the flexibility to use Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants to transition part-time or paid-on-call personnel who are already tra… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Mayor Tom Baldini

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement about Mayor Tom Baldini: "I was shocked and saddened to learn of Tom's death, and Colleen and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. From his time in the classroom to service in Governor Blanchard's Administration and his recent election as Mayor of Marquette, Tom Baldini has been a pillar of the Upper Peninsula for decades, and his passion for Marquette and the UP were evident in all that he did.… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Upton Lead Michigan Delegation in Letter Supporting Fort Custer as a Missile Defense Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) led the Michigan Congressional delegation in a letter to the Director of Missile Defense Agency this week to reiterate strong support for full and thorough consideration of Fort Custer Training Center as a ground-based midcourse missile defense site. The letter comes as new defense legislation was signed into law earlier this month requiring the Secretary of Defense to designate a … Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Selfridge Maintaining A-10 Mission

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today issued the following statement on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announcement that Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township will continue to host its A-10 fighter mission. The USAF decision to convert two F-16 units demonstrates a continued commitment to the A-10 aircraft and its role in the U.S. military's current conflicts. "The men and women of the 127th Wing have gone over and beyond in demonstrating their skill and utility on the bat… Continue Reading

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