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04.20.16

Space News: Space weather bill introduced in U.S. Senate

by Jeff Foust

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation April 20 to improve space weather forecasting and preparedness efforts in parallel with a space weather strategy released by the White House last year. The Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act is intended to codify into law the responsibilities various government agencies have for forecasting and studying space weather, as well as assessing the vulnerability of the electrical grid and other critical infrastructure to geoma… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Michigan Daily: Michigan to receive $188.1 million from Hardest Hit Fund

by Lydia Murray

Along with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D) announced that Michigan will receive $188.1 million from the Hardest Hit Fund to go towards blight removal during a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. The Hardest Hit Fund - created in 2010 - allocates funding to states to aid struggling homeowners and avoid instances of foreclosure. During budget negotiations last year, Stabenow, Peters and Kildee championed a total of $2 billion to be alloc… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Detroit Free Press: Energy bill promotes fuel-efficient vehicles

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A wide-ranging energy bill -- which had previously been help up over concerns of a lack of funding to address the Flint water crisis -- was approved by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and included a measure authored by Michigan's senators promoting investments in the research and development of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The legislation, passed on a vote of 85-12, included a provision written by U.S. Sens Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both D-Mich., as well as U.S. Sen. Lamar Ale… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Macomb Daily: Senate passes Peters' amendments

by Jenna Jakowatz

The Senate passed legislation today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes two amendments introduced by Michigan senator Gary Peters. The Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Attack Wing will maintain operations in Battle Creek, according to the first provision. W.K. Kellogg Airport could lose its FAA grant eligibility if the Michigan Air National Guard's rent is not increased to fair market value. Peter's amendment will allow the Guard to maintain their eligibi… Continue Reading


04.10.16

Detroit Free Press: Senators: More money needed for federal sex assault investigations

by David Jesse

It's been 25 months since the federal Office of Civil Rights notified the University of Michigan it would be looking at how U-M handles complaints of sexual assault on its campus. There's no news about when the investigation might come to an end. It took the OCR more than a year to investigate how Michigan State University handles sexual assault cases. The length of time in these two cases isn't a surprise. In 2014, it took an average of 1,469 days for a complaint to be resolved, largely becau… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Lapeer County Press: Sen. Gary Peters addresses Econ Club

by KRYSTAL JOHNS

ELBA TWP. - As U.S. Sen. Gary Peters began his speech to the Economic Club of Lapeer County on Tuesday, the sun was shining brightly outside the windows of the Lapeer Country Club, giving off the illusion that it was warmer than the actual temperature outdoors. Peters alluded to the scenery, and commented about DTE Energy choosing this county for its largest solar array east of the Mississippi, "That tells me the sun is always shining in Lapeer County." He quickly shifted his focus to the auto… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Battle Creek Enquirer: Sen. Peters tours Air Guard base

by Trace Christenson

One of Michigan's United States senators toured new facilities at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base Friday as officials said continued investment can preserve the future of the facility. Senator Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, spent just over an hour at the base, looking through the command center for remotely piloted aircraft and touring the 318-acre base in a bus with Col. Bryan Teff, Commander of the 110th Attack Wing. "This is an incredible facility and we are going to do everyt… Continue Reading


03.30.16

Wards Auto: U.S. Lawmaker Pursues National Auto Cybersecurity Lab

by James M. Amend

NOVI, MI - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wants to establish a national laboratory for automotive cybersecurity, preferably in Detroit, to lift expertise in the field to fight off threats from potential hackers. The first-term Michigan senator wants the lab located at a former General Motors manufacturing site and historic World War II-era bomber-building facility in Ypsilanti Twp., about 20 minutes west of Detroit. Locally called Willow Run, the 332-acre (134-ha) site has been designated for developmen… Continue Reading


03.29.16

WBUP: Federal legislation aims to help small businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New federal legislation aims to make it easier for vital players in the economy - namely, small businesses - to get the loans they need. The Help Small Businesses Access Affordable Credit Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), would allow the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase loan limits by up to ten percent in a fiscal year without legislative action. A recent spike in demand caused the program to reach its limit, leading to disruptions and ultima… Continue Reading


03.28.16

Oakland Press: Students say early college program helps them overcome obstacles to earning degrees

by Anne Runkle

Joe Rodriguez, 19, of Wixom, is the oldest of nine children. The child of a single mom, he was always expected to set a good example for his siblings. He started taking classes through Oakland Community College as a junior in high school. He found that traditional college students didn't treat him any differently as he joined them in classes as a 16-year-old. "They were actually really nice," he said. "We're all just trying to get a degree." Rodriguez will be in the first class of graduates … Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: Senate bill wants DHS to help states fight hackers

by Cory Bennett

A new bipartisan Senate bill aims to give state and local governments access to the federal resources to combat cyber crime. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) will introduce the State and Local Cyber Protection Act on Thursday as a companion to a House bill Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced in November. The legislation, Peters said in a statement, "will help ensure all levels of government are equipped with the best practices and resources to counter cyber threats." … Continue Reading


03.10.16

Alpena News: Sen. Peters co-authors bill for UAS education

by Steve Schulwitz

Colleges and universities are saddled with the same restrictions for operating an unmanned aircraft system as commercial companies. As a result it is difficult for them to get needed permits and licenses to instruct future professionals in the industry. A new piece of legislation proposed by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, could change that. On March 3 Peters and bill co-sponsor Sen. Garrette Turner of Kansas, introduced the Higher Education UAS Modernization Act that will support the use of d… Continue Reading


03.06.16

The Detroit News: Senate passes higher safety standards for pipelines

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and boosting pipeline safety and oversight, including a designation for the Great Lakes that will subject them to higher standards for operating safety. The legislation, which passed the chamber by unanimous voice vote Thursday, included provisions introduced by Michigan Sens. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township and Debbie Stabenow of Lansing that would require federal reviews … Continue Reading


03.05.16

Detroit Free Press: Senate passes pipelines bill with Great Lakes protections

by Keith Matheny

Tougher pipeline standards near the Great Lakes, improved oil spill response plans and more reviews of pipelines' age and integrity are all parts of a pipeline regulator funding bill that passed the U.S. Senate Thursday. U.S. Senator Gary Peters was a co-sponsor of the bill, which reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, the federal regulator of pipelines. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, and now heads to the House of Representatives for… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Detroit Free Press: Head Start expansion announced for Flint children

by Katrease Stafford

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday $3.6 million in emergency funds to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services for preschoolers who've been affected by Flint's lead contaminated water supply. The funding - a onetime grant - will immediately expand the services to children by providing additional classrooms, home visiting support and transportation for families who need to visit the doctor, Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Re… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Southgate News-Herald: Peters talks about need to fill Supreme Court vacancy in talk at Legislative Forum

by Dave Herndon

Gary Peters, the junior U.S. Senator from Michigan spoke at the monthly Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Legislative Forum on Leap Day. Peters touched on a variety of topics from what committees he's on to bills he is working on in Washington. He also touched on the Flint Water crisis, funding college for more or Michigan's youth, and the expected fight to have a new Supreme Court justice confirmed in the next few months. Peter's said that confirmed a new justice is the right thing to do… Continue Reading


02.27.16

Battle Creek Enquirer: Peters offers bill to protect Kellogg Airport funding

by Trace Christenson

Legislation will be introduced to protect W.K. Kellogg Airport from the Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat from Pontiac, announced he is asking Congress for an exemption in the law prohibiting federal grants to airports that have military bases without flying missions. The missions at the Michigan National Guard Base at W.K. Kellogg Airport do not include aircraft. The FAA requires airports applying for federal grants to charge fair market value for tenants e… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Oakland Press/Daily Tribune: Peters, Stabenow sponsor legislation to put more nurses in schools

by Anne Runkle

After a task force found that Michigan ranked last in the ratio of school nurses to students, the state's two U.S. senators are introducing legislation to allow schools and state agencies to apply for federal grants to hire more nurses. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan are joining Jon Tester of Montana and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, all Democrats, in the Nurse Act, which will make school districts eligible to apply for additional nurses based on the number of thei… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Detroit Free Press: Sen. Gary Peters looks to expand college credit courses

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is proposing legislation which could further expand options for high school students to gain college credits by allowing higher education grants to be made to colleges and universities to create and maintain dual and concurrent enrollment programs. Those programs allow students to obtain college credits while still attending high school. Last year, Peters and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., won passage of a measure that allows K-12 Title 1 funds to … Continue Reading


02.22.16

MiBiz: Peters legislation to support dual enrollment programs

by John Wiegand

New legislation U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is co-sponsoring would open up federal grant dollars to universities and colleges to develop concurrent dual enrollment programs with high schools. Proponents of the The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) say that adding additional concurrent dual enrollment programs would both reduce student debt and increase college graduation rates for students. "When I went to school with some help from my parents, scholarships and working part time … Continue Reading

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