Press Releases

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


08.28.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $4 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Kent County will receive $3,987,379 for improvements to Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be used for reconstruction of an existing runway and to expand the existing terminal building to enable more efficient movement of passengers. “Ensuring safe and reliable air travel is critical for economi… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $123,500 for Alpena County Regional Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that Alpena County will receive $123,500 for improvements to Alpena County Regional Airport. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be used for rehabilitation of existing runways and taxiways. “Ensuring reliable air travel is critical for economic growth and job creation,” said Senator Peters. “I applaud this funding, which will help facilit… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers from Discrimination in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will be cosponsoring the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure pregnant women and new mothers can continue to work and support their families by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for their health needs and limitations. “Women in the workforce should never be forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and their paycheck,” said Senator Peters. “This legislation helps ensure that pregnant workers can … Continue Reading


08.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Fire Prevention Grant for the Michigan Public Health Institute

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Michigan Public Health Institute in Okemos to help increase public safety through fire prevention and preparedness. This $486,415 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety program. “Fire safety and prevention awareness is essential to making our communities safer places to live and work,” Senator Peters said. “I applaud this fun… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Watersmeet Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $13,856 for the Watersmeet Volunteer Fire Department in Gogebic 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 critical that first responders have the equipment and resources needed to protect themselves when responding to emergencies," said Senator Peters. "This funding will h… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Alpena Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $106,667 for the Alpena 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 critical that first responders have the equipment and resources needed to protect themselves when responding to emergencies,” Senator Peters said. “This funding will help ensure firefighters in Al… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Burton Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $62,291 for the Burton Fire Department in Genesee 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 critical that first responders have the equipment and resources needed to protect themselves when responding to emergencies," Senator Peters said. "This funding will help ensure fir… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce More than $4 Million for Taylor and Springfield Township Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced more than $4.4 million to help the Taylor Fire Department and Springfield Township Fire Department in Southeast Michigan recruit and hire more firefighters. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program. "First responders are on the frontlines protecting our communities when emergencies strike," Senator Peters said. "I applaud th… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Access to Mental Health Care within Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the bipartisan Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act to improve access to mental health services for people within the criminal justice system in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment. The legislation increases resources for correctional facilities, law enforcement and courts to help address the increasing number of mental health and substance abuse issues they encounter. "Our criminal jus… Continue Reading


08.26.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Researching Effects of Toxic Exposure to Children and Grandchildren of Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored The Toxic Exposure Research Act, bipartisan legislation that would support research into health conditions faced by the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their military service, including Agent Orange. Michigan is home to over 650,000 veterans, including more than 50,000 Post-9/11 veterans, and approximately 240,000 from the Vietnam War - more than any other era… Continue Reading


08.25.15

Peters Introduces Legislation to Help Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he joined 12 of his colleagues to introduce a bill to reauthorize and fund the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for six years, permanently reauthorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Peters joined Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (… Continue Reading


08.24.15

Peters Joins Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined the Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, a bipartisan caucus that aims to investigate and better understand how to best serve the 21st century veteran, specifically those that served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, which includes historically large numbers of women, National Guardsmen and Reservists The caucus will raise awareness on important issues facing new veterans such as e… Continue Reading


08.21.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $765,000 for Detroit River and Rouge River Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan’s U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both members of the Great Lakes Task Force, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $765,605 to fund habitat restoration projects for the Detroit River and Rouge River Areas of Concern (AOC). “Michigan’s economic strength depends on the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, including our multi-billion dollar fishing, boating and outdoor recreation industries,” said Sen… Continue Reading


08.21.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Closing Tax Loopholes for Large Oil Companies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, which repeals tax subsidies for the “Big 5” oil companies and raises $22 billion in savings towards deficit reduction over 10 years. The nation's five largest oil companies - BP, Exxon, Shell, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips - took home nearly $1 trillion in profits over the past decade, including $90 billion in 2014, with only a small percentage of those earnings going toward … Continue Reading


08.21.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $140,000 for Firefighters in Allen Township

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Allen Township Fire Department will receive $139,224 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program to support local operations and safety improvements. Grant projects will help fund training programs, update equipment and facilities and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. “When they enter emergency situatio… Continue Reading


08.21.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $18,000 for Firefighters in Oceana County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Walkerville Area Fire & Rescue will receive $17,953 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program to support local operations and safety improvements. Grant projects will help fund training programs, update equipment and facilities and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. “When they enter emergency sit… Continue Reading

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