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09.28.17

Port Huron Times Herald: U.S. Senate approves legislation to combat Great Lakes algal blooms

by Bob Gross

The U.S, Senate has approved bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from algal blooms, according to a news release from Sen. Gary Peters' office. Peters helped introduce The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act. It will reauthorize federal efforts to combat the negative impacts algal blooms have on drinking water, recreation and fishing in the Great Lakes including Lakes Erie and St. Clair. "The Great Lakes provide drinking water to over 40 million people and are… Continue Reading


09.21.17

Detroit Free Press: Selfridge pitch for F-35 jets could get boost from Sen. Peters' proposal

by Todd Spangler

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., this week won approval of a measure added to the annual defense authorization that could help Selfridge Air National Guard Base's chances of getting new F35 aircraft. The measure, Peters' office said, makes it clear that the Air Force may move a base's current contingent of A10 aircraft - such as those at Selfridge - if it clears the way toward the Air Force's plans as it decides where to locate the new F35s. Selfridge, in Harrison Township, is among five Nation… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Washington Post: New Hotel Act would ban federal agencies from doing business with Trump hotels

by Ed O'Keefe and Amy Brittain

Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation that would ban federal officials from spending any taxpayer-funded travel expenses at Trump-owned properties or locales owned by other senior government officials. The legislation comes after The Washington Post reported that President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., had charged $1,092 for a member of the federal government to stay two nights during the president's visit in early March. The $546-a-night rate was described on an invoi… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Ironwood Daily Globe: Peters talks northern issues

by RICHARD JENKINS

Ironwood - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited Ironwood Wednesday during his motorcycle trip around the state. During the visit he stopped by the Daily Globe to talk about the issues he is working on in Washington D.C. - including jobs, health care, the Essential Air Service and a promise to look into the rules regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to natural disasters. As part of the Senate committee's on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Peters (D-Michigan) is directly in… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Escanaba Daily Press: Senator visits Manistique mill, tours U.P. on motorcycle

by Jordan Beck

As part of a motorcycle tour of the Upper Peninsula, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., toured U.P. Paper in Manistique Monday morning. During this visit, U.P. Paper General Manager Greg Anderson showed Peters around the mill, which produces recycled kraft paper. The paper produced at the mill is used to make products such as fast food bags, shopping bags, and packaging filler. Later, Peters took some time to speak to U.P. Paper officials and the media. U.P. Paper President Lars Dannberg introduc… Continue Reading


07.28.17

MLive: Bill would update Great Lakes oil spill response maps

by Garret Ellison

Federal maps which assess coastal resources in the Great Lakes that could be harmed by an oil spill would be updated for the first time in decades under bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate. On July 17, U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, and Todd Young, R-Indiana, introduced Senate Bill 1586, which directs the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes. According to Peters' office, the last time Gre… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Alpena News: Peters seeks to extend comment period

by STEVE SCHULWITZ

Sen. Gary Peters and 19 of his colleagues have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce requesting an extension to the public comment period over an executive order by the Trump administration that could impact marine sanctuaries, including the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The executive order mandates the Commerce Department review the designations and expansion of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments that have taken place since 2007. The study will see… Continue Reading


07.20.17

CBS Evening News: Car companies race to roll out self-driving cars, but the rules aren't ready

by KRIS VAN CLEAVE

WASHINGTON -- Car companies are racing to get self-driving cars on U.S. highways. But federal regulators are playing catch-up. Starting next year, a largely autonomous Audi hits the highways. This fall, students at the University of Michigan will be hopping a driverless bus across campus. Carmakers are promising mass-market, fully self-driving cars by 2021, and tech companies like Uber and Google could deploy them much sooner. California is readying its roads, replacing raised lane markers wi… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Detroit News: Trump order could affect Lake Huron marine sanctuary

by Melissa Nann Burke

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is raising concerns about an executive order from President Donald Trump calling for the review of all National Marine Sanctuaries designated in the last 10 years, which he says could lead to the elimination or reduction in size of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Michigan. The review is part of Trump's America-First Offshore Energy Strategy executive order that would potentially open marine sanctuaries and monuments designated under the previous two admi… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Alpena News: Peters proposes change to SAFER grant

by Steve Schulwitzz

LANSING - A proposed amendment to the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters could allow for local fire departments to bump up part-time employees to full-time. Peters said as the program was set up, SAFER would help to fund a new firefighter hired by a department full-time, but did not help cover the cost of someone already employed, but not full-time. He said if the SAFER reauthorization is approved it will help to bolster fire departmen… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Detroit News: Senators crafting ‘bipartisan principles’ for robo-cars

by Keith Laing

Washington - The day before a Senate panel is to discuss federal regulations for self-driving cars, three senators released "principles" to guide that legislation. U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on Tuesday released "bipartisan principles" to guide legislation on self-driving cars. The panel will hold a hearing Wednesday about the "hurdles for testing and deploym… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Monroe News: Clean water, jobs in state big focus for Sen. Peters

by Dean Cousino

LASALLE - Preserving federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and bringing the new F-35 aircraft to Michigan would greatly safeguard local drinking water supplies and boost the state's economy. These and other priorities were mentioned during a town hall-style meeting with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday at LaRoy's Hall in LaSalle. His remarks followed a tour of Ventower Industries' plant at the Port of Monroe and meet… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Detroit News: Peters: ‘If lock is shut down, economy shuts down’

by Jonathan Oosting

Sault Ste. Marie - The 455-foot Zelada Desgagnes pauses while 22 million gallons of water are pumped into the Poe Lock, raising the hefty cargo ship 21 feet so it can continue on to Lake Superior to pick up iron ore, grain or other commodities. It's one of about 3,800 ships this year that will pass through the Poe, the largest of four locks at the Soo complex Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the only one capable of handling ships wider than 76 feet. "The raw materials that come through here on … Continue Reading


06.01.17

Detroit Free Press: Peters cheers self-driving vehicles but warns of policy lags

by John Gallagher

MACKINAC ISLAND - Trying to sort through the hype about self-driving cars? You could do worse than to listen to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., one of the more thoughtful civic leaders on future mobility issues. Speaking here at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, Peters sounds an initial note of optimism about the technological progress we're seeing toward autonomous vehicles. "It's going to happen a lot sooner than people will realize," Peters told me here at the Grand Hotel. "The techno… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Detroit News: Peters hopes to speed release of report on missile site

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - A new bipartisan Senate bill aims to accelerate the selection of a new missile defense site for which Michigan is among three finalists. The Missile Defense Agency is preparing an environmental impact study of three potential East Coast locations for a new Continental United States Receptor Site, including the Fort Custer Training Center near Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. The environmental study was expected to be released last year, but the agency says it cannot provide a… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Alpena News: New legislation focuses on Great Lakes pipeline safety

by Jordan Spence

WASHINGTON - Michigan senators hope their new legislation strengthens protections of the Great Lakes from pipeline oil spills. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced pipeline safety regulation legislation Wednesday. "With the oil spill experienced in the Kalamazoo River … we know how devastating these spills can be," Peters said. "Any sort of spill in the Great Lakes would be absolutely catastrophic." The bills would increase Great Lakes pipeline liability caps; give greate… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Traverse City Record-Eagle: Proposed regulations would impact Line 5

by Jordan Travis

TRAVERSE CITY - Michigan's U.S. Senators are championing legislation that would enact stricter standards for operators of pipelines that run under the Great Lakes, and create new authority to shut them down if operators don't meet those benchmarks. Operators, namely Enbridge, would have to prove they have the financial means to clean up a spill, said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation could shut down pipelines if a company can't meet that standard, if they violat… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow want to raise liability caps on Great Lakes pipelines

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's U.S. senators proposed legislation today that they say would improve underwater pipeline safety in the Great Lakes by raising liability caps on pipeline owners and giving federal officials more authority to shut down pipelines if they deem it necessary. The proposals made by U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, come as environmentalists continue to demand safeguards - if not a shutdown - of Canadian oil company Enbridge's Line 5, a pair of 64-year-… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Monroe News: Gary Peters cosponsors conservation legislation

by Monroe News Staff Reporter

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., cosponsored the bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act. The act will permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a news release said. The LWCF uses revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund the protection of everything from wildlife refuges and national parks to lakes, rivers and community parks. Michigan has received more than $320 million in funding from the LWCF during the 50 year lifes… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Holland Sentinel: Peters, Stabenow push for student loan refinancing

by Holland Sentinel Staff Reporter

U.S. Senators Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, joined their colleagues in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. "Access to higher education can provide a pathway to economic opportunity, but too many young people are saddled with crushing debt after they leave school… Continue Reading

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