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11.06.15

Detroit Free Press: Ypsilanti man could get Medal of Honor under new bill

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - An 85-year-old Ypsilanti man who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War could receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, under legislation proposed by several members of Michigan's congressional delegation on Friday. Some 47 years ago, Army Maj. Charles Kettles was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in May 1967 in the Song Tra Cau riverbed in Vietnam that saved the lives of more than 40 military personnel. More recently, supporters began … Continue Reading


11.05.15

Detroit News: Mich. lawmakers want Canada nuke waste facility blocked

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Twelve members of Michigan's congressional delegation have written to the new Canadian prime minister urging him to block plans for an underground storage facility for nuclear waste near Lake Huron in Ontario. The majority of Michigan's 16 congressional members want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in Wednesday, not to issue construction permits for the project by Ontario Power Generation to construct a deep geologic repository near Kincardine, three-quarters of a mile … Continue Reading


10.30.15

Chaldean News: Senator Gary Peters: ‘There Is Definitely a Moral Responsibility’

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has shown support for the Middle East's Christians and other religious minorities lately with actions ranging from taking a trip to the region to advocating for refugees. In September, Peters and fellow Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut traveled to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and Iraq to discuss anti-ISIS efforts, and visited a refugee camp in Jordan.In October, he was among those who led a letter to the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Securit… Continue Reading


10.30.15

C&G News: Airmen return home after six-month deployment

by Julie Snyder

HARRISON TOWNSHIP - Around 500 airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base returned recently from a half-year deployment in Asia. According to Selfridge Brig Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, the airmen have been filtering home over the past several weeks, with the largest contingency returning to Michigan over the Oct. 22-24 weekend, with 10 jets and pilots returning on Oct. 22 and the majority of the airmen coming home on Oct. 24. Another group of 50 airmen… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Letter: Peters’ support is appreciated

by Bonnie Nawara

Editor: Landmark legislation to update the Women's Business Centers program and increase business assistance to the nation's 10 million women entrepreneurs passed the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee Oct. 7. Women's Business Centers, partially supported by the Small Business Administration, provide critical programs designed to empower women to successfully start and grow businesses. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women provided counseling to 1,400 people with a result o… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Detroit News: Mich. lawmakers find new urgency to stop Asian carp

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Michigan lawmakers in Congress say the results of a new federal study illustrate the urgency to empower the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do more to prevent Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week released a study showing smaller fish species such as the invasive Asian carp could inadvertently travel upstream with commercial barge traffic through electric barriers intended to stop them from reaching the Great Lakes from the Missi… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive: Sen. Gary Peters tours Kalamazoo River trail, praises waterfront resiliency

by Rosemary Parker

KALAMAZOO, MI -- U.S. Senator Gary Peters was in town Monday to look at how Kalamazoo businesses and recreation have taken best advantage of the Kalamazoo River, action consistent with legislation Peters recently introduced to make it easier for other communities to follow Kalamazoo's lead. Along with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Arcadia Ales president and founder Tim Suprise and Toni Thompson, president of Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Peters spoke of the need to embrace wat… Continue Reading


10.15.15

Muskegon Chronicle/MLive: Three takeaways from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' Muskegon visit

by Michelle D. Anderson

MUSKEGON, MI - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stopped by the MLive Muskegon Chronicle office Thursday, Oct. 15 to field questions from editorial staff about pressing issues in Michigan, the county and abroad. Peters, the only Democratic politician among the nation's 13 freshmen senators, was in town to learn more about downtown Muskegon and to address members of the city's Rotary Club. He was also scheduled to visit GE Aviation alongside Muskegon Area First president Ed Garner and to engage with local… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Midland Daily News: Peters visits Bay City, looks at riverfront revitalization

by John Kennett

BAY CITY - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., was in Bay City Monday to highlight the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act that he introduced and see firsthand the efforts to attract business development to the area. "The economic return is huge and any money that you put into riverfront redevelopment and sustainability has a big return for the community. Those are the kinds of investments we need to be making," said the first term senator. Annette Rummel, president/CEO of the B… Continue Reading


10.12.15

WSGW: U.S. Senator Gary Peters Visits Bay City, Talks Waterfront Development

In his first visit to Bay City as a U.S. Senator, Gary Peters attended a roundtable meeting on tourism and travel and took a tour of the city's riverfront. Sen. Peters (D-Mich.) has introduced legislation in Congress to revitalize waterfront communities like Bay City. Called the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act, the legislation aims to help communities put plans into place to allow economic development along waterways like rivers and beach areas in the state. Peter… Continue Reading


10.12.15

Bay City Times/MLive: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters makes first Bay City visit since taking office

by Sam Easter

Peters was greeted at the Doubletree by a slew of guests, from Bay County Executive Tom Hickner to Mike Kegley, president of the organization that curates the USS Edson Naval destroyer. Bay County Commissioner Ernie Krygier, D-2nd District, said he hopes Peters left with a good understanding of need for increased beach access in Bay County. Attempts to build a boardwalk at the Bay City State Recreation Area have been mired in a bureaucratic waiting game for years, Krygier said. "He certainly c… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Detroit Free Press: Duggan, Peters convince IRS to reconsider relocation

by Todd Spangler


10.08.15

MiBiz: Peters’ bill to encourage use of remanufactured parts signed into law

by John Wiegand

New federal legislation signed into law this week could significantly reduce the cost of maintaining U.S. government agencies' vehicle fleets by requiring those groups to encourage the procurement of remanufactured parts for repairs instead of new components. Proponents of the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, introduced in February by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., say the new legislation could both spur job growth in the remanufacturing industry as well as help reduce the cost of federal v… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Grand Haven Tribune: EDITORIAL: Pipeline act on the right track

by Grand Haven Tribune Editorial Board

... The "Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act" calls for a ban on shipping of crude oil by vessel on the Great Lakes. Currently, no crude oil is transported by vessel on the Great Lakes. However, passage of this legislation would write that prohibition into law. Additionally, the bill calls for a "comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region," and would assess the "current status of oil spill response and cleanup plans." It would also require ice cover to… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Detroit Free Press: Peters wants more Syrian refugees resettled in U.S.

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday asking that the U.S. accept no fewer than 100,000 refugees fleeing bloodshed from Syria and Iraq in the coming years, including 30,000 during the next fiscal year. In his letter to President Barack Obama, Peters, D-Mich., urged the resettlement of Syrian refugees as well as of persecuted religious minority refugees from both Syria and Iraq. The Obama administration had previously set a goal of resettling 85,000 ref… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Detroit News: Sen. Peters: Triple Syrian refugees accepted into U.S.

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wants the Obama administration to triple the number of refugees from war-ravaged Syria that it will accept next year and to give higher priority to resettling persecuted minorities from both Syria and Iraq in the United States. The Bloomfield Township Democrat, who visited the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan as part of a five-nation Middle East tour in September, said the refugees' plight is the "major humanitarian crisis that's occurring in the world to… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Interlochen Public Radio: Peters touts bill banning oil tankers on Great Lakes

by David Cassleman

The bill would require a review of all pipelines in the Great Lakes region, plus it would ban transporting crude oil on tanker ships. That's something that doesn't happen at all right now, but Sen. Gary Peters says it could be a threat in the future. "This has been a possibility that's being discussed," Peters says. "It has not been done up to this point because people frankly believe that it's just unacceptable." The bill is partially a response to widespread concern over the 60-year old oil … Continue Reading


09.28.15

Detroit Free Press: Congress supports use of rebuilt auto parts

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., got his first piece of legislation as a senator approved by the U.S. House on Monday and sent on to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The legislation, which was passed on a voice vote in the House, pushes federal agencies to use remanufactured or rebuilt parts for repairs to vehicles when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and does not compromise safety. Remanufactured auto parts are often less expensive than new ones. According to… Continue Reading


09.28.15

Detroit News: Bill to cut repair costs for federal vehicles passes

by David Shepardson

The U.S. House on Monday approved a bipartisan bill to cut federal vehicle repair costs. The measure, proposed by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township and Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is aimed at reducing the nearly $1 billion in annual federal vehicle repair costs by encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts. The bill will be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill was the first introduced by Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who took office in early January. The measur… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Detroit News: Michigan’s senators push oil tanker ban on lakes

by Jim Lynch

The environmental threat to the Great Lakes posed by the transport of oil on and underneath its waters has prompted two Michigan's U.S. senators to craft a bill aimed at reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic spill. The legislation calls for a ban on tankers and barges transporting crude oil through the Great Lakes, but U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said Wednesday no crude oil is currently being shipped through the lakes. The bill also requires a "top-to-bottom" review of th… Continue Reading

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