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Detroit Free Press: U.S. lawmakers propose more funds for Flint kids

by Daniel Bethencourt

Michigan members of Congress announced Monday that they would be introducing bills to expand learning programs for Flint children who have been affected by the city's water crisis. U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich) announced the legislation while touring Hurley Medical Center in Flint on Monday. "Flint's children were exposed to contaminated water by no fault of their own," Peters said. "I am proud to introduce this bill to help ensure they have the resources and support necessary to lead happ… Continue Reading


Michigan Radio: Michigan legislators call for additional Head Start money for Flint children


Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, as well as Congressman Dan Kildee, are asking Washington to help enroll all eligible Flint kids in Head Start. The three sent a letter this week to Blanca Enriquez, director of the Office of Head Start, asking that the program be made available to all eligible children in Flint to help mitigate the damage of the lead-tainted water. "We believe it is critical that we continue to do all we can to address the lasting health effects previous lead … Continue Reading


WNDU: Michigan Senator Gary Peters weighs in on Flint crisis

Michigan Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) has had a busy few days in Washington. He's met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, and he met with the Department of Health and Human Services to try to get federal funding for the city. Peters is bracing for the duration. "This is going to be a long-term response," he says. "This is something that's going to be many years -- really decades -- to deal with." After meetings with health care experts in Washington, a team including President Obama decided to send… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Hekmati reunited with family in Germany

by Melissa Nann Burke and Jonathan Oosting

After four and a half years, the family of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati has been reunited with him at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, following his release from Iran as part of a prisoner swap, officials say. Around noon EST, Hekmati's sisters, Sarah and Leila Hekmati, and brother-in-law Dr. Ramy Kurdi, as well as U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, met in person with Amir at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He is being treated there along with Washington Post reporter … Continue Reading


Dearborn Press and Guide: Sen. Gary Peters looking forward to hearing news on economy during State of the Union

by Jodi Rempala

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will have a man well-known to Dearborn at his side for the State of the Union Address Tuesday. Hassan Jaber, executive director of ACCESS, will be joining the senator in Washington, D.C. Peters said he extended the invitation because Jaber and ACCESS are so well-respected. He also wanted to push back against the rhetoric being spewed by some Republican presidential candidates that is inappropriate. Peters said we need to celebrate Arab Americans and all that t… Continue Reading


The Arab American News: Senator Peters applauds Obama for inclusion

by Ali Harb

DEARBORN - Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) praised President Obama's final State of the Union Address, applauding the commander in chief for explicitly condemning anti-Muslim rhetoric. "I was pleased that he made very strong and very emphatic statements that really appeal to who we are as Americans," Peters told The Arab American News. "This country has always been about welcoming folks from all across the earth. They come to this country to pursue the American Dream." Obama denounced attacks ag… Continue Reading


Boyne City Gazette: Michigan Senator Gary Peters’ Middle East trip focused on national security

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today announced that he traveled to the Middle East last week, where he met with allies in the region to discuss a number of national security issues, including the threat from groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and progress on implementing the Iran nuclear agreement. Peters and seven other senators met with heads of state, ambassadors and other top officials in Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and… Continue Reading


Interlochen Public Radio: Peters' bill would bring 'most stringent requirements' to Straits' oil pipeline

by David Cassleman

The Great Lakes region would become a 'high consequence area' for oil spills, under a bill before the U.S. Senate. Sen. Gary Peters, who introduced the legislation, says the designation will make the Straits of Mackinac safer from a potential spill. "It's going to increase the inspections," Peters told IPR News Radio in an interview. "It increases the reporting. It increases the standards that companies have to meet for those pipelines." Environmental groups say a 60-year old oil pipeline cro… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Pipeline bill would give Great Lakes greater protection

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - A pipeline safety bill passed by a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday would make pipelines in the Great Lakes subject to greater scrutiny and encourage oil companies to plan for spills under ice cover such as that seen at near-record levels in the Great Lakes the last two years. The legislation, which goes to the full Senate for consideration, comes as concerns continue to be raised about Enbridge's Line 5, twin pipelines, which run beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Mich… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Senate panel OKs higher safety standards for pipelines

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - The Senate Commerce Committee approved Wednesday legislation to improve pipeline safety and oversight that included designating the Great Lakes as a sensitive area, which would make pipelines in the lakes subject to higher safety standards. The legislation included other provisions introduced separately by Michigan Sens. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township and Debbie Stabenow of Lansing in September that would require federal reviews of pipeline age and integrity. They also would di… Continue Reading


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

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