Press Releases

06.11.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $466,000 for the Grand Rapids Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Grand Rapids Fire Department will receive $466,948 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters in Michigan put their safety on the line to protect their neighbors and communities, and it's critical they have the resources needed to… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Peters and Portman Seek Input as Committee Works to Address Relentless Ransomware Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are seeking input from the Administration as they work to address the relentless wave of ransomware attacks against our nation's critical infrastructure. Recent attacks have included dangerous breaches of a major oil pipeline, the New York City transportation system, and meatpacking centers across the nation. "As highlighted in rece… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support MotorCities National Heritage Area

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced the reintroduction of a bipartisan bill to support National Heritage Areas across the country including Michigan's MotorCities National Heritage Area in Southeast Michigan. The National Heritage Area Act establishes standard criteria for the funding, management and designation of National Heritage Areas across the country and sets an annual authorization of $1 million for all National Heritage Areas. De… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Peters Provision to Create Significant Incident Declaration for Major Cyber-Attacks Passes Senate as Part of Competitiveness Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A provision authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, passed the Senate as a part of a legislative package to strengthen national security, boost American competitiveness on the global stage, and lessen our dependence on adversarial governments, like China and Russia. The provision would provide additional resources and better coordination for serious cyber-attacks or breaches that risk the safety and secur… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Federal Motorcyclist Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to enhance the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) within the U.S. Department of Transportation and extend it for an additional six years. The Motorcyclist Advisory Council Act of 2021, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), would ensure the Department of Transportation hears and considers input from motorcyclists and key motorcycle stakeholders. The new council would advise the D… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Peters Provisions to Strengthen National Security and American Competitiveness Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several provisions led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, were passed by the Senate as a part of a legislative package to strengthen national security, boost American competitiveness on the global stage, and lessen our dependence on adversarial governments, like China and Russia. Peters' provisions strengthen American defenses against sophisticated cyber-attacks, mitigate risks posed by our overreliance on … Continue Reading


06.08.21

Peters Helps Senate Pass Bipartisan Economic Competitiveness Bill with Michigan Wins

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, helped the Senate pass sweeping legislation tonight to strengthen manufacturing and boost economic competitiveness on the global stage, including to lessen our dependence on countries like China. The bill - the American Innovation and Competition Act - includes a number of provisions from Peters, including efforts to improve coordination between the Department of Commerce and th… Continue Reading


06.08.21

VIDEO: Peters Presses Colonial Pipeline CEO on Recent Hack That Caused Gas Shortages and Price Increases for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with Joseph A. Blount, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Pipeline, to examine a recent hack that forced the company to shut down over 5,500 miles of pipeline that runs from Texas to New York that provides gas to 13 states. At the hearing, Peters pressed Blount on why Colonial was unprepared to defend against the online attack and what the compa… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Peters Releases Bipartisan Investigative Report Detailing Security, Planning and Response Failures that Led to Breach of U.S. Capitol on January 6th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a joint bipartisan report detailing how security, planning and response failures led to a violent and unprecedented breach of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. The report offers bipartisan recommendations that lawmakers, Capitol security officials and national security officials can take to ensure the Capitol is secure from ongoing threats. Peters previousl… Continue Reading


06.07.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Detroit Metro Airport Will Receive Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $3,885,767 to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will provide financial help for businesses located at the airport, including car rental, parking and concession businesses. "Detroit Metro Airport is a vital lifeline for Michigan's economy - it not only connects travelers and businesses to m… Continue Reading


06.04.21

PHOTOS: Peters Leads Listening Tour on Strengthening Michigan’s Infrastructure in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Southfield

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week launched his statewide Building a Stronger Michigan listening tour to hear from Michiganders about local needs and priorities to enhance critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and broadband to help inform his work on infrastructure legislation in the Senate. He convened roundtable discussions in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Southfield. On Wednesday, Peters heard from local leaders in Grand Rapids and toured the MDOT West Michigan Oper… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Peters Statement on the Air Force’s New International F-35 Mission Basing Decision

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, today released the following statement on the news that the Air Force has selected Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Arkansas instead of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, MI as the location for new F-35 and F-16 missions: "There are many important, unanswered questions about how and why the Air Force made this decision. I have repeatedly pressed for a decision based on fairness and… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Peters Discusses Michiganders Danny Fenster, Paul Whelan in Call with President Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after a call with President Biden's National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, regarding Michiganders Danny Fenster and Paul Whelan, who are being held in detention abroad in Burma and Russia, respectively: "I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the latest regarding Danny Fenster and Paul Whelan with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. I remain very concerned by Danny Fenster's detention in Burma, and my office… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Peters Statement on Republican Senators Voting to Block January 6th Commission

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after a majority of Senate Republicans voted to block the formation of an independent commission, modeled on the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th: "The January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol - the citadel of our democracy - remains a dark stain on our nation's history. Americans d… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Peters Leads Reintroduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Transportation Industry Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand career opportunities throughout the transportation industry. The Promoting Service in Transportation Act would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to deploy public awareness campaigns highlighting job opportunities in the transportation sector to help fill existing and future workforce shortages. Peters reintroduced the legislation with U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Catherin… Continue Reading


05.25.21

VIDEO: At Hearing, Peters Presses Air Force Secretary Nominee on PFAS Action, Highlights Selfridge as Host for F-35 International Training Center

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today pressed for additional action to address PFAS contamination at military sites across the country and additionally highlighted Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan as an ideal host to a potential F-35 international training center. During a confirmation hearing for U.S. Air Force Secretary-designate Frank Kendall, Peters discussed thes… Continue Reading


05.21.21

Peters Discusses PFAS at Wurtsmith, a Strong Future Mission at Selfridge with Air Force Nominees

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, met with President Biden's nominees to serve as Air Force Secretary and Under Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall and Gina Ortiz Jones, to discuss priorities for national security and the people of Michigan. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: "I appreciated the opportunity to speak with Frank Kendall and Gina Ortiz Jon… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize USPS and Promote Long-Term Sustainable Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. The bill strengthens transparency and accountability for Postal Service performance, eliminates unnecessary financial burdens, and helps ensure the Postal Service can better serve the A… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Peters Urges Department of Defense to Improve Implementation of His Fairness for Veterans Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today urged the Department of Defense to more quickly and effectively implement his legislation that was signed into law to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fairness for Veterans law codifies the principles of the 2014 Hagel memo to give liberal c… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Ahead of President Biden’s Michigan Visit, Peters Touts Importance of Electric Vehicle Manufacturing & Infrastructure Investments That Support American Auto Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of President Biden's Tuesday visit to the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. While there, President Biden is expected to highlight the need for robust investments in electric vehicle technology and manufacturing as part of infrastructure discussions. "President Biden knows that Michigan workers can outcompete and outwork anyone. His visit reaffirms the importance of our state's p… Continue Reading

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