Press Releases

01.28.15

Peters Statement Senate Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

WASHINGTON, DC -Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) on today’s Senate passage of legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “There are still many outstanding questions on the environmental impact of building the Keystone XL Pipeline, and I do not believe Congress should expedite this project without knowing the full risks to our environment and public health. I am disappointed that the Senate failed to pass my commonsense amendments that would protec… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Peters, Stabenow Denounce Republican Opposition to Protecting Michigan’s Environment

Peters & Stabenow Introduced Amendment to Increase Oversight of Aging Pipelines WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow expressed disappointment after their amendment to protect Michigan’s environment and enhance oversight over aging pipelines in the Great Lakes, such as those underneath the Straits of Mackinac, was defeated today. The amendment, which was offered during Senate consideration of legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, was o… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Peters Joins Senate Great Lakes Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced he has joined the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan working group made up of Senators representing the states bordering the Great Lakes. Peters will work with Great Lakes Task Force co-chair Senator Debbie Stabenow and his colleagues in the Senate to preserve and protect our Great Lakes, highlight the economic benefits that come from the Great Lakes and the need to combat threats from invasive species, including Asian Carp. As a… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Peters Sponsors Measures to Improve Transparency and Reform Campaign Finance System

WASHINGTON, DC - Following the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC decision last week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) cosponsored two measures to repair the broken campaign finance system and increase openness and transparency in government. Peters cosponsored a constitutional amendment to ensure that every American has a voice in our political system by giving Congress the authority to regulate campaign finance laws, including the authority to set reasonable limits on money raised a… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Peters Attends Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Annual Celebration

TRAVERSE CITY, MI -U.S. Senator Gary Peters attended the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Annual Celebration dinner to recognize the contributions of the Traverse City business community. This year’s celebration marked the 100th anniversary of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s founding. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and Traverse City area businesses play a unique role in shaping the surrounding communities,’ said Peters. “The Traverse City business… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Identify and Prevent Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) cosponsored the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015, which would establish a pilot program to train health care professionals to identify victims of human trafficking. Peters cosponsored the legislation with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA). “Human trafficking is a serious problem in Michigan, and we need to give our health care providers the tools they need to recognize and address human trafficking in their communities,” said… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Measures to Protect Michigan’s Environment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced two amendments to protect Michigan’s environment and provide more information on potential risks surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline. These two measures would amend legislation currently before the Senate authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, to call for a study on the potential health and environmental risks of petroleum coke as a result of refining oil transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline and enh… Continue Reading


01.19.15

Senator Gary Peters Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “In the six years since our nation faced its toughest economic crisis in decades, our economy has made great strides toward recovery. We must keep working to ensure that middle class families, and those aspiring to get there, are also benefitting from our economic recovery. “Many middle class families feel squeezed, and are finding it harder to feel… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud $500,000 Grant for Flint to Revitalize South Saginaw Corridor Neighborhood

Funding will improve housing, education, and safety in the region WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro’s announcement that Flint will receive $500,000 to help transform and revitalize the city’s neighborhoods, making them safer for families and more prosperous for local businesses. This support comes through the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant program, which is focused on improving ho… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Michigan State University’s Role in New High-Tech Manufacturing Hub

New Multi-State Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation Includes Center Located at Michigan State University WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today applauded President Obama’s announcement that Michigan State University’s Composite Materials and Structures Center and Composite Vehicles Research Center will serve as an automotive manufacturing center under the new Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation. This Institute will pr… Continue Reading


01.07.15

Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support to Conserve Wildlife Habitats in Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support to conserve wildlife habitats in the Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay of Lake Superior in Baraga County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Keweenaw Land Trust received a $1,000,000 grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase 1,374 acres of coastal wetlands and near shore aquatic habitats, including ap… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Peters Tours Big Three Auto Exhibits at NAIAS

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today toured the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where he saw firsthand the continued resurgence of the American auto industry. Peters visited the exhibits of General Motors, Chrysler and Ford at the press preview. Last year proved itself to be a strong year for the auto industry, with nearly 17 million cars sold in the United States in 2014 and new vehicle sales increasing 6%. Peters said, “Thanks to the h… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Senator Gary Peters Statement on President Obama Visit to Michigan Auto Plant

Peters Joined President at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters accompanied President Obama on his visit to the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, which manufactures the world’s top-selling vehicle - the Ford Focus - and employs more than 5,000 American workers. Senator Peters released the following statement on the President’s visit: “The resurgence of Michigan’s auto industry is a true American success story and a real bright spot in our count… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Senator Gary Peters Sworn in to U.S. Senate Today

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters was officially sworn in to the United States Senate. As he took his oath of office, Peters was joined by his wife, Colleen, his three children, Gary Jr., Madeleine, and Alana, his mother Madeleine Peters, his sister Genevieve Williams, and his niece Julie Williams. Peters took the oath on his mother’s family bible, which she keeps by her bedside. Below is a photo of Senator Peters’ swearing in: Suggested cutline: Gary Peters is officially … Continue Reading

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