Press Releases

07.16.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce More than $3 Million to Help West Michigan Students Graduate from College

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced more than $3 million to give West Michigan students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college, coaching and skill development so they have a better shot at graduating college. This support through the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services Program will benefit eligible students at eight West Michigan colleges. “Whether it’s improving academic support services or increasing fi… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce More than $1 Million to Help Southeast Michigan Students Graduate from College

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $1.1 million to give Southeast Michigan students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college, coaching and skill development so they have a better shot at graduating college. This support through the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services Program will benefit eligible students at Wayne County Community College District, University of Detroit Mercy, Siena Heights University, and Ma… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Peters Introduces Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation to End School-to-Prison Pipeline

Bipartisan Bill Allows Local Communities to Use Existing Federal Funding to Invest in Youth Violence Prevention Programs, Implement Evidence-Based Programs WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined his colleagues in introducing bipartisan juvenile justice reform legislation that seeks to end the school-to-prison pipeline. The Youth PROMISE Act (Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) aims to empower local communitie… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Peters, Durbin Introduce Bill to Study Effects of Petroleum Coke

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Dick Durbin (IL) announced today that they introduced legislation to address the concerns of petroleum coke on a national level and open the door for federal environmental safety regulations on the tar sands byproduct. The Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public Health Act of 2015 would for the first time require a federal study into the health and environmental impacts of pet coke. Based on the results of the study, the bill would also require … Continue Reading


07.14.15

Peters Introduces Bill Supporting Rural Mail Delivery Service

Legislation Issues Two-Year Moratorium on Mail Processing Facility Closures, Ensures Permanent Six-Day Delivery WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined his colleagues in introducing legislation to improve rural mail service and delivery and provide protections for post offices and postal employees in rural communities across the country. The Rural Postal Act of 2015 would place a two-year moratorium on postal mail processing facility closures, restore delivery standar… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Peters Addresses NAACP National Convention

Peters Participates in Legislative Panel Highlighting the Need for Criminal Justice Reform WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today addressed the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA as part of a panel on NAACP’s legislative priorities. Peters discussed criminal justice reform and the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015, legislation he introduced to create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review and overhaul the criminal justice system. Peters int… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $71,250 for Snow Removal Equipment at Chippewa County International Airport

Funding from Federal Aviation Administration will Assist Airport in Clearing Airfield During Winter Storms WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Economic Development Corporation of Chippewa County will receive $71,250 for new snow removal equipment at Chippewa County International Airport near Sault Ste. Marie. The equipment will assist in the airport’s ability to clear the airfield in the event of snowstorms. The funding comes from the D… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Supporting Career Advancement for Firefighters, Land Management Employees

Legislation Allows Seasonal Employees, Including Firefighters, to Compete for Vacant Permanent Positions WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored legislation that allows experienced seasonal land management employees, such as firefighters, to compete for open permanent positions in the federal workforce. The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act would provide career advancement opportunities to qualified temporary workers by removing barr… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Peters Joins Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Bipartisan, Bicameral Caucus Raises Awareness of Children Without Families WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Foster Youth Caucus, today announced that he has joined the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA). The CCA is the largest bicameral and bipartisan caucus in Congress and aims to ensure that all children have the love and support of a permanent family and highlights issues pertaining to vulnerable children in need of permanent families. “Every c… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Bringing Jobs Back to America

Legislation Gives Tax Credit to Companies Bringing Jobs Back to U.S., Ends Tax Loophole Rewarding Outsourcers WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is an original cosponsor of legislation that would create new tax incentives for companies that bring jobs back to the United States from overseas, while eliminating a tax loophole that rewards companies for relocating American jobs to other countries. The Bring Jobs Home Act, introduced by Senator Debbie Stab… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $47,620 for First Responders in Manistee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the City of Manistee has been awarded $47,620 from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funding can be used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. “Ensuring that first responders have the proper tools to effectively train and d… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud $20,000 for First Responders in Daggett Township

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Daggett Township Volunteer Fire Department in Menominee County has been awarded $20,000 from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funding can be used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. “Ensuring that first responders ha… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Over $281,000 for Lincoln Park, Dearborn Heights First Responders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Lincoln Park Fire Department has been awarded $145,455 and the Dearborn Heights Fire Department has been awarded $136,364 from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funding can be used for vehicle acquisition and parts, including pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles and ambulances. “First responders rely on vehicles to respond … Continue Reading


07.09.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Houghton County Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Houghton County Memorial Airport to help rehabilitate the concrete of its apron, the area of an airport where aircraft are parked. The $856,203 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Investing in Michigan's transportation infrastructure boosts our regional competitiveness and helps create jobs in our state," Senator Peters said. "This support for the Houghton County Memorial Air… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Peters Introduces Amendments to No Child Left Behind Reform

Amendments Would Help Support Financial Literacy Education, Dual and Concurrent Enrollment WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has introduced two amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act, the bipartisan bill to reform the No Child Left Behind law and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These measures would support funding for financial literacy programming and make college more affordable by supporting high school students taking… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Peters, Gardner Announce Effort to Shape Federal Research and Development Priorities

Peters, Gardner to Lead Discussions Seeking Input from U.S. Science and Research Community to Improve Innovation and Competitiveness WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today that they will lead a series of discussion briefings to gather information from the U.S. science and research community and help shape federal research and development policy to improve American i… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Peters Cosponsors Resolution Congratulating Women’s World Cup Champions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring a Senate Resolution congratulating the United States Women’s National Team on their victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. “I am extremely proud of the women of the American Women’s National Team for representing our nation proudly on the world stage, and I congratulate them on bringing home the World Cup,” said Senator Peters. “The strength and determination of this team captivated the nation, and I’m plea… Continue Reading


07.02.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill Expanding Mental Health First Aid Training

Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Individuals Recognize Symptoms of Mental Illness WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to expand mental health first aid training programs to help people recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The Mental Health First Act of 2015 would establish a grant program to train emergency first responders, police officers and law enforcement, teachers and school administrators, and hea… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Helps Improve Prisoner Reentry and Reduce Likelihood of Reoffending WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which provides grants to state and local programs working to address recidivism and prisoner reentry in their communities. “Too many offenders who have served their time end up back in prison, and we must break this cycle of incarceration,” said Senator Peters. “The… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Croswell Emergency Medical Services

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced $23,777 for Croswell Emergency Medical Services in Sanilac County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. “First responders put so much on the line to keep our communities safe, and ensuring they have the resources needed to continue safeguarding neighborhoods is critical,” Senator Peters said. “I applaud this funding which will help firefighter… Continue Reading

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