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04.28.16

MLive/Flint Journal: Federal funding for Flint water crisis heads to full Senate

by Ron Fonger

FLINT, MI -- A bill that includes $100 million in federal funds for Flint has cleared committee and is headed to the full U.S. Senate. Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said today, April 28, today that the Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the funding as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The legislation includes money to repair water infrastructure and authority for the state of Michigan to forgive $22 million in past drinking water loans given to the cit… Continue Reading


04.27.16

Detroit Free Press: Oil company will not ship under St. Clair River in wake of outcry

by Daniel Bethencourt and Keith Matheny

A petroleum transport company will not be shipping heavy crude oil under the St. Clair River through 98-year-old pipelines, following an outcry from residents and concern from state and federal officials earlier this year. The company, Plains LPG, based in Houston, has withdrawn a request to revise its permit that would have allowed it to potentially transport oil under the St. Clair River between Marysville and Sarnia, Ontario, according to announcements issued Wednesday from U.S. Senator Gary… Continue Reading


04.26.16

AP: Senators Again Reach Deal on Flint Water Crisis Aid

by MATTHEW DALY

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second time in two months, the Senate has reached a bipartisan deal to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency. Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan said an agreement reached Tuesday with Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma would authorize $170 million in grants and loans to replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes and other infrastructure. It includes $5… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Midland Daily News: Sen. Gary Peters discusses Dow merger, education, small business in Midland visit

by John Kennett

The city of Midland recently saw a visit from Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., as the first-term senator toured The Dow Chemical Co., sat down with the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and followed those visits up with a stop at the Daily News. "It was incredible what they are doing there and the products they are devising," Peters said of Dow Chemical. "If you are looking to reduce the amount of energy consumption in America, or dependence on foreign oil, or making buildings more insulated, Dow is r… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow want action on Downriver air quality

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators wrote the nation's top environmental official Friday asking her agency to implement a plan for reducing sulfur dioxide and other pollutants in Wayne County if the state of Michigan does not do so in the next two months. Three years ago, a section of Wayne County stretching from Detroit south along the Detroit River past Trenton was found to have sulfur dioxide levels above federal standards, triggering a requirement for the state to submit a plan for contro… Continue Reading


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

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