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05.13.20

The Hill: Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments

by Maggie Miller

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cyber agency on Wednesday warned that Chinese government-backed hackers are targeting U.S. organizations developing vaccines and treatments for the COVID-19 virus. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI said in a joint alert that the agencies hoped to "raise awareness" of threats posed to research groups by Chinese malicious actors. "These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain va… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Detroit News: Michigan lawmakers request COVID-19 relief funds go to auto suppliers

by Breana Noble

Members of Michigan's congressional delegation are calling on U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to direct existing COVID-19 relief funds toward auto suppliers in need of cash. Many auto components manufacturers are resuming production this week. But following at least six weeks of downtime and a payday coming up to 45 days after the delivery of goods, many are at a loss of working capital for start-up costs, 14 lawmakers led by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Reps. Fred Upton and Haley Stevens w… Continue Reading


05.11.20

WLUC NBC 6 Marquette: Sen. Peters introduces bipartisan bill to improve housing financial literacy

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) Monday announced he introduced a bipartisan bill that would aim to bolster financial literacy among prospective first-time homeowners. The Housing Financial Literacy Act, which Peters introduced with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), would provide those who complete a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified housing counseling course the opportunity to claim a 0.25 percent deduction on their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premi… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Detroit News: Michigan hospitals getting $900M in fed COVID-19 aid

by Gregg Krupa

More than $900 million in federal funding is on its way to Michigan to help 28 of the state's hospitals cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It's among $12 billion being distributed nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to hospitals in areas where the COVID-19 outbreak is significant. The amounts for Michigan medical facilities range from $11.7 million to Covenant Medical Center in Harrison Township to $71.2 million to Henry Ford Hospital on West Grand Boulevard in Detr… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Huron County View: Peters helps lead bipartisan push to include funeral benefits increase for veterans’ survivors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) today called for the inclusion of their bipartisan bill to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans in the next phase of Coronavirus relief legislation. With COVID-19 posing serious risks among elderly veterans and those with service-related health conditions, the B… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Alpena News: Peters: ‘Time for action’ on PFAS cleanup

by Steve Schulwitz

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is fed up with the lack of haste the U.S. Air Force has exhibited in cleaning up and mitigating PFAS contamination at military installations around Michigan, including Northeast Michigan. He recently wrote a letter to the military, urging officials to utilize the $13.5 million allocated for cleanup to be more proactive iat the former Wurtsmith Air Force base in Oscoda, where residents and businesses have been dealing with significant contamination since 2010. PFAS stands … Continue Reading


05.06.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Peters calls on Air Force to expedite PFAS cleanup at former Air Force Base in Michigan

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters today asked the U.S. Air Force to expedite PFAS cleanup at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Peters, who is on the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy John Henderson. According to Peters, he has concerns that the Air Force doesn't yet intend to spend $13.5 million in funding on additional tangible cleanup projects. "It is abundantly clear that contamination is spread… Continue Reading


05.06.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Peters, Stabenow introduce legislation to address racial and ethnic disparities in Coronavirus pandemic

Plans to introduce an interagency task force to identify and address disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities in Michigan is in the works. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have proposed the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act to address inequities in the American health care system, particularly for minority communities who have struggled to access high-quality, affordable health care. The Act would bring together health care and oth… Continue Reading


04.29.20

WEYI NBC 66 Flint: Senator Gary Peters calls for oversight on stimulus payouts

United States Senator Gary Peters spoke to Mid-Michigan NOW anchor Dave Bondy about everything from establishing federal grants for non-profit & faith-based organizations providing resources for underserved communities during public health emergencies to oversight on the stimulus money going to businesses and residents in the State of Michigan.… Continue Reading


04.24.20

WDET 101.9 FM Detroit: Sen. Gary Peters: Michigan’s Small Businesses Need More Help

Michigan's Sen. Gary Peters says Michigan small businesses are not getting their fair share of federal stimulus money. Congress has approved a $484 billion spending bill to help stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a majority of these funds allocated to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. Most small businesses in Michigan did not receive any money from the previous stimulus package. "You need to have this money distributed equitably, … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Detroit News: Peters seeks probe of federal small business loan effort

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is calling on federal officials to investigate how funds are distributed through a small-business loan program aimed at helping lessen the impact of the COVID-19 crisis amid concerns the funding isn't going to enough businesses in need. In a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Bloomfield Township Democrat discussed issues with the the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Rel… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Detroit News: Peters wants ‘essential workers’ to get up to $25k in hazard pay amid pandemic

by Melissa Nann Burke

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters on Wednesday detailed a proposal to give "essential workers" a government-funded boost in pay of up to $25,000 during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new "Heroes Fund" plan, essential workers would include not only front-line medical personnel like doctors and nurses but also pharmacists, grocery store workers, truck drivers, building cleaners, letter carriers, Transportation Security Administration and transit workers who interface with the public daily. The pay… Continue Reading


04.05.20

MLive: Stabenow, Peters call on Trump administration to ensure veterans, SSI beneficiaries receive stimulus automatically

by Ryan Boldrey

Michigan's two U.S. senators are calling on the Trump administration to ensure veterans, as well as those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, receive their stimulus checks automatically. In an April 3 letter to the administration, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said those recipients should not be required to file a tax return. They asked for the checks to be issued automatically through the Department of Veteran Affairs a… Continue Reading


04.04.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Senators announce more than $2 million in funding for Mid-Michigan

For local governments doing their part to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, help is on the way.Today Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters announced new funding to assist cities in Mid-Michigan. Nearly $3 million in total funding is on the way. The city of Lansing is set to receive $1.8 million. Jackson will receive $756,020, and East Lansing will receive $289,484. The goal of the money is to give a big boost to local governments as they respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. Lansing Mayor… Continue Reading


04.04.20

MLive: Stabenow, Peters sponsor bill seeking $500 coronavirus payments for older dependents

by Melissa Frick

Michigan's two U.S. senators have announced legislation that would make all dependents - including older children and adult dependents - count toward what a family receives in federal COVID-19 relief payments. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, are behind the bill, which aims to include dependents ages 17 and older in the coronavirus relief packages, according to a news release issued Saturday, April 4. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security… Continue Reading


04.03.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Sens. Stabenow, Peters announce $53M in funding for SE Michigan amid COVID-19 emergency

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $53,823,765 in funding to help local governments in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that was signed into law on March 27. "Local governments are on the front lines of this battle. This funding will give them additional resources to respond to this unprecedented threat. Communities can use these funds to meet the unique and growing needs … Continue Reading


03.31.20

WPBN NBC 7 Traverse City: U.S. Senator Gary Peters holds telephone town halls to answer coronavirus questions

by Devon Mahieu

Residents will be able to get their questions answered about the coronavirus during two telephone town halls being held by U.S. Senator Gary Peters. During the town halls, Peters will discuss the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and resources available to workers, families, small businesses and medical professionals. "As Michiganders face unprecedented challenges because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I'm doing everything possible to help support famili… Continue Reading


03.26.20

MLive: Michigan senators say help for hospitals should follow $2T coronavirus aid packag

by Malachi Barrett

Michigan's senators said a historic $2.2 trillion economic aid package to blunt the impact of COVID-19 needs should be quickly followed with action to secure more resources for hospitals facing shortages of basic medical equipment. The Senate unanimously approved the economic resuce bill Wednesday, which provides unprecedented aid to businesses, workers and health care systems dealing with the coronavirus pandemic nationwide. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield … Continue Reading


03.26.20

Michigan Advance: U.S. Senate COVID-19 aid package passes with Peters’ unemployment extension

by Robin Bravender & Susan J. Demas

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship, with both of Michigan's U.S. senators, Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) voting yes. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who tested positive for COVID-19, was among the four Republican sen… Continue Reading


03.23.20

WNEM CBS 5 Flint: Sen Peters introduces bill to ensure medical supplies for health care workers, hospitals

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduced a bill to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It would help make sure the federal government is helping public health systems prepare to handle an influx of patients. The three-step plan would provide respirators, ventilators, and other critical equipment. "As we continue to combat the spread of COVID-19, we must ensure the federal government is helping our nation's public health system handle a drastic increase in patients," Peters said. "I've heard firsthand f… Continue Reading

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