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05.13.19

Detroit Free Press: Federal government pays millions to the dead every year. Sen. Peters is trying to end that.

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is backing legislation that could help stop millions of dollars in federal payments to the dead. Every year, said Peters, millions of dollars in federal benefits continue to get sent out in the names of the deceased because the most accurate records regarding deaths - the list kept by the Social Security Administration - isn't shared among federal agencies. The legislation Peters is cosponsoring would: Allow all appropriate federal agencies to h… Continue Reading


05.10.19

WLNS 6 Lansing: Michigan Senator leading inquiry into federal response to rise of white supremacist violence

by Ronnie Das

WASHINGTON (WLNS) - Senator Gary Peters is looking into the federal government's response to evolving domestic terrorism threats and the rise of white supremacist violence. "Just days ago, a white supremacist terrorist murdered one woman and injured three others at a synagogue in San Diego, exactly six months to the day after the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh," said Senator Peters. Peters is a ranking member of the Sena… Continue Reading


05.09.19

WJMN Marquette: Peters and Stabenow announce bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "The la… Continue Reading


05.08.19

9&10 News Traverse City: Sen. Gary Peters Introduces Legislation to Help National Guard And Reserve Military Members

by David Lyden and Jeff Blakeman

U.S Senator Gary Peters has just helped introduced legislation aimed at helping members of the National Guard and reserved Armed Forces. The goal of the bill is to help get those members of the military important documents once they've retired or completed their service. Reserve members of the Armed Forces currently don't get a separation document that details their service. Guardsmen also do not receive the same form as active duty service members after their time in the service ends. It's … Continue Reading


05.08.19

WWMT CBS 3 West Michigan: Sen. Peters part of bipartisan push in D.C. to streamline veteran benefit documentation

by Mikenzie Frost

LANSING, Mich. - Some military members get different proof of service depending on the branch and a new bipartisan proposal in Washington aims to streamline the process. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, and Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, introduced a proposal to give military reserve and National Guard members the same proof of service form that active duty members receive. The form Peters wants to give the other military members is known as a DD-214, which is used to show the history of service for ve… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Detroit News: Report: Michigan has most PFAS sites in nation

by Leonard N. Fleming

Michigan has the most PFAS sites in the nation, but state officials are improving testing and accountability for the harmful substances, according to report released Monday by a national environmental advocacy group. The report finds that Michigan has 192 PFAS sites, much higher than the state's 49 official contamination sites. The report's number is much higher because the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group includes sites like schools or apartment buildings where testing found … Continue Reading


05.05.19

Detroit News: Peters tours Wayne County communities hit by flooding

by Christine Ferretti

Detroit - For the second time in a few years, Megan and Mark Buchanan are picking up the pieces after flood waters destroyed basement cabinets, furniture and priceless keepsakes made by their two young children. The Allen Park couple paid $2,300 for restoration crews to help clear out and sanitize the area.The family has some insurance, but it won't help to rebuild after the damage. That, they expect, could be thousands of dollars more. The Buchanans shared their story Sunday with U.S. Sen. Ga… Continue Reading


04.30.19

WWMT CBS 3 West Michigan: Lawmakers call on congress to pass ALERT Act to protect college, university students

by Callie Rainey

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Several United States senators and representatives are calling on Congress to pass the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act, which is a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that lawmakers said would protect college students from sexual assault. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Lansing; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Kalamazoo; and U.S. … Continue Reading


04.11.19

Detroit Free Press: Trump wants to end $7,500 electric car tax credits, members of Congress move to stop him

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has proposed ending tax credits to encourage the purchase of electric cars but a bipartisan group in Congress moved Wednesday to stop him. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, instead proposed legislation that would expand the credits. "Today's legislation is something we can do now to reduce emissions and combat carbon polluti… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Port Huron Times-Herald: Peters bill targets border personnel shortage — even if it hasn't reached crossings like Port Huron

by Jackie Smith

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is spearheading another piece of legislation affecting border crossings - only this time, he said, it may be more proactive for Port Huron than other ports of entry across the country. The bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by three other senators, proposes increasing the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection field officers and support staff to incrementally correct a reported shortage of personnel of nearly 4,000. According to its original release, Peters' camp is cit… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Detroit News: Peters: Bulk up Customs and Border Protection staffing at ports of entry

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Two border-state senators, Gary Peters of Michigan and John Cornyn of Texas, want to plug a shortage of nearly 4,000 officers in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as the number of migrant families crossing the southwest border is breaking records. Their bipartisan bill requires CBP to hire no less than 600 additional officers a year until the agency's staffing needs are met. Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committe… Continue Reading


03.20.19

Michigan Radio: Cherry farmers want federal help in trade dispute with Turkey

by Max Johnston

For the past decade, Americans have been buying tart cherries from Turkey for cheap. Tart cherry farmers in Michigan say that's hurting their bottom line. Now they're hoping a new bill in Washington will balance the scales. On a sunny but cold day at a cherry orchard north of Cedar, second-generation cherry farmer Ben LaCross, of Leelanau Fruit Company, prunes some young cherry trees with electric shears. "We're trying to open up the scaffolds of the limbs to let more light in and forc… Continue Reading


03.15.19

WBUP ABC 10 Marquette: Sen. Gary Peters introduces Telehealth bill

by Donny Ede

LANSING- Michigan Senator Gary Peters reintroduced a bill today to expand Telehealth services throughout the country. Peters has been a strong advocate for expanding Telehealth services for a while now, as it will help people with disabilities, or in rural areas, be able to get treatment without having to travel to a hospital or doctors office. Telehealth services would allow a person to visit with a physician from the comfort of their own homes, and could even wear monitors that will transmi… Continue Reading


03.11.19

Oakland Press: Sen. Peters reintroduces legislation to boost early college, dual enrollments for high school students

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Boozman (R-AR) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants to institutions of higher education to expand their dual and concurrent enrollment initiatives and early/middle college programs. "Rising costs of… Continue Reading


03.07.19

WOOD TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters: EPA should be more 'aggressive' about PFAS

by 24 Hour News 8 web staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan's U.S. senators are pushing a bill to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare PFAS a hazardous substance. The desingation would make more money available for cleanup under the EPA's Superfund program, and also require polluters to start cleanup or to pay for it. Sen. Gary Peters and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, are part of a bipartisan group aiming to force the EPA to regulate the chemical more strictly. "It's been very frustrat… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Dearborn Press & Guide: Peters named among most effective senators in 115th Senate

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was named among the most effective lawmakers in the 115th Senate (2017-2018). According to the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, Peters was named the 4th-most effective Senator in the minority party in enacting and advancing legislation. "My top priority is working to get things done for Michigan families - regardless of which political party is in the White House or has the majority in the Senate," said Senator Peters. "Michiganders expect us to work together i… Continue Reading


03.02.19

WPBN Marquette: Peters aims to help Michigan's cherry industry, other AG products crippled by dumping

by Mikenzie Frost

LANSING, Mich. - A bipartisan effort is underway in Washington to help curb imported products sold at a lower price on the U.S. market, hurting many small industries. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, introduced legislation aimed to help small and medium-sized businesses that have been negatively impacted by trade practices known as dumping; when products are imported and sold a lower price due to subsidies and little to no tariffs. "We've certainly seen a very devastating impact of Turkish cherri… Continue Reading


02.17.19

9&10 News Traverse City: Sen. Peters Visits Sault Ste. Marie to Assess Northern Border Security

by By Jim LeHocky & Megan Viecelli

"We know how important investments are in the northern border," said Senator Gary Peters, (D), Michigan. Senator Gary Peters visited Sault Ste. Marie Sunday to speak with border security officials about the challenges facing our northern border. Senator Peters serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. International Bridge Administration officials drove the senator across the bridge to the Canadian customs and back. They made a stop along the… Continue Reading


02.08.19

MLive: Air Force pledges to be ‘proactive’ on PFAS in Oscoda

by Garret Ellison

OSCODA, MI - The Secretary of the Air Force has told U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., that it will be "proactive" in cleaning up toxic PFAS contamination at a former base in northern Michigan where the chemicals are polluting drinking water and the environment. This week's letter was in reply to Peters, who rebuked the Air Force last week for taking an "aggressive and defensive posture" with the state of Michigan related to its compliance with state laws limiting the amount of PFAS entering surf… Continue Reading


01.30.19

WSGW FM: Border Security A Priority For Senator Gary Peters

by John Hall

Michigan's junior U-S Senator Gary Peters says protecting America's borders is critical. The Detroit area Democrat adds some areas along the southern border with Mexico should be fenced, but other locations can be managed through surveillance. Peters told WSGW's Art Lewis the most emphasis needs to be put on entry points with proper screening of people and vehicles and making sure their paperwork is correct. Peters also wants to end government shutdowns. That includes maintaining pay forworke… Continue Reading

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