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Detroit Free Press: Trafficking bill passes with Sen. Peters' measure

WASHINGTON - A measure to create a program to train health care workers to recognize victims of human trafficking proposed by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was included in legislation that received final passage in Congress today. The U.S. House voted 420-3 today on a wide-ranging piece of human trafficking legislation that included the proposal for a pilot program to train health care workers proposed by Peters, D-Mich., and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Their measure calls for the federal government… Continue Reading


Macomb Daily: Ex-astronaut encourges students to find their passion through learning

by Frank DeFrank

A Wyandot Middle School student asked retired U.S. astronaut Col. Charles Precourt to describe some of the sights he witnessed during his four space shuttle missions. Precourt told the student and his classmates of watching a shooting star pass below him. He spoke of the vast darkness of space, and how the sun appears as little more than a small dot in the distance. And then he described his first view of Earth. "Earth is glowing from the inside," Precourt said. "... Looking out the window a… Continue Reading


Saginaw News: Navy vets exposed to Agent Orange covered by Sen. Gary Peters bill

by Mark Tower

WASHINGTON - Agent Orange, an herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, has been linked to health issues ranging from rashes to heart conditions and certain types of cancer. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is cosponsoring legislation to expand health care benefits to Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange who served aboard deep-water naval vessels. "Agent Orange has affected the health of thousands of service members who fought in the Vietnam War, and it is un… Continue Reading


Oakland Press: Legislation proposes path to clear defaulted student loans from private lenders

by Charles Crumm

College students who default on student loans from private lenders like banks would have the same opportunity to repair their credit as those who default on federal student loans, under legislation pushed by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters from Michigan. The Bloomfield Township Democrat said Tuesday that there are more than 800,000 student loans from private lenders in default nationwide valued at more than $8 billion. "Michigan's going to have a pretty good percentage of the private student loans that … Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters' bill would help students rehabilitate credit

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters today said he will reintroduce legislation that could help students who default on private loans rehabilitate their credit. "It is simply unfair to deny some graduates the ability to get their finances back on track after a default simply because their loans are private instead of public," said Peters, D-Mich., who will introduce the legislation with U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Private lenders could restore student credit under bill

by Melissa Nann Burke

It should be easier for borrowers to repair their credit after defaulting on private student loans, Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Monday at Michigan State University. Peters, with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, is introducing a bill that would allow lenders to restore borrowers' good credit following a consecutive series of on-time payments over nine months. Under current law, federal student loans may be rehabilitated once, and borrowers may repair their credit after the … Continue Reading


Lansing State Journal: Peters bill would dash private student loan defaults

by Christopher Behnan

EAST LANSING - A bipartisan proposal expected to be introduced in Congress Tuesday would erase private student loan defaults from credit reports after college graduates make nine consecutive payments. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, announced the legislation Monday at the Michigan State University Union. Peters said the bill, which he will introduce Tuesday, would help graduates stay current on private loans while starting their careers and families. He said payment plans are alr… Continue Reading


MLive: Sen. Gary Peters wants to give students who default on private loans a second chance

by Kyle Feldscher

LANSING, MI - College graduates who default on private student loans could get a second chance at a good credit score if legislation proposed by Sen. Gary Peters becomes federal law. In an announcement at Michigan State University on Monday, Peters announced the introduction of the Fair Student Credit Act. The bill would allow students with private loans to have their default wiped from their credit report and their credit rehabilitated if they made a series of nine consecutive monthly payments… Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Press: Grand Rapids doctor joins Sen. Gary Peters in promoting human trafficking bill

by Sue Thoms

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A local physician joined U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, on Friday, May 1, in calling for training to help medical professionals identify victims of human trafficking. Dr. Matthew Denenberg, the chief medical director of Spectrum Health's Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, spoke in support of legislation that would provide training to help doctors and nurses recognize the warning signs that could indicate a person is a victim of human trafficking. The victims "are too often… Continue Reading


Macomb Daily: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters working to boost minimum wage to $12

by David Grocki

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (MI) has joined up with 32 other politicians to introduce to the floor the Raise the Wage Act, according to a United States Senate press release. The legislation seeks to increase the federally-mandated hourly minimum wage to $12 per by 2020, an incremental raise from the current $7.25. The legislation would also eliminate the $2.13 tipped per hour wage seen in food service industries. "Nobody who works full-time in this country should have to live in poverty, but that is… Continue Reading


Port Huron Times Herald: Blue Water Bridge plaza project not forgotten

by Port Huron Times Herald Editorial Board

The Blue Water Bridge plaza expansion isn't a priority, but at least it hasn't been forgotten. Michigan's new U.S. Senator, Gary Peters, put Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in the hot seat Wednesday at a Senate homeland security committee hearing. Peters pressed him for answers on Homeland Security's commitment to infrastructure and staffing at two of America's busiest land border crossings - at Detroit and Port Huron. Peters told Johnson that Border Security must do two things - keep … Continue Reading


Huffington Post: Senator Pushes Criminal Justice Reform Bill After Baltimore Riots

by Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced a bill Tuesday that he said would be a preliminary step towards overhauling the criminal justice system in the wake of violent protests over policing in Baltimore and other cities around the country. The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015 would create the first national commission on criminal justice since 1965, Peters said in a call with media Tuesday. The legislation was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and has the support o… Continue Reading


Michigan Chronicle: After Inkster, Peters pushes justice reform

by Bankole Thompson

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has unveiled what he calls a bipartisan legislation to push for criminal justice reform in the nation. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Cornyn of Texas are cosponsoring the bill. Peters' proposal, a National Criminal Justice Commission, comes on the heels of numerous public outcries calling for an end to overbearing law enforcement in communities of color and most recently in Inkster, where a former Inkster police officer, William Melendez, … Continue Reading


Detroit News: Peters unveils bill to review criminal justice system

by Tom Greenwood

With the backing of two Republican U.S. Senators, Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters on Tuesday introduced legislation that would create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review the U.S. criminal justice system. According to Peters, the intent of the commission is to scrutinize the justice system from top to bottom and to propose reforms to issues facing the system. "Recent incidents, like the traffic stop of Floyd Dent in Inkster, and civil unrest in areas like Baltimore and Ferguso… Continue Reading


MLive: Sen. Gary Peters calls for comprehensive review of the country's criminal justice system

by Fritz Klug

With recent police-related killings leading to protests and civil unrest, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is calling for a comprehensive review of the country's criminal justice system. The Michigan Democrat is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday calling for the creation of a national commission to look at the criminal system. The bill is also sponsored by senior Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Cornyn of Texas. Members of the commission would include experts on law enforcemen… Continue Reading


Holland Sentinel: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduces bipartisan bill

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-14th District, a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced he has introduced bipartisan legislation. The legislation will ensure that the Small Business Administration's main lending program, the 7(a) Loan Program, can continue to meet the increasing small business demand for loans. In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for 7(a) loans, from $15.2 billion in 2012 to $19.2 billion in 2014, including $1.2 billion in lending to o… Continue Reading


Detroit News: Worthy pushes for more funding to prosecute rapists

by David Shepardson

Washington - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy met Wednesday with Michigan's two senators and other members of the congressional delegation, seeking more funding to help prosecute suspected rapists. In 2009, more than 11,300 untested rape kits were found in Detroit dating back to 1984. With $4 million from the state and support from advocacy groups, testing has been completed and found significant evidence of serial rapists. Worthy said last year that testing of some kits had identified 127 p… Continue Reading


Dearborn Press & Guide: Peters co-sponsoring bill to train medical staff to respond to trafficking victims

by Teresa Duhl

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Monday held a press conference at Wayne State University's School of Medicine to announce that he is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 205: The Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015. Also on hand to show their support for the bill were Dr. Jack Sobel, interim dean of the WSU School of Medicine, and Angela Aufdemberge, president and chief executive officer of Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights. If passed as currently written, the Trafficking Awareness Training … Continue Reading


Battle Creek Enquirer: Sen. Peters tours Air Guard base for first time

by Trace Christenson

Michigan's newest senator had his first tour of Battle Creek's military base. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who took office in January, spent nearly three hours at Battle Creek's Air National Guard Base Wednesday, learning more about work on the base, future missions and seeing the facilities. "It is always better to go out and kick the tires and see what is here," Peters said. Riding with several local officials, Peters saw the base from the front seat of a van and then had briefings about the past… Continue Reading


Flint Journal: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters pushes for human trafficking intervention bill

by Sarah Schuch

FLINT, MI -- Giving medical professionals training on identifying victims of human trafficking could save lives, officials say. That is why U.S. Sen. Gary Peters wants to see more health care professionals trained in knowing what to look for, and is pushing a bill that would create a pilot program for a medical school to create best practices for intervention. Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., made a stop in Flint on Thursday, April 2, at the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center to push for his new l… Continue Reading

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