Press Releases

09.14.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce over $700,000 for Sawyer International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Marquette County will receive $702,900 for improvements at Sawyer International Airport near Marquette, including the installation of runway fencing and runway rehabilitation. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Travelers to and from the Upper Peninsula count on Sawyer International Airport for safe and reliable transportation," said Senator Pete… Continue Reading


09.14.15

Peters Tours Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured Long Road Distillers, where he discussed bipartisan legislation he introduced to lower excise taxes for small craft distilleries. The Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act, which Peters introduced in May with Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would lower the federal excise tax from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 100,000 gallons produced per year. Michigan has the third highest numbe… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Investment in Charlevoix Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $86,400 grant for Charlevoix Municipal Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will help the airport rehabilitate its runway lighting system and groove a portion of the runway to eliminate hydroplaning. "A safe, modern and efficient transportation system is key to expanding economic growth and creating new jobs in Michigan," said Senator Peters. "This funding for the Charlevoix Airport will he… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Williamston Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $76,762 for the Williamston Fire Department in Ingham County to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program. "It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency, and this funding will help ensure that firefighters in Willia… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Royal Oak and Hamtramck Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Royal Oak Fire Department for fire prevention and the Hamtramck Fire Department to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program. "It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency," Senator Peters said. "Thi… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Petoskey Department of Public Safety

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $133,049 for the Petoskey Department of Public Safety's fire service to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program. "It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency, and this funding will help ensure that firefighters i… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Springfield Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $78,204 for the Springfield Fire Department in Calhoun County to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program. "It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency, and this funding will help ensure that firefighters in Sprin… Continue Reading


09.09.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Seniors Receiving Preventive Cancer Screenings from Unfair Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced today that he will be cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to ensure colorectal cancer screenings remain cost-free under Medicare. While the Affordable Care Act waives the coinsurance and deductible for many cancer screening tests, the removal of any polyp while the patient is under anesthesia reclassifies this lifesaving, preventive action as a therapeutic procedure, leaving patients with an unexpected, burdensome bill under current Medicare bi… Continue Reading


09.08.15

Peters Statement on the Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today issued the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: "The threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions has been an issue facing the United States and the international community for almost two decades, and it has been an especially critical concern throughout my entire career in the United States Congress. During my first term in the House of Representatives, Congress passed robust sanctions in order to isolat… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce More than $2 Million to Continue Cleanup of Manistique River

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will receive $2,124,028 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help continue the cleanup of contaminated sediment from industrial waste in the Manistique River. This support will help MDEQ develop and implement measures to remediate poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination in the watershed. "Michigan is blessed with an abundance in natur… Continue Reading


09.03.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Northern Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced more than $99,000 in assistance for the Otsego County Fire Department and the Lake City Area Fire Department to fund professional training, upgrades to facilities, protective equipment and other supplies to improve operations and safety. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on th… Continue Reading


09.03.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance to Improve West Michigan Fire Safety

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced more than $1.5 million in assistance to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, the Charter Township of Kalamazoo Fire Department and the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to help improve fire safety in West Michigan. “Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to protect our communities in dangerous situations, and we must ensure they have the training and equipment to do their jobs safely … Continue Reading


09.03.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Flint and Bay Region Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced more than $278,000 in assistance for the Bridgeport Charter Township Fire Department and Homer Township Fire Department to fund professional training, upgrades to facilities, protective equipment and other supplies to improve operations and safety. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Bridgeport Charter Township Fire Department i… Continue Reading


09.03.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Charter Township of Lansing Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $28,191 in funding for the Charter Township of Lansing Fire Department to fund professional training, upgrades to facilities, protective equipment and other supplies to improve operations and safety. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. “Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to protect our communities in… Continue Reading


09.03.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Brighton Area Fire Authority, the Milan Area Fire Department, the Superior Township Fire Department, the Dearborn Heights Fire Department and Center Line Public Safety were awarded assistance to improve operations and safety and support regional projects to improve emergency response services. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. … Continue Reading


09.02.15

Peters Calls For More Transparency in Political Spending by Public Companies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White urging her to bring more transparency to political campaign spending by requiring public companies to disclose their political expenditures to their stakeholders. "The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC allowed unlimited and unchecked corporate spending on campaign ads and various other political… Continue Reading


09.02.15

Peters Joins Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, which promotes policies that raise awareness of trafficking, remove demand, support prosecution efforts and ensure services and support are available to survivors of trafficking. "Human trafficking is a horrific crime that occurs in too many communities in Michigan and around the world, and we must focus on the best policies to help protect and support victims… Continue Reading


09.01.15

Peters, Murphy to Travel to Middle East to Discuss Anti-ISIS Operations & Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (CT), Ranking Member of the U.S Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, will travel to the Middle East to meet with officials in Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Peters and Murphy will hold meetings to discuss ongoing anti-ISIS military operations in Iraq and Syri… Continue Reading


09.01.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce More than $4 Million for Bishop International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $4,387,392 grant for Bishop International Airport in Genesee County from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, replace and install new runway lighting, and remove trees that could obstruct several runways. "Many travelers rely on Bishop International Airport for travel to and from the Flint and Bay Region," said Senator Peters. "This funding will improve airp… Continue Reading


08.31.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Health Care Access for Women Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, a bipartisan bill to improve Veterans Administration (VA) health care services to better meet the unique needs of women veterans. According to the VA, as of January 2015 there are more than 46,000 women veterans in Michigan, and nearly 2.3 million women veterans nationwide. "Every veteran has earned access to the best care, and we must ensure that VA facilities a… Continue Reading

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