Press Releases

06.12.15

Peters, Ayotte Introduce the Pet and Women Safety Act

Legislation Helps Protect Domestic Violence Victims and Their Pets WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today introduced the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by acts or threats of violence against their pets. Multiple studies have shown that domestic abusers often seek to manipulate or intimidate their victims by threate… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Peters Applauds Funding for NASA Science Programs

Peters Also Raises Concerns on Low Level of Funding for Commercial Space Crews WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Science, Space and Competitiveness Subcommittee, today applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of $5.3 billion for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s science research programs for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Earlier this month, Peters sent a letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate App… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge Funding to Keep Fisheries Healthy, Strengthen Great Lakes Economy

Great Lakes Fisheries Contribute Billions to Michigan’s Economy Each Year WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to fund mass marking programs in next year’s budget. Mass marking is a tool used to collect data and measure the effectiveness of fish protection, habitat, and water quality. If approved, these programs will allow researchers to tag Great Lakes fish with a barcode chip prior to stocking. This practice w… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Peters Introduces Amendment Supporting Israel’s Security

Bipartisan Amendment Would Authorize Joint U.S.-Israel Research on Anti-Tunnel Defense WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have introduced a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizing joint U.S.-Israel research on anti-tunnel defense. Israel’s security is under threat by terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and Hamas, working to maintain a series of underground tunnels to smuggle weapons… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Peters, Brown Urge House Leadership to Require Congressional Approval of New TPP Countries in Trade Bill

Peters, Brown Introduced Amendment to Senate Trade Bill Requiring Congressional Approval of Additional Countries Joining TPP WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Sherrod Brown (OH) announced today that they sent a letter urging House leadership and the chairman and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee to include an amendment to trade promotion authority legislation that would require Congressional approval of additional countries joining the Trans-Pacific P… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Peters Cosponsors Anti-Bullying Legislation

Bill Would Help Schools Address Bullying and Harassment WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help schools end bullying and harassment and ensure no child is afraid to go to school for fear of unchecked bullying. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would require school districts across the country to develop and implement locally driven anti-bullying policies. A Department of Education study found that 1 in 3 children between the ages of … Continue Reading


06.10.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge Funding to Upgrade Soo Locks, Protect Great Lakes Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged Office of Management and Budget Director Sean Donovan to approve the Army Corps of Engineers' request to help replace Sault Ste. Marie's Davis and Sabin Locks with a lock of similar size to the Poe Lock. Currently, 70 percent of cargo vessels are forced to use the Poe Lock because they are too large to use the others. Replacing the smaller locks would ensure the safe and efficient transport of cargo through the Great Lake… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Peters, Gardner Announce New Bipartisan Smart Transportation Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus to focus on advancing new innovation in transportation technologies that will improve safety and efficiency. “New innovations and technologies are the future of the American auto industry and vehicle safety, and we must promote their development and implementation into our everyday lives,” said Senator Peters. “Encouraging the development… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Peters Introduces Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act

Amendments Would Improve Military Vehicle Fuel Economy, Invest in Alternate Fuel Vehicles, and Ensure Due Process for Veterans Erroneously Discharged WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he introduced a series of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 that is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate. Peters introduced two amendments to encourage fuel efficiency in military vehicles and support investments in alternative fuel vehicl… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Support People Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Families, Highlights Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to help people living with Alzheimer’s disease get diagnosed and support patients’ families as they cope with this devastating illness. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act would provide Alzheimer’s patients and their families with critical information about the disease and treatment options. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced the bill, which has… Continue Reading


06.08.15

Peters Tours Great Lakes Freighter, Highlights Importance of Commercial Shipping for Michigan

MARQUETTE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured the Hon. James L. Oberstar ship today in Marquette to discuss the importance of Great Lakes shipping to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region. While there, Peters discussed the importance of the Great Lakes to enhancing trade opportunities and creating jobs in Michigan and underscored the vital role of the U.S. Coast Guard in Great Lakes shipping operations. Lake Carriers’ Association Chair and Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker joi… Continue Reading


06.05.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Green Infrastructure Grant for Muskegon

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $110,448 to the City of Muskegon to fund green infrastructure projects. The City of Muskegon plans to use the grant to install one constructed wetland, two rain gardens, and one bioswale to help the community prevent the discharge of more than 5 million gallons of untreated st… Continue Reading


06.05.15

Peters Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement in recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month: “Each June, we celebrate Pride Month and honor the tremendous contributions of the LGBT community, and their perseverance in the face of bigotry and discrimination. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, a watershed moment in American history that ushered in the LGBT rights movement. Now, 46 years later, we recognize Pride Month and the strides our country is maki… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Peters Urges Strong Funding for NASA Science Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he sent a letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging strong funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s science research programs. Last month, Peters toured NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he saw firsthand the research being conducted on Earth Science and Heliophysics. As Ranking Member of the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee,… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Peters, Blunt Introduce Bill to Promote Investments in Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology

Legislation Allows States to Use Existing Funds to Invest in Safety Technology WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Roy Blunt (MO) introduced the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 to promote investments in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that will improve vehicle safety, reduce accidents and avoid congestion. “Connected vehicles and infrastructure are the next frontier of the American auto industry… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $9 Million for Detroit Metro Airport to Rehabilitate Taxiway

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Metro Detroit Airport to rehabilitate its taxiway. The $8,800,000 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is a critical hub for Michigan's economy," Peters said. "This grant will allow the airport to make needed improvements so that it can continue to support Michigan's role as a center for trade, commerce and travel." "This investment… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Peters Tours Lafarge North America’s Alpena Cement Plant to Discuss Shipping and Manufacturing

ALPENA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured Lafarge North America’s Alpena Cement Plant to discuss Michigan’s manufacturing sector, Great Lakes shipping and Lafarge’s environmental investments into their Alpena Plant. Peters toured the plant’s shipping docks, wet gas scrubber and the Lafarge Quarry on his visit. “I am honored to be in Alpena to see firsthand how companies like Lafarge are promoting Michigan’s vital manufacturing industry, providing good-paying jobs for our state's… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Peters Urges Action to Address Declining Wolf Population at Isle Royale National Park

Letter Urges National Park Service to Accelerate Planning, Keep Options Open WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) sent a letter today urging the National Park Service (NPS) to consider actions to address the sharp decline of the wolf population from nine to three wolves at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The current estimated timeline for planning a final decision is at least two to three years, and the NPS has already indicated they will not bring new wolves to Isle Ro… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Peters Statement on Nomination of Permanent Administrator to Lead Pipeline Safety Agency

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the White House’s announcement today that Marie Therese Dominguez has been nominated to lead the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Peters, along with Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) and eight other Senators, sent a letter last week urging the Obama Administration to nominate a permanent administrator to lead the agency, which plays a vital role in protecting communities across Michigan from spills and accidents w… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for two fire departments in Southeast Michigan to improve operations and safety. These grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Program. The Armada Township Fire Department will receive $110,715 and the Springfield Township Fire Department will receive $60,138. “Our firefighters put so much on the line to s… Continue Reading

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