02.03.21

WWMT CBS 3 Grand Rapids: U.S. Senator Gary Peters discusses his new role as Chairman of Homeland Security Committee

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a Zoom video conference Feb. 3, 2021, to discuss his efforts to fight for Michigan in his new leadership role as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Peters' points of focus in the day's discussions in keeping Americans safe included: A better COVID-19 response, enhanced cybersecurity and finding and stopping threats of domestic terrorism.

"We've seen domestic terrorism threats firsthand in Michigan. We saw the plot to kidnap the governor, to potentially murder her. Through that plot is an example of a domestic terrorist group," Peters said.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a Zoom video conference Feb. 3, 2021, to discuss his efforts to fight for Michigan in his new leadership role as Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (WWMT/Lora Painter)

Extremism: Extreme members of militias in Michigan drive violenceAs the ranking member of the committee for the past two years, Peters worked to strengthen security at the northern border, safeguard houses of worship against domestic terrorist attacks, boost cybersecurity defense for local governments, and help communities address the devastation caused by shoreline erosion.

As chairman, he said he would continue to build on those efforts to help strengthen security for Michigan’s diverse communities, boost Michigan’s role as a hub for international commerce, and ensure government works effectively for Michiganders and that taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly.


By:  Lora Painter
Source: WWMT CBS 3 Grand Rapids