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03.20.17

Detroit News: Bill seeks dedicated aid for Ann Arbor lakes center

by Melissa Nann-Burke

Washington - Michigan Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined with Ohio's Rob Portman, a Republican, to introduce a bipartisan bill this week authorizing research and monitoring in support of binational fisheries within the Great Lakes basin. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act would authorize the U.S. Geological Survey to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. It seeks to close a gap in funding authorization between the Great La… Continue Reading


03.17.17

MLive Lansing: Review of entire criminal justice system would take place under Peters bill

by Lauren Gibbons

The criminal justice system in the U.S. would undergo a top-to-bottom review under legislation introduced this month by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp. The legislation would create a 14-member, bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission that would conduct an 18-month review of federal, state, local and tribal criminal justice systems. Commissioners would be made up of presidential and congressional appointees with expertise in law enforcement, victims' rights, civil liberties and… Continue Reading


03.14.17

The Detroit News: Peters urges Trump not to cut Coast Guard aid

by Melissa Nann Burke

With two colleagues, Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters led a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 23 senators urging the Trump administration not to slash the budget of the U.S. Coast Guard by 12 percent, or $1.3 billion. President Donald Trump is expected to send his first proposed budget to Congress on Thursday, including the reported Coast Guard cuts and a 97 percent reduction in the $300 million a year in the initiative to clean up the Great Lakes. The senators, 20 Democrats and three… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Detroit Free Press: Peters, GOP senators push change for justice system

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and a couple of key Republican colleagues reintroduced legislation today that would create a commission to look at reforming the criminal justice system. Peters, D-Mich., proposed the same bill last year, and it won inclusion in a sentencing reform bill that was in the works for passage before running out of time at the end of last year. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, who are key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are als… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Washington Post: Senators seek to reform justice system nationwide by launching National Criminal Justice Commission

by Tom Jackman

Tom Jackman March 8 at 11:00 AM A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday to create a National Criminal Justice Commission, which would work for 18 months to review every aspect of the nation's criminal justice system, from policing to prosecution to prisons, and then issue a set of proposed reforms for not only federal but state and tribal systems as well. The legislation aims to accomplish what a similar Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice did wh… Continue Reading


03.07.17

POLITICO: Senators decry 'accelerating' anti-Semitic threats in bipartisan plea

by Elana Schor

All 100 senators aligned Tuesday morning in a rare moment of bipartisanship to ask that the Trump administration offer help to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions facing a sharp rise in security threats this year. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and FBI Director James Comey, the senators note "at least 98 incidents" of bomb threats against JCCs and Jewish schools, as well as reported vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in Misso… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Southgate News Herald: Peters talks about defense manufacturing, cybersecurity and self-driving cars during address to local business leaders

by Dave Herndon

When he spoke at the monthly Southern Wayne County Legislative Forum, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) touched on a lot of issues he feels are key to moving Michigan forward. Peters was the guest at the Feb. 28 lunch forum held in Southgate. During the forum, Peters highlighted issues of great importance to Wayne County and Southeast Michigan, including the future of self-driving cars, cybersecurity and Michigan's growing defense manufacturing sector. Peters is the junior Senator from Michigan, … Continue Reading


03.04.17

Daily Mining Gazette: Peters tours Tech research facilities for self-driving vehicles, Defense projects

by Garrett Neese

HOUGHTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters toured Michigan Technological University's Advanced Power System Research Center Friday for an update on Tech's research and development efforts in autonomous vehicles. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, also visited the Keweenaw Research Center to look at projects the university is developing with the Department of Defense. Peters is one of four Michigan federal representatives who called on the Trump administration to include $200 million in the 2018 budget to … Continue Reading


02.28.17

Detroit News: Howes: Peters touts Mich. military mobility cred in DC

by Daniel Howes

When President Donald Trump touts his plan Tuesday to reinvest in the American military, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters will be there to make a statement. Not with words, but with his guest at the president's address to a joint session of Congress. Peters, the Bloomfield Hills Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be joined by Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The senator's point: the Detroit auto indust… Continue Reading


02.23.17

Detroit News: Peters foresees autonomous future for military vehicles

by Nicquel Terry

Sterling Heights - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Thursday he expects features of self-driving and autonomous vehicles to be incorporated into future generations of military defense vehicles. Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited BAE Systems military production facility for the first time to discuss innovation and changes in the defense industry and view a test run of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. "It's very impressive and certainl… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Detroit News: Peters among Senate Dems calling for Russia probe

by Keith Laing

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and six other Democrats in the U.S. Senate are calling for an investigation into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help elect President Donald Trump. Peters and fellow Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tom Carper, D-Del., Jon Tester, D-S.D, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Friday that they are formally requesting … Continue Reading


02.15.17

Detroit News: Stabenow, Peters push anti-outsourcing bills

by Melissa Nann-Burke

Washington - Senate Democrats unveiled a package of legislation Wednesday aiming to reduce the outsourcing of American jobs and forcing corporations to disclose when they ship jobs abroad. The lawmakers hope the bills will gain traction in the Republican-led Congress, in part because President Donald Trump has made it a priority to retain jobs in the states and bring them back from overseas. Sen. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township introduced a bill that would require publicly traded companies … Continue Reading


02.13.17

Detroit Free Press: Congress looking to clear hurdles to self-driving cars

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate commerce committee and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said today they plan to work together to develop regulatory flexibility for the auto industry in its drive to create self-driving vehicles, with an eye toward proposing legislation this year. Peters and U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota issued a statement saying that Congress needs to "assist innovators in bringing this new technology to our roads" by rewriting policies that maint… Continue Reading


02.11.17

Escanaba Daily Press: Peters introduces bill to protect pets of domestic violence victims

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) announced they are reintroducing the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, bicameral, bipartisan legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets. Multiple studies have shown that domestic abusers often seek to manipulate or intimidate their victims by threatening or harming their pets, but according to the … Continue Reading


02.07.17

WBUP ABC 10: Peters named to Federal Spending Oversight committee

When it comes to taxes, many of us wonder where our money is going and what it's being used for. U.S. Senator Gary Peters will be looking into the federal government's spending habits on a regular basis. Peters will serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. The committee's job is to make sure the federal government is operating effectively and that taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently. "In this committee, what I'll be doi… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Space News: Space weather efforts find stability despite presidential transition

by Jeff Foust

SEATTLE - As a Senate committee approved a new version of a space weather research bill Jan. 24, officials at government agencies said they have seen little sign of changes to ongoing efforts in this field despite the transition in administrations. The Senate Commerce Committee reported favorably the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act during a markup session where the committee considered several other bills and nominations. The bill is similar to one that the committee approved last ye… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Michigan Radio: Sen. Peters: The ACA is not perfect, but everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare

Thousands showed up at a rally in Warren on Sunday where Democratic Presidential Candidate and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, all joined together vowing to fight Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was one of dozens of rallies held across the country in support of Obamacare. Michigan Senator Gary Peters joined Stateside to discuss the rally and what he… Continue Reading


01.16.17

MLive: MLK Day celebration honors senator for Flint water aid

by Dana Afana

U.S. 6th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Damon Keith, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and a pair of Detroit activists were honored Monday with awards from a national civil rights organization in a Detroit Martin Luther Kind Day celebration. The National Action Network -- Rev. Al Sharpton's national activist organization, which has an active Michigan branch -- held its 4th annual Dream Keepers MLK Day brunch at the Detroit Athletic Club. "Our country is a great country because we've got great people. We've g… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Detroit Free Press: Stabenow, Peters call for quicker action on Asian carp

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators are again urging the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly finish recommendations for blocking the spread of Asian carp at a key Chicago-area chokepoint in order to keep the invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., sent Army Corps of Engineers' head Jo-Ellen Darcy a letter today asking her agency to complete a study of measures which could be taken to stop carp from spreading north of the Brandon… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Detroit Free Press: Flint gets $13 million for new buses

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON -- Michigan's U.S. senators said today that Flint will get nearly $13 million from the federal government to help purchase new buses and train bus drivers and mechanics. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., said the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive$12.8 million to allow it to buy 32 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and provide training to employees. The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration. "These 32 new buses will make a real… Continue Reading

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