Press Releases

10.26.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Employment Opportunities for Former Prisoners

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve employment opportunities for former prisoners reentering the workforce and help prevent repeated incarcerations. The FAIR Chance Act would bring the Ban the Box initiative to federal government positions and prohibit federal employers and federal contractors from asking applicants about criminal history information until they reach the conditional offer stage of the hiring pro… Continue Reading


10.24.15

Peters Statement on Return of 127th Wing to Selfridge After Supporting Mission to Combat ISIS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the safe return of approximately 500 Airmen from the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to eliminate ISIS: "I join the entire state of Michigan in welcoming home the brave men and women of the 127th Wing and thank them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation. Our National Guard… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for Immediate Action to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged the Obama Administration to take action to stop Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin. In a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators Peters and Stabenow called for funding to develop and implement measures that directly prevent Asian Carp from entering Michigan's waterways. Last week, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that small Asian Carp may… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Peters Statement Condemning Recent Attacks in Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters on the recent violence taking place in Israel: "The violence in Israel over the past weeks is absolutely terrifying, and the United States and the world community cannot stand by as the people of the State of Israel are subjected to these horrific attacks. Palestinian leaders, especially President Abbas, have a moral responsibility to speak out against these brutal attacks. My condolences go out to the victims and their famili… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Peters Applauds Efforts to Invest in Innovation to Drive Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement applauding the Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation that prioritizes investments in research and development, advanced vehicle technology and other innovations to spur economic growth: "I am pleased to see that the Obama Administration is continuing to focus on economic growth by outlining efforts to invest in the research and development priorities that are the building blocks of a strong e… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Peters, Gardner Continue Efforts to Strengthen American R&D Policy, Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and leaders of the innovation and competiveness working group established by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), today offered an update on input they received as part of bipartisan efforts to gather input from the U.S. science and research community and other interested parties on federal research and development (R&D) policy priorities… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Peters Tours Kalamazoo’s River’s Edge District

KALAMAZOO, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Kalamazoo's River's Edge District today to observe revitalization efforts to attract local business development, district development and residents to the area. While there, Peters highlighted the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, legislation he has introduced to support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance recreation … Continue Reading


10.16.15

Peters Statement on EPA Formation of the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force

DETROIT, MI - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that they are forming the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force, which will include science and technical experts from the EPA as well as officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the City of Flint: "All Michiganders deserve access to safe and clean drinking water, and the increased lead levels found in the Flint water s… Continue Reading


10.15.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Increasing Veterans’ Disability Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is cosponsoring the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the amounts paid for veterans' disability compensation and other benefits by implementing the same cost-of-living adjustment that recipients of Social Security receive. Michigan is home to more than 650,000 veterans. "Many veterans who have served our nation in unif… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Peters Leads Letter Urging Departments of State and Homeland Security to Improve U.S. Capability to Accept, Accommodate Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has joined his colleagues Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ) in leading a letter to the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS), urging both departments to take immediate action to address the burdensome processes that unnecessarily delay refugee processing in the country. In the letter, Peters and his colleagues commended the Administration's plan to increase the number of refugees br… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Peters Tours Bay City Riverfront

BAY CITY, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Bay City's riverfront today to see firsthand efforts to attract business development to the area. While there, Peters highlighted the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, legislation he introduced to support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance recreation and tourism. Annette Rummel, President/CEO of the Bay Regional Conve… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Peters, Duggan Urge IRS to Halt Plan to Move Office from Detroit to Memphis

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced they met with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to urge the IRS to reconsider their plan to relocate 80 jobs from Detroit to Memphis. The IRS Detroit location is a Correspondence Production Services office used mainly for printing and mailing correspondence to taxpayers, which requires large printing equipment and loading docks. The IRS proposed moving the office to Memphis after the … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Peters Remanufacturing Bill Signed into Law by President

WASHINGTON, DC -President Obama has signed into law legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, which requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts in federal vehicle repairs when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance and does not compromise safety. "Maintaining the federal vehicle fleet is a nearly $1 billion annual expense, and promoting the use of remanufactured parts for repairs helps cut costs … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Peters Joins Senate Small Brewers Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, announced today that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus to promote the growth of small craft breweries, a growing industry in Michigan that has a significant impact on the state's economy. "Michigan is home to some of the finest craft beverages in the country, and the craft brewing industry continues to grow across our state, creating jobs and boosting our economy," said Senato… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Peters Joins Colleagues in Requesting Homeland Security Department Share its Refugee Vetting Process

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson requesting an update on how the Administration screens refugees from conflict regions. In the letter, Peters and his colleagues noted the mounting backlog of refugee applications in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) pipeline, and requested information about the possibility of refugee interviews being conducted via… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Peters, Stabenow Urge NASA’s Continued Support of Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

WASHINGTON, DC - With a growing threat of harmful algal blooms, U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today sent a letter urging the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Charles F. Bolden to continue support of the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) remote-sensing project. HABs have posed a threat to the Great Lakes, including recently in water crises in Monroe County, Michigan and Toledo, OH. Peters and Stabenow joined Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio … Continue Reading


10.05.15

Peters Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement as the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries concluded negotiations and reached an agreement: "Our trade policies must focus on improving American economic competitiveness and building a level playing field so that our businesses can grow, compete in the global marketplace and create good-paying jobs in the United States. At this time, it appears as though the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal fails … Continue Reading


09.30.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $2.5 Million Grant for Muskegon Community College

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded a $2,514,000 grant for Muskegon Community College to be used for renovations of the new Muskegon College Applied Technology Center. The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program. "We must ensure our community colleges have the necessary tools and resources to prepare students for the jobs of the future so they can help our communities continue to grow and thrive," said Se… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Peters Urges Obama Administration to Resettle More Syrian, Persecuted Religious Minority Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has sent a letter to President Obama urging the United States to resettle at least 100,000 refugees in the coming years from Syria and persecuted religious minority refugees in both Iraq and Syria, including 30,000 refugees in fiscal year 2016. The Obama administration has previously announced a goal of resettling 85,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, including at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States through t… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Michigan State Police to Combat Heroin Distribution, Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1,460,611 for the Michigan State Police to collaborate with other departments in the state to crack down on heroin distribution and trafficking. The support comes from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force program. "Abuse of opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers has become an increasingly concerning epidemic in communities across Michigan, and it i… Continue Reading

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