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Washington Post: Concerns about hiring freeze’s disruption, costs spur request for audit

by Eric Yoder

Two Democratic senators active in overseeing management of the government want an audit of the Trump administration's general federal hiring freeze, raising concerns about the potential impact on service to the public and noting that prior freezes were found to be disruptive and expensive. "Across the board cuts and a shrinking of the total federal workforce are not the answer to making the federal government more efficient or effective," Sens. Gary Peters (Mich.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) plan… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters, Ernst form Senate Motorcycle Caucus

by Melissa Nann-Burke

Washington - Longtime motorcycle riders Sens. Gary Peters of Michigan and Jodi Ernst of Iowa have created the first Senate Motorcycle Caucus, which they will co-chair. The lawmakers, who announced the caucus Tuesday, said it would advocate for issues on behalf of both motorcycle riders and manufacturers. Last summer, Peters rode 833 miles through 26 Michigan counties during a five-day motorcycle tour, stopping at small businesses as he cruised east to west across the state. He is planning anot… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Stabenow, Peters call for strengthening Buy American laws

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said today she'll propose changes to strengthen laws intended to ensure that the federal government purchases items made in the U.S. Speaking in Grand Haven, Stabenow, D-Mich., said her legislation closes loopholes in long-standing Buy American laws, saying federal agencies need to be held accountable for instances in which taxpayer funds are used to purchase items made overseas. "It's common sense that American tax dollars be used to purchase products ma… Continue Reading


Coldwater Daily Reporter: Peters cosponsors legislation expanding coverage for veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently announced that he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to help ensure that Vietnam veterans who served aboard deepwater naval vessels, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are eligible for the disability and health care benefits for illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange. Currently, care directly linked to Agent Orange exposure is only available to veterans wh… Continue Reading


WLNS 6 Lansing: Sen. Peters, others offer plan to make college more affordable

by Kevin VanderKolk

Efforts to make college affordable and accessible is the goal of legislation that has been introduced in Washington today. Michigan Senator Gary Peters, along with a number of other Senators and U.S. Representatives from both parties, are reintroducing "The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act". That legislation is geared to helping higher learning institutions to develop dual and concurrent enrollment and college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits befor… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters: Michigan could be leader in autonomous vehicles

by Leonard N. Fleming

Detroit - Autonomous vehicles are definitely coming by 2021 and Michigan could be at the epicenter of the artificial intelligence if domestic automakers are first in making the technology successful, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Monday. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said he's working on legislation with Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, to put out framework for self-driving vehicle regulations, which will promote safety, as he acknowledged an "apprehension on the part of people about having a sel… Continue Reading


Daily Mining Gazette: Peters supports expanding coverage for veterans harmed by agent orange

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to help ensure that Vietnam veterans who served aboard deep-water naval vessels, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are eligible for the disability and health care benefits for illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange. Currently, care directly linked to Agent Orange exposure is only available to veterans who served… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Bill seeks dedicated aid for Ann Arbor lakes center

by Melissa Nann-Burke

Washington - Michigan Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined with Ohio's Rob Portman, a Republican, to introduce a bipartisan bill this week authorizing research and monitoring in support of binational fisheries within the Great Lakes basin. The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act would authorize the U.S. Geological Survey to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. It seeks to close a gap in funding authorization between the Great La… Continue Reading


MLive Lansing: Review of entire criminal justice system would take place under Peters bill

by Lauren Gibbons

The criminal justice system in the U.S. would undergo a top-to-bottom review under legislation introduced this month by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp. The legislation would create a 14-member, bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission that would conduct an 18-month review of federal, state, local and tribal criminal justice systems. Commissioners would be made up of presidential and congressional appointees with expertise in law enforcement, victims' rights, civil liberties and… Continue Reading


The Detroit News: Peters urges Trump not to cut Coast Guard aid

by Melissa Nann Burke

With two colleagues, Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters led a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 23 senators urging the Trump administration not to slash the budget of the U.S. Coast Guard by 12 percent, or $1.3 billion. President Donald Trump is expected to send his first proposed budget to Congress on Thursday, including the reported Coast Guard cuts and a 97 percent reduction in the $300 million a year in the initiative to clean up the Great Lakes. The senators, 20 Democrats and three… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters, GOP senators push change for justice system

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and a couple of key Republican colleagues reintroduced legislation today that would create a commission to look at reforming the criminal justice system. Peters, D-Mich., proposed the same bill last year, and it won inclusion in a sentencing reform bill that was in the works for passage before running out of time at the end of last year. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, who are key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are als… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Senators seek to reform justice system nationwide by launching National Criminal Justice Commission

by Tom Jackman

Tom Jackman March 8 at 11:00 AM A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday to create a National Criminal Justice Commission, which would work for 18 months to review every aspect of the nation's criminal justice system, from policing to prosecution to prisons, and then issue a set of proposed reforms for not only federal but state and tribal systems as well. The legislation aims to accomplish what a similar Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice did wh… Continue Reading


POLITICO: Senators decry 'accelerating' anti-Semitic threats in bipartisan plea

by Elana Schor

All 100 senators aligned Tuesday morning in a rare moment of bipartisanship to ask that the Trump administration offer help to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions facing a sharp rise in security threats this year. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and FBI Director James Comey, the senators note "at least 98 incidents" of bomb threats against JCCs and Jewish schools, as well as reported vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in Misso… Continue Reading


Southgate News Herald: Peters talks about defense manufacturing, cybersecurity and self-driving cars during address to local business leaders

by Dave Herndon

When he spoke at the monthly Southern Wayne County Legislative Forum, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) touched on a lot of issues he feels are key to moving Michigan forward. Peters was the guest at the Feb. 28 lunch forum held in Southgate. During the forum, Peters highlighted issues of great importance to Wayne County and Southeast Michigan, including the future of self-driving cars, cybersecurity and Michigan's growing defense manufacturing sector. Peters is the junior Senator from Michigan, … Continue Reading


Daily Mining Gazette: Peters tours Tech research facilities for self-driving vehicles, Defense projects

by Garrett Neese

HOUGHTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters toured Michigan Technological University's Advanced Power System Research Center Friday for an update on Tech's research and development efforts in autonomous vehicles. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, also visited the Keweenaw Research Center to look at projects the university is developing with the Department of Defense. Peters is one of four Michigan federal representatives who called on the Trump administration to include $200 million in the 2018 budget to … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Howes: Peters touts Mich. military mobility cred in DC

by Daniel Howes

When President Donald Trump touts his plan Tuesday to reinvest in the American military, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters will be there to make a statement. Not with words, but with his guest at the president's address to a joint session of Congress. Peters, the Bloomfield Hills Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be joined by Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The senator's point: the Detroit auto indust… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters foresees autonomous future for military vehicles

by Nicquel Terry

Sterling Heights - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Thursday he expects features of self-driving and autonomous vehicles to be incorporated into future generations of military defense vehicles. Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited BAE Systems military production facility for the first time to discuss innovation and changes in the defense industry and view a test run of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. "It's very impressive and certainl… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters among Senate Dems calling for Russia probe

by Keith Laing

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and six other Democrats in the U.S. Senate are calling for an investigation into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help elect President Donald Trump. Peters and fellow Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tom Carper, D-Del., Jon Tester, D-S.D, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Friday that they are formally requesting … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Stabenow, Peters push anti-outsourcing bills

by Melissa Nann-Burke

Washington - Senate Democrats unveiled a package of legislation Wednesday aiming to reduce the outsourcing of American jobs and forcing corporations to disclose when they ship jobs abroad. The lawmakers hope the bills will gain traction in the Republican-led Congress, in part because President Donald Trump has made it a priority to retain jobs in the states and bring them back from overseas. Sen. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township introduced a bill that would require publicly traded companies … Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Congress looking to clear hurdles to self-driving cars

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate commerce committee and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said today they plan to work together to develop regulatory flexibility for the auto industry in its drive to create self-driving vehicles, with an eye toward proposing legislation this year. Peters and U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota issued a statement saying that Congress needs to "assist innovators in bringing this new technology to our roads" by rewriting policies that maint… Continue Reading

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