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Peters Pipeline Safety Provisions Pass the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, and improve pipeline safety and oversight. The legislation, entitled the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, includes several pipe… Continue Reading


Peters, Moran Introduce Legislation to Support Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today announced they are introducing the Higher Education UAS Modernization Act, legislation that would support the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, by higher education institutions for research and educational purposes and workforce development. Under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, colleges and universities are treated the same as commercial drone use… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Urge State Department to Reopen Public Comment Period on 98-Year-Old Pipeline Permit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to reopen the public comment period to allow Michiganders to voice their opinions about a new permit for the 98-year-old twin pipelines that could potentially carry crude oil under the St. Clair River. "After experiencing one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history, Michiganders are all too familiar with the devastating consequences that a pipeline break can have o… Continue Reading


Senators Stabenow, Peters Introduce New Legislation to Help Improve Health Care Services for Children in Schools

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, yesterday introduced the Hallways to Health Act (S.2590) to help school-based health centers improve health care services for children. In Michigan, there are more than 120 school-based health centers that play a major role in providing basic health services for thousands of students who have limited access to medical care outside of school. Ty… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Small Business Administration Assistance to Flint Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement applauding an announcement from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that they will be providing additional resources to support Flint businesses affected by the water crisis. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet was in Flint today to make the announcement. "Many small businesses in Flint are facing a loss in revenue, and it is crit… Continue Reading


Peters Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help More Foster Children Find Homes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he joined his colleagues Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Al Franken (D-MN) in introducing bipartisan legislation to streamline the process for placing children in foster homes or adoptive families across state lines. The Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act would provide resources for states to adapt a standardized electronic centralized interstate system, known as the… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Improve Student Health

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Jon Tester (MT) and Jack Reed (RI) introduced legislation to hire more school nurses and improve student health. The NURSE Act will allow schools or state agencies to apply for federal grants to reduce the cost of hiring a nurse. School districts will be eligible to apply for the additional resources based on the number of their students who qualify for free or reduced price school meals - an across-the-board indic… Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Legislation to Support Michigan Air National Guard Operations in Battle Creek

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is introducing legislation with Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), to help the Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Attack Wing maintain its operations in Battle Creek. "The mission of 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek is key to defending America and our allies against evolving and emerging threats to our security," said Senator Peters. "The Michigan Air National Guard's presence continues a proud tr… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Benishek Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Great Lakes Funding, Modernize Research Capabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Reps. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-1) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the clear legislative authority it needs to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery indust… Continue Reading


Sens. Peters & Cassidy and Reps. Polis & Reed Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Make College More Affordable & Accessible

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are introducing new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would expand access to dual and concurrent enrollment pr… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee Announce Hard-Fought Victory to Continue Blight Removal Efforts Across Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury will begin distributing new Hardest Hit Funds to Michigan in the coming months. Michigan will receive $74.49 million immediately from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and is eligible to receive up to an additional $249 million this April to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods across the state. Th… Continue Reading


Peters Tours Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, Discusses Support for Short Line Rail

ESCANABA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, where he saw firsthand the work being done in their facility to refurbish old railroad cars for a new purpose on the fleet. Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, also discussed his support for the Short Line Tax Credit, which encourages greater investment in short line rail infrastructure. Michigan is home to 21 short line railroads that operate 2,861 miles of tr… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow & Kildee Applaud Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration, Office Hours for Flint Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) applauded the Small Business Administration's (SBA) quick approval of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Genesee County and the City of Flint to provide loans for eligible businesses that have been adversely affected by the Flint water crisis. Last month the members sent a letter urging Governor Snyder to request SBA assistance for struggling Flint businesses. SBA also a… Continue Reading


Sen. Peters Floor Remarks on Need for Bipartisan Action to Address Flint Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate Floor today on the need for bipartisan action to help the City of Flint recover from the water crisis. Below is a transcript of his remarks. "Mr. President, "I rise today to urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to oppose the upcoming cloture vote on the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "This is not because I think this is a bad bill - in fact, I think this bill is the result of months of hard work on both sides of the … Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow and Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Treasury to Protect Pensions for Thousands of Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, along with a bipartisan group of 23 Senators, sent a letter urging the U.S. Treasury Department to prevent the Board of Trustees of the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan (Central States Plan) from enacting drastic cuts to hard-earned employee pensions for thousands of retirees. The Treasury Department is required to review the proposed cuts by the Central States Plan and has authority to approve, deny or m… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Home Health Care Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has cosponsored the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand access to home health care for Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation would amend Medicare guidelines to allow home health services to be certified by nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician's assistants, all of which are playing increasingly critical roles in delivering health care, particularly in rural… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Announce $2.3 Million for Stony Island Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $2,330,898 to restore habitats on the islands in the lower part of the Detroit River. Senator Stabenow is Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force and Senator Peters is a member. "After years of water pollution and industrial waste being dumped into the Detroit River, I am pleased to see it becoming a dynamic riverfront with many fish and wild… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Bill Authorizing New Coast Guard Icebreaker for the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which authorizes the design and construction of a new Coast Guard heavy icebreaker vessel to enhance icebreaking capability on the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes have seen record levels of ice cover over recent winters, limiting commercial shipping and other economic activity in Michigan's waterways. Last winter, ice cover on the Great Lakes contributed to an estimated 3.2 milli… Continue Reading


Peters, Kildee Meet with Community Leaders in Flint, Receive Update on Water Crisis

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Congressman Dan Kildee today met with community leaders from Flint and representatives of various government agencies to receive updates on response efforts to the Flint water crisis. "What is happening in Flint has been a colossal failure on the part of the State, but I am committed to working on the federal level to help Flint overcome this crisis and move forward," said Senator Peters. "I was pleased to have Congressman Kildee join me as we heard first… Continue Reading


Peters Recognizes Black History Month

Detroit, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement to commemorate Black History Month: "Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the countless contributions African Americans have made to every aspect of our national life. As innovators, business leaders, elected officials, military service members, scientists, and educators, African Americans have played - and continue to play - a central role in shaping our history and paving the way for o… Continue Reading

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