Press Releases

05.14.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill Targeting Unfair Trade Practices From Foreign Competitors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help small and medium-sized businesses that are negatively impacted by unfair trade practices from foreign competitors. Currently, many agricultural producers, manufacturers and parts suppliers lack the resources needed to identify unfair practices and bring them to the attention of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Self-Initiation Trade Enforcement Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters Statement on New CDC Guidance for Vaccinated Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following video on the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased recommendations for fully vaccinated Americans. "Today's news from the CDC is great! We now can start getting back to our normal life as long as we are fully vaccinated. That's why it's so important that everybody…get out there and go get a vaccine," Senator Peters said in a video statement Thursday afternoon. As Chairman of the Se… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Housing Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would aim to bolster financial literacy among prospective first-time homeowners. The Housing Financial Literacy Act, which Peters reintroduced with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), would provide those who complete a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified housing counseling course the opportunity to claim a .25% deduction on their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insu… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters’ Bills to Strengthen Manufacturing Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has advanced bills introduced by Senator Gary Peters (MI) to reactivate the Manufacturing Advisory Council and establish a one-stop hub website to help connect manufacturers with federal resources. The legislation will now head to the Senate floor. "For too long, the federal government has not taken a national approach to manufacturing, which has put our country at a global competitive disadvantage," said Senator Peters, who is a member of … Continue Reading


05.12.21

Peters Provision to Increase American Semiconductor Production Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that his amendment to increase domestic production of semiconductor chips was passed as part of a larger bill on economic competitiveness, which was advanced in the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The amendment - which Peters authored with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) - would establish a supplemental domestic semiconductor manufacturing incentive program at the Department of Commerce to support the production of … Continue Reading


05.12.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Create Significant Cyber Incident Declaration for Major Cyber-Attacks Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to provide additional resources and better coordination for serious cyber-attacks or breaches that risk the safety and security of Americans has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The legislation would help improve the federal response to cyber breaches, such as the recent attack against the Col… Continue Reading


05.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Nearly $11 Billion in Funding for Michigan State and Local Governments Through the American Rescue Plan Act They Helped Enact Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed the Treasury Department's announcement that Michigan state and local governments will receive nearly $11 billion in funding through the American Rescue Plan, which the senators helped enact into law earlier this year. The Treasury Department announced today that the State of Michigan will receive $6,540,417,626.70 and cities and counties will receive billions more. Treasury is expected to release funding a… Continue Reading


05.10.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Reentry Opportunities Through Skills Trainings & Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he reintroduced bipartisan legislation that strengthens reentry programs that provide workforce training, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship. The Reentry Employment Opportunities Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would codify into law the U.S. Department of Labor's Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Program, which supports national, regional and local organizations that administer skills… Continue Reading


05.07.21

Peters Visits COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Across Michigan, Urges Michiganders 16 and Older to Get Vaccinated

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week visited multiple vaccination sites across Michigan to thank local health care workers and volunteers leading operations at each site and urge all Michiganders 16 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Peters toured the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic in Grand Rapids. On Wednesday, he visited the mass vaccination site at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Peters finished his tour at the Ingham County Health Department COVID-19 Vacci… Continue Reading


04.30.21

Peters, Slotkin, Stabenow, Upton, McClain Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Hold Universities Accountable for Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Fred Upton (MI-06) and Lisa McClain (MI-10) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to hold universities that receive federal funding accountable for sexual abuse cases that threaten the safety of their students. The Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act, which the members reintroduced with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) … Continue Reading


04.29.21

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Rebuild America’s Water Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today applauded the passage of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act in the U.S. Senate. The $35 billon bill will reduce lead in drinking water, lower the cost of Americans' water bills and address wastewater releases. "It has never been more important to ensure that our water infrastructure is safe, reliable and accessible to all Americans - and that no matter where you live in Michigan or across our coun… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Peters Statement on President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement after President Biden's Joint Address before Congress: "After taking office at a time of unprecedented crisis in our country, I am proud of the progress we have made in President Biden's first 100 days and the relief we delivered to families, small businesses and communities in Michigan and across the country. Through my work as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I was pleased to help the President drastic… Continue Reading


04.23.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Gauge Impact of Automation on Workers and Inform Workforce Development Strategies

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would better gauge the impacts of automation on workers in order to inform workforce development strategies and best practices. The Workforce Data for Analyzing and Tracking Automation Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) - would authorize the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to record the effect of automation on the workforce and measure those trends over time, including job displace… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Peters, Stabenow Help Senate Pass Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today voted in support of legislation to address the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The legislation, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will expedite the review of violent hate crimes against Asian Americans that have risen with the spread of COVID-19 and seek to prevent such incidents from occurring. The legislation would not only appoint a point person at the Department… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Peters Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Help Ensure Military Reservists & National Guard Members Can Access Benefits After Completion of Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led a bipartisan group of his colleagues in introducing legislation to help reserve component members of the United States Armed Forces, including members of the Reserves and National Guard, receive the benefits they have earned following their retirement or completion of service by ensuring they receive the same DD-214 form as other members of the military. U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) joined Peter… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Peters, Stabenow, Kildee, Slotkin Press Air Force to Comprehensively Address PFAS Contamination, Comply with Michigan Standards Around Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today urged the U.S. Air Force to take more significant steps to address PFAS contamination around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base near Oscoda. In their letter, the members expressed their concerns that the Air Force's proposed remediation plan fails to comprehensively address PFAS contamination plumes spread throughout the area. They additionally ca… Continue Reading


04.14.21

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $175 Million in Federal Funding for Michigan Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be providing $175,863,073 to the state of Michigan as part the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). This funding comes after the Senators successfully led efforts to enact significant funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law last month. Peters and Stabenow also championed the original language that establ… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Peters, Dingell, Stevens, Meijer Urge Biden to Fund Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production in Bipartisan, Bicameral Push

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Peter Meijer (MI-03) urged President Biden to fund initiatives to restore and increase semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. They made the request - as part of an effort to address the semiconductor shortage… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Peters Announces Reintroduction of Bill to Establish a National Institute of Manufacturing, New Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Federal Manufacturing Focus and Increase Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he introduced a legislative package to strengthen federal focus on manufacturing, support manufacturers in Michigan and across the country and increase our competitiveness especially as foreign countries are prioritizing manufacturing. The package takes a series of steps, including reintroduction of his bill to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing within the Department of Commerce and new bipartisan bills to reactiva… Continue Reading


04.09.21

Peters Visits Southern Border to Meet with Customs and Border Protection and Non-Governmental Organization Officials

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) visited the Southern Border in Yuma, Arizona to assess humanitarian needs, security challenges, and counter-drug operations. He also visited U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground where he met with officials and observed counter drone technology tests and demonstrations. On the visit to the border, Peters met with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and toured the migrant processing facility. He participated in an aerial tour of the U.S.… Continue Reading

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