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06.20.16

Gaylord Herald Times: Federal pipeline safety bill passes House and Senate, awaits president's approval

by Arielle Breen

WASHINGTON - A federal pipeline safety bill, which already has Senate approval, was passed by the House of Representatives this week and moves to the president's desk. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipeline and Enhancing Safety Act calls for stronger oversight of the nation's pipelines. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat and bill co-sponsor, said the bill is now awaiting presidential approval. "It will designate all pipelines in the Great Lakes Basin as a high consequence area,… Continue Reading


06.18.16

Huron Daily Tribune: Pipeline safety bill awaits president's signature

by brenda battel

UPPER THUMB - The "Safe Pipes" Act, which will protect against oil spills in the Great Lakes, awaits President Barack Obama's signature. It passed both the U.S. House and Senate unanimously, and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said this week that he is pleased with the show of bipartisanship. "Legislators around the country view the Great Lakes as an asset, not only for the Midwest, but as a strategic asset for the nation," Peters said. Peters and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in September announced the Pi… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Battle Creek Enquirer: Peters champions aviation jobs at Battle Creek rally

by Dillon Davis

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and several corporate leaders lauded Calhoun County's aviation industry and its contributions to the state and national economy at a rally Friday in Battle Creek. "This is not just a job here; this is a passion," Peters, a first-term senator, told a crowd of about 100 people. "This is something that's in your blood, this is something that you love and this is something that you're able to do that contributes so much to our country from a technological standpoint to a busin… Continue Reading


06.15.16

MLive: Congress passes bill ratcheting up Mackinac pipeline safety rules

by Garret Ellison

Congress has sent a bill to the president's desk that includes stronger safety measures for Great Lakes pipelines prompted by concerns about the threat of an oil spill from the Enbridge Line 5 gas and oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act unanimously cleared the U.S. Senate in March and the House of Representatives on June 9. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law this month. The legisla… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Detroit Free Press: Congress passes bill with Great Lakes pipeline measures

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has granted final passage to a pipeline safety bill that will increase standards for pipelines in and around the Great Lakes and require more detailed plans for responding to potential oil spills in areas with heavy ice cover, like those seen in recent winters around Michigan. The Senate, on a unanimous voice vote Monday evening, concurred with the U.S. House's changes to the pipeline safety reauthorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signatur… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Detroit Free Press:U.S. Senate accepts Gary Peters' plan to help traumatized vets

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A proposal by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to help make sure traumatized veterans retain their G.I. benefits passed the Senate on a voice vote on Tuesday. Peters, along with several other senators, had requested the measure as an addition to the annual National Defense Authorization Act. If it is part of the final law at passage, it would write into law a policy that Discharge Review Boards consider petitions to change the discharge status of service members if they suffer from … Continue Reading


06.02.16

Detroit News: Senator Peters Op-ed: Michigan inventing the future of mobility

by Senator Gary Peters

Michiganians know something about inventing the future. We invented the auto industry, large-scale manufacturing, and the American middle class. During World War II, Michigan's booming automotive factories fueled the Arsenal of Democracy, building the aircraft, munitions and vehicles that powered the Allied forces to victory. Today, our state is once again poised to lead the world - this time into the next frontier of automotive technology. The automotive industry is undergoing a technological… Continue Reading


06.02.16

Detroit News:Panel: Michigan should lead autonomous car development

by Michael Martinez

Michigan should lead the development of autonomous vehicle technology and needs to change the public's perception that it's an old-world manufacturing hub, automotive executives and public officials said Wednesday. "It's about branding," Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said in an afternoon panel at the Mackinac Policy Conference. "This is a very high-tech state. Folks tend to view Michigan as a place with factories and smokestacks ... we're a lot more than that." State officials are t… Continue Reading


05.27.16

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Senator enjoys firsthand look at city’s small businesses

by Mike Nichols

A U.S. senator now has a better understanding of Grand Rapids' entrepreneurial scene. Democrat Gary Peters, chair of the Senate Payments Innovation Caucus, took a tour of the Downtown Market last week. Peters is one of three senators who introduced the SEC Small Business Advocate Act in Washington, D.C., last month. The act's goal is to establish better lines of communication between small businesses and the federal government. He said the trip to Grand Rapids helped him see these small busin… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Detroit News: Stabenow, Peters join push for medical facility funding

by Keith Laing

Washington - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, are joining a bipartisan group of 13 senators to urge the authorization of $904 million to fund leases for 18 medical facilities in 12 states, including two in Michigan. The senators said the funding has been been held up by "a technical change in the way the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost of these leases" that has "stymied efforts to authorize any VA major medical facility leases. … Continue Reading


05.22.16

AP: Senators want higher liability for Great Lakes spills

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's senators are asking the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are classified as "offshore" so that owners would have to pay the full costs of cleaning a spill. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, sent U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx a letter on Tuesday urging him to make sure underwater pipeline segments in and around the Great Lakes are classified as separate "offshore" fac… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Detroit News: Stabenow, Peters want Soo Locks study completed sooner

by Chad Livengood

Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are stepping up pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up a cost-benefit study of building an additional passageway for Great Lakes freighters at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The two senators sent the Army Corps of Engineers a letter Thursday requesting that a $1.35 million analysis of replacing the Davis and Sabin locks be completed "as quickly as possible," citing the "critical importance" of the Soo Locks to commerce for Mic… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow urge quick work on Soo Locks study

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators on Thursday urged the head of the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite a study into the benefits of building a second, super-size navigation lock in the Upper Peninsula, citing concerns that a major shutdown could plunge the nation into a recession. The letter from U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both D-Mich., to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy relies heavily on a previous study done by the Department of Homeland Security - and rep… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Detroit Free Press: U.S. senators want more scrutiny for Mich. oil pipeline

by Todd Spangler

Peters, Stabenow say Line 5 through Straits of Mackinac may be treated as onshore -- not offshore -- pipeline and receive less scrutiny WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators on Tuesday sent a letter to the Obama administration raising concerns that a pair of pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac may be treated as onshore -- and not offshore -- facilities, meaning they could face less regulatory scrutiny. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both D-Mich., sent the letter to … Continue Reading


05.16.16

Oakland Press: Senator honors Farmington Hills Marine, calls him ‘trailblazer’ in race relations

by Anne Runkle

The Marines who trained at Canp Montford Point in North Carolina during World War II slept in temporary huts. They drove on dirt ruts. The Montford Point Marines were among the first African-Americans to serve in that branch of the military. Their white counterparts at nearby Camp Lejeune had permanent barracks and paved roads. Their training hours were shorter. On Monday, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wished to express the nation's thanks to John Jordan, 90, a Farmington Hills resident and Montford … Continue Reading


05.14.16

Macomb Daily: From Macomb to Mars: County firm manufactures hardware of dreams

by Jim Bloch

Long known for auto plants and a thriving blue economy revolving around its lakefront, Macomb County is getting into the next chapter of space exploration. A local firm is building components and tooling for the spaceship that will take astronauts to Mars. "A lot of the work we've been doing lately is for the new Space Launch System, which is the rocket that's going to power the Orion capsule to Mars," said John Couch, vice president of Futuramic Tool and Engineering in Warren. The name of th… Continue Reading


05.06.16

Soo Evening News: Senator Peters visits the Sault

by Nick Nolan

United States Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) paid a visit to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday to talk about federal and state issues going on in the Senate that are affecting the city and the Great Lakes area. The first-term senator from Pontiac discussed his efforts to create a more bipartisan approach to the senate. He believes that by entering the senate in 2014 as the only democrat alongside 12 republicans, he has become more inheritably open to reaching across the aisle to get legislation passed. … Continue Reading


05.03.16

Alpena News: Peters promotes Great Lakes, unmanned aircraft

by Steve Schulwitz

ALPENA - Monday afternoon students at Alpena Community College got a brief glimpse of an unmanned aircraft flying just below the tree line on campus. What they probably didn't realize is who the pilot was - Sen. Gary Peters. The college was one of several stops in Northeast Michigan where Peters was taken on tours in part promoting his agenda of helping to protect and preserve the Great Lakes and ease burdensome restrictions on colleges who have unmanned aircraft programs. Peters co-sponsored … Continue Reading


05.02.16

Dearborn Press & Guide: Vehicle Innovation Act passes Senate, awaits approval in House

Vehicle Innovation Act passes Senate, awaits approval in House Legislation to promote investment in the future of the automotive industry is more than halfway to becoming law after passage in the Senate for the Vehicle Information Act. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) appeared at a commercial vehicle outfitting plant in Taylor last year to announce the legislation that promotes investments in research and development of fuel-efficient technologi… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Washington Post: Extreme space weather could cripple our infrastructure. This bill aims to prevent that.

by Angela Fritz and Joe Kunches

Legislation introduced in the Senate last week is the best effort yet put forward by Congress to improve forecasts of an invisible yet potent threat: space weather. The bipartisan bill, authored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), passed out of the Commerce Committee on Wednesday and will soon be brought to the Senate as a whole. It tackles the threats and challenges that space weather poses to our critical infrastructure, enumerating aspects that beg… Continue Reading

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