Press Releases

04.01.20

Michigan Small Businesses & Non-Profits Can Begin Applying for Emergency Loans Peters Helped Secure in Coronavirus Relief Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that starting on Friday, April 3rd, small businesses and non-profits across Michigan can begin applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to cover payroll costs and other essential expenses. This comes after Peters worked in a bipartisan manner to increase funding for SBA 7(a) small business loans in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security (CARES) Act. Michiganders who are self-employed or identify… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Peters Reiterates Call for Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window as Part of Coronavirus Response

DETROIT, MI - As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket in Michigan, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reiterated his call for the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. He again urged for the Administration to establish a special enrollment period following a news report that the Administration will not re-open enrollment. Last month, Peters urged the … Continue Reading


04.01.20

Peters Urges Trump Administration to Supply Emergency Responders with Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged the Trump Administration to address the widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) that are affecting both health care providers in Michigan and across the country, as well as law enforcement and first responders. The Detroit Police Department has been hit especially hard by Coronavirus, resulting in the quarantine of over 22 percent of the force. Pet… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities Signed into Law

DETROIT, MI - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) was signed into law to allow more veterans to use their GI bill benefits toward securing a registered apprenticeship. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), was championed in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08). In Michigan alone, only a few hundred of the 1,000 registered apprenticeships listed … Continue Reading


03.30.20

Michigan Implements Expansion of Unemployment Assistance Following Peters’ Legislation Being Signed into Law

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed the State of Michigan's announcement today that it will expand unemployment assistance to Michigan workers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The expansion was made possible because of Peters' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, which was included in the federal, bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law last week. Peters' bill creates an unemployment compensation program to provide feder… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Peters to Hold Telephone Town Halls on Coronavirus Tuesday and Wednesday

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he will hold Telephone Town Halls on TUESDAY, MARCH 31st at 4:45 PM and on WEDNESDAY, April 1st at 4:45 PM to provide an update on his efforts in the Senate to help Michiganders impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and answer their questions. He will discuss the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and resource available to workers, families, small businesses and medical professionals. "As Michiganders … Continue Reading


03.27.20

Peters Delivers Weekly Democratic Address, Highlights Expansion of Unemployment Benefits, Significant Hospital Funding, Support for Small Businesses in 3rd Coronavirus Package

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today delivered the Weekly Democratic Address, specifically highlighting efforts to ensure that the third Coronavirus package that passed the Senate included legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures to provide robust support for small businesses, and significantly more funding for hospitals and health care professionals during this crisis. The bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes Peters' Pandemi… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Third Coronavirus Package That Includes His Legislation to Significantly Expand Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) fought to significantly improve the latest package to address the Coronavirus pandemic and helped the Senate pass this bipartisan legislation. The third Coronavirus package includes Peters' legislation to expand unemployment benefits and measures he pushed for to support small businesses, hospitals and health care professionals. Peter spoke about the legislation on the Senate floor Wednesday evening. The bill includes Peters' Pandemic Unemployment … Continue Reading


03.25.20

Peters Secures Expanded Unemployment Assistance in Third Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he secured inclusion of his legislation to expand unemployment assistance in the third Coronavirus package. This comes after Peters has worked tirelessly and pushed to expand unemployment benefits for Michiganders impacted by Coronavirus. Peters' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would create a temporary unemployment compensation program to provide federally funded benefits to people unable to work because of the Coronavirus. It w… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Peters Announces Proposal to Ensure Availability of Medical Supplies for Health Care Workers and Hospitals during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced a proposal to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 by ensuring the federal government is helping our nation's public health system prepare to handle an influx of patients. The need for sufficient personal protective equipment and medical supplies, protections for health care providers, and enough hospital beds for sick patients is critical during this pan… Continue Reading


03.21.20

Peters & Murray Press Trump Administration to Report Key Metrics on Tests and Equipment in Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, called on the Trump Administration to publicly report to Congress and the American people a list of critical metrics on the COVID-19 response. Peters and Murray are requesting the Administration make information about nationwide testing capacity, hospital bed space, person… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Peters Pushing for Inclusion of His Measures to Support Workers, Small Businesses & Health Care Professionals in Coronavirus Legislative Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is continuing his work to ensure legislation he spearheaded to support Michigan workers, families and small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic is included in the next legislative Senate package. He is also pressing to ensure frontline health care workers have the equipment and supplies needed to protect themselves and patients. The bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, which Peters helped the Senate pass earlier this week,… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Following Calls by Peters, President Trump Announces He’ll Use Defense Production Act to Address Supply Shortages in Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC - Following calls and pressure from U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, President Trump announced he will use the authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to address widespread shortages for personal protective equipment and medical supplies due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The DPA authorizes the President to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extraordinary circumstances, and to direc… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic, Peters, Stabenow, Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Bill to Support Small Business Lending

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Maggie Hassan (NH) today reintroduced legislation to support small business lending as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to negatively impact small businesses in Michigan and across the country. The Small Business Access to Capital Act will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) which helps small businesses grow and create jobs. SSBCI funds the Michigan Economic Dev… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Peters Supports Governor Whitmer’s Call to Federally Fund Use of National Guard to Aid COVID-19 Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, urged President Trump to authorize federal support for the National Guard to aid in Michigan's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer called up the Michigan National Guard to "assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, an… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Calls for More Action

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after voting for the bipartisan Senate passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act - which, among other actions, provides Michigan with $850 million in Medicaid support: "I'm glad that the Senate finally passed this bipartisan bill that will give-much needed support to Michigan workers and families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This bill includes important measures such as unemployment assistanc… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Peters & Stabenow Raise Concerns over Possible Michigan Impact of Canada’s Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) wrote President Donald J. Trump to ensure his Administration is working with the Government of Canada on its new travel restrictions that could have an unintended impact on Michigan's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention to close the Canadian border to any individuals who are not citizens or permanent res… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Peters Announces Proposal to Quickly Increase Nationwide Coronavirus Testing Capacity

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced a proposal to quickly increase the nation's Coronavirus testing capacity, address the shortage of test kits and remove barriers to access for testing in communities across the country. Widespread testing is crucial for understanding the true scope of the outbreak, but a national shortage of testing kits in the United States has hampered the nation's r… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Peters Reiterates Calls for Immediate Senate Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement reiterating the immediate need for the U.S. Senate to reconvene and pass the U.S. House of Representatives-approved Families First Coronavirus Response Act: "The Senate must pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act immediately to help support families and workers in Michigan and across the country facing unprecedented personal, health and financial challenges. The Senate needs to act to make testing… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Peters Statement on National Emergency Declaration to Combat Coronavirus and Need for More Action

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week called on President Trump to declare an emergency making additional resources available, and led bipartisan legislation to provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peters issued the following statement after President Trump declared a national emergency today: "The current Coronavirus outbre… Continue Reading

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