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05.14.18

Detroit News: Driverless vehicles may reshape future of warfare

by Ian Thibodeau

Warren- Detroit carmakers say autonomous vehicles will change transportation forever. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center here is using that technology to reshape the future of warfare. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper is seizing the opportunity of a larger budget and slowing combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to pump money and other resources into the modernization of the Army's tanks, transport vehicles and weapons. Everything is on the table… Continue Reading


04.12.18

MLive/Grand Rapids Press: U.S. senator questions continued Line 5 operation after damage found

by Mark Tower

ST. IGNACE, MI -- As the U.S. Coast Guard continues its response to a spill of an estimated 600 gallons of mineral oil containing toxic chemicals in the Straits of Mackinac, one of Michigan's senators expressed his dissatisfaction with the speed of that response. U.S. Sen Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, voiced his concerns during a committee hearing held Thursday, April 12, on preparations for the upcoming hurricane season. Peters explained that his constituents are demanding answers. "We … Continue Reading


03.27.18

Midland Daily News: Peters shares the value of Scouting: Local Boy Scouts offer 12,000 hours of community service

by John Kennett

Calling Boy Scouts an "absolutely vital organization," Sen. Gary Peters visited Midland Monday as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Great Lakes Bay Region Boy Scout breakfast. "One of the most important roles Boy Scouts play in our communities is providing strong education and citizen leadership. Scouting teaches you that even a small action in your life can have a big impact on the community," said the Democratic U.S. Senator before a roomful of people at the Great Hall. Peters spoke from exper… Continue Reading


03.23.18

E&E Daily: Sen. Gary Peters: Pipeline foe and motorcycle fanatic

by Maxine Joselow

If you spend enough time with Sen. Gary Peters, chances are good he'll mention motorcycles. "I've been riding since I was probably 12 years old," the Democrat from Michigan said in a recent interview. "Last summer, during the August congressional break, I rode 1,800 miles all across Michigan, from the Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula." If you're a reporter and the interview stretches longer than half an hour, Peters may even invite you on a ride. "In between stops, various people would … Continue Reading


03.12.18

MLive Ann Arbor: Sen. Gary Peters receives Champion of Science Award at UM

by Martin Slagter

ANN ARBOR, MI - The Science Coalition presented U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., with its Champion of Science Award on Monday, March 12, recognizing his commitment to funding research that keeps the U.S. and Michigan at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation. Peters is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. While serving as ranking member of the Senate Science, Space and Competitiveness Subcommittee, Peters worked with Repub… Continue Reading


03.10.18

Holland Sentinel: Sen. Gary Peters visits Coopersville dairy farm

by Grand Haven Tribune

Sen. Gary Peters toured Dream Winds Dairy farm on Friday, March 10, where he announced new, bipartisan legislation to preserve loans used by small farmers to start and grow their operations. The bill would ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency loan program can fulfill its commitments to already-approved loan applications.… Continue Reading


03.09.18

WZZM (Grand Rapids): Sen. Gary Peters introduces bipartisan farm bill

by Jaleesa Irizarry

Michigan Senator Gary Peters was in Ottawa County Friday morning introducing a new bill that would help small farms. Peters says the bipartisan bill would provide support for farms during periods of high demand. "We need to make sure our farmers, especially our start-up farmers, have the resources they need so they can get a loan," the lawmaker, said at the Dream Winds Dairy Farm on Friday. The bill that would help more farms utilize federal loans to help maintain or expand their business. In… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Alpena News: Peters introduces trade enforcement bill

by Steve Schulwitz

Sen. Gary Peters has introdced a bill that, if passed into law, could help small- and medium-size businesses fight back against unfair trade practices by other countries. President Donald Trump already has pledged his support for the bill after a bi-partisan meeting at the White House last month. The Self-Initiation Trade Enforcement Act would create a task force at the International Trade Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, to investigate unfair trade practices by foreign… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Detroit News: Senators probe $31K dining set for Carson’s office

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is pressing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain how it decided to spend more than $31,000 for a custom-made hardwood dining set for Secretary Ben Carson's office. Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate's Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, wrote to HUD with two colleagues this week to express dismay over a "troubling pattern" of senior administration officials "wasting taxpayer money on extra… Continue Reading


02.15.18

WBUP (Ishpeming): Peters’s bill would help boost economy

by KELLAN BUDDY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump met this week with Michigan Senator Gary Peters about a potential trade bill. The bipartisan bill will help enforce trade laws for small and medium-sized businesses that are undercut by unfair dumping practices. Currently, the Commerce Department has the authority to investigate dumping, but rarely do, unless a bigger company decides to form a complaint. "I also believe that we need to deal with small companies and agricultural producers that may not have the… Continue Reading


02.15.18

The Hill: Senators introduce bill to help businesses with trade complaints

by Vicki Needham

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday are proposing the creation of a task force within the Commerce Department that would help small- and medium-sized businesses better fight unfair trade practices. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) are teaming up on legislation that would help businesses that typically lack enough resources to file cases against alleged trade violators. The permanent task force would fall under the the International Trade Administration (ITA) at Comm… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Detroit News: Sen. Peters files bill to combat dumping in trade

by Keith Lang

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is introducing a bipartisan bill to force the U.S. Commerce Department to initiate trade enforcement actions on behalf of smaller industries in an effort to combat dumping of products at below-market prices by foreign makers. The measure, which was co-authored by Peters and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. and has the support of President Donald Trump, calls for the creation of a permanent task force at the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration tha… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Detroit News: Sen. Peters to Trump: Pump brakes on steel dumping

by Keith Lang

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters warned President Donald Trump about the harm that steel-dumping inflicts on the auto parts industry during a White House meeting on trade Tuesday. Peters, who was one of 20 senators who attended at the White House meeting, took the opportunity to have an audience with Trump to press the president to address "unfair" trade practices like steel dumping, where foreign makers export steel to the U.S. at below-market prices in an effort to drive out domestic compet… Continue Reading


02.05.18

Crain’s Detroit Business: Sen. Peters: Autonomous vehicles could make Michigan center of AI

by Dustin Walsh

Sen. Gary Peters discussed the future of Michigan He believes AI is our greatest opportunity Fears foreign M&A could pose threat to our technological advancements Sen. Gary Peters sees a Michigan future that's more than cars - if the state and its private and public sectors can seize on the opportunity. Speaking to Detroit Economic Club members Monday at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Peters called for the state to capitalize on its leadership role in developing autonomous vehicles, a … Continue Reading


02.05.18

Detroit News: Senator urges foresight in self-driving vehicle race

by Ian Thibodeau

Michigan has made progress to lead the development of robotic technology that will drastically change transportation. But lawmakers and business leaders need to ready for what comes after self-driving cars hit the road, according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said Monday at the Detroit Economic Club that state and federal officials have done well to position southeast Michigan as a hub for the development of autonomous vehicles. The American Center for Mobility at Wi… Continue Reading


01.17.18

MLive: Federal legislation for autonomous vehicles expected in 2018

by Paula Gardner

The drive for innovation in the auto industry continues at a revolutionary pace. However, federal legislation still lags where automakers, traffic safety experts and the public needs it to be, according to officials at Detroit's auto show. That could change this year, said U.S. Senator Gary Peters. It's a national issue that particularly affects Michigan due to the dominance of the auto industry here - and how other nations also are making strides toward breakthrough technology. "We're in a … Continue Reading


01.06.18

Southgate News-Herald: Sen. Peters tours Viconic Defense factory in Taylor

by Dave Herndon

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters toured Viconic Defense's state of the art factory in Taylor on Monday. Peters is a member of the Armed Services Committee, and has a vested interest in the defense industry as it related to the Michigan plant. "I wanted to come out and see some of the work being done here to save warfighters lives," Peters said. "This is something I focus a great deal on." Viconic Defense manufactures a line of products aimed at making vehicles safer for members of the military to trave… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Macomb Daily: Leaders highlight value of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Macomb County

by Don Gardner

Bipartisan cooperation to enhance and protect the environment. That was the message Monday morning as Sen. Gary Peters toured improvements made at the Gloede Drain in Clinton Township, along with local political leaders, to see first-hand the results of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dollars. Peters was joined by Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, County Executive Mark Hackel, Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon and Clerk Kim Meltzer in front of the Italian American … Continue Reading


11.08.17

Reuters: Michigan Senator urges Congress to retain electric car tax credit

by David Shepardson

A Democratic U.S. Senator from Michigan on Wednesday urged his fellow lawmakers to retain a $7,500 tax credit for people who buy electronic vehicles instead of eliminating it as Republicans have proposed. In a letter seen by Reuters, Senator Gary Peters wrote to Senate leaders that "a new generation of jobs and families will be supported by electric vehicles. Eliminating important economic incentives for electric vehicles would be a step in the wrong direction." Last week, Republicans in the… Continue Reading


11.08.17

MLive: Stabenow, Peters join outcry about Enbridge's maintenance of Line 5

by Julie Mack

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are joining state officials in raising sharp questions about Enbridge Inc.'s maintenance of its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The two Michigan Democrats today released a letter sent to Enbridge CEO Al Monaco in which they expressed "great concern" about the pipeline's condition, as well as the accuracy of the company's communications. In recent months, Enbridge has disclosed there is damage to the protective coating on the pipeline. I… Continue Reading

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