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08.05.15

WMUK: U.S. Senator Gary Peters Wants to Stop Post Office Closures

by Robbie Feinberg

In April, the U.S. Postal Service was forced to shut down Kalamazoo's mail processing facility to cut costs. But a new bill from U.S. Senator Gary Peters could reverse that and other closings across the country. The Senator's plan would put a two-year moratorium on post office closures. Peters says the moratorium can give Congress a chance to put together a comprehensive plan for the future of the Postal Service, without causing postal delays today. "Let's make sure we're doing things efficie… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Detroit News: U.S. Sens. sponsor bill to boost small business lending

by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

Detroit - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced legislation Friday that would provide an additional $26 million in federal loans to help small businesses in Michigan grow and create jobs. The Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015 builds on the pre-existing State Small Business Credit Initiative, which helps fund the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs. Overall, the legislation would provide an additional $500 million in formu… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Detroit Free Press: Stabenow, Peters urge support for business loan bill

by Frank Witsil

With a vacant, graffiti-covered building in the Eastern Market district as a backdrop, Michigan's two senators -- Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters -- touted legislation today they introduced that would send millions in federal funding to Michigan to benefit small businesses and create jobs. The senators, both Democrats, are seeking to reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative that has funded efforts through the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and other state-lending programs t… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Detroit News: Two advanced vehicle bills move ahead in Senate

by David Shepardson

Washington - Two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting advanced technology vehicles moved ahead Thursday in the U.S. Senate. The Vehicle Innovation Act, which promotes investments in research and development of cleaner vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Vehicle Innovation Act reauthorizes the Department of Energy's… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Port Huron Times Herald: Sen. Gary Peters talks business in the Blue Water Area

by Nicole Hayden

About 20 people filled a small room at the Blue Water Convention Center Monday morning to talk business with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. The topics were international commerce, small business and manufacturing, among others. The event was hosted by the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce. Peters told the audience of local business owners and community leaders that he is working aggressively to secure funding for the customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. He said Port Huron and Detro… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Detroit News: Senate won't touch blight aid to pay for highway bill

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Senate Republican leadership on Friday unveiled a substitute version of the long-term highway bill that wouldn't deprive Detroit and other cities of money to continue fighting neighborhood blight. "It removes provisions that would have terminated the $1.7 billion Hardest Hit Fund mortgage program," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Friday morning on the Senate floor. "Several senators on both sides of the aisle, and in particular Senator (Rob) Portman on our side o… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Michigan Radio: Sen. Gary Peters joins us for an in-studio chat

by STATESIDE STAFF

Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, has often reached out through the phone line to talk with us here on Stateside, but today he joined us in-studio to discuss petroleum coke, the Iran nuclear deal, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and life as the only Democratic freshman in the U.S. Senate.… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Detroit Free Press: U-M opens $10M test city for driverless vehicle research

by Greg Gardner

Billed as a linchpin of Michigan's strategy to preserve its dominant role in automotive technology's future, MCity is designed to accelerate development of inter-vehicle communication and driverless cars. MCity, the new research hub for autonomous and connected vehicle technology, had its coming out party today in Ann Arbor. Billed as a linchpin to preserve southeast Michigan's dominance in automotive technology's future, MCity is designed to accelerate development of inter-vehicle communica… Continue Reading


07.19.15

Detroit News: Legislation could aid effort to save Mich. mail centers

by Charles E. Ramirez

Community officials are fighting to keep three U.S. Postal Service mail processing centers in Michigan open, and new federal legislation could boost their efforts. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and three of his fellow lawmakers introduced the bill - the Rural Postal Act of 2015 - last week. "People across Michigan and the nation rely on the Postal Service to provide timely home delivery, from elderly Americans who depend on Social Security checks and prescription drugs to small… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Michigan Radio: Gary Peters wants a study of health risks of pet coke

by Tracy Samilton

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, has introduced legislation with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to require a study of the health effects of petroleum coke, along with best practices for storage and disposal. Peters says both Chicago and Detroit have had problems with open piles of pet coke, which is a byproduct of processing heavy tar sands oil. A huge pile of pet coke was stored near the Detroit River in 2013 and 2014. "It was blowing into people's homes, going into the Great Lakes, peopl… Continue Reading


07.16.15

MLive: Michigan senator wants to keep post offices serving rural areas from closing

by Kyle Feldscher

LANSING - United States Sen. Gary Peters wants to help keep open mail processing facilities that serve rural communities in three parts of the state with new federal legislation. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, joined colleagues in introducing the Rural Postal Act of 2015, which would place a two-year moratorium on the closing of postal mail processing facilities. The bill would also preserve six-day mail home delivery and restore delivery standards. If passed, the bill would protect mail proce… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Detroit Free Press: Education law passes with Peters’ amendments

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Legislation passed by the U.S. Senate today making changes to the No Child Left Behind education law included a pair of additions proposed by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. Peters won approval of amendments that support funding of financial literacy programs for students and make it easier for federal funds to be used to pay for dual enrollment programs that let high school students receive college credit for certain courses. The senator proposed the first change noting that finan… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Detroit Free Press: Sen. Peters again calls for pet coke study

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is again introducing legislation calling for a study into the health and environmental impacts of petroleum coke, a refinery by-product that two years ago caused concerns when it was piled several stories high next to the Detroit River. Peters' office said Wednesday that he has proposed the legislation along with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Two years ago, Peters proposed similar legislation when he was a member of the U.S. House. The legislation, … Continue Reading


07.08.15

WWMT: Talking with Senator Gary Peters

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Democratic Senator Gary Peters says he's been busy since taking office in January. Senator Peters says he sees some great opportunities and some great challenges for West Michigan in the coming few years. Newschannel 3's Andy Dominianni spoke to Senator Peters on Wednesday about his priorities and some recent accomplishments. "It's becoming more and more clear that it's very difficult to get a good paying job with just a high school diploma," said Senator Peters,… Continue Reading


06.22.15

Jackson Citizen Patriot: Consumers Energy debuts new drone technology to monitor utility lines

by Will Forgrave

JACKSON, MI - Drones aren't just for military use any longer. Consumers Energy launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Cement City to inspect utility poles and help determine whether the emerging technology can improve customer service, utility reps said Monday, June 22. The remote controlled UAV can transport a 14-pound payload and can be used to inspect utility lines and take thermal and regular video images, Consumers Energy rep Andrew Bordine said. U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michiga… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Grand Rapids Press: On Justin Amash's home turf, Sen. Gary Peters pushes Export-Import Bank

by Matt Vande Bunte

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI - Mill Steel Co. had a prospective customer in Mexico. The Grand Rapids-area manufacturer planned to cut coils of steel to the customer's specifications and ship the product over the border, where the steel would get stamped into auto parts. But the customer's credit history made Mill Steel a bit uneasy about the deal. Enter the federal Export-Import Bank, which backed the trade and made company officers more comfortable selling to the foreign buyer. "We might have sold th… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Detroit News: Peters urges U.S. to invest in research

by Dave Shepardson

Washington - Freshman Sen. Gary Peters made his first major speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, urging the federal government to make significant investments in basic research. The Bloomfield Township Democrat - who previously served three terms in the U.S. House - won election in November to the Senate to replace Carl Levin, the longest-ever-serving senator in Michigan history. His speech was known as his "maiden floor speech" - even though Peters has made remarks on other issues on the flo… Continue Reading


06.16.15

Detroit News: Senate passes Peters federal vehicle repair bill

by David Shepardson

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a measure to reduce the nearly $1 billion in annual federal vehicle repair costs by encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts. The bill was the first introduced by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who took office in early January. The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. The pair introduced the proposal last year when they were both in the U.S. House. Peters said the bill will "reduce wasteful spending, ensure… Continue Reading


06.11.15

MLive: Michigan senator backs bill to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies

by Kyle Feldscher

LANSING - A federal bill co-sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters could require all schools and districts that receive funding from the federal government to pass policies prohibiting bullying and harassment. Peters, D-Michigan, announced Wednesday that his name is attached to legislation he believes would help end bullying and harassment in schools. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would require districts come up with local anti-bullying policies and report data on bullying and harassment incidents to… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Marquette Mining Journal: A lake freighter UP CLOSE

by Christie Bleck

MARQUETTE - The importance of Great Lakes shipping to the Upper Peninsula was the focus of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' trip to Marquette Monday. A Democrat from downstate Bloomfield Hills, Peters got on board the Hon. James L. Oberstar at the Lake Superior & Ishpeming ore dock in the Upper Harbor to discuss the topic. However, the sights and sounds of taconite pellets being dumped into the boat's interior were not the only things that captured Peters' attention. It also was the future of the U.… Continue Reading

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