Press Releases


At the Urging of Senators Peters and Stabenow, Obama Administration Approves $1.35 Million to Help Upgrade Soo Locks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the Obama Administration for approving $1.35 million to review critical upgrades to the aging locks at Sault Ste. Marie. In June, the Senators called on Office of Management and Budget Director Sean Donovan to approve the Army Corps of Engineers' request to help replace the Davis and Sabin Locks with a lock of similar size to the Poe Lock. Currently, 70 percent of cargo vessels, including all of the large lake freig… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after the attacks in Paris: "Tonight our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. We mourn alongside the entire country of France in the wake of this inhumane violence. As Americans, we must stand united with the people of France and provide our help and support to our oldest ally in this time of need." ###… Continue Reading


Peters, Dingell Announce Legislation Promoting Vehicle Innovation at Leggett and Platt Commercial Vehicle Products

WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) visited Leggett and Platt Commercial Vehicle Products in Taylor to announce new legislation, the Vehicle Innovation Act that will be introduced in the House of Representatives next week. The bill will promote investments in research and development of clean vehicle technologies to create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and support American auto manufactur… Continue Reading


Peters Statement Honoring Veteran’s Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in recognition of Veteran's Day and the proud men and women who have bravely served our nation: "On Veteran's Day, we honor the immense contributions and sacrifices of America's veterans, including the more than 650,000 veterans who call Michigan home. For generations, our veterans - and their families - have answered the call of duty and served our country with bravery and honor. As a nation, we are grateful… Continue Reading


In Advance of Veterans Day, Dingell, Peters & Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Award Long-Overdue Medal of Honor to Ypsilanti Vietnam Veteran

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today introduced legislation that would allow Major Charles S. Kettles of Ypsilanti to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The bill was introduced following a request from the Ypsilanti Rotary Veterans History Project to review Major Kettles' actions during the Vietnam War. Upon review, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter determined that Major Kettles' actions merited the nation's highest … Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow, Congressman Kildee Call for Newly Elected Canadian Prime Minister to Stop Storage of Nuclear Waste on Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) today urged newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action to stop nuclear waste from being buried less than a mile from Lake Huron. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sens. Peters, Stabenow and Rep. Kildee urged the new Canadian government to not approve permits necessary to construct a proposed nuclear waste site in Kincardine, Ontario. The previous Can… Continue Reading


Peters Calls for Full Investigation into Wrongful Discharge of Servicemembers with Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today joined his colleagues in calling on the Pentagon to conduct a full U.S. Army Inspector General investigation into recent allegations that the U.S. Army has, since 2009, wrongfully dismissed more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they returned from deployment and were diagnosed with mental health disorders. In a letter addressed to Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning,… Continue Reading


Peters Recognizes National Veterans Small Business Week

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today released the following statement recognizing the week of November 2-6 as National Veterans Small Business Week: "America's servicemembers are leaders on the frontlines of battle and in their communities back home. The skills, motivation and training these men and women develop through their military service make them s… Continue Reading


Peters Offers Assistance with Applications for SBA Disaster Recovery Loans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today encouraged small businesses across Michigan that have been affected by excessive rain and cooler than normal temperatures that began on April 1, 2014 to contact his office if they need help applying for a disaster assistance loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Currently, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans program is available to eligible Michigan farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial los… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Call for Extension of Perkins Student Loan Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to take up and pass a one-year, no-cost extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on October 1st. The Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help students with exceptional financial need pay for their education. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-year extensio… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Legislation Strengthening U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act, bipartisan legislation that will strengthen American military cooperation with Jordan. Along with Israel, Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and is currently taking part in airstrikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria as a member of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. "As ISIS continues to sow instability in the Middle East and pose a serious thr… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Employment Opportunities for Former Prisoners

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to improve employment opportunities for former prisoners reentering the workforce and help prevent repeated incarcerations. The FAIR Chance Act would bring the Ban the Box initiative to federal government positions and prohibit federal employers and federal contractors from asking applicants about criminal history information until they reach the conditional offer stage of the hiring pro… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Return of 127th Wing to Selfridge After Supporting Mission to Combat ISIS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the safe return of approximately 500 Airmen from the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to eliminate ISIS: "I join the entire state of Michigan in welcoming home the brave men and women of the 127th Wing and thank them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation. Our National Guard… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Call for Immediate Action to Stop Spread of Asian Carp

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today urged the Obama Administration to take action to stop Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin. In a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators Peters and Stabenow called for funding to develop and implement measures that directly prevent Asian Carp from entering Michigan's waterways. Last week, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that small Asian Carp may… Continue Reading


Peters Statement Condemning Recent Attacks in Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters on the recent violence taking place in Israel: "The violence in Israel over the past weeks is absolutely terrifying, and the United States and the world community cannot stand by as the people of the State of Israel are subjected to these horrific attacks. Palestinian leaders, especially President Abbas, have a moral responsibility to speak out against these brutal attacks. My condolences go out to the victims and their famili… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Efforts to Invest in Innovation to Drive Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement applauding the Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation that prioritizes investments in research and development, advanced vehicle technology and other innovations to spur economic growth: "I am pleased to see that the Obama Administration is continuing to focus on economic growth by outlining efforts to invest in the research and development priorities that are the building blocks of a strong e… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Continue Efforts to Strengthen American R&D Policy, Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and leaders of the innovation and competiveness working group established by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), today offered an update on input they received as part of bipartisan efforts to gather input from the U.S. science and research community and other interested parties on federal research and development (R&D) policy priorities… Continue Reading


Peters Tours Kalamazoo’s River’s Edge District

KALAMAZOO, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Kalamazoo's River's Edge District today to observe revitalization efforts to attract local business development, district development and residents to the area. While there, Peters highlighted the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, legislation he has introduced to support community efforts to attract water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance recreation … Continue Reading


Peters Statement on EPA Formation of the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force

DETROIT, MI - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that they are forming the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force, which will include science and technical experts from the EPA as well as officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the City of Flint: "All Michiganders deserve access to safe and clean drinking water, and the increased lead levels found in the Flint water s… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Bill Increasing Veterans’ Disability Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is cosponsoring the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the amounts paid for veterans' disability compensation and other benefits by implementing the same cost-of-living adjustment that recipients of Social Security receive. Michigan is home to more than 650,000 veterans. "Many veterans who have served our nation in unif… Continue Reading

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