As the Ranking Member on the Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee, Gary’s top priority is keeping Michigan — and the people who defend us — safe. He has worked to ensure our troops serving overseas are cared for, including fighting to get them a pay raise and working to ensure our men and women in uniform have the best equipment to protect them.
He also knows that we have to take care of our servicemembers once they come home. That’s why he wrote and passed into law a bill to help ensure those who are struggling with PTSD have access to the care they deserve. Further, Gary wrote a bipartisan law to help expand apprenticeship opportunities for veterans using their GI bill benefits to ensure they have the skills needed for a good-paying job.
Gary is working with members of both parties to strengthen our military, keep America safe and secure our borders. He wrote and passed key security measures, led the passage of critical anti-terrorism legislation and voted for over $1 billion in enhanced border security. He passed into law his bipartisan bill to better secure our border against illegal crossings and illicit drug trafficking, and he coauthored a bipartisan bill to hire 4,000 more border security officers to fix a critical shortage in staffing. He also wrote and passed bipartisan legislation to hire hundreds of inspectors at our borders to stop contaminated products from entering and protect Michigan’s marketplaces and our nation’s food supply.
Gary is proud to be an independent voice for Michigan in the Senate, which means ensuring our laws are enforced and keeping our northern and southern borders strong and secure. He supports a comprehensive approach to immigration reform and common sense laws to strengthen border security.