Press Releases


Peters, Portman, Nelson & Rubio Lead Entire Senate in Calling on DHS and DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions Across the Country

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are leading all 100 Senators in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC's), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter that will be sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators str… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Revised Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on President Trump's signing of a revised executive order: "As a member of the Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees, I take very seriously the federal government's responsibility to keep Americans safe. I believe we should always look for ways to fortify our refugee screening process, which is already one of the most rigorous in the world. However, I do not support President Trump's suspension of th… Continue Reading


Peters Visits Michigan Technological University’s Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Calumet, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, visited the Michigan Technological University (MTU)'s Advanced Power System Research Center (APS LABS) to learn more about MTU's connected and autonomous vehicle technology research and development efforts. Peters also visited MTU's Keweenaw Research Center to view research conducted by MTU for the Department of Defense. "Mi… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meeting with the Russian Ambassador: "Attorney General Sessions' statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee are just the latest in troubling pattern of Trump Administration and campaign officials covering up their interactions with the Russian government. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and National Security Advisory Michael Flynn both resigned after misleading the public about the… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Upton, Dingell Call for Federal Funding to Support Testing of Self-Driving Vehicle Technologies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell called on the Trump Administration to prioritize the development and testing of connected and self-driving vehicles in the President's proposed budget for 2018. The Members of Congress sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao urging them to include $200 million in their 2018 federal … Continue Reading


Sens. Peters & Perdue Introduce Bill to Enhance Cyber Security Coordination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced they have introduced bipartisan legislation to help state and local governments combat cyber threats by increasing coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The State and Local Cyber Protection Act requires DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to provide assistance and training for state, local and tribal governments in preventing, preparing for and… Continue Reading


Michigan Congressional Democrats Introduce Resolution Marking 16th Anniversary of International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument in Detroit

Washington, D.C. - Michigan Congressional Democrats today introduced a resolution commemorating the 16th anniversary of the Detroit River International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument. The monument, established by the Detroit River Project Initiative, honors Detroit's pivotal role as a crossing point into Canada for African Americans seeking freedom from slavery through the Underground Railroad. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced the resolution in the Senate. U.S. Re… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress: "When President Trump took office, I expected him to follow up on his campaign promises to create jobs and boost our manufacturing sector with concrete action. Instead, his first weeks in office have been focused on divisive executive orders and statements that cause America's allies to question our leadership and commitment to global security. "Since t… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsored Bipartisan Senate Resolution Designating February as CTE Month

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, a bipartisan caucus focused on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education. CTE programs help prepare youth and adults for high-skill, high-demand jobs in fields ranging from health care, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, information technology, marketing and sales, public safety and more. Each year, over 100,000 Michigan students enroll… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Peters, Stabenow Resolution Honoring Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced Senate passage of a resolution celebrating Black History Month. Stabenow and Peters were joined by a bipartisan group of 53 Senators in cosponsoring this resolution. "Black history is at the heart of our shared American experience, and I'm honored to join my colleagues to commemorate Black History Month," said Senator Peters. "Black History Month is a time to honor the many contributions of African Americans that h… Continue Reading


Peters to Host Dr. Paul Rogers, Director of TARDEC for Presidential Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be hosting Dr. Paul Rogers, Director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as his guest for President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress this evening. Headquartered at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, TARDEC is the U.S. Army's primary automotive research, development and engineering center focused on the development of… Continue Reading


Peters Visits BAE Systems in Sterling Heights, Meets with SE Michigan Defense Suppliers

Sterling Heights, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited military contractor BAE Systems in Sterling Heights to see a demonstration of the Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicle, an armored combat vehicle manufactured by BAE. Peters, who was recently appointed to the Senate Armed Services Committee, also held a roundtable discussion with local defense suppliers to hear how he can support Michigan's growing defense manufacturing sector that benefits both America's military and Michigan's economy. Pete… Continue Reading


Peters Presents Michigan WWII Veteran’s Family with Medals and Honors

SAGINAW, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today presented six medals and honors to the family of Fireman 1st Class Clifford Conrad, a World War II veteran. Conrad, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 77, was a resident of Genesee County and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, including Pearl Harbor. Peters' office helped secure the commendations after being contacted by Mr. Conrad's family to ensure his contributions to our nation were properly honored. The awards presented inclu… Continue Reading


Peters Presents Greater Lansing Area Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today presented Vietnam veterans from the Greater Lansing area with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at Lansing Community Colleges Veteran's Memorial, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "There are more veterans from the … Continue Reading


Peters to Travel to Munich Security Conference with Bipartisan Congressional Delegation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, will join a bipartisan Congressional delegation attending the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany this weekend. "America faces a range of national security challenges across the globe - from the threat of terrorism, to Russian aggression to North Korea's nuclear ambitions. It is more important than ever that the United States stand firm with our allies, and I … Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Andrew Puzder’s Withdrawal for Consideration as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters on the Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from consideration as Labor Secretary: "American workers deserve a Secretary of Labor who will stand up for them and their families and work to create and keep good paying jobs here in the United States. But Mr. Puzder's business practices and treatment of his own employees shows he would prioritize special interests over what's best for middle-class working families. Mr. Puzder's withdrawal is… Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Outsourcing Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced the Outsourcing Accountability Act which will help consumers identify which companies are sending jobs overseas by requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their total numbers of employees by location, including by state and by country. The legislation will also require companies to report the total number of employees and percentage change in employment numbers for each state and country where they have operations. U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


Peters Pays Tribute to Detroit Entrepreneur Mike Ilitch in Official Congressional Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) paid tribute to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. Text of his remarks in the Congressional Record: Mr. President, I rise today to remember Michael "Mike" Ilitch of Detroit, Michigan, founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. Sadly, Mr. Ilitch passed away last week at the age of 87. Mr. Ilitch was enthusiastic about sports, passiona… Continue Reading


Sens. Peters and Thune Announce Joint Effort on Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD), the chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a joint effort to explore legislation that clears hurdles and advances innovation in self-driving vehicle technology. Peters and Thune offered the following joint statement on this new partnership: "More than any other automotive technology in history, self-driving vehicles have the potential to dramatically reduce the more than… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Protecting Scientists from Government Interference

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined 26 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that will protect scientists working for the federal government from political interference. The Senators introduced the legislation in response to recent reports that the Trump Administration placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and halted public communication from other agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Service… Continue Reading

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