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The Detroit News: Peters: Willow Run should be ‘national testing center’

by Michael Martinez

U.S. Senator Gary Peters wants to turn the proposed autonomous car test site at the former Willow Run bomber plant into a national testing center that would pull companies from around the country to southeast Michigan. Peters, speaking Friday to media before a panel at a cybersecurity conference at Cobo Center, said he's aggressively pitching the Department of Transportation to set up a competition to designate a single national center by the end of the year. "We really need one central place,… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Business Journal: Companies on board with mission to Mars

by Charlsie Dewey

When the first astronauts take off for Mars in the 2030s, a handful of West Michigan companies will have a hand in getting them there. At least 50 Michigan businesses are building components for NASA's Space Launch System rocket (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. The rocket is the largest ever constructed by NASA. Orion and SLS are currently being built and tested in preparation for a 2018 launch to test the capabilities needed for human deep-space exploration. The first human-crewed mission for SL… Continue Reading


MLive/Saginaw News: Sen. Peters' research-boosting bill could help local manufacturers

by Mark Tower

SAGINAW, MI - A bill aimed mostly at improving the impact of federally funded science and technology research would hit closer to home, impacting local manufacturers in Saginaw County. The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) was approved by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on June 29 and will next face consideration the Senate floor. The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. If signed into law, it would take several st… Continue Reading


Politico: Senate Dems call for more transparency on Iran nuclear inspections


Fifteen Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to secure more transparency from the inspectors tasked with verifying Iran's compliance with last year's controversial nuclear deal, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO. Led by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the Democrats are asking Obama to use the federal government to push the International Atomic Energy Agency to publish details about Iran's nuclear program to ensure independent verification that they are following the terms of t… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters' research bill passed by Senate panel

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A congressional committee on Wednesday approved a bill written in part by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., which, if signed into law, could help spur government-funded research. The legislation approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee would authorize more than $1 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2018, an increase of more than $39 million over the amount authorized for next year. It would also authorize $300 millio… Continue Reading


The Detroit News: Senate panel OKs more money for research, manufacturing

by Keith Laing

Washington - Legislation containing a 4 percent increase in the budget for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which could benefit research universities in Michigan such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, cleared a key U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, setting up a potential floor vote. The measure, co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, "maximizes basic research by… Continue Reading


The Detroit News: Obama signs pipeline safety bill affecting Great Lakes

by Keith Laing

Washington - President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan bill Wednesday that boosts federal pipeline safety oversight, including in the Great Lakes. The measure, known as the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, subjects the Great Lakes to higher standards of operating safety. It also authorizes funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration until 2019 and increases the agency's funding 2 percent annually during that period. The le… Continue Reading


MLive/Ann Arbor News: Vietnam War veteran from Michigan to receive Medal of Honor

by Darcie Moran

YPSILANTI, MI - President Barack Obama will award retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on July 18. According to a release from the White House, Kettles is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his crew members: "Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, America… Continue Reading


MLive: Senator lauds auto research during Kettering stop

by Michael Kransz

FLINT, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said the automotive research taking place at Kettering University will keep Michigan on the map as car capital of the world. "The work being done at Kettering University will further solidify Michigan's status as the auto capital of the world in this new age of mobility, and I am committed to supporting this work at the federal level," Peters said in a statement. The senator visited Kettering University's automotive research testing grounds and labo… Continue Reading


Gaylord Herald Times: Federal pipeline safety bill passes House and Senate, awaits president's approval

by Arielle Breen

WASHINGTON - A federal pipeline safety bill, which already has Senate approval, was passed by the House of Representatives this week and moves to the president's desk. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipeline and Enhancing Safety Act calls for stronger oversight of the nation's pipelines. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat and bill co-sponsor, said the bill is now awaiting presidential approval. "It will designate all pipelines in the Great Lakes Basin as a high consequence area,… Continue Reading


Huron Daily Tribune: Pipeline safety bill awaits president's signature

by brenda battel

UPPER THUMB - The "Safe Pipes" Act, which will protect against oil spills in the Great Lakes, awaits President Barack Obama's signature. It passed both the U.S. House and Senate unanimously, and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said this week that he is pleased with the show of bipartisanship. "Legislators around the country view the Great Lakes as an asset, not only for the Midwest, but as a strategic asset for the nation," Peters said. Peters and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in September announced the Pi… Continue Reading


Battle Creek Enquirer: Peters champions aviation jobs at Battle Creek rally

by Dillon Davis

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and several corporate leaders lauded Calhoun County's aviation industry and its contributions to the state and national economy at a rally Friday in Battle Creek. "This is not just a job here; this is a passion," Peters, a first-term senator, told a crowd of about 100 people. "This is something that's in your blood, this is something that you love and this is something that you're able to do that contributes so much to our country from a technological standpoint to a busin… Continue Reading


MLive: Congress passes bill ratcheting up Mackinac pipeline safety rules

by Garret Ellison

Congress has sent a bill to the president's desk that includes stronger safety measures for Great Lakes pipelines prompted by concerns about the threat of an oil spill from the Enbridge Line 5 gas and oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act unanimously cleared the U.S. Senate in March and the House of Representatives on June 9. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law this month. The legisla… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Congress passes bill with Great Lakes pipeline measures

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has granted final passage to a pipeline safety bill that will increase standards for pipelines in and around the Great Lakes and require more detailed plans for responding to potential oil spills in areas with heavy ice cover, like those seen in recent winters around Michigan. The Senate, on a unanimous voice vote Monday evening, concurred with the U.S. House's changes to the pipeline safety reauthorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signatur… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press:U.S. Senate accepts Gary Peters' plan to help traumatized vets

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A proposal by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to help make sure traumatized veterans retain their G.I. benefits passed the Senate on a voice vote on Tuesday. Peters, along with several other senators, had requested the measure as an addition to the annual National Defense Authorization Act. If it is part of the final law at passage, it would write into law a policy that Discharge Review Boards consider petitions to change the discharge status of service members if they suffer from … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Senator Peters Op-ed: Michigan inventing the future of mobility

by Senator Gary Peters

Michiganians know something about inventing the future. We invented the auto industry, large-scale manufacturing, and the American middle class. During World War II, Michigan's booming automotive factories fueled the Arsenal of Democracy, building the aircraft, munitions and vehicles that powered the Allied forces to victory. Today, our state is once again poised to lead the world - this time into the next frontier of automotive technology. The automotive industry is undergoing a technological… Continue Reading


Detroit News:Panel: Michigan should lead autonomous car development

by Michael Martinez

Michigan should lead the development of autonomous vehicle technology and needs to change the public's perception that it's an old-world manufacturing hub, automotive executives and public officials said Wednesday. "It's about branding," Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said in an afternoon panel at the Mackinac Policy Conference. "This is a very high-tech state. Folks tend to view Michigan as a place with factories and smokestacks ... we're a lot more than that." State officials are t… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Business Journal: Senator enjoys firsthand look at city’s small businesses

by Mike Nichols

A U.S. senator now has a better understanding of Grand Rapids' entrepreneurial scene. Democrat Gary Peters, chair of the Senate Payments Innovation Caucus, took a tour of the Downtown Market last week. Peters is one of three senators who introduced the SEC Small Business Advocate Act in Washington, D.C., last month. The act's goal is to establish better lines of communication between small businesses and the federal government. He said the trip to Grand Rapids helped him see these small busin… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Stabenow, Peters join push for medical facility funding

by Keith Laing

Washington - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, are joining a bipartisan group of 13 senators to urge the authorization of $904 million to fund leases for 18 medical facilities in 12 states, including two in Michigan. The senators said the funding has been been held up by "a technical change in the way the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost of these leases" that has "stymied efforts to authorize any VA major medical facility leases. … Continue Reading


AP: Senators want higher liability for Great Lakes spills

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's senators are asking the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are classified as "offshore" so that owners would have to pay the full costs of cleaning a spill. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, sent U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx a letter on Tuesday urging him to make sure underwater pipeline segments in and around the Great Lakes are classified as separate "offshore" fac… Continue Reading

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