Press Releases

03.11.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Over $3 Million Award to Michigan Community Health Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today applauded an over $3 million award to 10 Michigan Community Health Centers. The funding, which will be used to improve and expand access to substance abuse services, comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was made available by the Affordable Care Act. "Michigan's Community Health Centers provide critical support and treatment to patients struggling with substance and opioid ab… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Peters, Perdue Introduce Legislation to Enhance Cybersecurity Coordination

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to promote better coordination of cybersecurity efforts between Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments. The State and Local Cyber Protection Act will enhance ongoing collaboration efforts between the DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), which shares information regarding cybersecurity vulnerabi… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Peters Pipeline Safety Provisions Pass the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, and improve pipeline safety and oversight. The legislation, entitled the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, included several pipe… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Peters Statement on HHS Dept. Announcement of Expanded Medicaid Eligibility in Flint

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following an announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that they have approved the State of Michigan's waiver request to expand additional Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and residents impacted by the Flint water crisis up to age 21: "One of the most effective ways to help minimize the long-term impacts of lead exposure is quality, accessible health care. I am pleased tha… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Peters Pipeline Safety Provisions Pass the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, and improve pipeline safety and oversight. The legislation, entitled the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, includes several pipe… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Peters, Moran Introduce Legislation to Support Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today announced they are introducing the Higher Education UAS Modernization Act, legislation that would support the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, by higher education institutions for research and educational purposes and workforce development. Under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, colleges and universities are treated the same as commercial drone use… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge State Department to Reopen Public Comment Period on 98-Year-Old Pipeline Permit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to reopen the public comment period to allow Michiganders to voice their opinions about a new permit for the 98-year-old twin pipelines that could potentially carry crude oil under the St. Clair River. "After experiencing one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history, Michiganders are all too familiar with the devastating consequences that a pipeline break can have o… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce New Legislation to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, yesterday introduced the Hallways to Health Act (S.2590) to help school-based health centers improve health care services for children. In Michigan, there are more than 120 school-based health centers that play a major role in providing basic health services for thousands of students who have limited access to medical care outside of school. Ty… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Peters Statement on Small Business Administration Assistance to Flint Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement applauding an announcement from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that they will be providing additional resources to support Flint businesses affected by the water crisis. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet was in Flint today to make the announcement. "Many small businesses in Flint are facing a loss in revenue, and it is crit… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Peters Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help More Foster Children Find Homes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he joined his colleagues Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Al Franken (D-MN) in introducing bipartisan legislation to streamline the process for placing children in foster homes or adoptive families across state lines. The Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act would provide resources for states to adapt a standardized electronic centralized interstate system, known as the… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Improve Student Health

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Jon Tester (MT) and Jack Reed (RI) introduced legislation to hire more school nurses and improve student health. The NURSE Act will allow schools or state agencies to apply for federal grants to reduce the cost of hiring a nurse. School districts will be eligible to apply for the additional resources based on the number of their students who qualify for free or reduced price school meals - an across-the-board indic… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Peters Introduces Legislation to Support Michigan Air National Guard Operations in Battle Creek

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is introducing legislation with Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), to help the Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Attack Wing maintain its operations in Battle Creek. "The mission of 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek is key to defending America and our allies against evolving and emerging threats to our security," said Senator Peters. "The Michigan Air National Guard's presence continues a proud tr… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Peters, Stabenow, Benishek Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Great Lakes Funding, Modernize Research Capabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Reps. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-1) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the clear legislative authority it needs to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery indust… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Sens. Peters & Cassidy and Reps. Polis & Reed Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Make College More Affordable & Accessible

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are introducing new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would expand access to dual and concurrent enrollment pr… Continue Reading


02.19.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Announce Hard-Fought Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury will begin distributing new Hardest Hit Funds to Michigan in the coming months. Michigan will receive $74.49 million immediately from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and is eligible to receive up to an additional $249 million this April to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods across the state. Th… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Peters Tours Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, Discusses Support for Short Line Rail

ESCANABA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, where he saw firsthand the work being done in their facility to refurbish old railroad cars for a new purpose on the fleet. Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, also discussed his support for the Short Line Tax Credit, which encourages greater investment in short line rail infrastructure. Michigan is home to 21 short line railroads that operate 2,861 miles of tr… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Peters, Stabenow & Kildee Applaud Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration, Office Hours for Flint Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) applauded the Small Business Administration's (SBA) quick approval of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Genesee County and the City of Flint to provide loans for eligible businesses that have been adversely affected by the Flint water crisis. Last month the members sent a letter urging Governor Snyder to request SBA assistance for struggling Flint businesses. SBA also a… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Sen. Peters Floor Remarks on Need for Bipartisan Action to Address Flint Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor today on the need for bipartisan action to help the City of Flint recover from the water crisis. Below is a transcript of his remarks. "Mr. President, "I rise today to urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to oppose the upcoming cloture vote on the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "This is not because I think this is a bad bill - in fact, I think this bill is the result of months of hard work on both sides of the … Continue Reading


02.03.16

Peters, Stabenow and Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Treasury to Protect Pensions for Thousands of Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, along with a bipartisan group of 23 Senators, sent a letter urging the U.S. Treasury Department to prevent the Board of Trustees of the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan (Central States Plan) from enacting drastic cuts to hard-earned employee pensions for thousands of retirees. The Treasury Department is required to review the proposed cuts by the Central States Plan and has authority to approve, deny or m… Continue Reading


02.03.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Home Health Care Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has cosponsored the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand access to home health care for Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation would amend Medicare guidelines to allow home health services to be certified by nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician's assistants, all of which are playing increasingly critical roles in delivering health care, particularly in rural… Continue Reading

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