Press Releases

04.29.16

Sens. Peters, Heitkamp & Heller Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Dialogue Between Small Businesses & Federal Regulators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Dean Heller (R-NV) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure small businesses have a seat at the table as new federal rules are made on how small businesses can raise funding and access the resources they need to succeed. The SEC Small Business Advocate Act would establish clear lines of communication between small businesses and the federal rule makers, allowing small businesses to advocate for policies … Continue Reading


04.29.16

Peters Urges Reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators urging Senate leaders to work to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for Fiscal Year 2016. SRS helps pay for schools, roads, forest health projects and emergency response services in rural counties that include national forest land, which is not subject to property taxes. The SRS program expired at the end of Fiscal Year 2015, and as a result, many forest counties in Northern Michigan and th… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow: Bipartisan Flint Agreement Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed their bipartisan agreement to help families in Flint and other communities across the country. Their agreement was part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed committee 19-1 and is ready for a vote before the full Senate. "Today, thanks to support from Republicans and Democrats, we are another step closer to pas… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Peters Urges Administration to Renew & Strengthen Security MOU with Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and a bipartisan group of 83 Senators are urging President Obama to reach a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Israel to help ensure Israel can meet its long-term defense needs. Israel faces a variety of threats, from Hamas attempting to rebuild tunnels while growing their weapons inventory, to Hezbollah positioning rockets and missiles to Israel's north, to disorder in Syria bringing new dangers. The letter urges the President to support a… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Peters Statement on Meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement after his meeting with President Obama's U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland, who currently serves as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: "I'm pleased I had the opportunity to meet with Chief Judge Merrick Garland today, and I am impressed by his distinguished credentials and his thoughtful demeanor. His extensive judicial experience makes him a highly accom… Continue Reading


04.27.16

Peters Statement on Plains LPG Decision to Withdraw Request for New St. Clair Pipelines Permit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement today on Plains LPG Services' decision to withdraw their request to change the scope of a permit that would allow crude oil to be transported through the St. Clair Pipelines. Earlier this year, Senator Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow urged the State Department to extend the public comment period for consideration of a permit that would allow Plains LPG to transport crude oil through the pipelines. "An oil spill in … Continue Reading


04.26.16

Peters Statement on Flint Assistance in Water Resources Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement today on the inclusion of the bipartisan agreement of assistance for the Flint in the Water Resources Development Act under consideration in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: "Senator Stabenow and I have worked tirelessly to craft a bipartisan, fully paid-for bill that puts Flint on the road to recovery and helps communities across the country meet the challenges of aging infrastructure. I thank Senat… Continue Reading


04.25.16

Sens. Peters, Vitter, Risch Introduce Bill to Help Increase Small Business Access to Patent Protections

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), David Vitter (R-LA), and Jim Risch (R-ID), who all serve on the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced they are introducing new bipartisan legislation to help small businesses protect their intellectual property by improving education on obtaining and protecting patents. The Small Business Innovation Protection Act will require the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Marion Community Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $108,000 for Marion Community Fire Department in Marion to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "First responders and firefighters play a critical role in keeping Marion families safe from harm," said Senator Peters. "It is important that they have the training and equipment needed to protect themselves, so that they can … Continue Reading


04.22.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for the City of Allen Park Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $59,091 for the City of Allen Park Community Fire Department in Allen Park to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. "First responders and firefighters play a critical role in keeping Allen Park families safe from harm," said Senator Peters. "It is important that they have the training and equipment needed to protect themse… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Swift Completion of Plan to Reduce Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to reduce sulfur dioxide levels and other air pollution in Wayne County to protect the health and well-being of Michigan residents if the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) fails to submit a final State Implementation Plan (SIP) within 60 days. In July 2013, part of Wayne County was found to have sulf… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Peters Cosponsors Bill Targeting Corporate Tax Inversions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored legislation aimed at further curbing loopholes used by corporations to avoid paying taxes by moving their headquarters overseas. The Stop Corporate Inversions Act will reduce business practices known as "inversions," a practice in which American corporations merge with foreign businesses and move their tax addresses abroad. As a result, these corporations pay significantly less in U.S. taxes - even if major co… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Peters, Gardner, Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Efforts to Predict Space Weather Events

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced they are introducing the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act, bipartisan legislation to improve efforts to predict and mitigate the effects of space weather events on Earth and in space. Space weather refers to conditions caused by naturally occurring variations in emissions from the sun, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Space weather events can disrupt the electri… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Peters-Alexander-Stabenow Vehicle Innovation Act Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act, authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The bill was included as a provision in a broader bipartisan energy bill, which passed the Senate. 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 dependence on fore… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Announce Major Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), today announced that Michigan will receive a $188.1 million award from the Hardest Hit Fund through the U.S. Department of Treasury. With today's announcement, Michigan has received a total of $262.59 million this year to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods. Earlier this year, Michigan received $74.49 million from the Hardest Hit Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund gives res… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Peters, Stabenow Urge Swift Risk Analysis & Alternatives Assessment of Line 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today sent a letter to the State of Michigan urging the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force to swiftly complete a full and independent risk analysis and alternatives assessment of Line 5 following a recent University of Michigan study modeling the disastrous effects of an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. Peters and Stabenow also encouraged the State of Michigan to immediately address any current or potential violations of s… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Peters Amendments to Support 110th Attack Wing & Educational Drone Use Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate passage of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which included two amendments he introduced. The first provision helps the Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Attack Wing maintain its operations in Battle Creek, and the second measure supports the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, by higher education institutions for research and educational purposes. … Continue Reading


04.15.16

Peters Joins Financial Literacy Caucus, Cosponsors Resolution Designating April as Financial Literacy Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has joined the Congressional Financial Literacy Caucus, a bipartisan caucus focused on examining policy solutions that encourage financial literacy education and help Americans develop healthy financial habits. Peters also cosponsored a resolution to designate April - the time of tax returns and college acceptance letters - as Financial Literacy Month. "During Financial Literacy Month, I am proud to join the Financial Lite… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Peters, Kirk Announce Senate Albanian Issues Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - In conjunction with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's visit to the United States this week, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced the formation of the Senate Albanian Issues Caucus, which Peters and Kirk will co-chair. The Senate Albanian Issues Caucus will bring together key stakeholders to help shape policies that support the democratic aspirations of Albanians in Balkan countries with significant Albanian populations and strengthen relations b… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Peters, Coons and Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support America’s Small Manufacturers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today introduced the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Improvement Act, which would expand and improve the MEP program to better serve small to medium-sized manufacturing companies. The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is the only public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. Michigan's MEP affiliate, the Michiga… Continue Reading

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