Press Releases

08.05.15

Peters Introduces Amendments to Cybersecurity Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has introduced three amendments to the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, legislation that facilitates information sharing between the federal government and the private sector to help defend against cyber threats and prevent future attacks. Peters’ amendments encourage information sharing and collaboration with state, local and tribal governments, and promote cybersecurity awareness and education. Peters’ first … Continue Reading


08.05.15

Peters Introduces Bill to Scale-Up Investments for Small Advanced Manufacturing Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U .S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced today that he joined four of his colleagues to introduce the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company (SUMIC) Act of 2015, legislation that increases access to capital for entrepreneurs looking to scale-up and commercialize their advanced manufacturing innovations. The legislation was also introduced by Senators Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Patty Murray (WA) an… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Peters Introduces Bill Ensuring Fairness for Veterans Erroneously Discharged from Military

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has introduced a bipartisan bill with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would help veterans who may have been erroneously given an administrative discharge from the military, rather than an honorable discharge, due to behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Peters, who is a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, previo… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Peters Statement on Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted on a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood: "Planned Parenthood provides important health services to 2.7 million women, men and young people in Michigan and across the country every year - including contraceptives, prenatal care, physicals and lifesaving cancer screenings they might not otherwise be able to access. I am opposed to efforts to cut off federal funding… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.3 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $3,345,654 for the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, extend its taxiway, install taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, which is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. "Upgrading Michigan's transportation infrastructure is critical to creating jobs and expand… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Small Business Access to Capital Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help Michigan small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative that both lawmakers championed in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs that lever… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow, Shaheen Introduce Small Business Access to Capital Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative created in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which has made over $1 billion available to help small businesses across the country access capital. For yea… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate Passes Peters Provision to Promote Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology in Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced to promote the development and use of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, which was included as a provision in the six-year highway bill passed by the Senate today. Peters introduced the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 in June, along with Republican Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). “As we… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) advanced in the Senate today when it was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA) promotes investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce our nation’s dep… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Over $2 Million for Saginaw Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded $2,017,145 in assistance for the Saginaw Fire Department to support the recruitment and retention of firefighters. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. “An emergency situation can arise at any time, and we must ensure that we have enough first responders on the job to protect our communities,” said Senator Peters. “Th… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Washington Township Fire Department, Westland Fire Department and Inkster Fire Department will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The Washington Township Fire Department will receive $140,394 from the AFG Program to help fund training programs, update equipm… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Small Business Lending

Bill Would Improve Participation in Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced he has cosponsored legislation to increase participation in the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Microloan Program by giving microloan intermediaries greater flexibility in providing loans and assistance to borrowers. The Microloan Modernization Act of 2015 passed th… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.4 Million for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The partnership is comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies. The Commission will receive $3,482,549 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Habitat restoration is critical to making sure the world's largest freshwater system is healthy and able to … Continue Reading


07.28.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce $2.5 Million for Michigan Coastal Management Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced support for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes to protect, restore and develop coastal ecosystems and communities. The Michigan Coastal Management Program, housed in the Office of the Great Lakes, will receive more than $2,516,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Tourism driven by the Great Lakes support jobs and economic growth across Mich… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Seniors in St. Clair Shores

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the City of St. Clair Shores to renovate and expand its Senior Activity Center, which offers programs and activities to people 50 and over. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to expand the fitness center by approximately 2,000 square feet and renovate the kitchen space to include a small coffee shop, among other improvements. This $1,760,000 loan will also be use… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Peters Addresses Blue Water Area Chamber Breakfast

Peters Discusses Priorities in U.S. Senate and Highlights Importance of Blue Water Bride Expansion PORT HURON, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today addressed a breakfast hosted by the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed his top priorities in the U.S. Senate, including supporting small businesses, promoting job creation and securing funding for an expanded customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge. Peters, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Comm… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Peters Bill to Increase Small Business Lending Unanimously Passes the Senate

Legislation Ensures Small Business Administration’s Main Lending Program Can Meet Increasing Demand for FY2015 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced that the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill he introduced to ensure the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s flagship lending program, the 7(a) loan program, can continue to meet increasing demand. In recent years, there has been an increase in… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Peters Backs Bill to Upgrade Record of Servicemembers Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation

Legislation Would Help Recognize Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers for Honorable Military Service WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, bicameral legislation that will help servicemembers who were discharged solely because of their sexual orientation upgrade their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Kirsten G… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Oronoko Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $29,406 for the Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Fire Department in Berrien County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. “Our first responders work hard to protect our communities, and we need to ensure they have the right tools and training to do the job safely,” Senator Peters said. “This assistance will help the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fir… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Peters Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Protect Northern Border

Bill Would Require Examination of Threats & Security Needs at 5,500 Mile Long Northern Border to Improve Resources, Make it Stronger, Safer WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, today announced that he joined his colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Northern Border Security Review Act to require a comprehensive examination of how to strengthen American security at the Northern Border, which … Continue Reading

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