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11.12.19

The Monroe News: Federal officials to study port trade inequities

by Tyler Eagle

When you're not getting the answers you want, sometimes you have to ask to speak to the manager. In the Port of Monroe's pursuit to more broadly handle international cargo, those managers are Customs and Border Protection's Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner. Port director Paul LaMarre III and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., met with Wagner and Morgan last week to discuss regulation's imposed by CBP's Detroit office that have hampered the lo… Continue Reading


11.12.19

Oakland Press: Sen. Gary Peters promotes legislation to boost security at places of worship

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) met with faith leaders and law enforcement officials in Southfield Friday, Nov. 8, to discuss his bipartisan efforts to improve security for faith-based institutions in Michigan. Peters highlighted his bipartisan legislation that recently advanced in the Senate to provide grants to nonprofits and religious organizations to help secure their facilities against potential terrorist attacks. "Places of worship should be a safe haven, where people can practice the… Continue Reading


11.11.19

Dearborn Press & Guide: Sen. Gary Peters hosts town hall event at Dearborn senior living facility

by John Zadikian

A discussion of the current political climate and preview of the 2020 elections dominated a town hall discussion with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters Monday at Henry Ford Village. The ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee visited the Dearborn senior living community as part of his Veterans Day tour of the city. Scores of HFV residents gathered in the Chapel to hear Peters, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 and to the Senate in 2014. HFV Exe… Continue Reading


11.02.19

Traverse City Record-Eagle: Peters talks Turkey, tariffs

by Mark Urban

TRAVERSE CITY - Thanksgiving is weeks away, but talk of Turkey dominated a roundtable discussion between U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and region fruit growers. More than two dozen growers talked about tariffs, regulations and labor with Peters Friday morning at the Michigan State University Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station. Peters said a preliminary decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to put tariffs on tart cherry exports from Turkey is a step toward leveling a… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Holland Sentinel: Peters introduces local cybersecurity bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, co-sponsored legislation that targets increasing cybersecurity for local government units to secure residents' information. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 would provide local government units, like cities, townships and counties, with resources to transition to websites using .gov domains. The city of Holland and Ottawa County, for example, use a .com and a .org domain, respectively. Peters, along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar… Continue Reading


11.01.19

WWMT 9&10 News Traverse City: Senator Peters Meets With Farmers in Traverse City

by David Lyden

Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters was in Northern Michigan Friday morning meeting with farmers from across the area. The senator made the visit to Traverse City to discuss trade policies and the impact they're having on our area. The senator discussed what's next after the U.S. International Trade Commission's decision to issue tariffs against Turkey. Farmers say Turkey had been unfairly dumping tart cherries, causing U.S. farmers to lose money. Senator Peters heard about the impact the curr… Continue Reading


10.31.19

WLUC TV 6 Marquette: Sen. Peters secures $9 million increase in funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

by Taylor Mason-Little

WASHINGTON (WLUC) - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) secured a $9 million increase in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative on Thursday. The funding is an increase from the proposed level of $301 million to $310 million. This passed the Senate on Thursday as part of a government funding bill. The fund has been used to clean up toxic areas in the Great Lakes, deal with invasive species, among other projects. Peters emphasized the importance of securing funding for the future to ke… Continue Reading


10.31.19

MLive: Gary Peters secures Senate approval for $9M Great Lakes funding increase

by Malachi Barrett

Senate approval of an additional $9 million in funding for Great Lakes cleanup could open the door for larger federal investment in the future. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, led an effort increasing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $310 million through a government appropriations bill passed in the Senate Thursday. Both chambers of Congress are considering additional bills supported by Michigan representatives to extend the GLRI program and raise the funding from $3… Continue Reading


10.31.19

WEYI NBC 25 Flint: $9 Million increase secured in funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced today that he successfully secured an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for Fiscal Year 2020. The funding - which is an increase from the current proposed level of $301 million - passed the Senate as part of a government funding bill. Peters worked with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to secure the funding. "For Michiganders, the Great Lakes are simply part of our DNA. But protecting them needs to be a n… Continue Reading


10.29.19

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Senator Gary Peters’ bill addresses threat of deepfakes

by Megan Schellong

WASHINGTON, DC - Amid national security threats of forged video content, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation spearheaded by Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The Deepfake Reports Act will prevent the spread of online misinformation disseminated by hyper-realistic digital manipulations of audio and video known as deepfakes, according to Peters' office. Part of the legislation mandates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conduct an annual study of deepfakes… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Michigan Advance: Peters joins senators in questioning Trump’s G-7 plans at his resort

by Susan J. Demas

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has joined with two other senators to express concern about possible self-dealing with the President Trump administration's announcement this week that the 2020 G-7 Summit will be held at his Florida resort. Peters, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Treasury asking how Trump's National Doral Miami property was selected… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Southgate News Herald: Peters brings prescription cost listening tour to Southgate; promises event won't be a 'one and done'

by Zach Russell

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) continued his statewide listening tour on lowering prescription drug costs Thursday morning with a visit to Southgate. The event was hosted at The Guidance Center, a non-profit that provides health services to the Downriver community. There, Peters met with an array of health professionals as well as patients for a discussion about the rising costs of drugs. "This is a critical issue in our country," he said. "Prescription prices keep going up at rates that a… Continue Reading


10.12.19

Detroit Free Press: The stories behind historic vehicles get their due in proposed law

by Mark Phelan

Historic cars, trucks and motorcycles could soon have the same official recognition as some of America's most significant planes, boats and buildings. Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman have introduced a bill to create a national register of information, photos, documents, engineering records and more for vehicles with unique and significant stories. "Vehicles are central to our history," Peters said. "It's important to have a dedicated central register t… Continue Reading


10.11.19

ABC News/Yahoo News: Democrat rejects Pence response to questions about trip to Trump's Ireland resort

by Ben Gittleson

A Senate Democrat on Friday criticized Vice President Mike Pence's office for not sharing information about the vice president's recent trip to Ireland, during which he stayed at a golf resort owned by the president's company. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reached out to Pence's office on Sept. 5 asking for specific information on the costs of the vice president's stay at Trump International Golf Club in Doonb… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Interlochen Public Radio: New federal rules target Michigan's Line 5 safety concerns

by Max Johnston

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines. Several of the new rules seem to be in response to safety concerns over the Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Last April, an anchor struck and damaged the pipelines. In … Continue Reading


10.01.19

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: U.S. Senator Gary Peters visits GM workers in Lansing

by Brittany Flowers

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, made his was to Lansing this afternoon to show his support of UAW workers standing on the picket lines. "This is an important effort on their part to make sure that they can have fair wages, fair benefits for the hard work that they put in," Senator Peters said. It's day 16 of the UAW Strike, and Senator Peters, like most others, said he hopes it wraps up quickly, but so far there's doesn't seem to be an end in sight. He added that a lot of employees sacr… Continue Reading


09.25.19

WKZO 106.9 FM Kalamazoo: Peters' resolution to phase out PFAS in fire fighting foam passes Senate

by Will Kriss

WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO AM/FM) -- Senator Gary Peters has announced that his resolution to phase out firefighting foam containing PFAS in the National Defense Bill has been unanimously passed. Peters spoke on the Senate floor yesterday (Wednesday) to explain the resolution. "Today, our water and our health is at risk from highly fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS," Peters said. "These chemicals have been widely used commercially, and they are also concentrated in firefighting foams used by the … Continue Reading


09.23.19

Detroit News: Peters wants Trump to use hostage negotiator to free Whelan from Moscow prison

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is urging President Donald Trump to secure the release of Michigan resident Paul Whelan from Russia by involving his top hostage negotiator. Peters, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Friday to Trump asking him to direct his new national security adviser to work on freeing Whelan, who has been in prison in Moscow for nearly nine months. "In particular, I request that you direct your new National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien to prioritize resolving this situation a… Continue Reading


09.19.19

WJRT ABC 12 Flint: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters pledges full support for UAW members on strike

WASHINGTON (WJRT) (9/19/2019) - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is pledging his support to thousands of UAW members currently on strike from General Motors. About 49,000 UAW members walked the picket lines for a fourth straight day. They went on strike from GM at midnight on Monday, seeking a contract with better pay, benefits, job security and a path for temporary workers to gain full positions. "There is no question that I stand in solidarity with the UAW workers that are now on strike," Peters said f… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Detroit Free Press: Lawmakers to Russia: Show us evidence Paul Whelan is a spy or let him go

by Kristen Jordan Shamus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - If Paul Whelan really is a spy, show us the evidence or let him go, a contingent of lawmakers demanded of the Russian government Thursday on Capitol Hill. Whelan, 49, of Novi, was arrested in December at Moscow's Metropol Hotel, accused of espionage. For nearly nine months, he's been detained without a trial at the notorious Stalin-era Lefortovo Prison. "We believe that the Russians need to release Paul unless they can come up with some sort of concrete evidence to keep hi… Continue Reading

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