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Detroit News: Peters, Ernst push for military tax credit extension

by David Shepardson and Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Two senators unveiled legislation to extend a tax credit for small businesses that provide differential pay for military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, introduced the Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 to extend the tax credit for five years - which would would help 824,000 reservists and their families while on active duty. Peters is a former lieutenant comma… Continue Reading


MLive: Sen. Gary Peters introduces tax credit bill for small businesses that make up pay for active military reservists

by Fritz Klug

LANSING, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give tax credits to small businesses that make up the difference in pay for employees who are active duty members of the National Guard. The credits would be given to small businesses with less than 50 employees who make up the difference in pay for active reservists who make less in the military then they do at their regular job. "When they are called up to the military service...[reservists are] also making a fina… Continue Reading


Michigan Radio: Sen. Gary Peters on bipartisanship and the two bills he is co-sponsoring


When he was elected to the U.S. Senate, Gary Peters promised to approach his job in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation. He says that's exactly what's behind the first two bills he has introduced in the Senate. The first is the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, which Peters co-sponsored with Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford. "What this bill does is it reduces the repair cost for the fleet of vehicles that the federal government maintains," Peters says. He estimates that the fe… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Legislation would continue tax credits for employers supplementing reservists’ pay

by Charles Crumm

Small businesses would get a tax credit for making up the difference in how much they pay compared to the military for their employees called to active duty as military reservists. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters announced bipartisan legislation with Iowa Republican Joni Ernst in a conference call Wednesday. Peters, a Democrat and Michigan's newest addition to the U.S. Senate, said the employer tax credits would run for five years, if the legislation makes it into law. He said it's an extension of prio… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Legislation for reservist pay proposed

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is sponsoring legislation to extend a tax credit for small businesses that provide differential pay to active-duty military reservists and National Guard members. Originally enacted in 2008, the measure provides a tax credit worth 20% of a small businesses' cost of making up the balance of an employee's salary when he or she is called to active duty. The legislation would extend the credit for five years. Peters, a former Navy Reserve officer, is sp… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Levin's advice to Peters: build relationships

by Carol Cain

Gary Peters is in a league of his own. As the only Democrat in the nation to win an open U.S. Senate seat in November, Peters, 56, who served as a U.S. representative representing suburban Detroit, has been immersed in the transition to the Senate. Peters has also just crisscrossed the state on a economic listening tour that included stops in Traverse City, Flint, Grand Rapids and Detroit to find out what's on constituents' minds. I had a chance to catch up with him to pose some questions on … Continue Reading


Detroit News: 12 senators push for crackdown on campus assaults

by David Shepardson

Washington - A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday that would do more to protect students from sexual assault and require colleges and universities to do more to investigate allegations. The Campus Accountability and Safety Act "would flip the current incentives of a broken system to provide real accountability and transparency from higher education institutions. The legislation would professionalize the response to and reporting of sexual assaults that occur on… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Bill could protect Great Lakes from invasive species

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Vessels entering the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway would have to flush their ballast water while still at sea - reducing the likelihood of bringing invasive species into the Lakes - under a measure approved by a Senate committee this morning. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., won approval of an amendment to legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to set uniform standards for regulating ballast water and other discharges from vessels. The bill was passed b… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters introduces auto parts legislation

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - Michigan's newest U.S. senator has introduced his first piece of legislation in that chamber, repurposing a bill he and its other sponsor had previously proposed in the U.S. House. That's appropriate, too, given that it's a bill encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts as a less-expensive alternative to new parts on the federal fleet. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat and former U.S. representative who was elected in November to the state's open Senate seat, had introduced… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Sen. Peters proposes to cut U.S. vehicle repair costs

by David Shepardson

Washington - Sen. Gary Peters is introducing his first bill in the Senate Wednesday - a measure to reduce the nearly $1 billion in annual federal vehicle repair costs by encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts. The Bloomfield Township Democrat, who took office in early January, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced the proposal last year when they were both in the U.S. House. "Upkeep on federal vehicles is a nearly $1 billion annual expense, and remanufactured auto parts are no… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters joins China commission

WASHINGTON - Michigan's newest U.S. senator is joining a federal commission that monitors China's compliance with human rights standards and has been sharply critical of it in the past. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., announced today that he had been named to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a bipartisan group that includes members of both the U.S. House and Senate and senior administration officials appointed by the president.… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters named to congressional China panel

by David Shepardson

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is being named to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a bipartisan panel that monitors the Asian nation's compliance with international human rights standards and compliance with international trade laws. The commission issues an annual report with its findings. The appointment of Peters to replace retired Sen. Carl Levin, the Detroit Democrat who was a commission member since 2001, comes amid growing concern about currency intervention by major e… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Press: Sen. Gary Peters tours GVSU's engineering college, says 'innovation' is future of Michigan's economy

by Brain McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - It was billed as his economic listening tour, and there was plenty for U.S. Sen. Gary Peters to hear Tuesday as he made his way through Grand Valley State University's College of Engineering. Peters, led by GVSU President Thomas Haas, visited classrooms and watched students tinker on machines and computers. He listened as Haas described the growth in the college's student body, the university's geographic footprint and numerous partnerships with local employers. Peters, a fi… Continue Reading


WMUK: Sen. Peters Stresses Medical Education On Tour Of WMU School of Medicine


U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stressed the importance of medical training and research on a stop in Kalamazoo earlier today. Peters, who was elected to the Senate in late 2014, arrived in the city to tour Western Michigan University's new Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. The senator met with business and university leaders, but it was Stryker Dean Hal Jenson who led the tour, demonstrating cutting-edge technologies in the school like an eight-classroom simulation center, with life-like mannequins… Continue Reading


Michigan Radio: Sen. Gary Peters co-sponsors legislation to prevent veteran suicide

It's estimated that in the United States some 22 veterans commit suicide every day. "It is a tragedy, one that we have to deal with," Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters said. "In my mind we have a sacred obligation to take care of those who have served us overseas, so we need to address it immediately." Peters spoke with Stateside host Cyndy Canty today to discuss legislation he is co-sponsoring.… Continue Reading


CBS Detroit: Sen. Peters Joins Great Lakes Task Force, Appointed To Homeland Security Subcommittees

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, recently announced his appointment to the Senate Great Lakes Task Force and two subcommittees overseeing federal spending and services Peters joins fellow Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow on the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan working group made up of Senators representing the states bordering the Great Lakes. "Michigan is blessed with abundant natural resources like the Great Lakes, and I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the re… Continue Reading


Michigan Radio: Senator Gary Peters on his proposed amendments to the Keystone XL bill

With national attention being paid to the Keystone XL pipeline, Michigan Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have introduced amendments to the controversial legislation. The first is the petroleum coke, or pet coke, amendment. Pet coke is the material left from refining oil. Senator Peters says the pet coke amendment would require studying the material to better understand the potential health effects and how to handle it properly. The second proposed amendment calls for a revi… Continue Reading


WBUP: Peters co-sponsors Senate human trafficking bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Human trafficking is emerging as a human rights problem in Michigan, and Senator Gary Peters has signed on as a co-sponsor of a new Senate bill to address the issue. It's a bipartisan bill to create a program through the Department of Health and Human Services to give grants to accredited medical schools with experience studying and treating human trafficking victims.… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Michigan senators propose Keystone bill changes

Michigan's U.S. senators introduced two amendments to pending legislation intended to authorize the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, though it was a long shot that either proposal would be passed in the Republican-dominated chamber. The Senate is currently considering the legislation, which President Barack Obama's administration has already signaled he could veto despite support in both chambers of Congress. The bill would authorize a pipeline crossing into the U.S. from Canada to move oil … Continue Reading


WMUK: Michigan's New Senator Says He'll Work With the Other Side

There is only one Democratic U.S. Senator in this year's freshman class. Gary Peters won the seat left open in Michigan by the retirement of fellow Democrat Carl Levin. But Republican won enough seats in other states to take control of the upper chamber. Peters tells WMUK's Gordon Evans that he will work in a bi-partisan way on issues important to Michigan. The Senate is beginning debate on legislation that would pave the way for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Peters plans to introduce a c… Continue Reading

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