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MLive/Grand Rapids Press: Great Lakes would be 'high consequence' area under pipeline bill

by Garret Ellison

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill that would boost scrutiny and review of submerged pipelines by adding the Great Lakes to a "high consequence" categorical area of federal crude oil pipeline regulation that requires higher safety standards. On Dec. 9, the commerce, science and transportation committee passed by voice vote a reauthorization bill for the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that included provisions targeted at the controversial Enbridge Inc. Line 5… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Education reform bill includes Peters' measures

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A dual-enrollment provision that can help make college more affordable promoted by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is part of an education reform bill advanced in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to move ahead with the Every Student Succeeds Act, setting the stage for a final vote later this week on legislation rewriting the much-maligned No Child Left Behind program. The U.S. House has already passed the bill. Under the legislation, states will gain much gre… Continue Reading


MLive: Sen. Gary Peters applauds Army review of soldiers' mental health-related dismissals

by Angie Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is praising the Army's decision to conduct an investigation into allegations that thousands of soldiers were wrongfully dismissed for misconduct after returning from deployment with mental health disorders. Peters (D-MI) said Friday he is concerned the Army may have unfairly discharged soldiers suffering from "the invisible wounds of war." The Army's announcement follows an October report by National Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio that revealed… Continue Reading


WLUC: Peters introduces bill to expand telehealth services

by Rebecca Himmelstein

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Receiving virtual care from the comfort of your home could soon be a reality. Senator Gary Peters introduced legislation to expand telehealth services in rural areas, all covered under Medicare. Senator Peters introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act which would create a five-year pilot program. The program would require Medicare to work with local providers to expand their telehealth services.… Continue Reading


9&10 News: Sen. Peters Working to Expand Michigan Healthcare Access With New Telehealth Bill

by Jamie Valentine

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is working on a bill to help expand access to healthcare in Michigan. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act would extend those services to rural areas. The move would pave the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. It would save patients time and money, as they could be treated much closer to home.… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Feds pressed to fund Blue Water Bridge project

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Obama administration are being pressed by members of Michigan's congressional delegation to make a long-awaited expansion of the Blue Water Bridge's customs plaza part of next year's budget plan, something Johnson alluded to possibly happening earlier in the year. In a letter to Johnson sent Thursday, U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both D-Mich., and U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, argued that the delay of t… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Lawmakers urge customs plaza funding in Port Huron

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Three members of Michigan's congressional delegation are again appealing to the Obama administration to give higher priority to funding an expanded customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron in the next federal budget. The Blue Water Bridge, which links Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, has awaited a delayed $165 million construction project for several years. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Tow… Continue Reading


Traverse City Record-Eagle: George Weeks: Lawmakers push for new super-sized Soo lock

by George Weeks

There's an important issue looming in Michigan, one that has been overshadowed of late by understandable media focus on road funding, national politics, international terrorism and refugees. I refer to the commendable efforts of Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to push for federal support of a new super-sized shipping lock at Sault Ste. Marie. They announced last week that the Army Corps of Engineers and White House budget officials now support a $1.35 million cost-benefit stud… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: A super-sized Soo Lock? Study to decide

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michgan's U.S. senators said Monday night that the Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Management and Budget has agreed to move $1.35 million into a cost-benefit study which could potentially lead to a new super-size shipping lock being built in Sault Ste. Marie someday. For more than a year, members of Michigan's congressional delegation have been urging the Corps to undertake a new study of the economic rationale for building a second lock the size of the existing Poe Lock … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Army Corps gets $1.35M to study upgrade for Soo Locks

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - The Obama administration has approved $1.35 million in funding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requested for a cost-benefit study of an additional shipping lock on the river that connects Lakes Huron and Superior. Only one of the four aging locks Sault Ste. Marie is large enough to handle ships that carry 70 percent of the cargo, and members of Michigan's congressional delegation have pushed to replace two outdated locks with a new one capable of handling the largest freighte… Continue Reading


Dearborn Press & Guide: Dingell, Peters appear at plant in Taylor to announce fuel efficiency legislation

by Anne Runkle

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 Friday to announce legislation that promotes investments in research and development of fuel-efficient technologies. Peters and Dingell appeared with Ross Haith Jr., president of Leggett and Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, 20401 Trolley Industrial Drive in Taylor. Leaders of several trade organizations also attended the announcement. Dingell said she … Continue Reading


Ann Arbor News/MLive: Bill would let Ypsilanti veteran receive Medal of Honor for daring rescue of soldiers

by John Counts

Forty-eight years after Major Charles S. Kettles completed a daring rescue of eight soldiers stranded on a battlefield in Vietnam, he's a step closer to receiving the U.S. military's highest honor for his bravery. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Michigan's U.S. senators Gary Peters (Democrat) and Debbie Stabenow (Democrat) Friday introduced legislation to allow Kettles to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The legislation waives the customary rule stipulating that the Medal of Honor must… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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