Press Releases

06.13.19

Peters Announces Push to Improve Access to Broadband

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) highlighted the need to expand broadband services to communities in Michigan and throughout the country that do not have access. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Peters said that more must be done to expand access to broadband, particularly in rural areas. During his questioning, Peters announced that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the accuracy of the FCC's b… Continue Reading


06.06.19

Peters Applauds ITC Decision to Continue Investigating Unfair Trade Practices Harming Michigan Cherry Growers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to continue investigations into the dumping of Turkish dried tart cherries that has hurt Michigan cherry growers. In April, the Dried Tart Cherry Coalition filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the ITC and Department of Commerce. "I've met with Michigan cherry growers that have been unfairly disadvantaged by Turkish cherry dumping into the market. This unanimou… Continue Reading


06.06.19

Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure Impact of Automation on Workers and Inform Workforce Development Strategies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would better assess the impacts of automation on workers in order to inform workforce development strategies and best practices. The Workforce Data for Analyzing and Tracking Automation Act would authorize the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - with the assistance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - to record the effect of automation on the workforce and me… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Peters, Portman Seek to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions & Nonprofit Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against potential terrorist attacks. In recent years there have been a significant number of prominent threats and attacks on institutions including synagogues, churches, mosques and gurdwaras in communities across … Continue Reading


06.04.19

Peters & Capito Join Bipartisan Effort to Crack Down on Chinese Fentanyl Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that they are cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would crack down on manufacturers and traffickers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is ravaging communities throughout the United States. The Fentanyl Sanctions Act would be the first-ever targeted fentanyl sanctions bill, aimed at pressuring the Chinese gover… Continue Reading


06.03.19

Peters, Stabenow, Brown Disappointed by VW Response Following Concerns Senators Raised About Union Election at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Sherrod Brown (OH) released the following statements after receiving a response from Volkswagen (VW) regarding the delayed union election at the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga. The senators had requested more information from VW last month following the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decision to grant Volkswagen's request to halt all election proceedings for workers petitioning to organize with the United … Continue Reading


05.24.19

VIDEO: Peters Commemorates Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a video in advance of Memorial Day. "Memorial Day is a patriotic day of remembrance - a time to honor those who died in service to their fellow countrymen." said Senator Peters. "As Michiganders gather with friends and family to enjoy the holiday weekend, I encourage everyone to pause and reflect on the significance of this day." Cl… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Peters Provisions Supporting Servicemembers and Michigan Defense Interests Pass Senate Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee passed the annual national defense bill that includes provisions led and supported by U.S. Senator Gary Peters that will benefit servicemembers and their families as well as Michigan's defense interests that contribute to our national security. It will also help improve efforts to address PFAS and authorize investments in infrastructure, advanced technology and important defense systems that protect U.S. security interests and our allies,… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Peters Statement on Brandon Road Report on Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Brandon Road Chief's Report being submitted to Congress, which outlines steps necessary to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes: "The Great Lakes are more than an economic engine and source of drinking water to 40 million people: they are part of who we are as Michiganders. We must take every step possible to prevent the spread of Asian Carp and invasive species.… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Peters’ PFAS Provisions Advance to Full Senate As Part of National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Provisions that U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led to address the PFAS crisis in Michigan and across the country will advance to the full Senate, after the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the measures as part of the national defense bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense, has been enacted into law for more than 55 consecutive years. Peters secured a provision that would encourage the Department of Defense to fi… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Peters, Roberts, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Raise Awareness About Vaccines, Increase Vaccination Rates, Cut Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced they introduced the bipartisan VACCINES Act to increase vaccination rates by raising vaccine awareness through a national campaign to combat misinformation. "We've seen firsthand in Michigan the devastating impact of diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. No one should have to experience the pain of seeing a loved one fall ill or even lose their life because of a vaccine-prev… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent motorists from passing school buses stopped at loading zones. The Stop for School Buses Act of 2019 commissions a comprehensive review of best practices to prevent vehicles from illegally passing school buses that are loading or unloading students. The legislation comes as a number of incidents have threatened students in Michigan and across the country. Last year in Montcalm Co… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Peters Statement on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following an all-Senators briefing with the Trump Administration regarding Iran: "Iran is an oppressive authoritarian regime, a leading state sponsor of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East. The U.S. needs a plan that effectively counters Iran. This should focus on deterring Iran's illicit activities and preventing any effort to develop a nuclear … Continue Reading


05.21.19

VIDEO: Peters Helps Grand Rapids Resident Claim VA Benefits in Latest Installment of ‘On the Job for Michigan’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today released the latest installment of 'On the Job for Michigan,' a series highlighting the successful work of his office resolving cases involving federal agencies on behalf of Michiganders. Grand Rapids resident Kent Wesenberg shared how Peters' office assisted him in claiming benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Kent served at Takhli Air Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War era and his duties placed him in and around the pe… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Peters, Stabenow, Brown Raise Deep Concerns Over Decision to Halt Union Election at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Sherrod Brown (OH) are expressing concerns and requesting more information from Volkswagen (VW) following the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decision to grant Volkswagen's request to halt all election proceedings for workers petitioning to organize with the United Auto Workers (UAW) at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In their letter to VW CEO Scott Keogh, the Senators urge VW to ensure any election is fr… Continue Reading


05.20.19

Peters, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would direct federal agencies to set national standards for healthy aging and creating age-friendly communities. The Age-Friendly Communities Act would amend the Older Americans Act by requiring departments across the federal government to develop a national set of goals on healthy aging and age-friendly communities and establish a public-private coordinating body to provide rec… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Peters, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Deploy Advanced Computing in Addressing PFAS Contaminations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop best practices for deploying advanced computing to address the risks associated with PFAS exposure. The PFAS Quantum Evaluation Act instructs the Secretary of Defense to complete an assessment of how quantum computing can be best used to address problems associated with exposure to PFAS. According to the National Academy of Sciences,… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Peters Leads Bipartisan Inquiry into Federal Response to Domestic Terrorism and Rise of White Supremacist Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is leading a bipartisan inquiry into the federal government's response to evolving domestic terrorism threats and the rise of white supremacist violence. Peters' request is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on how effectively they have tracked acts of domest… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Peters, Grassley Reintroduce Bill to Address Needs of At-Risk Youth

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help states identify and meet the needs of children who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also known as dual status youth. The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act would authorize competitive grants to improve data collection on dual status youth and encourage better cooperation between state agencies o… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Peters, Lankford, Klobuchar & Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity for Voting Systems

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today introduced bipartisan legislation to add the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a member of the Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) committee that d… Continue Reading

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