Press Releases

07.31.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow, Shaheen Introduce Small Business Access to Capital Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative created in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which has made over $1 billion available to help small businesses across the country access capital. For yea… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate Passes Peters Provision to Promote Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology in Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced to promote the development and use of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, which was included as a provision in the six-year highway bill passed by the Senate today. Peters introduced the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 in June, along with Republican Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). “As we… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) advanced in the Senate today when it was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA) promotes investments in research and development of clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce our nation’s dep… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Over $2 Million for Saginaw Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded $2,017,145 in assistance for the Saginaw Fire Department to support the recruitment and retention of firefighters. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. “An emergency situation can arise at any time, and we must ensure that we have enough first responders on the job to protect our communities,” said Senator Peters. “Th… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Assistance for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Washington Township Fire Department, Westland Fire Department and Inkster Fire Department will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The Washington Township Fire Department will receive $140,394 from the AFG Program to help fund training programs, update equipm… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Small Business Lending

Bill Would Improve Participation in Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced he has cosponsored legislation to increase participation in the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Microloan Program by giving microloan intermediaries greater flexibility in providing loans and assistance to borrowers. The Microloan Modernization Act of 2015 passed th… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $3.4 Million for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The partnership is comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies. The Commission will receive $3,482,549 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Habitat restoration is critical to making sure the world's largest freshwater system is healthy and able to … Continue Reading


07.28.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce $2.5 Million for Michigan Coastal Management Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced support for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes to protect, restore and develop coastal ecosystems and communities. The Michigan Coastal Management Program, housed in the Office of the Great Lakes, will receive more than $2,516,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Tourism driven by the Great Lakes support jobs and economic growth across Mich… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Seniors in St. Clair Shores

U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced support for the City of St. Clair Shores to renovate and expand its Senior Activity Center, which offers programs and activities to people 50 and over. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to expand the fitness center by approximately 2,000 square feet and renovate the kitchen space to include a small coffee shop, among other improvements. This $1,760,000 loan will also be use… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Peters Addresses Blue Water Area Chamber Breakfast

Peters Discusses Priorities in U.S. Senate and Highlights Importance of Blue Water Bride Expansion PORT HURON, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today addressed a breakfast hosted by the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed his top priorities in the U.S. Senate, including supporting small businesses, promoting job creation and securing funding for an expanded customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge. Peters, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Comm… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Peters Bill to Increase Small Business Lending Unanimously Passes the Senate

Legislation Ensures Small Business Administration’s Main Lending Program Can Meet Increasing Demand for FY2015 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced that the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill he introduced to ensure the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s flagship lending program, the 7(a) loan program, can continue to meet increasing demand. In recent years, there has been an increase in… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Peters Backs Bill to Upgrade Record of Servicemembers Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation

Legislation Would Help Recognize Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers for Honorable Military Service WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, bicameral legislation that will help servicemembers who were discharged solely because of their sexual orientation upgrade their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Kirsten G… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Oronoko Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $29,406 for the Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Fire Department in Berrien County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. “Our first responders work hard to protect our communities, and we need to ensure they have the right tools and training to do the job safely,” Senator Peters said. “This assistance will help the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fir… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Peters Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Protect Northern Border

Bill Would Require Examination of Threats & Security Needs at 5,500 Mile Long Northern Border to Improve Resources, Make it Stronger, Safer WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, today announced that he joined his colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Northern Border Security Review Act to require a comprehensive examination of how to strengthen American security at the Northern Border, which … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Win Fight to Preserve Funds to Keep Michigan Cities, Neighborhoods Safe

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the commitment to remove a provision in the U.S. Senate’s transportation bill that would have eliminated $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund allows cities across the country to invest in blight removal efforts and help homeowners. If this provision had passed, funding for blight removal in cities throughout Michigan would have been sig… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Expand LGBT Civil Rights Protections

Legislation Would Explicitly Ban LGBT Discrimination Nationally WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined 39 of his colleagues today in introducing the Equality Act of 2015, bicameral legislation to expand federal civil rights laws to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as sex where those protections do not already exist. This bill would ensure that the same protections our nation has already extended based on characteristics like rac… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Peters, Gardner Kick Off Discussions Aimed at Strengthening American Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, yesterday convened the first in a series of working group discussions on federal research and development (R&D) policy priorities. The topic of the initial meeting was “Maximizing the Impact of Basic Research.” Representatives from research universities, government advisory bodies, and non-profit research organizations participated in the info… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Peters Statement on Proposal to Rescind Blight Removal Funds in Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the Senate proposal to rescind money set aside in the Hardest Hit Fund for blight removal in Michigan and other states: “Congress must come together and pass a multi-year transportation bill that makes smart investments to upgrade our country’s crumbling infrastructure, but it is unacceptable to fund this plan at the expense of the Michigan communities that rely on this funding to eliminate blight and improve t… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Peters-Ernst Provision Included in Senate Finance Committee Tax Credit Extension Package

Tax Credit Helps Small Businesses Provide Differential Pay to Reservists Called to Active Duty WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Finance Committee today approved a package of tax credit extensions that included a 2-year extension of a provision in a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) that supports small businesses that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. There are over 820,0… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Peters Celebrates University of Michigan Mcity Connected Vehicle Test Environment Grand Opening

ANN ARBOR, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today attended the grand opening of the University of Michigan’s Mcity test facility for connected and autonomous vehicles, where he spoke about the importance of promoting and developing advanced vehicle technologies in Michigan. Mcity is a 32-acre real-world test environment operated by the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signals and signs, streetlights, sidewalks … Continue Reading

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