Press Releases

08.13.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Battle Creek Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $96,330 for the Battle Creek Fire Department in Calhoun County. This grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. “It is vital that first responders have the necessary equipment to protect themselves when responding to emergency situations,” Senator Peters said. “I applaud this funding, which will help ensure that Battle Creek firefighters have the re… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Reform Application Process for Student Aid

WASHINGTON DC— U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has cosponsored the Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2015 to streamline the federal financial aid application process and reform the eligibility requirements for federal student loans to ensure more students have the opportunity to attend college. “Higher education increases economic opportunity and provides a pathway to the middle class for young people across Michigan and the nation,” said Senator Peters. “I am pr… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Grant to Protect Coastal Land in Petoskey

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan’s U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $205,000 grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to acquire 6.32 acres of coastal dune and shoreline habitat to be added the Petoskey State Park for conservation and public use. “The Great Lakes are a vital part of Michigan’s tourism industry and economy, and we must ensure that these treasured natural resources are protected for recrea… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Combat Global Violence Against Women and Girls

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) to focus on reducing violence against women and girls around the world. “Nearly one out of every three women around the world is a victim of violence, which contributes to political instability, stifles economic development and destabilizes communities,” said Senator Peters. “Not only is this violence a critical human rights issue, it is a nati… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Cherry Capital Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1,475,900 for Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the airport construct a taxiway, rehabilitate its runway and install additional markings to help prevent accidents. “Many travelers rely on Cherry Capital Airport for travel to and from Northern Michigan for both business and tourism,” Peters said. “This funding will ensure that the ne… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Peters Tours Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, Discusses Bill Supporting Small Breweries

MARQUETTE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette and highlighted legislation he has cosponsored that would reduce excise taxes for small breweries. The Small BREW Act supports small breweries by dropping the tax rate per barrel from $7.00 to $3.50 for the first 60,000 barrels a brewery produces. It would then save small breweries an additional $2.00 on every barrel until they hit 2 million barrels. “Michigan is home to over 150 breweries and some of t… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Peters Urges Congress to Fund New Coast Guard Icebreaker for the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he has sent a letter urging leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to retain funding for a new vessel to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. Recent winters have brought about near record-breaking levels of ice coverage on the Great Lakes, which has seriously impaired commercial shipping and economic activity in Michigan’s … Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Support for Seven Michigan Projects to Protect, Restore Great Lakes Habitats

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and today applauded the announcement that seven projects in Michigan will receive $2.3 million to restore coastal wetland habitats and protect water quality in the Great Lakes region. This funding, which is administered to the Sustain Our Great Lakes program by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, will be used to reduce sediment runoff, control invasive species, and protect and restore wetland habitats. "Restoring and enhanc… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Great Lakes Investment to Reduce Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's $113,126 investment to reduce nutrient, phosphorous, and nitrogen runoff, which are major contributors to the growth of harmful algae blooms. This support, which comes through the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, will help the Hillsdale Conservation District lessen runoff into the St. Joseph River, which con… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters Introduces Bill to Support Michigan’s Waterfront Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, announced today that he joined three of his colleagues to introduce a bill to help revitalize waterfront communities, including Michigan towns and cities along the Great Lakes, rivers and inland lakes. The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act will support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods a… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $97,000 for Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department in Berrien County will receive $97,457 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The funding will go towards the recruitment and retention of first responders. “When emergencies strike, it is our first responders who are on the front lines protecting communities from harm,” said Senator Peters. “This… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $180,000 for Trenton Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Trenton Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $180,662 in funding that can be used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. The funds come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. “It is critical the Michigan’s firefight… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Peters Cosponsors Voting Rights Legislation on 50th Anniversary of Historic Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced on the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 that he is cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and expand voting rights protections to prevent discrimination of voters. “The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and despite the Voting Rights Act being signed into law 50 years ago, voters across the country have continued to fight for access to the ballot box,” said Senator Peters. “… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Recognize Historical Great Lakes Areas as National Marine Sanctuaries

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today introduced bipartisan legislation to recognize historically significant underwater areas in the Great Lakes as National Marine Sanctuaries, which would increase tourism and boost Michigan's economy. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Assessment Act would build on the success of Thunder Bay in Alpena, which was designated in 2000 as the only freshwater marine sanctuary in the country. More than 90,000 people visited Thunder Bay l… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Peters Introduces Amendments to Cybersecurity Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has introduced three amendments to the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, legislation that facilitates information sharing between the federal government and the private sector to help defend against cyber threats and prevent future attacks. Peters’ amendments encourage information sharing and collaboration with state, local and tribal governments, and promote cybersecurity awareness and education. Peters’ first … Continue Reading


08.05.15

Peters Introduces Bill to Scale-Up Investments for Small Advanced Manufacturing Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U .S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced today that he joined four of his colleagues to introduce the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company (SUMIC) Act of 2015, legislation that increases access to capital for entrepreneurs looking to scale-up and commercialize their advanced manufacturing innovations. The legislation was also introduced by Senators Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Patty Murray (WA) an… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Peters Introduces Bill Ensuring Fairness for Veterans Erroneously Discharged from Military

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has introduced a bipartisan bill with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would help veterans who may have been erroneously given an administrative discharge from the military, rather than an honorable discharge, due to behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Peters, who is a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, previo… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Peters Statement on Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted on a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood: "Planned Parenthood provides important health services to 2.7 million women, men and young people in Michigan and across the country every year - including contraceptives, prenatal care, physicals and lifesaving cancer screenings they might not otherwise be able to access. I am opposed to efforts to cut off federal funding… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.3 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $3,345,654 for the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, extend its taxiway, install taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, which is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. "Upgrading Michigan's transportation infrastructure is critical to creating jobs and expand… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Small Business Access to Capital Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help Michigan small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative that both lawmakers championed in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs that lever… Continue Reading

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