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Detroit News: Peters wants details on Pence's stay at Trump hotel in Ireland

by Beth LeBlanc

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is demanding answers from Vice President Mike Pence's office after the former Indiana governor chose to stay at a Trump-owned hotel during an official visit to Ireland, despite the hotel's distance from the location of the event. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Bloomfield Township Democrat sent a letter to the Republican vice president Thursday requesting details on the cost of travel, security and accommodations r… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters demands answers from Pence about stay at Trump resort in Ireland

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is demanding to know how much President Donald Trump's resort in Ireland is making off a recent stay by Vice President Mike Pence and his entourage. Peters, who is the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, sent a letter Thursday to Pence with a series of questions about the cost of the stay. He wants to know: The total cost of the travel to Ireland, including that for his personal guests, security … Continue Reading


C&G Newspapers: Senators unveil bill to increase support for Great Lakes projects

by Brendan Losinski

DETROIT - Both U.S. senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, came together on Belle Isle Aug. 22 to formally announce a bill to renew the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and increase its funding. Since 2009, the GLRI has provided funds to projects that help clean, maintain and otherwise improve the Great Lakes and other bodies of water that connect to them. "In Michigan alone, since (2009), we have been able to fund 880 different projects - $762 million we've been able to b… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Michigan's senators push for hike in Great Lakes cleanup aid

by Leonard N. Fleming

Detroit - Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Thursday pushed to renew and expand the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding they contend is needed to keep Michigan's waterways clean and vibrant for the public. At a news conference on Belle Isle, Peters and Stabenow touted the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 as a bipartisan effort to reauthorize the legislation for another five years. The initiative's funding authorization is set to expire in fiscal year… Continue Reading


WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan: Sen. Peters calls for more CBP officers at Ford Intl. Airport during motorcycle tour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich, addressed the need for more Customs and Border Patrol officers at the airport in Grand Rapids Friday morning dur his annual statewide motorcycle tour. Peters, a ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, described his efforts to increase federal resources at places like Gerald R. Ford International Airport. "When you look at what's been happening right now, as well, with the increased flow of folks on the southern b… Continue Reading


Marquette Mining Journal: Peters stops at Ishpeming Senior Center during annual motorcycle tour

by Cecilia Brown

ISHPEMING - Many people want to stay at home safely and independently as they age, but there can be barriers to aging in place, especially in rural areas. For this reason, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, made a stop at the Ishpeming Senior Center along Pine Street in Ishpeming Wednesday morning during his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. He discussed his legislative efforts to help seniors age in place and learned more about the challenges and successes the Ishpeming Senior … Continue Reading


WNMU Public Radio 90: Senator stops in Escanaba as part of Michigan tour

by Nicole Walton

ESCANABA, MI-- U.S. Senator Gary Peters is making his way around the U.P. this week as part of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters stopped in Escanaba Tuesday to visit Engineered Machined Products. He toured the manufacturing and advanced products facilities, where he watched Escanaba High School's FIRST ROBOTICS team give a demonstration. "EMP is proud to be based in Escanaba and expanding our capabilities into different sectors of the economy," said Paul … Continue Reading


Escanaba Daily Press: Sen. Peters visits Esky, talks issues

by Jordan Beck

ESCANABA - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., visited Engineered Machined Products (EMP) in Escanaba during his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan Tuesday. While visiting EMP, Peters took a brief tour of the business' advanced products building. There, he had an opportunity to see some of the products worked on at the facility, including electric cooling systems, electric water pumps, electric fans and electric oil pumps. "It's great to be here at EMP - this is really a cutting-e… Continue Reading


WLUC TV 6 Marquette: Senator Gary Peters continues 4th Annual Michigan Motorcycle Tour with stop in Escanaba

by Tyler J. Markle

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - United States Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), is making his way across the Upper Peninsula, on his Annual Michigan Motorcycle Tour. "There's no better way to see Michigan than on a motorcycle," said Peters. Senator Peters has been riding his whole life, and this is his fourth year doing the tour. The Democrat says the stops he makes along the way help him shape policy in Washington, D.C. "That's why I do this trip around Michigan, to listen to folks around the state, … Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Sen. Gary Peters wants to hear from workers victimized by wage theft

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) wants to hear from workers who have been victims of wage theft. Peters is conducting an investigation into wage theft practices, which could include: Failure to pay the applicable minimum wage Failure to compensate employees for overtime Mis-classifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying certain benefits or taxes. Peters, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has directed the committee's mi… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Sen. Gary Peters discussing apprenticeships and veterans on statewide motorcycle tour

by Mark Cavitt

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has been riding since he was 11 years old. The BloomfieldHills resident kicked off his fourth annual statewide motorcycle tour Monday at Motor City Harley Davidson in Farmington Hills. He was joined by motorcycle rights advocates, local officials, and fellow riders. The five-day tour, which includes stops in Flint, Grand Rapids, Escanaba, Traverse City and Grand Ledge, allows Peters to highlight and spotlight his legislative priorities and speak with residents across th… Continue Reading


Lapeer County Press: Sen. Peters responds to ag inspection shortage at U.S. borders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are among a bipartisan group introducing legislation to address the shortage of inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border by preventing the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods. Joining the two Michigan Democrats are Republican Sens. Pat Roberts from Kansas and John Cornyn from Texas. "Every day, millions of pounds of produce, meat and other agricultural goods… Continue Reading


WBKB 11 Alpena: Senators Gary Peters and Marsha Blackburn propose legislation to improve veterans’ caregiver program

by Lauren Mixon

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Gary Peters and Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn, are fighting to ensure veterans have adequate access to caregivers. The senators introduced plans to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver program. The new legislation comes as a result of vets suddenly receiving discharge notices or downgraded benefits. Senator Peters says, "My legislation will force the VA to continue to provide resources for caregivers for 90 days and allow people to basically challe… Continue Reading


Holland Sentinel: Peters introduces bill to bolster VA caregiver efforts

by Arpan Lobo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, introduced legislation in the Senate on Tuesday, July 23, that bolsters the Department of Veterans Affairs' caregiver program. The Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for Veteran Caregivers Act would add new measures designed to improve the caregivers program. The program provides a monthly stipend for individuals to assist veterans who are wounded during service. The caretakers, often family members of the veterans, rely on the st… Continue Reading


Michigan Radio: U.S. Senator Peters: Deepfake videos dangerous to democracy

by Tracy Samilton

Michigan Senator Gary Peters has joined with other members of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus (AI Caucus) to sponsor a bill going after deepfakes. Deepfakes are online videos created using sophisticated machine learning software. They manipulate real content to depict events and statements that did not actually occur. "They are a very dangerous item that can be weaponized to put out false information," says Peters. "But if you watch it, you would think, my gosh that must be accurat… Continue Reading


WLUC TV 6 Marquette Senator Gary Peters takes on Trump administration efforts to repeal Affordable Care Act

by Jerry Tudor

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - U.S. Senator Gary Peters weighed in on the Trump administration's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A lawsuit filed by 20 Republican State Attorney Generals claims that changes eliminating the individual mandate of the ACA have made it unconstitutional. Tuesday afternoon, in a video conference, Peters explained his opinion that ending the Affordable Care Act would be harmful to Michiganders, more than 4.1 million of which have a preexisting condition. … Continue Reading


WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan: U.S. Senator applauds federal funding for new veterans’ homes

by James Gemmell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On this Fourth of July, a Michigan U.S. senator is applauding the federal funding that was recently made available to fuel construction of a 128-bed State Veterans Home in Grand Rapids, as well as one in Macomb County. Ground was broken in Grand Rapids in May. Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters said in a news release Wednesday the construction project for the state-of-the-art home in Grand Rapids will receive just under $41 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affair… Continue Reading


Michigan Advance: Michigan lawmakers seize critical defense bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water

by Robin Bravender

WASHINGTON - Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eyeing must-pass defense legislation as a vehicle to crack down on dangerous chemicals that contaminate drinking water across the state. Lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House want to force the government to do more to study, regulate and clean up the ubiquitous and harmful chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. They see the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - a massive defense spending bill th… Continue Reading


The Jewish News: Federal Funding for Faith-Based Protection from Terrorism Reaches Senate

The largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the U.S., ­The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, welcomes the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee's approval of the bipartisan Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act. By increasing funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to $75 million for fiscal years 2020-2024, houses of worship, religious schools and nonprofits will have increased protecti… Continue Reading


WJMN Marquette: Lawmakers applaud relief for farmers, urge more access to disaster aid

After urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today praised the announcement of new relief for Michigan farmers who have been unable to plant their crops. Last week, the Senators wrote a letter to ask the USDA to help Michigan farmers by increasing flexibility with Federal Crop Insurance rules and allowing farmers to plant cover crops and use them for livestock grazing, hay, or silage, which is typically not allowe… Continue Reading

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