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05.06.16

Soo Evening News: Senator Peters visits the Sault

by Nick Nolan

United States Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) paid a visit to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday to talk about federal and state issues going on in the Senate that are affecting the city and the Great Lakes area. The first-term senator from Pontiac discussed his efforts to create a more bipartisan approach to the senate. He believes that by entering the senate in 2014 as the only democrat alongside 12 republicans, he has become more inheritably open to reaching across the aisle to get legislation passed. … Continue Reading


05.03.16

Alpena News: Peters promotes Great Lakes, unmanned aircraft

by Steve Schulwitz

ALPENA - Monday afternoon students at Alpena Community College got a brief glimpse of an unmanned aircraft flying just below the tree line on campus. What they probably didn't realize is who the pilot was - Sen. Gary Peters. The college was one of several stops in Northeast Michigan where Peters was taken on tours in part promoting his agenda of helping to protect and preserve the Great Lakes and ease burdensome restrictions on colleges who have unmanned aircraft programs. Peters co-sponsored … Continue Reading


05.02.16

Dearborn Press & Guide: Vehicle Innovation Act passes Senate, awaits approval in House

Vehicle Innovation Act passes Senate, awaits approval in House Legislation to promote investment in the future of the automotive industry is more than halfway to becoming law after passage in the Senate for the Vehicle Information Act. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) appeared at a commercial vehicle outfitting plant in Taylor last year to announce the legislation that promotes investments in research and development of fuel-efficient technologi… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Washington Post: Extreme space weather could cripple our infrastructure. This bill aims to prevent that.

by Angela Fritz and Joe Kunches

Legislation introduced in the Senate last week is the best effort yet put forward by Congress to improve forecasts of an invisible yet potent threat: space weather. The bipartisan bill, authored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), passed out of the Commerce Committee on Wednesday and will soon be brought to the Senate as a whole. It tackles the threats and challenges that space weather poses to our critical infrastructure, enumerating aspects that beg… Continue Reading


04.28.16

MLive/Flint Journal: Federal funding for Flint water crisis heads to full Senate

by Ron Fonger

FLINT, MI -- A bill that includes $100 million in federal funds for Flint has cleared committee and is headed to the full U.S. Senate. Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said today, April 28, today that the Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the funding as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The legislation includes money to repair water infrastructure and authority for the state of Michigan to forgive $22 million in past drinking water loans given to the cit… Continue Reading


04.27.16

Detroit Free Press: Oil company will not ship under St. Clair River in wake of outcry

by Daniel Bethencourt and Keith Matheny

A petroleum transport company will not be shipping heavy crude oil under the St. Clair River through 98-year-old pipelines, following an outcry from residents and concern from state and federal officials earlier this year. The company, Plains LPG, based in Houston, has withdrawn a request to revise its permit that would have allowed it to potentially transport oil under the St. Clair River between Marysville and Sarnia, Ontario, according to announcements issued Wednesday from U.S. Senator Gary… Continue Reading


04.26.16

AP: Senators Again Reach Deal on Flint Water Crisis Aid

by MATTHEW DALY

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second time in two months, the Senate has reached a bipartisan deal to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency. Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan said an agreement reached Tuesday with Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma would authorize $170 million in grants and loans to replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes and other infrastructure. It includes $5… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Midland Daily News: Sen. Gary Peters discusses Dow merger, education, small business in Midland visit

by John Kennett

The city of Midland recently saw a visit from Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., as the first-term senator toured The Dow Chemical Co., sat down with the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and followed those visits up with a stop at the Daily News. "It was incredible what they are doing there and the products they are devising," Peters said of Dow Chemical. "If you are looking to reduce the amount of energy consumption in America, or dependence on foreign oil, or making buildings more insulated, Dow is r… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow want action on Downriver air quality

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators wrote the nation's top environmental official Friday asking her agency to implement a plan for reducing sulfur dioxide and other pollutants in Wayne County if the state of Michigan does not do so in the next two months. Three years ago, a section of Wayne County stretching from Detroit south along the Detroit River past Trenton was found to have sulfur dioxide levels above federal standards, triggering a requirement for the state to submit a plan for contro… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Space News: Space weather bill introduced in U.S. Senate

by Jeff Foust

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation April 20 to improve space weather forecasting and preparedness efforts in parallel with a space weather strategy released by the White House last year. The Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act is intended to codify into law the responsibilities various government agencies have for forecasting and studying space weather, as well as assessing the vulnerability of the electrical grid and other critical infrastructure to geoma… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Michigan Daily: Michigan to receive $188.1 million from Hardest Hit Fund

by Lydia Murray

Along with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D) announced that Michigan will receive $188.1 million from the Hardest Hit Fund to go towards blight removal during a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. The Hardest Hit Fund - created in 2010 - allocates funding to states to aid struggling homeowners and avoid instances of foreclosure. During budget negotiations last year, Stabenow, Peters and Kildee championed a total of $2 billion to be alloc… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Detroit Free Press: Energy bill promotes fuel-efficient vehicles

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A wide-ranging energy bill -- which had previously been help up over concerns of a lack of funding to address the Flint water crisis -- was approved by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and included a measure authored by Michigan's senators promoting investments in the research and development of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The legislation, passed on a vote of 85-12, included a provision written by U.S. Sens Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both D-Mich., as well as U.S. Sen. Lamar Ale… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Macomb Daily: Senate passes Peters' amendments

by Jenna Jakowatz

The Senate passed legislation today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes two amendments introduced by Michigan senator Gary Peters. The Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Attack Wing will maintain operations in Battle Creek, according to the first provision. W.K. Kellogg Airport could lose its FAA grant eligibility if the Michigan Air National Guard's rent is not increased to fair market value. Peter's amendment will allow the Guard to maintain their eligibi… Continue Reading


04.10.16

Detroit Free Press: Senators: More money needed for federal sex assault investigations

by David Jesse

It's been 25 months since the federal Office of Civil Rights notified the University of Michigan it would be looking at how U-M handles complaints of sexual assault on its campus. There's no news about when the investigation might come to an end. It took the OCR more than a year to investigate how Michigan State University handles sexual assault cases. The length of time in these two cases isn't a surprise. In 2014, it took an average of 1,469 days for a complaint to be resolved, largely becau… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Lapeer County Press: Sen. Gary Peters addresses Econ Club

by KRYSTAL JOHNS

ELBA TWP. - As U.S. Sen. Gary Peters began his speech to the Economic Club of Lapeer County on Tuesday, the sun was shining brightly outside the windows of the Lapeer Country Club, giving off the illusion that it was warmer than the actual temperature outdoors. Peters alluded to the scenery, and commented about DTE Energy choosing this county for its largest solar array east of the Mississippi, "That tells me the sun is always shining in Lapeer County." He quickly shifted his focus to the auto… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Battle Creek Enquirer: Sen. Peters tours Air Guard base

by Trace Christenson

One of Michigan's United States senators toured new facilities at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base Friday as officials said continued investment can preserve the future of the facility. Senator Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, spent just over an hour at the base, looking through the command center for remotely piloted aircraft and touring the 318-acre base in a bus with Col. Bryan Teff, Commander of the 110th Attack Wing. "This is an incredible facility and we are going to do everyt… Continue Reading


03.30.16

Wards Auto: U.S. Lawmaker Pursues National Auto Cybersecurity Lab

by James M. Amend

NOVI, MI - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wants to establish a national laboratory for automotive cybersecurity, preferably in Detroit, to lift expertise in the field to fight off threats from potential hackers. The first-term Michigan senator wants the lab located at a former General Motors manufacturing site and historic World War II-era bomber-building facility in Ypsilanti Twp., about 20 minutes west of Detroit. Locally called Willow Run, the 332-acre (134-ha) site has been designated for developmen… Continue Reading


03.29.16

WBUP: Federal legislation aims to help small businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New federal legislation aims to make it easier for vital players in the economy - namely, small businesses - to get the loans they need. The Help Small Businesses Access Affordable Credit Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), would allow the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase loan limits by up to ten percent in a fiscal year without legislative action. A recent spike in demand caused the program to reach its limit, leading to disruptions and ultima… Continue Reading


03.28.16

Oakland Press: Students say early college program helps them overcome obstacles to earning degrees

by Anne Runkle

Joe Rodriguez, 19, of Wixom, is the oldest of nine children. The child of a single mom, he was always expected to set a good example for his siblings. He started taking classes through Oakland Community College as a junior in high school. He found that traditional college students didn't treat him any differently as he joined them in classes as a 16-year-old. "They were actually really nice," he said. "We're all just trying to get a degree." Rodriguez will be in the first class of graduates … Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: Senate bill wants DHS to help states fight hackers

by Cory Bennett

A new bipartisan Senate bill aims to give state and local governments access to the federal resources to combat cyber crime. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) will introduce the State and Local Cyber Protection Act on Thursday as a companion to a House bill Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced in November. The legislation, Peters said in a statement, "will help ensure all levels of government are equipped with the best practices and resources to counter cyber threats." … Continue Reading

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