Press Releases

07.30.21

Peters and Stabenow Honor Senator Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today honored the life of former Senator Carl Levin. The Senators spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate highlighting Senator Levin's service to the people of Michigan, fierce commitment to truth and justice, and ability to work with everyone to get things done. The Senators authored a resolution memorializing Senator Levin and his legacy, which unanimously passed the U.S. Senate this evening. Following passage of the resolution, … Continue Reading


07.30.21

Peters and Ernst Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-IA) to encourage innovation in contracting and expand opportunities for small businesses to work with the federal government has passed the Senate. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for small businesses, but some agencies have been reluctant to utilize the Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting progra… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to encourage innovation in contracting and expand opportunities for small businesses to work with the federal government has passed the Senate. Federal contracts can provide significant opportunities for small businesses, but some agencies have been reluctant to utilize the Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting programs. The Promoting Rigorou… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Peters, Sullivan, Hassan & Tillis Bipartisan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters, emergency responders and the communities they serve has passed the Senate. The legislation, which was unanimously approved in March by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where Peters serves as Chair, now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Protecting Firefighte… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters, emergency responders and the communities they serve has passed the Senate. The legislation, which was unanimously approved in March by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where Peters serves as Chair, now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are also cospons… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Peters Statement on Passing of Senator Levin

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement following the passing of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin: "Senator Levin was one of the finest leaders to have ever served the State of Michigan and our country. "When I first began serving in Congress, I would often seek Senator Levin's advice. His guidance was especially important to me as I succeeded him in the United States Senate. He was not only a mentor - he was a personal friend, who I looked up to as an ext… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Peters Helps Pass Bill to Ensure Funding for Michigan National Guard

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today helped pass legislation to ensure funding for the National Guard to continue key training and operations. The National Guard was facing a severe budget shortfall as a result of its mission to secure the U.S. Capitol after the January 6th attacks. "From helping distribute COVID-19 vaccines in our communities to prot… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Introduce New Bill to Invest in Michigan’s Downtowns

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced a new bill to invest in Michigan's changing downtowns and business districts following the COVID-19 crisis. The Revitalizing Downtowns Act will create the Qualified Office Conversion Tax Credit to convert unused office buildings into residential, commercial and retail properties. "There's no doubt this pandemic has made significant and lasting impacts on the way we operate,… Continue Reading


07.28.21

After Fighting for Long-Term Investments in Selfridge & Michigan’s Military Installations, Peters and Stabenow Welcome Pentagon’s Commitment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced that they secured significant commitments from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that ensures the military's commitment to Selfridge Air National Guard Base as a key facility to our national security. In a letter that was sent to both Senators, the U.S. Air Force highlighted the long-term roles that the A-10 and KC-135 missions currently at Selfridge will contin… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funds for Pellston Regional/Emmet County Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $1,143,178 to Pellston Regional/Emmet County Airport. This funding will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. "As we work to recover from this pandemic, we must ensure that Michigan airports can continue connecting people, communities an… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funds for Capital Region International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $2,760,494 to Capital Region International Airport. This funding will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. "As we work to rebuild our economy back stronger from this pandemic, we must ensure that Michigan airports can continue connectin… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $13 Million in Federal Funds for Gerald R Ford International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $13,930,267 to Gerald R Ford International Airport. This funding will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. "As we work to rebuild our economy back stronger from this pandemic, we must ensure that Michigan airports can continue connectin… Continue Reading


07.23.21

Peters, Stabenow Resolution Calling for Immediate Release of Michigander Paul Whelan from Russian Authorities Unanimously Passes Senate

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced their bipartisan resolution calling for the immediate release of Michigander Paul Whelan from authorities under the Russian government passed in the U.S. Senate unanimously. The resolution calls on the Government of the Russian Federation present credible evidence or immediately release him from prison. A companion resolution was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Haley Stevens (MI-11… Continue Reading


07.23.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Chippewa County International Airport Will Receive Over $5.2 Million in Federal Funding for Improvements

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $5,271,043 to Chippewa County International Airport near Sault Ste. Marie. This funding will go toward the reconstruction and expansion of the airport's terminal building to improve operations and efficiency for travelers and baggage moving throughout the airport. "I'm pleased to welcome this funding which will help Chippewa County International Airpo… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Peters Secures Nearly $128 Million in Investments for Michigan Military Facilities and Operations in National Defense Bill Advancing to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) helped advance the bipartisan annual national defense bill to the full Senate, and led the charge to secure nearly $128 million in investments for military facilities across Michigan. He also led or supported provisions to strengthen our national security and give our servicemembers a pay raise. "Michiganders play a critical role in our national defense, and I was proud to secure significant investments and resources for military installations acro… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Critical Infrastructure Networks Against Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to help safeguard our nation's critical infrastructure networks against cybersecurity threats. The bill would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to ensure they can better identify and mitigate threats to Industrial Control Systems - the operational technology involved in operating the function of critical infras… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Peters Announces Port of Monroe Awarded $770,983 Grant to Help Upgrade Cargo Screening Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced the Port of Monroe has been awarded a $770,983 Port Security Grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help upgrade their cargo screening infrastructure. The funding will allow the port to install a Radiation Portal Monitor, which helps to screen cargo for the presence of nuclear or radiological materials. This will enhance the port's ability to ensure t… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funds for Houghton County Memorial Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $1,122,990 to Houghton County Memorial Airport. This funding will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. "As we work to recover from this pandemic, we must ensure that Michigan airports can continue providing reliable, safe air travel," s… Continue Reading


07.20.21

Peters Announces Investigation Into Rise of Ransomware Attacks and How Cryptocurrencies Facilitate Cybercrimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he is conducting an investigation into the role cryptocurrencies continue to play in emboldening and incentivizing cybercriminals to commit ransomware attacks that pose an increasing threat to United States national security. "The increased use of cryptocurrencies as the preferred method of payment in ransomware attacks shows that cybercriminals believe they can commit at… Continue Reading


07.19.21

Peters Statement on Announcement that the Chinese Government Continues to Encourage and Perpetrate Widespread Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Biden Administration and the United States' allies condemned the Chinese government for orchestrating widespread attacks against American networks and compromising American national security: "Today's announcement is an important step to help hold the Chinese government accountable for enabling these malicious cyber-attacks on our c… Continue Reading

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