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03.20.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Sen. Gary Peters introduces bill to extend REAL-ID deadline to October 2021

U.S. Senator Gary Peters introduced legislation that would extend the upcoming deadline for obtaining REAL-ID licenses. The original deadline has been set for October 1, 2020; the new deadline would be October 1, 2021. "As we continue to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in Michigan and across the country, we must do everything we can to limit large gatherings that could accelerate the spread of this deadly virus," Senator Peters said in a press release. "Extending the rapidly approaching REAL I… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Monroe News: Peters introduces STORM Act to address lakeshore flooding

by Blake Bacho

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a conference call with local media on Thursday to discuss the bipartisan legislation he and fellow senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently introduced to provide support for local communities along the Great Lakes that are facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding. The full senate will soon consider the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act, a bill that would establish loans accessible by local governments to help mitigate the im… Continue Reading


03.17.20

WOOD TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters calls on fed government to speed up virus response

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The response to the coronavirus has government at all levels scrambling to do what they can as soon as they can. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., says at the federal level action needs to be even more rapid. He says from utilizing military medical services to reducing barriers for quicker testing - the government must streamline the processes. Keeping people isolated is a good first step, but he says testing must ramp up. "Right now, the fact that we are seeing acr… Continue Reading


03.15.20

Holland Sentinel: Peters bill aims at giving local communities financial options for erosion damage

by Arpan Lobo

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, would give local governments the ability to apply for low interest loans to finance projects related to preventing coastline erosion. Peters said during a conference call with media on Thursday that the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020" or STORM Act is designed to give local governments some "flexibility" when it comes to addressing the impacts of high water levels and coastal erosion. "High … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Port Huron Times-Herald: Peters proposes $300 million in erosion control funding

by Jeremy Ervin

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is proposing an erosion mitigation program that could distribute up to $300 million in low-interest loans over three years to help local communities deal with erosion. The Great Lakes are expected to see record-high water levels this year, and currently sit above their long-term monthly average, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Levels are starting off high, left over from the past year, and some communities have already seen widespread damage from the high wat… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Michigan Advance: Peters ‘proud’ of Senate vote axing DeVos student loan policy

by Robin Bravender

WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they're finalized. The U.S. House in January also approved a resolution to reject the so-called borrower defense rule from DeVos. The Senate voted 53-42 … Continue Reading


03.11.20

Keweenaw Report: Legislation Introduced By Senator Peters Signed Into Law

Bipartisan Legislation introduced by Senator Gary Peters, has been signed into law. The payment Integrity Act of 2019, was passed in hopes of eliminating wasteful government spending and improperly documented payments. Senator Peters said this regarding the new law, "Michiganders work hard for their money - and they deserve to know that the federal government is using their taxpayer dollars responsibly, I am pleased that the President has signed into law this commonsense, bipartisan bill which… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Keweenaw Report: Senator Peters Helps Pass Bipartisan Funding Bill For Coronavirus

Michigan Senator Gary Peters has announced he has helped pass a bipartisan funding bill which addresses the growing concerns around the Coronavirus, which includes $14.5 Million in resources for Michigan. The funding includes personal protective gear such as masks and gloves. Reimbursement for state and local governments for detection and prevention efforts were also included. Peters pushed for the funding, after a series of calls to various public health officials and hospitals throughout Mi… Continue Reading


03.05.20

WJBK FOX 2 Detroit: Michigan Sen. Peters says new funding to help state prepare for coronavirus

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are continuing their fight to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "We passed an appropriations approved an $8.3 billion to help states across the country prepare for coronavirus, should it spread," said Sen. Gary Peters (D- Michigan). Washington DC lawmakers work to contain coronavirus with money Sen. Peters, a ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, believes the funding is a necessary component in helping to prevent a… Continue Reading


03.05.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Michigan senators secure $14.5 million to prepare for Coronavirus

by Megan Schellong

Two Michigan representatives made an announcement that they have secured $14.5 million in federal funding to prepare Michigan's for the Coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) worked to secure the aid from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The money will be used to to prepare against any outbreak and improve readiness. In addition, funding will go towards personal protective equipment like mask… Continue Reading


03.03.20

WPBN NBC 7 Traverse City: Senator pushes for Coronavirus outbreak funding

by Devon Mahieu

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is doing his part to make sure Michiganders are protected from the Coronavirus. In a letter, Peters highlights the importance of sufficient funding to address the number of pressing needs, including assisting state and local public health agencies in detecting and preventing the spread of COVID-19, restoring funding to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pandemic prevention programs and securing critical equipment and supplies, including personal protective equipment like… Continue Reading


02.27.20

WLNS 6 Lansing: Peters: $13.5 million for PFAs cleanup effors at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC (WLNS): U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation today announced that the Air Force will give $13.5 million to reduce PFAS around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. The funding comes from $60 million that Congress had recently given to the Department of Defense to spend to address PFAS contamination at decommissioned bases around the country. Last month, Peters - along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Represent… Continue Reading


02.25.20

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Peters: US needs 'second layer of defense' at border for coronavirus

WASHINGTON - As the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is working to make sure the United States is prepared to handle coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control said it's no longer a question of if the COVID-19 virus spreads to the United States but when. "No question this is a homeland security issue to keep us safe from the coronavirus," said Peters. "Right now we're focusing on keeping our borders as secure as possible." More than 88,000 peop… Continue Reading


02.19.20

Holland Sentinel: Peters: Funding to prevent Asian Carp must be in budget

by Arpan Lobo

COOPERSVILLE - President Donald Trump did not include funding for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in his latest budget proposal. The dam, located near Joliet, Ill., serves a barrier preventing Asian Carp, an invasive species of fish, from entering Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes water system. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, has major objections with this. He told reporters following an event at a union facility in Coopersville on Tuesday, Feb. 18, that he plans on returning to Wa… Continue Reading


02.18.20

Holland Sentinel: Peters visits West Michigan tradesmen to tout GI apprenticeship bill

by Arpan Lobo

COOPERSVILLE - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, was in Coopersville on Tuesday to tour a local tradesmen facility and highlight sponsored legislation that would open more apprenticeship opportunities for military veterans. Peters toured Local Chapter 174 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) in Coopersville on Tuesday, Feb. 18. He spoke with apprentices and union members during the visit, walking … Continue Reading


02.18.20

Grand Haven Tribune: Sen. Peters visits West Michigan training centers

by Krystle Wagner

COOPERSVILLE - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters gained firsthand insight into the apprenticeship and training efforts happening in West Michigan on Tuesday during tours of a Coopersville-based union and a technical learning center in Muskegon. During his visit to the West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Services Trades Local Union No. 174 in Coopersville, the Michigan Democrat spoke about efforts to expand opportunities for veterans to use the GI Bill for apprenticeship opportunities. In December … Continue Reading


02.18.20

Marquette Mining Journal: Sen. Peters outlines food, agriculture bill

by Jackie Jahfetson

MARQUETTE - A piece of bipartisan legislation that provides for additional agricultural inspectors and K-9 units may soon be signed into law. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, who introduced the bill, discussed the legislation in a conference call Wednesday with Michigan Farm Bureau National Legislative Counsel John Kran. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 allows for safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across the nation's borders, by having the U.S. Customs … Continue Reading


02.11.20

The Oakland Press: Sen. Peters introduces legislation to establish 3-digit hotline for veterans' benefits

by Anne Runkle

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, has introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish a simple three-digit hotline for veterans to gain assistance for their benefits and other services. The Veterans Assistance Helpline Act, which Peters introduced with Senators Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada; Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia; and Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, would direct the Federal Communications Commission and the Veterans Administration to create an easy-to-remember hotline with live operato… Continue Reading


02.06.20

Port Huron Times-Herald: Senators seek funding for Great Lakes icebreaker in 2021 federal budget

by Jeremy Ervin

Michigan's two senators are asking the federal government to provide more ice breaking assets for the Great Lakes. Democratic Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow signed a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and United States Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz. Congress approved funding for an acquisition office in 2015, but the executive branch has not yet requested budgetary funds for an actual ship, … Continue Reading


01.31.20

WKTV Journal: On Tap: Mitten Brewing toasts Sen. Peters assistance, where to sample craft liquors locally

by K.D. Norris

It is unclear which Grand Rapids area craft brew U.S. Sen. Gary Peters likes to order when he makes a stop in the area, but he probably has one on the house coming from Mitten Brewing Company. Thanks to some federal-level advocacy from Sen. Peters' office, Mitten Brewing Co. has a new Traverse Bay area craft brewing brewery and pub after Chris Andrus, co-owner and co-founder of the Mitten Brewing Co., was able to expedite a license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The story, … Continue Reading

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