Press Releases

04.24.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Trump Administration to Ensure Families Receive Promised Stimulus Checks for Their Children Quickly

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) called on the Trump Administration to ensure that families in Michigan and across the country, who are not required to file taxes will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus payment they were promised and do not need to wait until next year to receive an additional $500 stimulus payment per dependent child. "We write to express our concern that without additional action from your agencies, many families who receive Soc… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Amid Growing Calls for Administration Action, Peters and Menendez Lead Colleagues in Push to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for States Battling Coronavirus

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Bob Menendez (NJ) today led their colleagues in calling on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the outbreak, authorizing federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Despite continued calls from Congress and governors… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Peters Reiterates Call for Aid to Michigan, Cash-Strapped Communities Following McConnell Suggesting States Declare Bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today released the following statement reiterating his call for the Senate to pass aid for Michigan and financially strapped communities hit hard by Coronavirus. Peters has repeatedly pressed for action to support states and local communities, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said states… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Peters, Slotkin Join Army Secretary in Visit to Taylor Armory, FEMA Field Hospital at TCF Center in Detroit

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) for a tour of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new field hospital at the TCF Center in Detroit. During the visit, Peters discussed with Secretary McCarthy and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Joseph Martin - a Michigan native - the importance of continuing to coordinate with federal, s… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Peters, DeFazio Urge Trump Administration to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for States Battling Coronavirus

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04), today called on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the global Coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the outbreak, authorizing federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Under the Public Assistance program, emergency work, … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Peters Calls on Government Watchdog to Investigate Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business Loans

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a wide-ranging examination of the allocation of funds distributed as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided $349 billion to the U.S. Small Business Administration to support small and medium-sized businesses struggling with… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Ahead of 50th Annual Earth Day, Peters & Stabenow Call on Trump Administration to Reconsider Environmental Standards that Harm Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19 Pandemic

DETROIT, MI - Ahead of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today called on the Trump Administration to reconsider recent environmental policy changes that harm historically underserved communities, including in Michigan. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Senators emphasized that minority and Tribal communities in Michigan and across the nation have been disproportionately impa… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Peters Statement on Senate Passage of Assistance for Michigan Small Businesses, Hospitals, Testing

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on Senate passage of legislation to provide additional funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), hospitals and testing: "I've consistently said we need to do more to support Michigan small businesses - and this bipartisan package will provide more much-needed federal funding for the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. I fought to ensure this bipartisan packag… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Peters, Stabenow Back Whitmer’s Call to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for Federal Assistance to Battle Coronavirus

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant Governor Gretchen Whitmer's request to waive all cost-sharing requirements for the State of Michigan in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On March 27, President Trump granted the State of Michigan a Major Disaster Declaration and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Under the Public Assistance program, emerg… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Peters, Bipartisan Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Prevent Chinese State-Sponsored Businesses from Receiving CARES Act Funds

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today pressed the Trump Administration to prevent companies owned or subsidized by China from receiving any funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In a bipartisan letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson, Peters, along with U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), asked the agency to ensure that none of the $10 billion in CARES Act funding allocated for airport in… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Peters Presses for Coronavirus Relief Legislation to Support Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to include specific funding for small community-based lenders, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) in any additional Coronavirus relief legislative package. In a letter to Senate leadership, Peters stressed the need to support these underserved urban, rural, and Native communities mark… Continue Reading


04.17.20

After Push from Peters & Stabenow, Veterans to Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that $1,200 stimulus checks will automatically go to veterans currently receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senators now have succeeded in getting the Trump Administration to reverse course and automatically send stimulus checks to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients as well as… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Help Address Reported Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Testing, Treatment and Outcomes

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced a bill this week to help address the reported racial disparities in COVID-19 testing, treatment and outcomes. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data about the testing, treatment, and outcomes of COVID-19. The Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act of 2020 requires HHS to provide a report to Congress with … Continue Reading


04.15.20

Following Calls from Peters & Stabenow, IRS to Automatically Send Stimulus Checks to SSI Beneficiaries

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) welcomed an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the agency will automatically send $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans currently receiving benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Earlier this month the Senators called on the Trump Administration to automatically issue stimulus checks to recipients of benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Peters, Stabenow to Participate in Virtual Town Hall Thursday to Answer Constituent Questions about COVID-19

DETROIT, MI -- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced their participation in a special one-hour virtual town hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to answer constituent questions about the COVID-19 crisis. The live town hall will be broadcast on Channels 2 (WJBK-TV), 4 (WDIV-TV), 7 (WXYZ-TV), 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV). This broadcast will be shared with broadcast TV and radio stations across Michigan in partnership with t… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Peters Visits Novi Medical Support Center for Coronavirus Patients

NOVI, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today joined FEMA Region Five Administrator James Joseph, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S Representative Haley Stevens (MI-11) on a tour of an alternate care facility being built at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. As part of the federal government's efforts to respond to the Coronavirus the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federa… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Call on Administration for Information and Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) are calling on the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force to lead a national inventory of the country's COVID-19 diagnostic test supply, release public data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. In their letter, the Senators point out the need for widespread diagnostic testing in order to control the COVID-19 outbreak. "Over th… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Peters, Stabenow Announce Michigan Hospitals, Health Care Providers Will Receive More Than $936 Million for Coronavirus Response Efforts

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be distributing more than $936 million to hospitals and health care providers in Michigan. Peters and Stabenow successfully fought for an increase in funding for hospitals and health care providers during negotiations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure those fighting on the front lines would receive the support … Continue Reading


04.10.20

Peters Cosponsors Momnibus Bill to Address Black Maternal Health Crisis, Recognizes Black Maternal Health Week

DETROIT, MI - As we mark Black Maternal Health Week, which begins Saturday April 11, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) announced he cosponsored legislation to address the maternal health crisis disproportionately impacting African American communities across the nation. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020 would fill gaps in existing maternal health legislation by authorizing investments in social determinants of health, additional data collection, community-based organizations, the perin… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Peters, Tlaib Lead Michigan Delegation in Urging FEMA to Waive Cost-Sharing Burden for State and Local Fire and Emergency Response Grants

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) led the Michigan Congressional Delegation in urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive cost-sharing requirements for local communities that rely on federal grant programs to keep their communities safe and secure. Many fire departments depend on federal funding to help cover overtime pay and hire extra workers, especially in times of crisis. The members noted that the ongoing Coronaviru… Continue Reading

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