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05.28.21

US Sens. Stabenow, Peters on cusp of securing billions to improve auto supply chain

by Todd Spangler

In what may someday turn out to be a boon to manufacturing in Michigan, the U.S. Senate on Thursday advanced a bill that includes new rules to push government to buy more American-made products and invests more than $50 billion in the manufacturing of semiconductors, a shortage of which is currently crippling the auto industry. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both Democrats from Michigan, played key roles in promoting both the "Make It In America" provisions in the legislation and a… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Senator Gary Peters discusses PFAS with Air Force secretary nominee

by Wells Foster, Tom Darling

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLNS) - Michigan Senator Gary Peters took part in a confirmation for US Air Force Secretary candidate Frank Kendall on Monday, and he brought up a subject that has been a big part of his focus in recent years: PFAS. PFAS describes group of toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that are especially important to the military as they are used in high-grade fire-fighting foam used to extinguish burning jet fuel. PFAS can contaminate the soil and ground water, making people sick. Pet… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Sen. Peters aims to highlight workers in economic package

by Krystle Holleman

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - U.S. Senator Gary Peters will highlight key provisions included in the economic competitiveness package currently being considered in the senate. Wednesday Sen. Peters will discuss how the bill will benefit Michigan workers, families, and small businesses as well as strengthen manufacturing and boost Michigan's competitiveness on the global stage, including lessening dependence on countries like China. Sen. Peters, who serves on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transpo… Continue Reading


05.24.21

Peters bill aims to help USPS finances, performance

by Tracy Samilton

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has introduced a bill to strengthen the United States Postal Service. The agency has struggled for years. Performance especially suffered upon the appointment of Louis DeJoy as postmaster general in the final year of the Trump administration, say observers. Peters says Americans depend on the post office for more than delivering and receiving first-class mail. "Folks are relying on the mail service for critical supplies, medicines that come through the mail system… Continue Reading


05.24.21

Peters introduces bill in Senate to reform U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON - The leading Democrat and Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee introduced bipartisan legislation targeting reforms for the U.S. Postal Service, after the agencies struggles were magnified in 2020. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the Postal Service Reform Act in the Senate May 19. The bill would eliminate the prefunding requirement for retirement pensions and integrate postal worker retirees' he… Continue Reading


05.21.21

Homeland Preparedness News: Senate hearing examines damage caused by lack of, overreliance on foreign supply chains throughout COVID-19 pandemic

by Chris Galford

In the wake of a pandemic response that had been hobbled initially by a lack of domestic medical supplies and an overreliance on foreign supply chains, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) held an oversight hearing with supply chain, pharmaceutical, and medical experts this week. Front and center was the Trump administration, with participants pressed on how the previous administration failed to anticipate drug and medical supply shortages and … Continue Reading


05.20.21

Detroit News: Peters seeks to overhaul Postal Service's finances to boost performance

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - A new bipartisan bill in the Senate aims to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service's financial structure in an effort to improve persistent delivery problems and shore up the agency's long-term solvency after years of financial strain. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, described his legislation as the first major piece of postal legislation in 15 years. It has "significant" bipartisan support, including 10 Republican c… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Washington Post: Senators reach bipartisan deal to overhaul USPS finances, tighten accountability requirements

by Jacob Bogage

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Wednesday to lift significant financial burdens off the ailing U.S. Postal Service while tightening accountability requirements for mail delivery, a major stride for an agency that has tussled with its balance sheet and reputation for the better part of a year. The bill, identical to a version that has advanced in the House, would repeal $5 billion a year in mandatory retiree health-care expenses and require future postal retirees to enroll … Continue Reading


05.13.21

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Senator Gary Peters reacts to new CDC mask guidance

by Wells Foster

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) released a statement on Thursday celebrating the new Center for Disease Control guidance that says vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors in most cases. "Today's news from the CDC is great! We now can start getting back to our normal life as long as we are fully vaccinated. That's why it's so important that everybody…get out there and go get a vaccine," Senator Peters said.… Continue Reading


05.12.21

Detroit News: Peters' $2 billion chips amendment added to China bill

by Riley Beggin

Washington - Legislation by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, to pump $2 billion into semiconductor manufacturing in the United States was added Wednesday to a bill targeting American competitiveness with China. The amendment, approved by the Senate Commerce Committee 15-13, would provide funds to chip production that would "advance the economic and national security interests of the United States," according to a draft version of the amendment provided to The Detroit News, with a specia… Continue Reading


05.10.21

WXMI FOX 17 Grand Rapids: Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow welcome $11 billion to Michigan State and Local Governments

by Bronson Christian

MICHIGAN - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that Michigan state and local governments will receive nearly $11 billion in funding through the American Rescue Plan today. "Michigan communities have been on the front lines of this pandemic, and it's critical they stay afloat and are able to continue to provide essential emergency and public safety services," said Senator Peters, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. "I have ad… Continue Reading


05.10.21

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Peters, Stabenow welcome $11 billion in federal funding through American Resuce Plan

by Wells Foster

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow released a joint statement on Monday welcoming the Treasury Department's announcement that Michigan state and local governments will receive nearly $11 billion in COVID relief through the American Rescue Plan. Both senators helped enact the plan earlier this year. The State of Michigan will receive $6,540,417,626.70, with local governments receiving billions more. "Michigan communities have been on the front lines of this pandem… Continue Reading


05.09.21

WJRT ABC 12 Flint: Kildee, Stabenow, Peters, Moolenaar, Urge VA to Improve Travel Reimbursement Program for Michigan Veterans

by Angie Hendershot

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan lawmakers reached out to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Denis McDonough on behalf of more than one hundred older veterans who were struggling with computer skills, have cognitive impairment (including traumatic brain injuries) or do not have reliable access to the internet. The vets have contacted their offices regarding problems logging on and being reimbursed for out of pocket medical travel. According to a press release, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief De… Continue Reading


05.09.21

Holland Sentinel: Upton, Peters, Stabenow introduce bill to hold universities accountable for sexual abuse reporting

WASHINGTON - Legislation with bipartisan and bicameral backing in Congress would require leaders at higher education institutions to certify they have reviewed any reports of sexual abuses perpetrated by the institution's employees. The Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations, or ALERT Act, was reintroduced in Congress by Democrat Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, along with Republican Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and others April 30. The legislation wou… Continue Reading


05.06.21

WKAR 90.5 FM Michigan State University: Sen. Peters Touts Vaccines At MSU

by Scott Pohl

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited a COVID-19 vaccination site at Michigan State University Thursday, hoping to encourage people to get their shots. Peters chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has approved $50-billion to support vaccine programs like the one run by the Ingham County Health Department at the MSU Pavilion. The Michigan Democrat says the federal government is helping local health departments run education campaigns showing that the vaccines are… Continue Reading


05.05.21

WWTV CBS 9&10 Traverse City: U.S. Senator Gary Peters Visit Traverse City Vaccination Clinic

by Bill Froehlich, Josh Monroe

The mass-vaccination clinic in Grand Traverse County played host to U.S. Senator Gary Peters on Wednesday. The Senator visited the site in Traverse City and got a tour from the county health department. Peters also stopped to talk with county employees and members of the National Guard. Senator Peters talked about the Biden Administration's plans to divert vaccines away from areas where there is plenty of supply, and sending it to areas where COVID case numbers are surging. "When we saw this re… Continue Reading


05.04.21

Holland Sentinel: Peters: Federal government has a role to play in combatting vaccine misinformation

by Arpan Lobo

GRAND RAPIDS - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters believes the federal government can provide local units with resources to provide educational campaigns on the COVID-19 vaccines, as health officials work to administer as many doses possible to get the U.S. to a post-pandemic state. Peters Vaccine U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, speaks to media on Monday, May 3, following a tour of the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at the DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids. As the vaccine rollout has taken… Continue Reading


05.03.21

WWMT CBS 3 Grand Rapids: US Sen. Gary Peters tours West Michigan vaccination clinic

by Aldair Zepeda

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters toured the largest vaccination site in West Michigan Monday morning at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Peters said West Michigan was making progress in the vaccine rollout and urged the importance of the vaccine as new variants continued to pop up. "In challenging times in this country, we always see Americans stepping up and doing their part to make a difference and it's no exception here. We're in a race with variants, that's why it is so importan… Continue Reading


05.03.21

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Gary Peters to visit West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Monday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is scheduled to tour the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place Monday morning. Peters, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, worked with FEMA and state officials to secure more than 200 additional federal personnel to assist at mass vaccination sites throughout the state, including at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic. The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic is a collaborative effort of Kent Coun… Continue Reading


05.03.21

WOOD NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters eyes supply chain security amid semiconductor chip shortage

by Rick Albin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has concerns about computer chip shortages that are threatening to slow domestic car production. If you've tried to buy a used car recently, you may have found inventory lacking and prices adjusted to reflect that. Now, concerns about a global shortage of a major component in new cars, semiconductor chips, could interrupt the manufacture of new cars. The problem prompted Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, to look at how supply chain issues could a… Continue Reading

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