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Detroit News: Bill to cut repair costs for federal vehicles passes

by David Shepardson

The U.S. House on Monday approved a bipartisan bill to cut federal vehicle repair costs. The measure, proposed by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township and Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is aimed at reducing the nearly $1 billion in annual federal vehicle repair costs by encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts. The bill will be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill was the first introduced by Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who took office in early January. The measur… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Michigan’s senators push oil tanker ban on lakes

by Jim Lynch

The environmental threat to the Great Lakes posed by the transport of oil on and underneath its waters has prompted two Michigan's U.S. senators to craft a bill aimed at reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic spill. The legislation calls for a ban on tankers and barges transporting crude oil through the Great Lakes, but U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said Wednesday no crude oil is currently being shipped through the lakes. The bill also requires a "top-to-bottom" review of th… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Press: Bill would ban Great Lakes crude oil shipping, boost federal pipeline scrutiny

by Garret Ellison

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michigan's two Democratic U.S. senators have introduced federal legislation to ban shipping crude oil by vessel on the Great Lakes and add the basin to a "high risk" regulatory category with greater safety thresholds for oil pipelines. The Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act - "a top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region" - was introduced Sept. 23 in the U.S. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on which Sen. Gary Peters, (D-Bloomfield Hi… Continue Reading


Petoskey News-Review: Legislation calls for Great Lakes crude shipment ban, studies on alternatives to Line 5

by Mark Johnson

As hundreds prepare to gather for an oil spill response drill in the Mackinac Straits, Michigan's two U.S. senators announced new legislation introduced in hopes of preventing such a spill in the Great Lakes. In a conference call Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced their proposed Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act, which if put into effect would examine alternatives to Line 5 - twin oil pipelines running through the Mackinac Straits - and ban the shipping… Continue Reading


Arab American News: Sen. Peters: The U.S. should do its part to help refugees

by Ali Harb

DEARBORN - After witnessing the hopelessness at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, the temporary home of 80,000 Syrians, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich), believes the United States should come to the aid of the struggling people of Syria. "It was quite an intense experience - one that made it very clear to me that the United States needs to do its part to help Syrian refugees," Peters told The Arab American News in a phone interview. The Obama Administration announced Monday that the United States will … Continue Reading


MSU State News: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters tours the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams to ensure federal funding

by Alex Kurrie

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) toured the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams or FRIB on Monday as part of his bipartisan effort to continue funding to the project and help shape new legislation regarding nation-wide research. Peters is the Ranking Member on the Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee and met with researchers and academic officials from MSU in order to gain input on how research will be conducted as well as the benefits these studies will reap, namely in the medical field. … Continue Reading


MiBiz: Distillery excise tax reform to benefit

by John Wiegand

Pending legislation could help level the playing field for craft distilleries by reducing the excise tax that a distiller must pay on its spirits. The Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act (DETRA) aims to significantly cut the current excise tax rate in order to make small distillers more competitive, as well as spur community investment and job creation. "That reduction will mean more capital investment and will mean more jobs," said U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), during a tour, today, of Grand Rap… Continue Reading


WSJM: Possible Excise Tax Cut Good for Business

by Pat Moody

Local distillers in Michigan's Great Southwest concur with Michigan Senator Gary Peters that a proposed federal reduction in the excise tax on alcoholic spirits by small distilleries will mean more capital investment and more jobs for the local economy. Peters visited Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers yesterday and cited the potential gains for the local economy under the proposed Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act, or DETRA. The legislation before the U.S. Congress would lower the excise t… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Press: Sen. Gary Peters visits Grand Rapids distillery, wants lower taxes on craft liquor

by John Serba

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Those in the craft distillery business call the federal excise tax on liquor a "hangover from Prohibition." Flanked by a pair of bronze distillers in Long Road Distillery's production facility Monday morning, Sept. 14, 2015, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) said he hopes to significantly lower the sin tax on liquor, and therefore put distillers on the same footing as beer and wine makers. In May, Peters and fellow Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introd… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters to visit Middle East before returning to D.C.

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., will travel to the Middle East this week to meet with officials in Iraq, Jordan and elsewhere to discuss ongoing efforts to combat ISIS. Peters, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will travel with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The senators also will visit the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and visit a refugee camp in Jordan. "Michigan service members are among … Continue Reading


Manistee News-Advocate: Peters talks small business, Great Lakes

by Dylan Savela

MANISTEE - On Wednesday, United States Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) paid a visit to the Manistee News Advocate office, which sits a block away from a recently revitalized River Street and a mere mile from Lake Michigan. Fittingly, Manistee represents much of what the first-term senator considers priority in his public service to the state. On what's considered Start-Up Day Across America, Peters spoke to the News Advocate about his focus on small businesses and the economic impact of waterfront c… Continue Reading


Houghton Daily Mining Gazette: Sen. Peters pushes for another big icebreaker

by Dan Roblee

The past two winters have been tough ones for Great Lakes freighters, and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield, is pushing for a new heavy icebreaker to ease their springtime passages. According to a release from Peters' office, he has sent a letter urging House and Senate congressional committees to authorize funding for a new heavy icebreaker. "In 2006, the USCG took a positive step towards combating Great Lakes ice by launching a heavy icebreaker called the USCGC Mackinaw," Peters said in th… Continue Reading


Marquette Mining Journal: Beer tour

by Elizabeth Bailey

MARQUETTE - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, learned about the beer brewing process and highlighted legislation he has co-sponsored while touring Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette Monday afternoon. "This is a great industry for Michigan like we see here in Marquette, this (Blackrocks Brewery) is a business that hires people, puts folks to work and it also adds to tourism," Peters said. If approved, the Small BREW Act Peters co-sponsored would reduce excise taxes for small breweries. Th… Continue Reading


Escanaba Daily Press: Senator addresses issues in Escanaba

by Jordan Beck

ESCANABA - As part of a four-day visit to the Upper Peninsula, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D) visited Escanaba to discuss issues affecting the U.P. and the rest of the country. In an interview with the Daily Press, Peters said one of the key goals of his visit is to meet with people in the Upper Peninsula to talk about the area's problems and advantages. "We look forward to having a close working relationship," Peters said. In order to work toward this goal, Peters plans to attend several meeti… Continue Reading


WMUK: U.S. Senator Gary Peters Wants to Stop Post Office Closures

by Robbie Feinberg

In April, the U.S. Postal Service was forced to shut down Kalamazoo's mail processing facility to cut costs. But a new bill from U.S. Senator Gary Peters could reverse that and other closings across the country. The Senator's plan would put a two-year moratorium on post office closures. Peters says the moratorium can give Congress a chance to put together a comprehensive plan for the future of the Postal Service, without causing postal delays today. "Let's make sure we're doing things efficie… Continue Reading


Detroit News: U.S. Sens. sponsor bill to boost small business lending

by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

Detroit - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced legislation Friday that would provide an additional $26 million in federal loans to help small businesses in Michigan grow and create jobs. The Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015 builds on the pre-existing State Small Business Credit Initiative, which helps fund the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs. Overall, the legislation would provide an additional $500 million in formu… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Stabenow, Peters urge support for business loan bill

by Frank Witsil

With a vacant, graffiti-covered building in the Eastern Market district as a backdrop, Michigan's two senators -- Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters -- touted legislation today they introduced that would send millions in federal funding to Michigan to benefit small businesses and create jobs. The senators, both Democrats, are seeking to reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative that has funded efforts through the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and other state-lending programs t… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Two advanced vehicle bills move ahead in Senate

by David Shepardson

Washington - Two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting advanced technology vehicles moved ahead Thursday in the U.S. Senate. The Vehicle Innovation Act, which promotes investments in research and development of cleaner vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Vehicle Innovation Act reauthorizes the Department of Energy's… Continue Reading


Port Huron Times Herald: Sen. Gary Peters talks business in the Blue Water Area

by Nicole Hayden

About 20 people filled a small room at the Blue Water Convention Center Monday morning to talk business with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. The topics were international commerce, small business and manufacturing, among others. The event was hosted by the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce. Peters told the audience of local business owners and community leaders that he is working aggressively to secure funding for the customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. He said Port Huron and Detro… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Senate won't touch blight aid to pay for highway bill

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Senate Republican leadership on Friday unveiled a substitute version of the long-term highway bill that wouldn't deprive Detroit and other cities of money to continue fighting neighborhood blight. "It removes provisions that would have terminated the $1.7 billion Hardest Hit Fund mortgage program," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Friday morning on the Senate floor. "Several senators on both sides of the aisle, and in particular Senator (Rob) Portman on our side o… Continue Reading

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