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WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan: U.S. Senator applauds federal funding for new veterans’ homes

by James Gemmell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On this Fourth of July, a Michigan U.S. senator is applauding the federal funding that was recently made available to fuel construction of a 128-bed State Veterans Home in Grand Rapids, as well as one in Macomb County. Ground was broken in Grand Rapids in May. Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters said in a news release Wednesday the construction project for the state-of-the-art home in Grand Rapids will receive just under $41 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affair… Continue Reading


Michigan Advance: Michigan lawmakers seize critical defense bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water

by Robin Bravender

WASHINGTON - Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eyeing must-pass defense legislation as a vehicle to crack down on dangerous chemicals that contaminate drinking water across the state. Lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House want to force the government to do more to study, regulate and clean up the ubiquitous and harmful chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. They see the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - a massive defense spending bill th… Continue Reading


The Jewish News: Federal Funding for Faith-Based Protection from Terrorism Reaches Senate

The largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the U.S., ­The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, welcomes the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee's approval of the bipartisan Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act. By increasing funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to $75 million for fiscal years 2020-2024, houses of worship, religious schools and nonprofits will have increased protecti… Continue Reading


WJMN Marquette: Lawmakers applaud relief for farmers, urge more access to disaster aid

After urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today praised the announcement of new relief for Michigan farmers who have been unable to plant their crops. Last week, the Senators wrote a letter to ask the USDA to help Michigan farmers by increasing flexibility with Federal Crop Insurance rules and allowing farmers to plant cover crops and use them for livestock grazing, hay, or silage, which is typically not allowe… Continue Reading


The Alpena News: Peters backs opioid crackdown

by Steve Schulwitz

ALPENA - Opiate addiction and overdoses have become the normal in many communities in the U.S., and, if drastic measures aren't taken, many more people will die from them, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said. To help control the flow of the highly addictive and dangerous drugs, Peters, a Michigan Democrat, and his colleagues have introduced the Fentanyl Sanctions Act. If it becomes law, the bill would allow the U.S. to apply pressure to the Chinese government to boost regulatory enforcement on ph… Continue Reading


Michigan Advance: U.S. Senate panel OKs deadline for setting toxic chemical drinking water limit

by Michael Gerstein

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved a measure that would compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an expedited drinking water limit for a suite of toxic chemicals. The U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works unanimously approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would force the EPA into setting an expedited threshold for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The EPA currently has a guideline that drinking water not e… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters calls for national institute of manufacturing

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Michigan Sen. Gary Peters is calling for the creation of a new federal agency modeled after the National Institutes of Health to serve as a hub for federal manufacturing programs and to boost manufacturing to a national priority. Peters, a Democrat running for reelection to a second term, says the decline in U.S. manufacturing in recent decades is due in part to policy decisions driven by Washington, and he aims to change that. Peters noted that as recently as 1980, five of the t… Continue Reading


Crain's Detroit Business: Sen. Peters to propose National Institute of Manufacturing to bring programs under one agency

by Dustin Walsh

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters wants the U.S. to reimagine its manufacturing policy. The Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to create the National Institute of Manufacturing to house the federal government's manufacturing programs under one agency. "It's really a way to focus the activities at the government level for manufacturing," Peters told Crain's in a phone call following the announcement at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, D.C. "There are 58 program… Continue Reading


Cadillac News: Sens. Stabenow, Peters urge USDA to give farmers planting flexibility

by Chris Lamphere

CADILLAC - U.S. senators representing Michigan have joined farmers and agricultural groups throughout the state in asking the USDA for help following the extremely rainy spring. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring,' Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Pontiac, wrote in a letter to Bill Northey, under secretary for Farm Production and Conservation for the United States Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading


Huron Daily Tribune: Michigan Senators want federal help for farmers

by Robert Creenan

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are seeking federal help for the state's farmers who have not yet planted crops. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," Peters and Stabenow said in a statement on Friday. "We urge the USDA to provide flexibility and equitable treatment for Michigan farmers who have had to delay planting their crops." Michigan recently had one of its wettest Mays ev… Continue Reading


Interlochen Public Radio: Sen. Gary Peters pushes for more accurate broadband maps

by Taylor Wizner

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has introduced a bill to improve a country-wide broadband coverage map. The Federal Communications Commission has an online map that shows coverage areas for cell and internet service. Peters says the current map is mostly filled out by private broadband providers and is not accurate. "Oftentimes you pick up a promotional borchure it'll be able to show there is coverage everywhere and yet when you're driving in your car, you'll see there are no bars," he says. … Continue Reading


Washington Post: The Daily 202: A senator from Michigan will propose a National Institute of Manufacturing modeled on the NIH

by James Hohmann

KEY EXCERPTS: THE BIG IDEA: Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) says the decline in American manufacturing is as much a failure of public policy as anything else. "Jump-Starting America," a book published in April by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson, compares the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest average earnings in 2016 to 1980. Back then, five of the top 10 were in Michigan: Flint, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Midland, Saginaw and Monroe. None of those places make the list anymore. "In the years s… Continue Reading


WNEM CBS 5 Lansing: Two Michigan lawmakers looking for help for farmers after historic rainfall

by Denyse Shannon

Many Michigan farmers have had to delay planting crops this spring after historic rainfall and two lawmakers are looking to get them some relief. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to step in. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the Senators. "We urge the USDA to provide flexibility and equitable treatment for Michigan farmers who have had to delay … Continue Reading


WXMI Fox 17 West Michigan: Sen. Peters sponsors bill to place sanctions on Chinese fentanyl

by Ahtra Elnashar

WASHINGTON - Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, is introducing bipartisan legislation to crack down on Chinese fentanyl producers. Peters and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, are cosponsoring the legislation called "Fentanyl Sanctions Act," which would be the first of its kind to target fentanyl sanctions. They would be placed on Chinese drug manufacturers, trafficking organizations and financial groups that work with them. Last year, Chinese regulators started classifying a wide range of fentanyl produc… Continue Reading


WWTV 9&10 News Traverse City: Sen. Peters Calls On FCC To Expand Rural Broadband Access

by Charlie Tinker

Whether you're trying to run a business, doing your shopping online or just trying to get by and stay connected in this digital age, the internet is increasingly something we cannot do without. Yet, many rural communities in Northern Michigan still lack critical access to broadband internet. US Senator Gary Peters introduced a bi-partisan effort to make it happen. This new bill, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, would require the FCC to collect data it woul… Continue Reading


WPBN Traverse City: U.S. International Trade Commission to continue to investigate cherry imports

by Rachael Schuit

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northern Michigan cherry growers say their businesses are in danger because of cherries being imported from other companies that are undercutting the market. Growers had previously filed a lawsuit, and this week they got a big win. The US International Trade Commission has decided to keep investigating claims that dried tart cherry imports from places like Turkey are hurting the U.S. market. "We need to preserve the markets here that we've used our… Continue Reading


WBKB 11 Alpena: Peters introduces legislation to crack down on Chinese fentanyl

by Michael Beiermeister

Washington D.C. - The opioid epidemic has harmed families all over the state and right here in northeast Michigan. One of the most lethal opioids is fentanyl, a synthetic drug where one kilogram contains as many as 500,000 lethal doses. Just this past March, three people were arrested in connection to numerous fentanyl overdoses throughout Alpena. New national legislation looks to put a dent in the production of this deadly drug. This week, Senator Gary Peters and Republican Senator Shelley Mo… Continue Reading


WOOD TV 8 NBC Grand Rapids: Peters: MI primed for more defense manufacturing

by Rick Albin

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan's junior senator says he wants to encourage bipartisan cooperation to bring more defense manufacturing to Michigan. "We're from Michigan. We know how to make stuff here. We've got skilled workers we know how to get things done," U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said on Mackinac Island last week. On the island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, he was attending a Thursday panel hosted by 24 Hour News 8 politi… Continue Reading


Michigan Advance: Peters sponsors PFAS provisions in defense bill

by Michael Gerstein

A provision to decrease the amount of toxic chemicals at military sites has been added to the National Defense Bill, at the insistence of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.). Peters' office said last week that measures were added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to stop the Department of Defense (DoD) from buying firefighting foam that contains a class of toxic substances known as PFAS, along with provisions that would aid computer modeling efforts and ease coordination … Continue Reading


Bridge MI: Michigan leads nation in PFAS. It will lead cleanups, too, U.S. reps say

by Joel Kurth

MACKINAC ISLAND - A report this month found Michigan leads the nation in sites contaminated with toxic chemicals known as PFAS, and the state's bipartisan delegation in Congress has introduced a flurry of legislation to increase testing. Among the federal bills: one to provide the U.S. Geological Survey with $45 million to develop new standards to detect PFAS, and another would test for at least 30 strains of the chemicals. PFAS, shorthand for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, was used for… Continue Reading

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