Press Releases

12.22.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Federal Manufacturing Support Programs

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline federal efforts to boost domestic manufacturers and support workers. The Strengthening Support for American Manufacturing Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would assess the U.S. Department of Commerce's efforts to support manufacturers and suggest solutions to improve the Department's manufacturing programs to better serve manufacturers - many of which ar… Continue Reading


12.20.21

Peters Statement on Biden Administration’s Vehicle Emissions Standards Announcement

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s vehicle emissions standards announcement: "Climate change is a threat to Michigan's Great Lakes and our economy - and it's critical we address it in a way that not only protects our state for future generations, but creates jobs and strengthens our economy. Today's announcement is an importa… Continue Reading


12.20.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Federal Workforce’s Understanding of Artificial Intelligence Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, that would help bolster the federal workforce's understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) has passed the Senate. The bill would create a training program to help federal employees responsible for purchasing and managing AI technologies better understand the capabilities and risks they pose to the American people. It would also help ensure the United … Continue Reading


12.17.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Confirmation of Two Michigan U.S. District Court Judges

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced the U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Judge Shalina Kumar and Judge Jane Beckering. Judge Shalina Kumar was confirmed to be the U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge Jane Beckering was confirmed to be the U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Judge Kumar will be the first federal judge of South Asian descent in Michigan. On October 6, the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading


12.17.21

VIDEO: Peters Delivers Commencement Address at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) delivered the Master's and Educational Specialist degree commencement address at Michigan State University today. Peters - who earned a M.A. in Philosophy with a specialization in ethics and development from MSU - highlighted the resilience demonstrated by the graduating class throughout the pandemic and spoke to the promise each graduate's future holds entering a new frontier of discovery and innovation with a world class education in hand. "It … Continue Reading


12.16.21

Peters Applauds New Rule Implementing His Provision to Protect the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's formal adoption and implementation of his provision designating the Great Lakes as an Unusually Sensitive Area - which subjects pipelines operating in the area to higher standards for operating safely. Peters authored the provision requiring the federal agency overseeing pipeline safety to take this action as part of the bipartisan PIPES Act which establishes federal pipeline policy. "The Grea… Continue Reading


12.16.21

Peters Recognized as U.S. Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumnus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was recognized by the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors as the 60th Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumnus. The Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni Program recognizes individual Supply Corps Officers who have distinguished themselves after their Naval career. Peters was recognized for his dedicated servic… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $15.5 Million in Federal Funding for Detroit Metro Airport Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $15,543,066 to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport. This grant - which was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year - will provide financial help for concession businesses located at the airport. "Metro Airport is a vital economic hub for Michigan and our country. Ensuring its succ… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Federal Agencies Can Quickly and Securely Adopt Cloud Technology Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to update and authorize the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has advanced in the Senate. The bill would ensure federal agencies are able to quickly and securely adopt cloud-based technologies that improve government operations and efficiency. It will also make FedRAMP more accountable to the American people and create private sector jobs in … Continue Reading


12.15.21

National Defense Bill with Peters-Led Provisions Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed the national defense bill which now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The bill includes numerous provisions that U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led or supported, including to strengthen our national security, vitalize Michigan's growing defense sector and support our nation's veterans and servicemembers. The bill also includes nearly $144 million in investments that Peters - who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee - secure… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to strengthen federal efforts to expand domestic manufacturing of semiconductor chips. The Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act of 2021, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), would direct the U.S. Department of Commerce's SelectUSA program - in collaboration with federal agencies and state economic development organizations … Continue Reading


12.15.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Muskegon County Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,097,233 to the Muskegon County Airport. This grant - which was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year - will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. "Safe and reliable a… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that would help recruit, develop and retain highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals in the federal workforce has passed the Senate. Agencies across the federal government face growing cyber threats, but struggle to hire and retain qualified cybersecurity employees. "Cyber-attacks pose a significant threat to our nation and are only becoming more sophi… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Dawn Ison Confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced that the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Dawn Ison to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan with bipartisan support. Dawn Ison is the first African American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. "I'm pleased the Senate unanimously confirmed Dawn Ison to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan," said Senator Peters. "Dawn is highly qualified and we… Continue Reading


12.13.21

PHOTOS: Peters, Stabenow Host Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks at Selfridge Air National Guard Base

HARRISON CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today hosted Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Peters hosted Deputy Secretary Hicks, along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, to observe the current operational capabilities of the base, review key research and development initiatives taking place through the Kelly Johnson All-Domain Innova… Continue Reading


12.10.21

ICYMI: Peters Leads Commerce Subcommittee Hearing to Tackle Ocean Shipping Supply Chains Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports, convened a hearing to examine ocean supply chain challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that have impacted families in Michigan and across the country. The hearing highlighted how these supply chain challenges have led businesses and consumers to experience major delays and price increases. Among those who testified was Paul Doyle of Coastal Automotive, which… Continue Reading


12.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Urge President Biden to Prioritize Great Lakes Projects in Infrastructure Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today urged President Biden to prioritize projects that impact the Great Lakes Region when implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The lawmakers focused their request on three priorities: funding the Soo Locks modernization project to completion, cleaning up all remaining areas of concern that threaten public health and economic development, and accelerating work at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to stop… Continue Reading


12.09.21

VIDEO: Peters Convenes Hearing Examining Department of Defense Failures to Protect Servicemembers, Military Families, and Michigan Communities from PFAS Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, held a hearing with two panels of expert witnesses to examine how servicemembers, their families and communities in Michigan and across the country have been harmed by exposure to toxic Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) connected to military sites. Peters convened the hearing after a Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General report found that DoD failed… Continue Reading


12.09.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FEMA Reservists' Jobs During Disaster Response Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to protect Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Reservists from losing their full-time employment when they are called up to assist communities with disaster response has passed the Senate. FEMA Reservists are temporary, on-call and intermittent employees who are essential to the agency's mission to quickly respond to disasters, but they currently … Continue Reading


12.08.21

Peters Announces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster American Semiconductor Production and Supply Chains

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced bipartisan legislation to bolster American semiconductor production and supply chains. The Investing in Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing Act, which was introduced with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ), would ensure that federal incentives to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing include U.S. suppliers that produce the materials and manufacturing equipment that enable semiconductor ma… Continue Reading

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