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Greenville Daily News: Sen. Gary Peters takes manufacturing tour of Greenville Tool & Die

by Cory Smith

Touring a factory floor, greeting employees and asking questions of management, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters received an up-close look at manufacturing in Montcalm County. Peters, D-Pontiac, made several stops during a visit to West Michigan, including a stop at Greenville Tool & Die on Thursday. After meeting with managers from the company, as well as representatives from The Right Place, Montcalm Community College (MCC) and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), Peters toured the … Continue Reading


Oakland Press: World War II veterans honored for their role in liberating France

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' mother, Madeleine, 91, remembers that, as a frightened teenager, she hid with her family in a ditch during World War II as the Germans occupied her hometown in France. She remembers foraging for food in the woods. She remembers how happy everyone in her town was to see American servicemen. Peters (D-Michigan) recounted his mother's experiences as he and Vincent Floreani, consul general of France for the Midwest, honored five Detroit-area veterans for their part in liber… Continue Reading


Detroit News: France awards 5 Metro Detroit WWII vets with high honor

by Charles E. Ramirez

Alexander Jefferson vividly remembers being shot down over France during World War II when he was a pilot with the 332nd Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Squadron. "I was at about 200 feet when a shell came through the floor," the retired lieutenant colonel said of the Aug. 12, 1944, event. "When I bailed out, I landed in the middle of a group of Germans. They were surprised to see me. "One guy even saluted me when he saw the little gold bar on my collar." Jefferson, 94, who was born in Detroit, made… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Senate bill aims to honor automotive history

by Mark Phelan

America's history of automotive invention could soon have federal recognition, thanks to a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan. "We want to preserve the incredible heritage this country has of innovation and putting the world on wheels," Peters said of the National Historical Vehicle Register Act. "The auto industry represents the breadth of human ingenuity." He hopes the bill will be passed into law when Congress resumes after the Nov. 8 election. The law would recognize the… Continue Reading


Macomb Daily: Peters presents veterans with commemorative pins

by Macomb Daily

They were honored to serve and now their country is honoring them. During a ceremony at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Sen. Gary Peters presented nearly 100 Vietnam War veterans from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties with commemorative lapel pins in recognition of their service in the war. It's part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. "Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any o… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Peters say region is in ‘fierce competition’ to keep autonomous vehicle development here

by Anne Runkle

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) understands that in the Motor City, people love their cars. They especially love driving them. It's not entirely surprising that they're a bit uncomfortable with turning over the steering wheel to a computer, Peters said. But, he said in a speech in Troy, the region is in "fierce competition" to capitalize on the rapid development of autonomous vehicles -- and the high-paying jobs that industry would bring. Speaking to members of Automation Alley, a technology b… Continue Reading


WDIV (NBC): Vietnam veterans receive special pin from Senator Peters

by Guy Gordon

More than 130 Vietnam veterans gathered to receive special commemorative pins, Friday, in honor of them and the 50th anniversary of the controversial conflict. Sen. Gary Peters hosted the ceremony honoring the war vets, and the event proved to be an emotional one. "It's one of the greatest moments of my life. It was worth the wait." said Stan Jr. who was with his 97-year-old father to share his pride. Landon Sitarskia, 13, accepted a pin for his grandfather, who died 5 years ago. Local 4's G… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Metro Detroit Vietnam vets honored with lapel pins

by Charles E. Ramirez

Warren - Air Force veteran Charles Dunn was on cloud nine Friday after a U.S. senator shook his hand and he was given a special lapel pin for his service in the Vietnam War. "I thought it was great," said Dunn, a 74-year-old from Westland. "I thought it was the greatest thing since peanut butter. I really did." Dunn served in the Air Force and was in Vietnam in 1966-67. He was discharged as an E-6, or technical sergeant. He was one of more than 100 Vietnam-era vets from across the Metro Detro… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Michigan Vietnam War veterans honored with commemorative pin

by Christina Hall

U.S. Senator Gary Peters hands out lapel pins with an eagle and the words Vietnam War Veteran to Michigan vets Bruce Campbell served as a Navy corpsman, or medic, during the Vietnam War, running convoys and treating both wounded American soldiers and the Vietnamese. Like many Vietnam War veterans, the 69-year-old Holly man didn't talk about his war experiences when he returned home. About a year ago, he said, he started going for counseling and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow want answers on Great Lakes research

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and a group of others from the upper Midwest are asking whether a new report on ocean research over the next decade could impact studies -- and research spending -- in the Great Lakes. Peters, D-Mich., led a group of Great Lakes senators writing to the National Science Foundation on Friday wanting to know what impact if any the recommendations made in the recent National Academy of Sciences report could have on research efforts in the Lakes. "The physical an… Continue Reading


C&G Newspapers: Students tour factory for Manufacturing Day

by Brendan Losinski

When people think of manufacturing jobs, they might think of dark, foreboding factories that offer little except poor-paying manual labor jobs. However, there are those who are trying to show the world that this couldn't be further from the truth. This attitude is what led to the creation of Manufacturing Day, which takes place Oct. 7. It is a national effort to celebrate American manufacturing and inspire future generations to pursue jobs that make everything from machine parts to military air… Continue Reading


WZZM (ABC): Sen. Gary Peters promotes manufacturing in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Michigan Sen. Gary Peters was in Grand Rapids Monday, Sept. 3, to discuss the future of our state's manufacturing industry. Peters toured Wolverine Coil Spring and met with students from Innovation Central High School. He recently introduced legislation to promote science, technology, engineering and math educational opportunities. "If you're part of manufacturing, you will be a part of these transformational changes that will make life better for all of us," Peters said.… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Peters cosponsors legislation to aid veterans affected by ITT Technical Institute closures

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) announced that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would provide relief for veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits are affected by the permanent closure of for-profit schools. Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs found that more than 6,800 veterans using their GI Bill benefits were enrolled nationwide in various programs at for-profit ITT Technical Institute, which operated campuses in Troy, Dearborn and Canton before it sudde… Continue Reading


WZZM (ABC): Sen. Gary Peters promotes manufacturing in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Michigan Sen. Gary Peters was in Grand Rapids Monday, Sept. 3, to discuss the future of our state's manufacturing industry. Peters toured Wolverine Coil Spring and met with students from Innovation Central High School. He recently introduced legislation to promote science, technology, engineering and math educational opportunities. "If you're part of manufacturing, you will be a part of these transformational changes that will make life better for all of us," Peters said.… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Editorial: Send Flint relief residents deserve

by The Detroit News

Members of Congress are holding up the government funding bill over whether they should include emergency money for Flint. Lawmakers, who are planning to include $500 million in disaster relief for recent Louisiana flood victims, are at odds about aid for Flint's man-made disaster. This isn't the time for a partisan slug-fest. A disaster is a disaster, no matter the cause. And what happened in Flint, with lead leaching into the drinking water, definitely counts as a disaster. The people of Flin… Continue Reading


WTVG (ABC): Lawmakers plan for extreme solar storm

by Ross Ellet

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - When it comes to extreme weather, some storms are just out of this world. Solar storms that develop 93 million miles away could change our way of life. GPS, cell phones and electricity are things we depend on every day, but huge eruptions of plasma from the sun could shut down satellites and overpower the electric grid. "Realistically it will happen again" says Dr. Michael Cushing. Cushing is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Toledo… Continue Reading


Automobile Magazine: Bill Would Make Historic Vehicles a Federal Designation

by Todd Lassa

Historic automobiles, trucks and motorcycles would get the same treatment as landmark buildings recognized by the National Register of Historic Places under legislation U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, introduced Thursday. The bill would lend an official federal government stamp of approval to the Historic Vehicle Association's (HVA) growing list of such cars and trucks. Peters' bill also recognizes similar work on historic cycles by the American Motorcyclist Association. The insurance comp… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Editorial: House should move Flint relief bills

by The Detroit News

All that stands between Flint and the federal funds it needs to push ahead the rebuilding of its tainted water system is approval by the House of an aid bill that has already sailed through the Senate. That chamber should move the package quickly, and help Flint put its water crisis in the past. The legislation would send $100 million to Flint for its water infrastructure. While that's not enough money to fully replace all of the city's water lines, it would certainly help remove those most res… Continue Reading


Roll Call: Take Five: Sen. Gary Peters

by Alex Gangitano

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, 57, talks motorcycles, his childhood paper route and Michigan's breweries. Q: What's your favorite hobby? A: My favorite hobby is riding motorcycles. When I go back to Michigan and get on a motorcycle, it's kind of my way of having an escape - to get away from cellphones, get away from any kind of communications, to have the wind blown in your face. When I was back in August, I did a motorcycle tour across Michigan and visited local communities and met with small b… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: U.S. Senate passes bill with $100 million for Flint

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed sweeping legislation Thursday authorizing water-related projects around the nation, including at least $100 million to replace and repair lead water pipes in Flint. Passage of the Water Resources Development Act for this year had been widely expected since it had bipartisan support in the Senate. But with legislative days running out in an election year and much yet to be done - including passing legislation to fund the government - the bill and its Flint fu… Continue Reading

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