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Chaldean News: A Sit Down With The Senator: One on One with Gary Peters

Late last month just before Christmas, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D) requested an informal meeting with members of the Chaldean community. He wanted to hear what they had to say about the Presidential elections, the status of Iraq and what's to come in the New Year. It was a listening night for the Senator. A group of members gathered at Shenandoah Country Club inside the board room for dinner and a discussion. The Chaldean News publishers posed their own questions to the Senator and we share the… Continue Reading


Alpena News: Peters another friend of NE Michigan

by Bill Speer Editor/Publisher

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin was a great friend of Alpena. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been equally supportive. But the way things keep shaping up, U.S. Gary Peters ultimately could be the best friend of all. Peters has spent a lot of time in Alpena during his term. Last summer he visited and enjoyed diving some of the wrecks in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He also has worked tirelessly on military issues impacting the state, including the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Cent… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Sen. Peters sponsors measure to aid veterans with PTSD; Obama signs into law

by Anne Runkle

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bipartisan provision introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) to help veterans who may have been given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. The Fairness for Veterans amendment, which Peters authored, was included in the final National Defense Authorization Act conference report that passed both the House of Rep… Continue Reading


MiBiz: Autonomous vehicle technology to lead agenda for Peters in 2017

by John Wiegand

Moving into 2017, Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters plans to focus his efforts on cultivating Michigan as a hub for autonomous vehicle technology. For Peters, the state's future hinges on growing Michigan's ability to attract investment in autonomous technology. On the other hand, Peters worries that the president-elect's hands-on economic development policies could leave behind small businesses in the state and elsewhere in the country. Peters spoke with MiBiz about his views on the year ahead a… Continue Reading


Huron Daily Tribune: Sen. Peters pushes dual enrollment opportunities during Thumb visit

by Brenda Battel

BAD AXE - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) toured the Huron Area Tech Center on Monday morning, after meeting with officials to discuss dual enrollment opportunities. Peters is currently sponsoring bipartisan, bicameral legislation to increase grant funding for dual enrollment. Dual enrollment can offset college financial aid requirements significantly, Peters said. Lane Walker, assistant principal at the tech center, said that debt management and financial literacy are important aspects of an… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Gary Peters appointed to Senate Armed Services panel

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has been named to serve on the powerful Senate Committee on Armed Services during the session of Congress that starts next month. Peters' selection will return a Michigan voice to the panel for the first time since the retirement of Sen. Carl Levin in 2014. A longtime member of the committee, Levin had chaired the panel from 2001 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2011. The Armed Services committee oversees the nation's military, including the Department of Defense, na… Continue Reading


POLITICO: Senate Democrats seek pre-inauguration investigation of Russian meddling


Nine Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked the Obama administration to finish and publicly release a formal intelligence assessment on Russian interference in the election before Donald Trump's inauguration. In a letter to Obama's director of national intelligence, James Clapper, the Democrats called for a "conclusive, public" report on Russian intervention on behalf of Trump before the president-elect takes office. The push comes as Democrats are also demanding a broad, bipartisan congressional in… Continue Reading


Wall Street Journal: Democratic Senators Seek Formal Russian Hacking Assessment


Congressional pressure for additional information on potential Russian interference in the U.S. election is growing, with a group of Democratic senators asking President Barack Obama's administration for a formal intelligence assessment on the situation by Inauguration Day. Nine Senate Democrats have asked the Director of National Intelligence to provide what is called a National Intelligence Estimate by Jan. 20, the day that President-elect Donald Trump is expected to take the oath of office. … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Howes: Detroit, Silicon Valley vie for fresh talent

by Daniel Howes

Troy - Forget the battle pitting Silicon Valley software against Detroit's engineering and manufacturing know-how. The real race for position in the emerging mobility space is over people and their ideas. Will the hotshots hungry to make a difference more often than not prefer cool California over cold and often gray Michigan? Many times it's not a fair fight. "The people we're hiring are getting offers everywhere - from sexy companies," says Ryan Morton, a senior research engineer for autonom… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters, Chang want U.S.-Canada air pollution study of Detroit

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, are asking a joint American-Canadian group to investigate the public health effects of air pollution in and around metro Detroit and provide recommendations for cutting emissions. Peters and Chang each wrote letters to the International Joint Commission (IJC) this week saying Detroit has a rate of asthma in children that is the highest in the nation for big cities and that part of Wayne County isn't meeting … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters pitches Mich. as self-driving ‘proving ground’

by Keith Laing

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is pushing federal regulators to designate a mobility center that is under development in Ypsilanti Township as a "proving ground" for self-driving cars. The U.S. Department of Transportation through Dec. 19 is accepting through applications for facilities that want to be designated as "qualified proving grounds for the safe testing, demonstration and deployment of automated vehicle technology." Facilities have to open for testing by Jan. 1, 2018, to be consid… Continue Reading


Adrian Daily Telegram: Senator tours county business, education venues

by Dan Cherry

ADRIAN - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters got a firsthand look Monday at Lenawee County's career preparation through education and a small Adrian business with international sales. Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, stopped in Jonesville and Adrian to discuss his efforts to support Michigan small businesses and encourage state economic growth. The Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center was Peters' first stop in Adrian, where he toured the manufacturing and welding classrooms. The second half of Peters'… Continue Reading


Greenville Daily News: OUR VIEW: Catching up with Sen. Gary Peters

by The Greenville Daily News

In a country seemingly caught in post-election turmoil, we were heartened by a visit to The Daily News on Thursday from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who toured a Greenville manufacturing facility earlier that day. Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He serves on the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee; the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee; the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee; and the Joint Economic Committe… Continue Reading


Greenville Daily News: Sen. Gary Peters takes manufacturing tour of Greenville Tool & Die

by Cory Smith

Touring a factory floor, greeting employees and asking questions of management, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters received an up-close look at manufacturing in Montcalm County. Peters, D-Pontiac, made several stops during a visit to West Michigan, including a stop at Greenville Tool & Die on Thursday. After meeting with managers from the company, as well as representatives from The Right Place, Montcalm Community College (MCC) and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), Peters toured the … Continue Reading


Oakland Press: World War II veterans honored for their role in liberating France

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' mother, Madeleine, 91, remembers that, as a frightened teenager, she hid with her family in a ditch during World War II as the Germans occupied her hometown in France. She remembers foraging for food in the woods. She remembers how happy everyone in her town was to see American servicemen. Peters (D-Michigan) recounted his mother's experiences as he and Vincent Floreani, consul general of France for the Midwest, honored five Detroit-area veterans for their part in liber… Continue Reading


Detroit News: France awards 5 Metro Detroit WWII vets with high honor

by Charles E. Ramirez

Alexander Jefferson vividly remembers being shot down over France during World War II when he was a pilot with the 332nd Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Squadron. "I was at about 200 feet when a shell came through the floor," the retired lieutenant colonel said of the Aug. 12, 1944, event. "When I bailed out, I landed in the middle of a group of Germans. They were surprised to see me. "One guy even saluted me when he saw the little gold bar on my collar." Jefferson, 94, who was born in Detroit, made… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Senate bill aims to honor automotive history

by Mark Phelan

America's history of automotive invention could soon have federal recognition, thanks to a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan. "We want to preserve the incredible heritage this country has of innovation and putting the world on wheels," Peters said of the National Historical Vehicle Register Act. "The auto industry represents the breadth of human ingenuity." He hopes the bill will be passed into law when Congress resumes after the Nov. 8 election. The law would recognize the… Continue Reading


Macomb Daily: Peters presents veterans with commemorative pins

by Macomb Daily

They were honored to serve and now their country is honoring them. During a ceremony at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Sen. Gary Peters presented nearly 100 Vietnam War veterans from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties with commemorative lapel pins in recognition of their service in the war. It's part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any o… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Peters say region is in ‘fierce competition’ to keep autonomous vehicle development here

by Anne Runkle

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) understands that in the Motor City, people love their cars. They especially love driving them. It's not entirely surprising that they're a bit uncomfortable with turning over the steering wheel to a computer, Peters said. But, he said in a speech in Troy, the region is in "fierce competition" to capitalize on the rapid development of autonomous vehicles -- and the high-paying jobs that industry would bring. Speaking to members of Automation Alley, a technology b… Continue Reading


WDIV (NBC): Vietnam veterans receive special pin from Senator Peters

by Guy Gordon

More than 130 Vietnam veterans gathered to receive special commemorative pins, Friday, in honor of them and the 50th anniversary of the controversial conflict. Sen. Gary Peters hosted the ceremony honoring the war vets, and the event proved to be an emotional one. "It's one of the greatest moments of my life. It was worth the wait." said Stan Jr. who was with his 97-year-old father to share his pride. Landon Sitarskia, 13, accepted a pin for his grandfather, who died 5 years ago. Local 4's G… Continue Reading

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