Press Releases

11.07.19

Peters Highlights Michiganders’ Stories on Rising Prescription Drug Costs, Recent Efforts to Lower Prices on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today to share the stories of Michiganders he met with recently at listening sessions across the state who are currently struggling to afford the prescription drugs they need. Peters also discussed the need for the Senate to take action and his investigation through the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee into the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, growing drug shortages and the risks to national secu… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Peters, Gardner, Sullivan & Hassan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders. Emergency response teams are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams as they work to keep communities safe. PFAS substan… Continue Reading


11.05.19

Peters Announces Investigation into Rising Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced he is conducting an investigation into the rising costs of prescription drugs and the short supply of critical medications affecting hospitals and patients throughout the country. Unaffordable prescription and hospital-administered drugs, and the increasing number and length of drug shortages, have become an economic, national security and public he… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Peters Presses Census Bureau to Address Staffing Shortages

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is pressing the U.S. Census Bureau to swiftly address staffing shortages identified in a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on preparations for the 2020 Census. The report, which Peters requested as part of his ongoing oversight of the census, found that the Census Bureau has repeatedly missed key hiring targets due to factors including backlogs in the back… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Peters Secures $9 Million Increase in Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he successfully secured an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for Fiscal Year 2020. The funding - which is an increase from the current proposed level of $301 million - passed the Senate as part of a government funding bill. Peters worked with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to secure the funding. "For Michiganders, the Great Lakes are simply part of our DNA. But protecting them needs to be … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Peters, Johnson, Klobuchar & Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity for Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen local government cybersecurity defenses by switching to the .gov domain for websites and email addresses. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 directs the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) to provide resources and assist… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Peters, Stabenow Will Vote to Stop Expansion of Health Care Plans without Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) will vote today on a resolution to protect people with pre-existing conditions. This is critical for Michigan families because 4.1 million people in Michigan have a pre-existing condition. The resolution, cosponsored by all 47 Senate Democrats, would roll back a Trump administration rule that the Administration is using to greenlight short-term "junk insurance" plans that don't protect people with pre-existing conditions. … Continue Reading


10.29.19

Senate Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to address the national security threat posed by forged video content. The Deepfake Reports Act will help to protect Americans from misinformation spread online by hyper-realistic digital manipulations of audio and video known as deepfakes. The legislation directs… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Peters, Stabenow Urge CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings

WASHINGTON, DC - Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) joined their colleagues in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Peters and Stabenow demanded an update on the steps CMS will take to address demonstrated gaps in data pertaining to blood lead level … Continue Reading


10.27.19

Peters Statement on Passing of Representative Conyers

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement following the passing of former U.S. Representative John Conyers: "From being in Selma, Alabama, on Freedom Day during the Civil Rights Movement - to co-founding the Congressional Black Caucus, chairing the House Judiciary Committee and becoming Dean of the House of Representatives - Congressman Conyers dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights. While serving in Congress with him, I saw firsthand his dedication a… Continue Reading


10.27.19

Peters Statement on ISIS and Operation in Syria

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following the President's announcement that the U.S. military operation in Syria killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "I join the President and my colleagues in commending our intelligence community as well as military and servicemembers that carried out this significant operation. This is an important reminder that while t… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Peters Statement on Ratification of UAW-GM Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the ratification of a labor contract agreement between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors: "Michigan autoworkers and their families sacrificed a lot over the past 40 days. I was proud to stand with these workers and join them at the picket lines as they fought for better wages and benefits." ###… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation's food supply and agricultural industries at the border. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation's borders by authorizing U.S. Cu… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Peters, Duckworth Reintroduce Good Government Legislation to Increase Transparency on Trump Administration Travel Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reintroduced legislation to safeguard taxpayer dollars and improve transparency and public disclosure of Administration travel spending. The Federal Travel Transparency Act would strengthen oversight of taxpayer-funded travel by making the air travel activities of cabinet secretaries and agency leaders available to the public online in a… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Peters, Colleagues View Demo of School Bus Safety Technology, Highlight STOP for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Julia Brownley (CA-26) attended a school bus safety technology showcase hosted by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) to highlight their legislation to prevent motorists from passing school buses stopped at loading zones. The event, which helped mark School Bus Safety Week, featured a school bus equipped with examples of technology used to prevent stop-ar… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Peters Introduces Legislation to Award Judge Damon Keith Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation to honor the life and legacy of Detroit native Judge Damon Keith by posthumously awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal. Judge Keith, who passed away on April 28th, 2019, overcame institutional barriers throughout the course of his over 50 year career to become an instrumental figure on the federal bench. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor award bestowed by Congress. "Judge Damon Keith was a trailbl… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Peters to Introduce Amendment to Increase Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will file an amendment to a government funding bill to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The amendment, which will be filed to appropriations legislation the Senate is set to consider this week, would increase GLRI funding for Fiscal Year 2020 from the current proposed level of $301 million to $320 million. A similar bill that included the funding increase for the GLRI already passed the Hous… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Peters, Stabenow Urge Long-Term Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (NY) to prioritize long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). In a bipartisan letter, which was cosigned by 25 senators, Stabenow and Peters calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) a… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Peters Statement on Passing of Governor Milliken

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement following the passing of former Michigan Governor Bill Milliken: "Governor Milliken's proud record of bipartisan problem-solving, exemplary public service and love for the Great Lakes defined a Michigan era, and his legacy will continue to inspire Michiganders for generations to come. Like so many, I sought his counsel and I was always grateful for his advice and support. Colleen and I send our deepest sympathies to th… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Peters, Colleagues Welcome House Passage of Outsourcing Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) today welcomed House of Representatives passage of a companion to their Outsourcing Accountability Act. The legislation, which they reintroduced earlier this year, would identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign countries and require publicly traded companies to publish reports detailing the number of employees per location, including by state and by coun… Continue Reading

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