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11.29.18

Macomb Daily: Bill to commemorate end of WWII 75th anniversary passes senate

by David Angell

The parades for Memorial and Veterans Day were great this year but imagine what they'll be like in 2020, being the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II? It's a very big deal. And just to be sure they are befitting of the occasion legislation has been introduced to establish a commemorative program ahead of the iconic anniversary. "When the forces of tyranny threatened the annihilation of our values and our way of life, an entire generation of Americans answered the call to defeat ev… Continue Reading


11.13.18

FOX 17 West Michigan: Senator Peters holds PFAS panel; EPA a no-show

by Darren Cunningham

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The growing discussion involving PFAS contamination and how to clean it up continued at Grand Valley State University's downtown campus today. Senator Gary Peters interviewed experts on the topic, as well as Sandy Wynn-Stelt who lost her husband in 2016. "He was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer, and he died 3 weeks later," the Belmont resident said. Wynn-Stelt explained, "So after being married for 25 years my world was completely rocked." She's lived on House Stre… Continue Reading


10.03.18

WWMT West Michigan: U.S. Senate passes legislation allowing airports to stop using toxic firefighting foams

WASHINGTON D.C. - Bills to help prevent PFAS contamination are moving through Congress, led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan). The U.S. Senate passed legislation allowing airports to stop using firefighting foams that contain the toxic chemicals. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan says current FAA standards require airports to use the foam based on an old department of defense specification. "It makes no sense that airports should be required to adhere to a military specification that even t… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Michigan Radio: Commercial airports could soon be able to use PFAS-free firefighting foam

by Bryce Huffman

Congress has passed legislation to allow airports to stop using foam containing PFAS chemicals. Under current law, commercial airports must use firefighting foam that contains toxic chemicals known as PFAS. However, Congress wants that to change. PFAS chemicals are a large source of drinking water contamination all over Michigan. There are at least 35 confirmed sites of contamination across the state. These chemicals have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer and high cholesterol. Mela… Continue Reading


09.26.18

WWMT West Michigan: Peters promises to 'press' EPA and DoD on PFAS to continue mitigation

by Mikenzie Frost

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Senate subcommittee put PFAS in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon and heard from a variety of federal agencies to determine what's next and what role the federal government plays in this contamination crisis. Currently, PFAS have been confirmed in just a handful of states and Michigan is one of them. Democrat Senator and Ranking Member of this Homeland Security subcommittee Gary Peters said the issue of contamination is not going away. "This is just the beginning,"… Continue Reading


09.01.18

Detroit News: Peters bill targets lavish spending by Trump administration officials

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Legislation introduced by Sen. Gary Peters seeks to rein in wasteful travel spending, requiring senior agency officials to repay taxpayer money spent on items such as private flights, vacations or amusement. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, introduced the Executive Branch Waste and Fraud Recovery Act with three other Democrats: Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. The lawmakers say the bill is in response to growing ethical con… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Port Huron Times-Herald: Sen. Peters touts bill to boost reverse scholarships

by Jackie Smith

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stopped by Port Huron Friday to announce legislation aimed to encourage reverse scholarships such as the Community Foundation of St. Clair County's Come Home grants. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House. Both measures would allow recipients to avoid paying income taxes on the grants. "It's pretty simple. If you get a scholarship today, that's not taxable and goes to your education," Peters said, speaking at the Underground business incubator. "With t… Continue Reading


08.20.18

9 & 10 News: Sen. Peters Hosts Commerce Committee Field Hearing on Line 5

by Whitney Amann

A commerce committee field hearing is happening in Traverse City. U.S. Senator Gary Peters is holding the hearing, looking to get answers on how to handle Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. The room is full of people demanding answers on what would happen if there was an oil spill. Senator Peters is questioning two panels of experts. Representatives from the Coast Guard, National Wildlife Federation and Enbridge are just a few of the experts attending. Senator Peters says tha… Continue Reading


08.20.18

MLive/Grand Rapids Press: U.S. senator gives Line 5 operator failing grade in public trust

by Michael Kransz

TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, says the Canadian company operating the Line 5 oil and gas pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac has and deserves a failing grade in public trust. "It's a well deserved deficit of trust, given the pipeline disaster in Kalamazoo and the fact that we tend to find information from Enbridge Energy after it's happened, and when it should've been reported we don't find out about it for a few months after," Peters told reporters Monday, Aug… Continue Reading


08.12.18

Oakland Press: Sen. Peters introduces bill to increase veterans' burial benefits

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, recently spoke at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in support of bipartisan legislation he introduced to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans. The Burial Rights for America's Veterans' Efforts Act updates the current benefit system to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran dies. Currently, eligible veterans who die at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility receive more funds to cover funeral a… Continue Reading


08.11.18

Ludington Daily News: Peters wraps tour at Harsco

by David Bossick

Sen. Gary Peters roared through the countryside of upper Michigan this week on his Harley-Davidson, and he made his final stop at Harsco Rail in Ludington. Peters, D-Pontiac, used a short recess of Congress to have his annual motorcycle tour. He began his week in the Thumb, wound his way to Hillman and Cheboygan, then on to Traverse City and McBain before taking his final day on Friday in Baldwin and Ludington. "We've met with small manufacturers (and) a biological station with the (University… Continue Reading


08.10.18

Cadillac News: Sen. Gary Peters visits Biewer Sawmill in McBain

by Karen Hopper Usher

MCBAIN - Sen. Gary Peters wants to help the timber industry grow, he said. Peters, who is touring part of the state on his motorcycle, visited Biewer Sawmill in McBain on Thursday afternoon. "My goal is to help this industry grow because there are a lot of good-paying Michigan jobs associated with timber,' Peters said in an interview with the Cadillac News after his walking tour of the sawmill. Before the tour, Peters talked with industry representatives about attracting labor. T… Continue Reading


08.08.18

Charlevoix Courier: Sen. Gary Peters tours Michigan Scientific in Charlevoix

by Lonnie Allen

CHARLEVOIX - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, was in Charlevoix on Wednesday as part of his third annual #RIDEMI motorcycle tour. Peters travels on his motorcycle each summer to visit communities around Michigan. He plans to stop at farms and manufacturing facilities during the week. Charlevoix was his third stop and seventh county he visited. While in Charlevoix, Peters toured Michigan Scientific Corporation and had discussions on investments in STEM and workforce development. … Continue Reading


07.28.18

Owosso Argus-Press: Senator: Efforts underway to build employee skills

by Sally York

OWOSSO - Skilled trades were on U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' mind Friday when he visited Baker College's Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan. The Democratic senator from Michigan came to Owosso after visiting a factory in Saginaw, where he was told about the many open skilled positions they couldn't fill because of a lack of qualified candidates. The Auto/Diesel Institute, the senator noted, offers an opportunity to gain those qualifications. "This is a very impressive facility that provides state of … Continue Reading


07.19.18

Dearborn Press & Guide/Southgate News Herald: Peters, Risch bill to help small business access patent protections passes Senate

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jim Risch (R-ID) to help small businesses protect their intellectual property by improving education on obtaining and protecting patents. The Small Business Innovation Protection Act will help leverage existing outreach programs run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to better educate small businesses on domestic and international patents. "Small bu… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Detroit Free Press: Michigan senator helps teen's Make-A-Wish dream come true

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - It turns out not everyone reviles Congress: Some people actually dream of being there. On Tuesday, 18-year-old Tom Stephenson of Greenville - who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition - got to shadow U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic organization, which helps children with critical conditions see their wishes come true. In name, at least, he got to be "senator for a day." As part of the day, Stephenson - who is attending Mi… Continue Reading


07.03.18

WBUP ABC 10 Marquette: Senator Peters Assesses Flood Damage

by Dan Callahan

HOUGHTON - Is federal help on the way for flood victims of Houghton County? Initial assessments indicate that FEMA requirements were not met to provide federal financial aid for homeowners who were affected by the Father's Day flood, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the red tape can't be cut.As Homeowners have been undoubtedly failed by their insurance policies, many are asking themselves and government officials how they are expected to pay for repairs caused by the June 17th storm. Dona… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Gaylord Herald-Times: New federal bill aims to increase awareness of diverse career paths

by Arielle Breen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate last week that would use existing funds to give K-12 school counselors more training on the variety of career paths students can take after graduation. The Supporting Useful Career Counseling in Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (SUCCESS Act) would start by training people who are studying to be counselors, on the alternative career paths available after high school. The bill emphasizes awareness of ot… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Houghton Lake Resorter: Opioid crisis devastating community Peters told during visit to Gerrish

In an effort to meet those combating the opioid crisis on daily basis, United States Senator Gary Peters held a roundtable Friday at Gerrish Township Hall. Peters met with representatives of area law enforcement agencies, human service groups, medical fields, first responding units and local municipalities in order to get a sense of what the opioid crisis is like locally. "The opioid crisis has devastated our community and endangered our staff," said Brandon Rodgers, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS … Continue Reading


05.22.18

WKTV (Kentwood/Wyoming): Ford airport leader welcomes Sen. Peters’ introduction of bill to fund airport security

by K.D. Norris

Michigan's Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters last week joined with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado to introduce bipartisan legislation to "increase safety and security for airport passengers and visitors outside of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened areas," according to supplied material. The Secure Airport Public Spaces Act allows airports to use existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to update their security infrastructure to better protect public area… Continue Reading

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