Press Releases

11.10.16

Stabenow, Peters, and Upton Announce Legislation to Honor Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) today announced legislation to make James C. McCloughan eligible for our nation's highest military honor - the Medal of Honor - for his acts of heroism and valor during the Vietnam War. Then-Private First Class McCloughan, a native and current resident of South Haven, served as a medic and saved the lives of 10 members of his platoon who were wounded during the Battle of N… Continue Reading


11.02.16

Peters Highlights Legislation to Cut Taxes for Craft Brewers at Short’s Brewing Co. Production Facility

ELK RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee and the Small Brewers Caucus, today toured Short's Brewing Company's production facility, where he discussed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to reduce excise taxes for small craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Michigan has the sixth-highest number of craft breweries in the country with more than 150 breweries across the state. Michigan's beer industry supports more than 7,000 jobs and co… Continue Reading


11.01.16

Peters, Stabenow & Colleagues Urge Department of Defense to Restore National Guard Bonuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) joined 28 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to restore bonuses and benefits incorrectly awarded to National Guard soldiers in California through no fault of their own. The Department of Defense has sought to recoup the wrongly awarded benefits after an audit found that due to faulty paperwork, mistakes by recruiters, and … Continue Reading


10.26.16

Sen. Peters Honors Military Servicemembers & Families On ‘Day of the Deployed’

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement recognizing "Day of the Deployed," which encourages Americans to pay tribute to the nation's deployed servicemembers and their families. "America's men and women in uniform serve our country with courage and honor both at home and abroad, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. Whether it's our active d… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Sen. Peters Statement on NHTSA Cybersecurity Best Practices for Connected and Automated Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposed cybersecurity best practices for automated and connected vehicles: "Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to completely change the way we get around in the future, reduce accidents and save t… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Sen. Peters’ Remarks on Michigan’s Role in the Future of Mobility

TROY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke at Automation Alley today to discuss the future of mobility and Michigan's role in the transformation. Peters is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where he is the Senate's biggest champion for connected and automated vehicles. He is also the co-founder of the bipartisan Smart Transportation Caucus, which encourages policies that support emerging advanced vehicle technologies. Automation Alley is a technology business … Continue Reading


10.21.16

Peters Presents Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

WARREN, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters presented nearly 100 Vietnam veterans from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the U.S Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command's (TACOM) Detroit Arsenal, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any other era, and it is my honor and privilege to … Continue Reading


10.20.16

Peters, Great Lakes Senators Urge DOT to Help Implement Maritime Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (WI), Robert Casey (PA), Joe Donnelly (IN), Richard Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Mark Kirk (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging DOT to take a leadership role in the implementation of a first-ever regional strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system (MTS). The strategy was developed by the C… Continue Reading


10.18.16

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Support for Flint Mental Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded a $4,862,995 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide mental health and substance use disorder services for Flint residents. The Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma grant provides funding for communities with children and families who are exposed to trauma through natural or man-made disasters. "… Continue Reading


10.17.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Prevent Unexpected Costs for Seniors’ Nursing Home Care

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that will ensure Medicare coverage for skilled nursing care and prevent seniors from incurring large, unexpected medical costs. Currently, a Medicare beneficiary must have an "inpatient" hospital stay of at least three days in order for Medicare to pay for post-hospitalization skilled nursing care. Patients that receive hospital care on "observation status" are left to pay for skilled nur… Continue Reading


10.14.16

Peters, Stabenow & Colleagues Seek Information on NSF’s Great Lakes Research Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Sherrod Brown (OH), sent a letter to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seek information on the agency's Great Lakes research and education activities in light of a recent report guiding NSF's research priorities. As the world's largest system of freshwater lakes, it is imperative that the Great Lakes are an integral part of NSF's ocean science research ag… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Veterans’ Crisis Hotline

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), a 24-hour, toll-free hotline that veterans across the country can call to speak to a responder trained in crisis management. The No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a plan to improve the Veterans Crisis Line and ensure every call, text message and email to the cri… Continue Reading


10.12.16

President Obama Signs Peters, Upton Legislation into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph,, applauded the recent signing into law of their bipartisan, bicameral legislation, H.R. 5944. This important legislation updates and modernizes the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. "The missions of the 110th Attack Wing are reshaping America's fighting forces for the future, and the… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $480,000 to Support Flint Schools Following Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the announcement of a $480,000 grant to Flint Community Schools from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The funding comes from the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. This assistance will help Flint Community Schools hire staff and improve stable learning environments for students, who have been affected by lead-contaminated water. "The water cri… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Peters Tours Futuramic for Michigan Manufacturing Day

DETROIT, MI - For Michigan Manufacturing Day, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company in Detroit with students from Davis Aerospace Technical High School and A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School to discuss career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Futuramic manufactures parts for NASA's Orion and Space Launch System missions, which will carry some of the first humans to Mars. Michigan Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 7th, is a national e… Continue Reading


10.06.16

Peters, McCaskill Urge FCC to Conduct Thorough and Transparent Interference Testing in 5.9 GHz Band

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the FCC to move forward with plans to test potential sharing and possible interference between short range communications used in advanced vehicle technologies and unlicensed Wi-Fi devices on the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. "Transparent, thorough, and expeditious … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Peters Tours Wolverine Coil Spring for Michigan Manufacturing Week

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As part of Michigan Manufacturing Week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Wolverine Coil Spring Company in Grand Rapids and met with students from Innovation Central High School to discuss career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Michigan Manufacturing Week, which takes place October 3-7, is part of a national effort to celebrate American manufacturing and inspire future generations to pursue jobs in manufacturing. "Manufacturing is in our state's DNA. From the e… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Peters, Upton Applaud Senate Passage of RPA Operation Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 5944. This bipartisan legislation would update and modernize the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "The men and women of the 110th Attack Wing are a proud part of Michigan's strong m… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Help Veterans Harmed by For-Profit School Closings

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would provide relief for veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits are affected by the permanent closure of for-profit schools. The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act would reinstate GI Bill entitlement for veterans who lose college credits due to permanent closure of the educational institution. Recently, the Department of Vetera… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Sen. Peters Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the passing of Israeli leader Shimon Peres: "Israel has lost a great leader with the passing of Shimon Peres, and the United States has lost a great friend. Shimon Peres helped to found the Jewish State that he would lead as both its prime minister and its president, and he was tireless in his efforts to build both the State of Israel and lasting peace with its neighbors. I am saddened by his passing, but hono… Continue Reading

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