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04.20.15

Holland Sentinel: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduces bipartisan bill

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-14th District, a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced he has introduced bipartisan legislation. The legislation will ensure that the Small Business Administration's main lending program, the 7(a) Loan Program, can continue to meet the increasing small business demand for loans. In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for 7(a) loans, from $15.2 billion in 2012 to $19.2 billion in 2014, including $1.2 billion in lending to o… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Detroit News: Worthy pushes for more funding to prosecute rapists

by David Shepardson

Washington - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy met Wednesday with Michigan's two senators and other members of the congressional delegation, seeking more funding to help prosecute suspected rapists. In 2009, more than 11,300 untested rape kits were found in Detroit dating back to 1984. With $4 million from the state and support from advocacy groups, testing has been completed and found significant evidence of serial rapists. Worthy said last year that testing of some kits had identified 127 p… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Dearborn Press & Guide: Peters co-sponsoring bill to train medical staff to respond to trafficking victims

by Teresa Duhl

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Monday held a press conference at Wayne State University's School of Medicine to announce that he is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 205: The Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015. Also on hand to show their support for the bill were Dr. Jack Sobel, interim dean of the WSU School of Medicine, and Angela Aufdemberge, president and chief executive officer of Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights. If passed as currently written, the Trafficking Awareness Training … Continue Reading


04.02.15

Battle Creek Enquirer: Sen. Peters tours Air Guard base for first time

by Trace Christenson

Michigan's newest senator had his first tour of Battle Creek's military base. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who took office in January, spent nearly three hours at Battle Creek's Air National Guard Base Wednesday, learning more about work on the base, future missions and seeing the facilities. "It is always better to go out and kick the tires and see what is here," Peters said. Riding with several local officials, Peters saw the base from the front seat of a van and then had briefings about the past… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Flint Journal: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters pushes for human trafficking intervention bill

by Sarah Schuch

FLINT, MI -- Giving medical professionals training on identifying victims of human trafficking could save lives, officials say. That is why U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wants to see more health care professionals trained in knowing what to look for, and is pushing a bill that would create a pilot program for a medical school to create best practices for intervention. Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., made a stop in Flint on Thursday, April 2, at the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center to push for his new l… Continue Reading


04.01.15

Kalamazoo Gazette: Michigan Sen. Gary Peters shows strong support for proposed missile defense system

by Alex Mitchell

BATTLE CREEK, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters toured Fort Custer Wednesday to show support for a proposed missile defense system that could be constructed at the military base. Fort Custer, a 7,500-acre training base for the U.S. Army Reserves and other branches of the military that straddles Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, is one of four locations currently undergoing an environmental impact study that will be used to partially determine the area best suited for the project. Peters said he strong… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Grand Rapids Press: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga promote rebuilt parts for federal fleet

by Jim Harger

KENTWOOD, MI - Taxpayers will save money and Michigan companies that rebuild automotive and truck parts will benefit from legislation sponsored by a bipartisan team of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland. "Encouraging the federal government to use less expensive remanufactured auto parts when repairing their vehicles helps save taxpayers money and supports remanufacturing suppliers in Michigan and across the country," said Peters, who appeared at North America … Continue Reading


03.31.15

MiBiz: Federal legislation could spur growth of remanufactured parts, local jobs

by John Wiegand

KENTWOOD - Advocates for a bill pending in Congress say that using remanufactured parts to repair and maintain federal vehicle fleets would not only help save taxpayer money, but also act to spur job creation at local companies. For North American Fuel Systems Remanufacturing LLC in Kentwood, the bill to encourage the federal procurement of more remanufactured parts could help fuel demand for the engine components it refurbishes for the heavy-truck industry, said Adam Knobeloch, the company's v… Continue Reading


03.30.15

Detroit News: Peters seeks pilot program on human trafficking

by Chad Livengood

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is scheduled to visit Wayne State University's medical school Monday to push for legislation helping health care professionals better identify patients who are victims of human trafficking. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, has introduced a bill creating a pilot program for a medical school to develop best practices for identifying and preventing the spread of human trafficking - what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls "modern-day form of slavery involving the ill… Continue Reading


03.30.15

The Hill: Fully fund the A-10 fleet, say Michigan senators

by Martin Matishak

Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D) are urging senior appropriators to fully fund the Air Force's A-10 "Warthog" fleet and scrap the service's plan to move some of the aircraft into backup status. "Given the United States' current military engagements in the Middle East fighting against [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], and protecting NATO countries in Eastern Europe, the aircraft program must be continued until a suitable alternative is in place," the pair said in a let… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Detroit News: Senate OKs Peters’ measure on customs plazas fund

Washington - The U.S. Senate late Thursday approved a budget amendment by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, that creates a reserve fund for future spending authorization at customs plazas and ports of entry. The measure is non-binding and does not represent an approval for funding. The amendment did not specify a dollar amount for the fund or from where the money would come. It creates a reserve fund in the federal budget that won't increase the federal deficit. The fund may be used for… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Detroit News: Peters seeks funding for customs plazas in Michigan

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - As Congress sets its spending priorities this week, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is seeking a budget reserve for future spending authorization at customs plazas and ports of entry. If approved, the amendment would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund in the federal budget that may be used for construction or increased staffing at ports of entry, such as the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron - which is awaiting an expanded customs plaza - and the new U.S.-Canada cros… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Houghton Daily Mining Gazette: Peters unveils bills to address wasteful spending, deficit

by Garrett Neese

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters announced two bills aimed at cutting wasteful spending and reducing the deficit Tuesday, both co-sponsored by a Republican senator. The first bill would require Congress to hold Congressional hearings on duplicative and wasteful government spending and create a formal review process. The second bill would require Congress to debate and vote on deficit reduction recommendations in the president's budget. Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, contrasted his approach to d… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Detroit Free Press: Peters proposes deficit-cutting bills

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is joining with a Republican colleague to propose two pieces of legislation he says could cut wasteful spending and reduce the nation's deficit. The first piece of legislation would require congressional hearings on the Government Accountability Office's annual report on recommendations for reducing duplicative programs. The second would require Congress to hold an up or down vote on annual deficit reduction recommendations from the White House. "We need to c… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Detroit News: Sen. Peters proposes bills to cut government waste

by David Shepardson

Washington - Sens. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, unveiled bills Tuesday aimed at cutting waste and eliminating duplicate federal programs from the $2 trillion annual U.S. budget. One proposal, called the COST Savings Resolution, would require congressional committees to hold oversight hearings on the Government Accountability Office's annual report on ways to reduce overlap and duplication in the federal government. The bill directs Congress to take into acc… Continue Reading


03.17.15

WBUP: Peters introduces bills to reduce government spending

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters introduced a pair of bills today that would reduce government spending. Peters, along with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), have come up with a pair of bills that would reduce the cost of some government agencies that overlap responsibilities. Peters says that these bills would go along way in making the government as efficient as possible and reduce the nation's debt at the same time. "An example of that is catfish inspection," said U.S. Senator Gary Peter… Continue Reading


03.07.15

Macomb Daily: Senator helps celebrate 100th anniversary of Naval Reserves at Selfridge

by Maryanne MacLeod

Celebrating a century of service by Naval Reservists was the order of the day at Selfridge Air National Guard Base Saturday afternoon. Dignitaries from throughout metro Detroit, including keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, joined current reservists, veterans and their families to recognize the special sacrifices made by citizen sailors at the base. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 70,000 naval reservists have answered the call to active duty; 31 of those were killed in action. Naval reservi… Continue Reading


03.07.15

WWJ: Senator Peters On Hand As Selfridge Air National Guard Base Celebrates 100 Years

HARRISON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township celebrated an important milestone Saturday - its centennial anniversary. U.S. Senator Gary Peters spoke at the U.S. Navy Reserve ceremony Saturday afternoon. "I certainly just wanted to honor the incredible traditions that exist in the U.S. Navy Reserve and its 100 year anniversary," Peters said. "You're basically dealing with citizen sailors, folks who have families and careers in the States and yet are called up… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Detroit News: Peters, Ernst push for military tax credit extension

by David Shepardson and Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Two senators unveiled legislation to extend a tax credit for small businesses that provide differential pay for military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, introduced the Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 to extend the tax credit for five years - which would would help 824,000 reservists and their families while on active duty. Peters is a former lieutenant comma… Continue Reading


03.05.15

MLive: Sen. Gary Peters introduces tax credit bill for small businesses that make up pay for active military reservists

by Fritz Klug

LANSING, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give tax credits to small businesses that make up the difference in pay for employees who are active duty members of the National Guard. The credits would be given to small businesses with less than 50 employees who make up the difference in pay for active reservists who make less in the military then they do at their regular job. "When they are called up to the military service...[reservists are] also making a fina… Continue Reading

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