Press Releases

06.25.15

Commerce Committee Approves Two Peters Amendments

Amendments Help Families of Passenger Rail Victims and Protect the Great Lakes from Oil Spills WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved two key measures introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that would require an assessment of Amtrak’s safety procedures and evaluate the effectiveness of oil spill response and cleanup plans in the Great Lakes. The amendments were included in a series of bills approved by the Commerce Committee today.… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Peters Statement on Supreme Court's ACA Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the King v. Burwell case upholding the Affordable Care Act’s tax-credit subsidies: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling today to uphold the tax credits that have meant affordable health care coverage for millions of Americans through the federal exchange. The intent of the Affordable Care Act has always been crystal clear: all Americans should have access t… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Peters Statement on University of Michigan Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters in response to a survey released by the University of Michigan that showed 22.5 percent of undergraduate female students experienced nonconsensual sexual behavior over the last year, with 9.7 percent of all female students experiencing nonconsensual sexual penetration over the last year. “As a father, I am highly concerned with the results of today’s report, and the fact that 22.5 percent of female undergraduates surveyed exp… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Peters Bill to Promote Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology Included in Senate Highway Bill

Peters Provision Allows States to Use Existing Funds to Invest in Safety Technology WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the inclusion of his bipartisan Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee yesterday. Peters introduced the bill along with Republican Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Se… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $200,000 to Support Job Training for Homeless Veterans in Flint and Bay Region

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $199,996 has been awarded to Volunteers of America-Michigan to support job training for homeless veterans in Bay, Genesee, Saginaw, and Shiawassee counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing. “Amer… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $159,100 to Support Job Training for Homeless Veterans in Washtenaw, Jackson Counties

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $159,100 has been awarded to Michigan Ability Partners to support job training for homeless veterans in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing. “America’s men and women i… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Grant to Develop Efficient Auto Generators in Farmington Hills

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to MAHLE Powertrain, a global automotive systems supplier located in Farmington Hills, to develop and optimize a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generator. The generator uses an internal combustion engine with a turbulent jet ignition, which enables the system to operate under ultra-lean conditions and increase thermal efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Peters Statement on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement today as the U.S. Senate passed trade promotion authority legislation: “Congress should be focused on policies that will create American jobs, boost American exports and help our businesses compete in markets around the world. I cannot support this trade promotion authority legislation that lacks strong enforcement measures to protect American workers and drastically curbs Congress’ ability to shape future trade a… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Peters Urges Support for Financial Literacy Education Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he sent a letter to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) leaders urging them to include financial literacy programming as an allowable use for Title I Parent and Family Engagement funding. The Senate is preparing to consider the Every Child Achieves Act, the bipartisan effort to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law. The Every Child Achieves Act was unanimously approved by the HELP Committee in April. “F… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Peters Visits Mill Steel in Grand Rapids to Call on Congress to Renew Export-Import Bank

Ex-Im Bank Provides Critical Financing for Michigan Small Businesses GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Mill Steel in Grand Rapids to call on Congress to renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides a wide variety of services and financing to help American businesses export their goods to foreign markets. If Congress fails to act by June 30th, the Export-Import Bank’s charter will expire, and Michigan businesses will lose access to critical sup… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Peters Recognizes Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to recognize the day that the final African-American slaves learned of their emancipation: “On this day 150 years ago, when the last remaining slaves finally learned of their freedom, a dark chapter in our country’s history was closed. “However, today is also an important reminder that the battle for equality in Amer… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $1.2 Million for Muskegon County Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Muskegon County Airport to rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. The $1,193,767 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Investing in infrastructure projects is critical to creating jobs in Michigan," Peters said. "I’m proud to announce this grant, which will facilitate travel to West Michigan and economic growth in the Muskegon … Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Marquette Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $64,629 for the Marquette Fire Department. This grant, which comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be used to purchase 12 self-contained breathing apparatuses. “It is critical that first responders have the most up to date tools and equipment to effectively respond to emergencies, and I applaud this funding, which will ensure Marquette has the necess… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Peters Helps Pass National Defense Authorization Act

Bill Includes Key Measures Supporting A-10 Fleet, Michigan Contractors, Suppliers & Anti-Tunnel Defense WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserve, today applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for fiscal year 2016. The bill, which Senator Peters helped pass, preserves funding for the A-10 fleet located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and includes… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Increase Support for Michigan Refugees

Current Refugee Resettlement Formula Results in Unfair Funding for Michigan WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today introduced the Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and Modernization Act (S.1615) to make sure Michigan gets critical funding needed to support refugee families who settle in Michigan. Under current law, if refugees move from one state to another, the resettlement assistance often does not follow them to their new location. This results in fu… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $25.9 Million Investment in New Buses for Detroit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the City of Detroit Department of Transportation will begin receiving the $25.9 million it was awarded last September to purchase 59 new transit buses and spare parts. The Ladders of Opportunity Project grant is through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). “Every day, thousands of Detroiters rely on buses to get to work or drop their children off at school, and it is critica… Continue Reading


06.16.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Multi-Million Dollar Tax Credit to Support Economic Development in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced a $55 million tax credit allocation for community development projects to grow the economy and create jobs in Michigan and three other states. The support comes through the Treasury Department's New Markets Tax Credit Program, which helps spur critical investments in low-income communities. Today's announcement will help Great Lakes Capital Fund invest in low-income areas in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wiscon… Continue Reading


06.16.15

Peters, Lankford Bipartisan Remanufacturing Bill Passes Senate

Legislation Encourages Federal Agencies to Use Remanufactured Parts for Federal Vehicle Repair WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the passage in the U.S. Senate of S. 565, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act. Peters and Lankford introduced the measure in February, which requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance and does not compromise … Continue Reading


06.15.15

Peters Cosponsors Amendment to Combat Military Sexual Assault

Bipartisan Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Would Improve Accountability in Military Justice System WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to combat sexual assault in the military by increasing trust in the military justice system and decreasing the fear of reporting these crimes. The Military Justice Improvement Act would move the decision about whether to pr… Continue Reading


06.15.15

Peters Addresses Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Breakfast

Peters Highlighted Support for Michigan’s Businesses in U.S. Senate YPSILANTI, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today addressed Washtenaw County business leaders at a breakfast hosted by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, where he highlighted his top priorities in the U.S. Senate, including supporting Michigan’s small businesses and stimulating job creation across the state. Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce and Small Business Committees, also heard from business leaders a… Continue Reading

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