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Oakland Press: Peters cosponsors legislation to aid veterans affected by ITT Technical Institute closures

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would provide relief for veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits are affected by the permanent closure of for-profit schools. Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs found that more than 6,800 veterans using their GI Bill benefits were enrolled nationwide in various programs at for-profit ITT Technical Institute, which operated campuses in Troy, Dearborn and Canton before it sudde… 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


Detroit News: Editorial: Send Flint relief residents deserve

by The Detroit News

Members of Congress are holding up the government funding bill over whether they should include emergency money for Flint. Lawmakers, who are planning to include $500 million in disaster relief for recent Louisiana flood victims, are at odds about aid for Flint's man-made disaster. This isn't the time for a partisan slug-fest. A disaster is a disaster, no matter the cause. And what happened in Flint, with lead leaching into the drinking water, definitely counts as a disaster. The people of Flin… Continue Reading


WTVG (ABC): Lawmakers plan for extreme solar storm

by Ross Ellet

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - When it comes to extreme weather, some storms are just out of this world. Solar storms that develop 93 million miles away could change our way of life. GPS, cell phones and electricity are things we depend on every day, but huge eruptions of plasma from the sun could shut down satellites and overpower the electric grid. "Realistically it will happen again" says Dr. Michael Cushing. Cushing is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Toledo… Continue Reading


Automobile Magazine: Bill Would Make Historic Vehicles a Federal Designation

by Todd Lassa

Historic automobiles, trucks and motorcycles would get the same treatment as landmark buildings recognized by the National Register of Historic Places under legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, introduced Thursday. The bill would lend an official federal government stamp of approval to the Historic Vehicle Association's (HVA) growing list of such cars and trucks. Peters' bill also recognizes similar work on historic cycles by the American Motorcyclist Association. The insurance comp… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Editorial: House should move Flint relief bills

by The Detroit News

All that stands between Flint and the federal funds it needs to push ahead the rebuilding of its tainted water system is approval by the House of an aid bill that has already sailed through the Senate. That chamber should move the package quickly, and help Flint put its water crisis in the past. The legislation would send $100 million to Flint for its water infrastructure. While that's not enough money to fully replace all of the city's water lines, it would certainly help remove those most res… Continue Reading


Roll Call: Take Five: Sen. Gary Peters

by Alex Gangitano

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, 57, talks motorcycles, his childhood paper route and Michigan's breweries. Q: What's your favorite hobby? A: My favorite hobby is riding motorcycles. When I go back to Michigan and get on a motorcycle, it's kind of my way of having an escape - to get away from cellphones, get away from any kind of communications, to have the wind blown in your face. When I was back in August, I did a motorcycle tour across Michigan and visited local communities and met with small b… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: U.S. Senate passes bill with $100 million for Flint

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed sweeping legislation Thursday authorizing water-related projects around the nation, including at least $100 million to replace and repair lead water pipes in Flint. Passage of the Water Resources Development Act for this year had been widely expected since it had bipartisan support in the Senate. But with legislative days running out in an election year and much yet to be done - including passing legislation to fund the government - the bill and its Flint fu… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Lawmakers seek aid for wrongly discharged veterans

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Federal lawmakers are trying to make benefits available to veterans who may have been discharged in error due to behavior stemming from trauma during their service. Veterans can be denied Veterans Administration health care and other benefits if they received dishonorable or less-than-honorable discharges. However, the military and veterans' advocates are finding that thousands of former service members had undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries at t… Continue Reading


Stars and Stripes: Veterans advocates, lawmakers fight for protection in NDAA against less-than-honorable discharges

by Nikki Wentling

WASHINGTON - Veterans service organizations are pressuring lawmakers working on the National Defense Authorization Act to include an amendment protecting servicemembers with mental illness from less-than-honorable discharges. Veterans advocates and lawmakers said Tuesday at a news conference outside the Capitol that about 22,000 veterans with mental illness have received less-than-honorable discharges, called "bad paper," since 2009. Those veterans lose out on Department of Veterans Affairs hea… Continue Reading


Alcona County Review: U.S. Senator tours Harrisville Harbor during motorcycle tour through Michigan last week

by Cheryl Peterson

Harrisville was the second stop in the first day of U.S. Senator Gary Peters' motorcycle tour through 26 counties last week. He made a total of 12 stops over five days meeting with officials, business owners and community leaders to discuss his work on behalf of Michigan while serving in the U.S. Senate. His first stop was at the Alcona Health Center clinic in Oscoda to talk about the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act. In Harrisville he met with City of Harrisville Mayor John Dobis and … Continue Reading


Coldwater Daily Reporter: Peters' bike tour stops in Coldwater

by Don Reid

COLDWATER - With mud splashed on his face and shirt, Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters roared across a wet stretch of ground then up a dirt slope and over the top of a hill. He was at the wheel of an off road truck behind the research and development center for Sport Trucks USA Inc., on Garfield Road Friday morning. Peters is the newest, and only Democratic Senator, elected two years ago. He took the seat held by retiring Carl Levin. The senator was in Coldwater for the fifth and final day of h… Continue Reading


Dowagiac Daily News: Sen. Peters participating in annual motorcycle tour

by Ted Yoakum

The verdant green pastures and clear blue skies of the Cass County landscape greeted one of Michigan's most prominent lawmakers as he prepared for a quick stop in the Grand Old City Thursday afternoon. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters rolled through the historic streets of downtown Dowagiac on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The junior senator and his team stopped by the city to get a quick bite to eat and to see some of the sites before making his way toward the Rolling Meadows Farm in Jones later that d… Continue Reading


Sturgis Journal: Senator rolls into Sturgis on motorcycle

by Rosalie Currierr

It's common for legislators to visit constituents, but few rumble into town on a motorcycle. But that's how U.S. Sen. Gary Peters arrived Thursday in Sturgis. His ride through Michigan began Monday from his home in Oakland County and included 26 counties and 12 stops. He was scheduled to return home Friday night. Sturgis was among those 12 stops, thanks to efforts of Cathi Garn-Abbs from Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, who alerted Peters' office of the "Freedom Ride for Veterans" at Hamilto… Continue Reading


Three Rivers Commercial-News: Senator visits Jones, Sturgis during #RideMI tour

by Elena Meadows

JONES - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited sites in Jones and Sturgis on the penultimate day of his five-day #RideMI motorcycle tour of 26 counties with stops in 12.While at Rolling Meadows Farms on M-40 in Jones, Peters discussed workers issues and about the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule with farm personnel and Farm Bureau representatives. He also took a tour, learning about the farm's equipment and getting up close with the pigs they raise."I'm very grateful the senator chose t… Continue Reading


St. Joseph Herald-Palladium: Peters pitches for rural broadband

by Rod Smith

BLOOMINGDALE - If you head over to Pullman Elementary School anytime when school is out, you'll find kids sitting outside with laptops and similar devices. That's because the only source of broadband internet in the area, aside from satellite service, is at the school. An experiment with providing kids with netbooks "failed miserably," according to Deb Paquette, the Bloomingdale Public Schools superintendent, because students couldn't use them at home. Pullman is part of the Bloomingdale dis… Continue Reading


Big Rapids Pioneer: Wolverine welcomes Sen. Peters to talk with employees

by Meghan Haas

BIG RAPIDS - Riding into town on his Harley-Davidson, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited Wolverine Worldwide to tour the company and thank employees for their work in providing quality footwear for U.S. military men and women. Big Rapids is the third stop on Peters' five-day tour across the state. "It's so wonderful to see so many folks," Peters said as he addressed a crowd of Wolverine employees. "To be able to look out and see all of you is incredible. It's an honor to be here." Wolverine makes … Continue Reading


Oscoda Press: Senator makes Oscoda stop during cycle tour

by Karen Rouse

OSCODA - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) stopped in Oscoda on Monday, Aug. 29, on his first day of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour. Peters, an avid motorcycle rider, is riding through 26 counties and making 12 stops over five days to discuss his work on behalf of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. Peters toured Alcona Health Center's Oscoda clinic and received a demonstration of the telehealth services it has been providing since 2009. He briefly met with key staff members, who thanked him for coming, e… Continue Reading


Cadillac News: US Sen. Gary Peters swings through Reed City

by Andy Duffy

REED CITY - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stopped in Reed City Tuesday to meet with civic and business leaders to learn about their efforts to expand broadband in Osceola County. The visit came on day two of a 26-county motorcycle jaunt across the state. Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Among those addressing Peters wer… Continue Reading


Big Rapids Pioneer: Peters hears of strides made in broadband capabilities

by Brandon Fountain

REED CITY - Increasing the access to broadband, especially in rural areas throughout Michigan and the country, has become an important part of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' job in Washington, D.C. Michigan's junior senator heard about the progress made of broadband capabilities in Osceola County during a meeting with community leaders and officials from Connect Michigan on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Reed City District Library. Broadband relates to or denotes a type of high-speed data transmission i… Continue Reading

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