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02.22.16

Detroit News: Peters bill would boost college credit at high schools

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is introducing a bill to expand options for high school students to earn college credit through dual or concurrent college enrollment via federal grants. The effort builds on an amendment by Peters that passed Congress last year as part of the Every Student Achieves Act, allowing more K-12 money to be spent on similar programs. The bipartisan legislation, introduced with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, would permit the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


02.22.16

MLive: Sen. Gary Peters wants to keep college-bound students out of debt

by Monica Scott

Flanked by Rockford High School seniors, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-MI, announced legislation introduced Monday, Feb. 22, to make college more affordable by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. Peters said the legislation will allow grants to be awarded to colleges and universities that partner with high schools to offer students the opportunity to earn post-secondary credit while still in school West Michigan schools and those across the state, currently o… Continue Reading


02.19.16

WDIV: Michigan to get millions from government for blight removal

DETROIT - Michigan political leaders on Friday announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury will begin distributing millions in Hardest Hit Funds to Michigan to fight blight. Michigan will receive $74.49 million immediately from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund and is eligible to receive up to an additional $249 million this April to continue the revitalization of neighborhoods across the state. The announcement was made in a joint statement from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabeno… Continue Reading


02.15.16

WDIV: Sen. Gary Peters volunteered in Flint on Monday

by Hank Winchester

FLINT, Mich. - Senator Gary Peters was in Flint Monday getting a firsthand look at what residents are dealing with on a daily basis. Peters joined volunteers who donated bottled water and handed it out to those in need. "All sorts of volunteers are coming out to help the Red Cross and groups that are distributing water," Peters said. "But the important thing to remember is this can't continue. People can't live on bottled water. You can't shower. You can't bathe. It's hard to cook. This is not… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Detroit Free Press: Funds for Great Lakes icebreaker authorized by Congress

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress has sent President Barack Obama legislation authorizing funds for design and construction of a new icebreaker for the Great Lakes, though it is far from clear when - or if - such a vessel will be built. The measure was included in Coast Guard reauthorization legislation approved on a unanimous voice vote by the U.S. House on Monday evening. The U.S. Senate previously approved the legislation, which Obama is expected to sign. While the measure doesn't spell out a … Continue Reading


02.01.16

The Detroit News: Sen. Peters visits Flint to highlight aid initiative

by Jacob Carah

Flint - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited Hurley Medical Center on Monday to highlight legislation set to be introduced Tuesday that would expand early education to children exposed to the city's lead crisis. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said the Children's Head Start Intervention for Life and Development (CHILD) Act will create one-time Head Start and Early Head Start grants for "areas affected by water pollution from lead or another toxic substance resulting in an emergency declaration." "We'r… Continue Reading


02.01.16

Detroit Free Press: U.S. lawmakers propose more funds for Flint kids

by Daniel Bethencourt

Michigan members of Congress announced Monday that they would be introducing bills to expand learning programs for Flint children who have been affected by the city's water crisis. U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich) announced the legislation while touring Hurley Medical Center in Flint on Monday. "Flint's children were exposed to contaminated water by no fault of their own," Peters said. "I am proud to introduce this bill to help ensure they have the resources and support necessary to lead happ… Continue Reading


01.26.16

Michigan Radio: Michigan legislators call for additional Head Start money for Flint children

by WILL GREENBERG

Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, as well as Congressman Dan Kildee, are asking Washington to help enroll all eligible Flint kids in Head Start. The three sent a letter this week to Blanca Enriquez, director of the Office of Head Start, asking that the program be made available to all eligible children in Flint to help mitigate the damage of the lead-tainted water. "We believe it is critical that we continue to do all we can to address the lasting health effects previous lead … Continue Reading


01.21.16

WNDU: Michigan Senator Gary Peters weighs in on Flint crisis

Michigan Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) has had a busy few days in Washington. He's met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, and he met with the Department of Health and Human Services to try to get federal funding for the city. Peters is bracing for the duration. "This is going to be a long-term response," he says. "This is something that's going to be many years -- really decades -- to deal with." After meetings with health care experts in Washington, a team including President Obama decided to send… Continue Reading


01.18.16

Detroit News: Hekmati reunited with family in Germany

by Melissa Nann Burke and Jonathan Oosting

After four and a half years, the family of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati has been reunited with him at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, following his release from Iran as part of a prisoner swap, officials say. Around noon EST, Hekmati's sisters, Sarah and Leila Hekmati, and brother-in-law Dr. Ramy Kurdi, as well as U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, met in person with Amir at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He is being treated there along with Washington Post reporter … Continue Reading


01.14.16

Dearborn Press and Guide: Sen. Gary Peters looking forward to hearing news on economy during State of the Union

by Jodi Rempala

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will have a man well-known to Dearborn at his side for the State of the Union Address Tuesday. Hassan Jaber, executive director of ACCESS, will be joining the senator in Washington, D.C. Peters said he extended the invitation because Jaber and ACCESS are so well-respected. He also wanted to push back against the rhetoric being spewed by some Republican presidential candidates that is inappropriate. Peters said we need to celebrate Arab Americans and all that t… Continue Reading


01.14.16

The Arab American News: Senator Peters applauds Obama for inclusion

by Ali Harb

DEARBORN - Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) praised President Obama's final State of the Union Address, applauding the commander in chief for explicitly condemning anti-Muslim rhetoric. "I was pleased that he made very strong and very emphatic statements that really appeal to who we are as Americans," Peters told The Arab American News. "This country has always been about welcoming folks from all across the earth. They come to this country to pursue the American Dream." Obama denounced attacks ag… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Boyne City Gazette: Michigan Senator Gary Peters’ Middle East trip focused on national security

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today announced that he traveled to the Middle East last week, where he met with allies in the region to discuss a number of national security issues, including the threat from groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and progress on implementing the Iran nuclear agreement. Peters and seven other senators met with heads of state, ambassadors and other top officials in Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and… Continue Reading


12.21.15

Interlochen Public Radio: Peters' bill would bring 'most stringent requirements' to Straits' oil pipeline

by David Cassleman

The Great Lakes region would become a 'high consequence area' for oil spills, under a bill before the U.S. Senate. Sen. Gary Peters, who introduced the legislation, says the designation will make the Straits of Mackinac safer from a potential spill. "It's going to increase the inspections," Peters told IPR News Radio in an interview. "It increases the reporting. It increases the standards that companies have to meet for those pipelines." Environmental groups say a 60-year old oil pipeline cro… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Detroit Free Press: Pipeline bill would give Great Lakes greater protection

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A pipeline safety bill passed by a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday would make pipelines in the Great Lakes subject to greater scrutiny and encourage oil companies to plan for spills under ice cover such as that seen at near-record levels in the Great Lakes the last two years. The legislation, which goes to the full Senate for consideration, comes as concerns continue to be raised about Enbridge's Line 5, twin pipelines, which run beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Mich… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Detroit News: Senate panel OKs higher safety standards for pipelines

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - The Senate Commerce Committee approved Wednesday legislation to improve pipeline safety and oversight that included designating the Great Lakes as a sensitive area, which would make pipelines in the lakes subject to higher safety standards. The legislation included other provisions introduced separately by Michigan Sens. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township and Debbie Stabenow of Lansing in September that would require federal reviews of pipeline age and integrity. They also would di… Continue Reading


12.09.15

MLive/Grand Rapids Press: Great Lakes would be 'high consequence' area under pipeline bill

by Garret Ellison

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill that would boost scrutiny and review of submerged pipelines by adding the Great Lakes to a "high consequence" categorical area of federal crude oil pipeline regulation that requires higher safety standards. On Dec. 9, the commerce, science and transportation committee passed by voice vote a reauthorization bill for the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that included provisions targeted at the controversial Enbridge Inc. Line 5… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Detroit Free Press: Education reform bill includes Peters' measures

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A dual-enrollment provision that can help make college more affordable promoted by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is part of an education reform bill advanced in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to move ahead with the Every Student Succeeds Act, setting the stage for a final vote later this week on legislation rewriting the much-maligned No Child Left Behind program. The U.S. House has already passed the bill. Under the legislation, states will gain much gre… Continue Reading


12.04.15

MLive: Sen. Gary Peters applauds Army review of soldiers' mental health-related dismissals

by Angie Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is praising the Army's decision to conduct an investigation into allegations that thousands of soldiers were wrongfully dismissed for misconduct after returning from deployment with mental health disorders. Peters (D-MI) said Friday he is concerned the Army may have unfairly discharged soldiers suffering from "the invisible wounds of war." The Army's announcement follows an October report by National Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio that revealed… Continue Reading


12.03.15

WLUC: Peters introduces bill to expand telehealth services

by Rebecca Himmelstein

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Receiving virtual care from the comfort of your home could soon be a reality. Senator Gary Peters introduced legislation to expand telehealth services in rural areas, all covered under Medicare. Senator Peters introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act which would create a five-year pilot program. The program would require Medicare to work with local providers to expand their telehealth services.… Continue Reading

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