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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


Detroit News: Metro Detroit Vietnam vets honored with lapel pins

by Charles E. Ramirez

Warren - Air Force veteran Charles Dunn was on cloud nine Friday after a U.S. senator shook his hand and he was given a special lapel pin for his service in the Vietnam War. "I thought it was great," said Dunn, a 74-year-old from Westland. "I thought it was the greatest thing since peanut butter. I really did." Dunn served in the Air Force and was in Vietnam in 1966-67. He was discharged as an E-6, or technical sergeant. He was one of more than 100 Vietnam-era vets from across the Metro Detro… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Michigan Vietnam War veterans honored with commemorative pin

by Christina Hall

U.S. Senator Gary Peters hands out lapel pins with an eagle and the words Vietnam War Veteran to Michigan vets Bruce Campbell served as a Navy corpsman, or medic, during the Vietnam War, running convoys and treating both wounded American soldiers and the Vietnamese. Like many Vietnam War veterans, the 69-year-old Holly man didn't talk about his war experiences when he returned home. About a year ago, he said, he started going for counseling and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow want answers on Great Lakes research

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and a group of others from the upper Midwest are asking whether a new report on ocean research over the next decade could impact studies -- and research spending -- in the Great Lakes. Peters, D-Mich., led a group of Great Lakes senators writing to the National Science Foundation on Friday wanting to know what impact if any the recommendations made in the recent National Academy of Sciences report could have on research efforts in the Lakes. "The physical an… Continue Reading


C&G Newspapers: Students tour factory for Manufacturing Day

by Brendan Losinski

When people think of manufacturing jobs, they might think of dark, foreboding factories that offer little except poor-paying manual labor jobs. However, there are those who are trying to show the world that this couldn't be further from the truth. This attitude is what led to the creation of Manufacturing Day, which takes place Oct. 7. It is a national effort to celebrate American manufacturing and inspire future generations to pursue jobs that make everything from machine parts to military air… Continue Reading


WZZM (ABC): Sen. Gary Peters promotes manufacturing in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Michigan Sen. Gary Peters was in Grand Rapids Monday, Sept. 3, to discuss the future of our state's manufacturing industry. Peters toured Wolverine Coil Spring and met with students from Innovation Central High School. He recently introduced legislation to promote science, technology, engineering and math educational opportunities. "If you're part of manufacturing, you will be a part of these transformational changes that will make life better for all of us," Peters said.… Continue Reading

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