Press Releases


Peters Tours Big Three Auto Exhibits at NAIAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the exhibits of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press preview at Cobo Center in Detroit. "Our auto industry is on the verge of a new frontier, and this year's auto show is a strong display of how Michigan's auto manufacturers and suppliers are leading the way in new vehicle innovations and advanced technologies," said Senator Peters. "From developing lightweight manufacturin… Continue Reading


Peters to Host Hassan Jaber, Executive Director of ACCESS, for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will host Hassan Jaber, Executive Director of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), at the President's annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12. ACCESS was created to support the Arab immigrant population settling in America and now provides a range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population. "While our nation's security should always be our first pr… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Corporation for National and Community Service Decision to Send AmeriCorps Volunteers to Aid in Flint Water Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the announcement by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that they will be sending an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team to Flint to help meet the needs of citizens dealing with the water crisis. The NCCC team will help distribute water filters, educate citizens about health and safety related to lead exposure, and connect residents to government service programs to support better health a… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Kildee: New Resources to Fight Blight will Help Strengthen Neighborhoods, Decrease Crime

FLINT - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced new efforts recently signed into law to help remove and repurpose thousands of abandoned properties in Flint and other cities across Michigan. Speaking in downtown Flint, the three members of Michigan's congressional delegation celebrated a provision they championed to allow the U.S. Department of Treasury to transfer $2 billion more into the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), a program that … Continue Reading


Following State Efforts to Restrict Voter Access, Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Opportunity for Early and Absentee Voting

WASHINGTON, DC - After the Michigan Legislature this week passed a bill eliminating straight-ticket voting and rejected efforts to expand early voting options, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he will be cosponsoring legislation to expand access to early voting in federal elections and ensure voters in every state do not need an excuse to vote absentee. "I am extremely disappointed in partisan political efforts in the Michigan Legislature that will erect barriers to the ball… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Keep Plastic Beads Out of Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which will protect the Great Lakes from pollution caused by small, plastic microbeads that are ingredients in certain soaps and personal care products. The legislation, which was sponsored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. It will phase out the manufacturing of products… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Extension of Tax Credit for Businesses Employing Military Reservists & National Guardsmen

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today applauded the expansion and permanent extension of a tax credit for employers that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. The tax credit, which was included in an end-of-year government spending and tax bill, would apply to all businesses, but the extension is particularly helpful for small businesses that may find it mo… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Arrival Syrian Refugee Dr. Refaai Hamo & His Family to Michigan

Washington, DC - Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Gary Peters following the arrival of Syrian refugee Dr. Refaai Hamo and his family to Michigan. Dr. Hamo and his story were recently featured on Humans of New York. "Like so many people across the world, I was heartbroken to learn of the profound loss and tragedy Dr. Refaai Hamo and his family have endured. But I was also deeply inspired by his determination - his passion to make a difference in the world. The Hamo family's perseverance in… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Dingell Legislation to Award Medal of Honor to Ypsilanti Vietnam Veteran Included in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that legislation they introduced, which would allow Major Charles S. Kettles of Ypsilanti to be awarded the Medal of Honor, will move forward as part of the fiscal year 2016 government funding bill. The legislation was introduced in November following a request from the Ypsilanti Rotary Veterans History Project to review Major Kettles' actions during the Viet… Continue Reading


Led by Senators Peters, Stabenow and Congressman Kildee, Members of Michigan Delegation Announce New Opportunities to Revitalize Cities, Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), along with Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) today announced new opportunities to help cities across Michigan and the country revitalize neighborhoods and keep communities safe. The end-of-year spending bill, which will fund the federal government through September 2016, gives the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $1 Billion to Protect Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced new funding and support that will bolster ongoing efforts to protect the Great Lakes. The end-of-year spending bill, which will fund the federal government through September 2016, includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Initiative is a multi-year plan to restore and preserve the Great Lakes by eliminating toxins, combating invasive species, restoring habitats, and promoting the general … Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Applaud Facility for Rare Isotope Beam Funding in Government Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow applauded the year-end government spending bill released today includes $100 million in federal funding to continue constructing the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. The appropriations bill, the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act funds the government through September 30, 2016, and Peters and Stabenow worked with their Senate colleagues to ensure this funding would be included in the final… Continue Reading


Peters, Cassidy Introduce Legislation to Reform IT Management Systems, Save Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA) introduced the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act of 2015 to reform the federal government's management of information technology (IT) software licenses. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. If implemented,… Continue Reading


Peters Education Measures to Be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation to reform the No Child Left Behind law and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week and will be signed into law by the President, includes a bipartisan amendment Peters introduced with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) supporting dual and concurrent enrollment in schools. Two addi… Continue Reading


Peters Pipeline Safety Provisions Move Forward in the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved bipartisan legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced with his Commerce Committee colleagues to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019, and improve pipeline safety and oversight. The legislation, known as the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, included several pipel… Continue Reading


Peters, Senate Dems Urge Congress to Work in Bipartisan Fashion to Address Devastating Impacts of Climate Change Ahead of Senator Cruz-Led Congressional Hearing to Continue Denying Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in advance of a controversial hearing designed to question the existence of climate change, U.S. Senators Gary Peters, Tom Udall, Brian Schatz and Ed Markey called on Republicans to work with Senate Democrats to take action to mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change. While leaders from over 190 countries are gathered in Paris to negotiate an international plan to address climate change, Senator Ted Cruz is holding a Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommitt… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Army 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 applauded the U.S. Army's announcement that they will conduct a thorough, multidisciplinary investigation into allegations that the 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. The Army's announcement comes after Peters joined 11 of his Senate colleagues in requesti… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds Passage of Highway Bill Including Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) applauded the passage of a five-year highway bill in the Senate last night that includes language from his bipartisan Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015. The provision allows states to use existing surface and highway transportation funds to invest in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that has the potential to help reduce traffic congestion and accidents. "As we upgrade our nation… Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow, Miller Urge Obama Administration to Support Funding for Blue Water Bridge

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) today wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan urging the Administration to make the expansion of a customs plaza for the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron a high priority for funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Despite land being cleared and property demolished in Port Huron for the expansion, funding for the customs p… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Telehealth Services

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to health care in rural areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services. "Telehealth has revolutionized healthcare, helping more pati… Continue Reading

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