Press Releases

02.25.15

Peters Backs Bill to Protect LGBT Students from Bullying

Legislation Would Establish Comprehensive Federal Ban Against Discrimination in Public Schools WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect public school students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Federal civil rights laws explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin - … Continue Reading


02.25.15

Peters, Stabenow Announce $7.9 Million Grant for Great Lakes Cleanup Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan's U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both members of the Great Lakes Task Force, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding $7.9 million to fund habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). The Great Lakes Commission will lead a regional partnership in coordination with NOAA, the Great Lakes states and local agencies. "With 33 million Americans counting on the Great Lakes to provide… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Peters Appointed to Serve on Congressional-Executive Commission on China

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has been named to the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). The Commission monitors China’s compliance with international human rights standards and the development of the rule of law in China, including China’s compliance with international trade laws. The Commission issues an annual report with its findings on China’s compliance in the areas of trade and human rights. “I am honored to serve on th… Continue Reading


02.23.15

In The News: Peters Highlights Education, Workforce Development & Innovation on Michigan Economic Listening Tour

Last week, Senator Peters held an Economic Listening Tour, where he traveled across the state meeting with Michigan businesses, educators and workers to hear from different sectors of the state’s economy. Kalamazoo Gazette: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters vows to push for more Southwest Michigan residency spots after WMU medical school tour U.S. Sen. Gary Peters kicked off his first full week in Michigan since being sworn in by touring the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School o… Continue Reading


02.20.15

Peters Addresses Flint/Genesee Job Corps Graduation

Peters Discussed Importance of Training a Skilled Workforce That Can Compete Globally FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today addressed the Flint/Genesee Job Corps Graduation, commending the graduates for reaching this important milestone and highlighting the importance of programs like Job Corps that help train and educate a strong workforce and close the skills gap in Michigan. “With the training you’ve received here at the Flint/Genesee Job Corps program, you are equipped with t… Continue Reading


02.20.15

Peters Meets with Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce

Peters Meets with Black-owned Businesses on Economic Listening Tour Stop in Detroit DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters met today with the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and representatives from black-owned businesses for a roundtable discussion in Detroit as part of his Michigan Economic Listening Tour. Peters discussed his priorities for supporting black-owned businesses and heard from local business leaders about the unique challenges facing black-owned firms. As a new member o… Continue Reading


02.19.15

Peters Stops in Wayne County on Economic Listening Tour

Peters Addressed Local Business Leaders at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Breakfast SOUTHGATE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke today to the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Breakfast on the fourth day of his Michigan Economic Listening Tour, taking the opportunity to hear from local business leaders about their efforts to create jobs and grow the economy in the Downriver region. Senator Peters is traveling across the state this week to meet with Michigan businesse… Continue Reading


02.18.15

Peters Visits Lansing on Economic Listening Tour

Peters Tours Niowave, Inc. & The Runway with Mayor Bernero & LEAP President & CEO Bob Trezise LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited Lansing today for the third stop on his Michigan Economic Listening Tour. Peters was joined by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Lansing Economic Area Partnership President & CEO Bob Trezise as he toured Niowave, Inc., where the group viewed some of the latest innovative developments in health care and national security technology. As a new… Continue Reading


02.18.15

Peters, Snyder Applaud U.S.-Canada Agreement on New International Trade Crossing

LANSING, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder applauded the announcement of an agreement reached by the United States and Canadian governments that will allow for the construction of the New International Trade Crossing that would connect Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Under the agreement, the Public-Private Partnership will pay for the construction of customs plazas on both the American and Canadian sides of the bridge, and the U.S. will pay to staff, operate an… Continue Reading


02.18.15

Peters Visits Grand Rapids on Economic Listening Tour

Peters Tours Grand Valley State University Colleges of Engineering, Health Professions GRAND RAPIDS, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters today toured the Grand Valley State University College of Engineering and the College of Health Professions on the second day of his Michigan Economic Listening Tour, where he saw firsthand some of the latest advances in innovative technology being used to train our workforce and develop the next generation of engineers. As a new member of the Senate Commerce… Continue Reading


02.16.15

Peters Visits Kalamazoo on Economic Listening Tour

Peters Highlights Importance of Skilled Workforce at WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine KALAMAZOO, MI -U.S. Senator Gary Peters today launched his Michigan Economic Listening Tour with a visit to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to discuss the importance of building an educated workforce to fill jobs in emerging industries like life sciences and biomedical research. As a new member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, … Continue Reading


02.13.15

Peters, Stabenow Cosponsor Great Lakes Protection Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Michigan's U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force, today announced they are cosponsoring the bipartisan Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), a bill which would bolster ongoing efforts to protect and restore one of Michigan's most important ecological treasures by equipping communities with the tools they need to combat invasive species, protect wildlife habitats and impr… Continue Reading


02.13.15

Peters Announces Michigan Economic Listening Tour

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced that he will launch a Michigan Economic Listening Tour next week, meeting with Michigan businesses, educators and workers to hear from different segments of the state’s economy about how he can best represent them in Washington. Senator Peters was recently appointed to serve on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, where he focuses on a range of economic and sm… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Internet Access

Legislation Would Permanently Extend Ban on Taxing Internet Access WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, which would permanently extend the moratorium preventing state and local governments from imposing new taxes on Internet access. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engines of job creation and economic growth in Michigan, and access to the Internet is vital as they work to sell … Continue Reading


02.12.15

Peters Announces Key Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee Assignments

Peters to Serve as Ranking Member of Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced that he has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member on the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee. Peters was also named to the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security; the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovat… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Complete North Country National Scenic Trail

Legislation Protects Wilderness and Promotes Tourism and Recreation across Michigan WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he is cosponsoring the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act which would revise the North Country National Scenic Trail Route (NCNST) to protect environmentally sensitive areas of the trail and extend it into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. “Thousands of people come to the North Country… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Peters Announces Southeast Michigan Regional Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that Don DeFoe will serve as his Southeast Michigan Regional Director. “I am pleased that Don will be joining my team in Michigan,” said Senator Peters. “I am confident that Don's breadth of experience throughout our state, his strong roots in Detroit and his commitment to serving Michigan's middle class families make him an ideal fit to lead my Southeast office operations.” DeFoe, a native of Detroit and current resident of S… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Senator Peters Statement on Air Force’s Proposal to Retire A-10 Aircraft Fleet

Selfridge Air National Guard Base Home to Over 20 A-10 Aircraft WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today expressed his disappointment following the U.S. Air Force’s announcement of its intent to retire the A-10 aircraft from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Fiscal Year 2017. The A-10 is currently conducting operations against ISIS, and over 20 A-10s are based at Selfridge in Macomb County. “With threats from ISIS and instability in other parts of the world, the A-10 f… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Equal Treatment for Military Spouses

Legislation Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Couples Regardless of Residency WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) has cosponsored the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, legislation that will extend veterans benefits to same-sex military couples and dependents regardless of the state they live in. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is unable to provide benefits to certain same-sex couples who reside in states like Michigan that do not recogn… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Peters Recognizes Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement honoring the celebration of Black History Month: “Throughout the month of February, we come together as Michiganders and as Americans to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the tremendous contributions African Americans have made to our country. From community leaders to entrepreneurs to educators, African Americans have helped shape and enrich our communities. Their many contributions serve as a constant… Continue Reading

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