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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


06.09.15

Detroit Free Press: Peters measure aims to help traumatized vets

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A proposal by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters would help traumatized veterans maintain their G.I. benefits after being discharged for minor infractions linked to what he called "the invisible wounds of war." Peters, D-Mich., is proposing an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act that would address veterans being issued administrative discharges making them ineligible for certain benefits and Department of Veterans Affairs home loans. He said those discharges are often th… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Detroit Free Press: Corps wants study on big shipping lock Up North

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators are pressing the White House to sign off on a report that would look at the economic benefits - and need - for the federal government to build a new super-sized shipping lock at a key choke point on the Great Lakes at Sault Ste. Marie. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both Democrats, sent a letter today to Office of Management and Budget head Sean Donovan, urging him to accept a request by the Army Corps of Engineers to swap funding so it can pay… Continue Reading


06.09.15

National Journal: Driverless Cars Are Coming. Is Congress Ready?

by Jason Plautz

Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan has seen the future, and it is a driverless Uber. Auto companies are quickly working on equipping cars with software that can connect to each other and to the roads around them, paving the way for, say, traffic lights to respond to traffic in real time. Eventually cars could be fully automated, paving the way for hands-free trips and-yes-car services that pick you up and drop you off without a human at the wheel. "I'm a guy who likes to drive and be in control, so … Continue Reading


06.03.15

MLive: New bills urge more talking-highway technology; Sen. Gary Peters hopes Michigan will be leader

by David Muller

DETROIT, MI - Several new cars are already equipped with early forms of automated driving, and projects are afoot in Michigan to speed potentially life-saving road-to-car communication technologies forward. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced legislation that will help states move more quickly in adapting vehicle-to-infrastructure, one key aspect in evolving technology that should lead to safer roads. The so-called "V2I" technology involves us… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Detroit Free Press: Peters proposes funds for vehicle-to-infrastructure technology

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan today said he has introduced legislation which could help promote and pay for technology which will someday give drivers and their vehicles infrastructure updates on safety conditions and traffic jams. Peters, a Democrat, is sponsoring the measure along with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., which would allow states to use existing federal transportation funds doled out to programs for highway safety and certain other improvements for vehicle-to-infrastr… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Detroit Free Press: Senators call for action to save Isle Royale wolves

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators today urged the National Park Service to shorten its timetable for addressing a sharp decline in the wolf population at Isle Royale and to consider importing more of the species onto the remote Lake Superior island to bolster its numbers. The letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis comes after reports, including that in the Free Press, that only three wolves remain on Isle Royale, down from nine last year, according to the winter survey con… Continue Reading


05.28.15

MLive: Proposed tax cut for small distilleries could help Michigan's spirit business grow

by Kyle Feldscher

MACKINAC ISLAND - A tax cut for small distilleries might help Michigan grow from the Great Beer State to the Great Alcohol State by lowering costs for new businesses. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, fresh off a tour of craft distilleries in the Traverse City area, is part of a bipartisan group of senators who introduced a bill to lower the excise tax on distilled spirits. The bill would lower the excise tax rate on distilled spirits from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 for the first 100,000 gallons pro… Continue Reading


05.27.15

WWTV: Small Distilleries React To Proposed Tax Cut Legislation

By Brittany Wright A new proposed law could be a big help to small craft distilleries. Last week, Senator Gary Peters introduced the distillery excise tax reform. If passed, it would reduce federal taxes for distilleries by more than $10 per proof gallon on the first 100,000 gallons they produce per year. "It will help us grow and help us put away more product," said Jared Rapp, Traverse City Whiskey Company Co-Owner. That's all any business wants to do, but small distilleries li… Continue Reading

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