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07.22.22

Stabenow and Peters tout $54 billion to lure semiconductor plants to U.S. — including Michigan

by Kurt Nagl

Michigan officials say the state is in contention for microchip fabrication and supply plants as federal legislation to provide billions of dollars to the semiconductor industry takes a major step forward. The Senate is expected to pass the CHIPS Act (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) on Tuesday before it goes to the House, which is expected to move on it quickly, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Friday during a press conference alongside Sen. Gary Peters at Lear Corp.'s Southfiel… Continue Reading


06.21.22

Seven members of Congress, seven personal stories of abortion as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance

by Dylan Wells

WASHINGTON - Seven lawmakers make up a unique caucus on Capitol Hill: those who have shared publicly that they or their partner have had an abortion and are now fighting an uphill battle to protect the right to choose in their roles as members of Congress. The seven have different stories but share commonalities: All are Democrats, all are parents and all are furious about the prospect that the Supreme Court will overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional righ… Continue Reading


04.03.22

Senator Peters announces new Customs and Border Protection Liaison for Arab Americans’ travel concerns.

Washington, D.C. - After meeting with leaders from Michigan's Arab and Muslim American communities, Michigan Senator Gary Peters announced a new role within the US Customs and Border Protection agency for a community relations liaison. "Following the meeting I convened earlier this month between community leaders and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, I'm pleased to announce that the Department has notified me that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be establishing a new po… Continue Reading


03.31.22

U.S. Senator Gary Peters meets with SCOTUS nominee

by Izzy Martin

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan's very own Sen. Gary Peters got a chance to meet with Hon. Kentaji Brown Jackson on Thursday. The U.S. senator expressed his intent to vote for Judge Jackson's confirmation. I was pleased to meet with Judge Jackson today and am impressed by her distinguished and wide-ranging legal career, extensive qualifications, character, and work ethic. Supreme Court rulings have an enormous impact on Americans and our way of life - from accessing quality, affordable heal… Continue Reading


03.30.22

DHS creates Customs and Border Protection community relations position for Michigan’s Arab and Muslim Americans

by Hassan Abbas

DEARBORN - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to create a Detroit-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) community relations position that will be dedicated to building trust and working with Michigan's Arab and Muslim American communities, and other impacted communities. The liaison position comes after years of deliberation between various DHS administrations with local community leaders about the treatment of Arab and Muslim Americans at the border and airports. U… Continue Reading


03.29.22

Houses of Worship Receive Security Grants

by Rachel Sweet

Michigan U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills on March 18 to discuss threats against houses of worship and funding increases for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). Peters helped secure nearly $250 million for the NSGP, a $70 million increase from previous funding levels, as part of the governme… Continue Reading


03.29.22

HSGAC Chair Stumps for Semiconductor Legislation to Help Auto Industry

by Grace Dille

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week urged Congress to move toward final passage of legislation that would provide $52 billion of funding to reinvigorate the U.S. semiconductor industry and aid the domestic automotive industry. Senate votes earlier this week cleared the way for a House-Senate conference committee to work out differences on innovation legislation that would fund the CHIPS Act to deliver that Federal sup… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Senator Gary Peters looks to strengthen U.S. automotive innovation

by Jaiyda Tyler and Gabrielle Dawson

DETROIT - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan convened a field hearing Monday, March 28 entitled: 'Made in America: The Future of Automotive Innovation and Semiconductor Chips.' The meeting was held at the Detroit Regional Chamber where witnesses examined how Congress could support the domestic production of semiconductor chips and other technologies. The support from Congress could boost innovation for electric and automatic cars while also delivering economic, environmental, and safety bene… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Peters, joined by auto industry and labor leaders in Detroit, touts chip legislation

by Jordyn Grzelewski

Detroit - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Monday took a Senate subcommittee hearing about the automotive sector to the Motor City to tout legislation that would support domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing. The Bloomfield Township Democrat, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on surface transportation, maritime, freight and ports, convened a field hearing on automotive innovation and semiconductor chips at the Detroit Regional Chamber's downtown headquarters. There, Peters called for passage of le… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Ann Arbor’s TheRide receives $300K as first step of Ypsilanti Transit Center expansion

by Sarah Parlette

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has announced it will receive $300,000 as part of a $16 million plan to expand the Ypsilanti Transit Center. Although final details have not been confirmed, TheRide officials said that the new development, if approved, would be similar to Ann Arbor's Blake Transit Center with an increased number of bus bays, sheltered waiting areas and a customer-service counter. "On behalf of AAATA and our entire community, we want to th… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Chip shortages, auto plant pauses and international talent. Peters brings semiconductor talk to Detroit.

by Lindsay Moore

Auto parts smaller than a postage stamp are creating big conversations in Michigan. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters brought the national conversation around American production of semiconductors home to Michigan at a field hearing in Detroit. Peters, who chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports, led the hearing on auto innovation among union, economic and technology leaders in the state. While Peters spoke to the innovations of electrification, autonomous … Continue Reading


03.28.22

Peters, joined by auto industry and labor leaders in Detroit, touts chip legislation

by Jordyn Grzelewski

Detroit - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Monday took a Senate subcommittee hearing about the automotive sector to the Motor City to tout legislation that would support domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing. The Bloomfield Township Democrat, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on surface transportation, maritime, freight and ports, convened a field hearing on automotive innovation and semiconductor chips at the Detroit Regional Chamber's downtown headquarters. There, Peters called for passage of le… Continue Reading


03.26.22

Boat school in Cedarville awarded grant

by Mining Journal Staff

CEDARVILLE - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo has announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration is awarding a $2.7 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, to construct a 10,000-square-foot school expansion, establish new boat-docking infrastructure and purchase additional marine electronics testing equipment. This project will more than double training capacity for marine service technicians at the schoo… Continue Reading


03.23.22

UPDATE: Bill to name Baraga County Post Office after first Michigan woman in House of Reps advances to senate

by TV6 News Team

BARAGA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Legislation to designate the post office located at 404 US-41 North in Baraga County as the "Cora Reynolds Anderson Post Office" has advanced in the Senate. The bill was authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow. Anderson was also the first Native American woman elected to serve in any state legislature. The bill was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. U.S. Senators Gary… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Peters & Stabenow introduce legislation to name Baraga County Post Office after first woman elected to Michigan House

by Nicole Walton

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI), introduced legislation to designate the U.S. Postal Facility located at 404 US-41 North in Baraga County, Michigan as the "Cora Reynolds Anderson Post Office." Cora Reynolds Anderson, a member of the Ojibwa tribe, was the first woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and represented parts of Baraga County. She was also the first Nati… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Peters Bill On PFAS At Airports Passes In Senate Committee

by Jack Hall

Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to reduce the spread of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at commercial airports has advanced in the Senate. The Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act, would deploy more existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for commercial airports to purchase devices necessary to test their firefighting equipment without discharging toxic PFAS chemicals. This legislation would encourage commercial airports to… Continue Reading


03.21.22

GR to receive $1.5M for safety programs, infrastructure

by Corinne Moore

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The city of Grand Rapids will be receiving roughly $1.5 million in federal funding to support public safety programs and accelerate a key infrastructure project. The city says the funding will help the Cure Violence program, Mental Health Crisis Co-Response pilot program and rebuild the César E. Chávez Avenue SW which was formerly Grandville Avenue SW. "We're very appreciative of the continued support and engagement by our elected leaders in Congress,… Continue Reading


03.19.22

Homeland Security chief talks building trust with diverse communities in Holocaust Center visit

by Niraj Warikoo

The head of the Department of Homeland Security met Friday with a wide range of religious, city and military leaders in metro Detroit, touring the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills and Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township and having candid conversations with Arab American advocates in Dearborn about their community being a target of discrimination. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also had lunch at Al-Ameer restaurant with Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, who told May… Continue Reading


03.18.22

U.P. broadband expansion receives federal funding

by Mining Journal Staff

MARQUETTE - The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package that passed the U.S. House and Senate and was recently signed by President Joe Biden includes $1.2 million in congressionally directed spending that will enable Northern Michigan University to expand LTE broadband service to rural communities in the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Lower Peninsula through its Educational Access Network. "Northern Michigan University has been a leader in providing broadband access to the residents of Michi… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Feds push effort to protect houses of worship from terror attacks in Oakland visit

by Carol Thompson

Farmington Hills - Citing a rise in domestic terrorism, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited Metro Detroit on Friday to tout increased funding for a security grant program for faith-based institutions and meet with members of regional faith communities. "When it comes to homeland security, we all want to be safe in our homes and our communities," said Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security and Govern… Continue Reading

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