Press Releases

08.06.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $97,000 for Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department in Berrien County will receive $97,457 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The funding will go towards the recruitment and retention of first responders. “When emergencies strike, it is our first responders who are on the front lines protecting communities from harm,” said Senator Peters. “This… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $180,000 for Trenton Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Trenton Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $180,662 in funding that can be used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. The funds come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. “It is critical the Michigan’s firefight… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters Cosponsors Voting Rights Legislation on 50th Anniversary of Historic Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced on the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 that he is cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and expand voting rights protections to prevent discrimination of voters. “The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and despite the Voting Rights Act being signed into law 50 years ago, voters across the country have continued to fight for access to the ballot box,” said Senator Peters. “… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Recognize Historical Great Lakes Areas as National Marine Sanctuaries

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced bipartisan legislation to recognize historically significant underwater areas in the Great Lakes as National Marine Sanctuaries, which would increase tourism and boost Michigan's economy. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Assessment Act would build on the success of Thunder Bay in Alpena, which was designated in 2000 as the only freshwater marine sanctuary in the country. More than 90,000 people visited Thunder Bay l… Continue Reading


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

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