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03.29.21

Marquette Mining Journal:

Bipartisan legislation supported by U.S. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, to expand free COVID-19 vaccine access to veterans and their families has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. The SAVE LIVES Act, which Peters cosponsored earlier this month, will permit the Department of Veterans Affairs to allocate free vaccination services to all veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers and recipients of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs SAVE LIVES sta… Continue Reading


03.26.21

WLUC NBC 6 Marquette: U.P. receives money from American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLUC) Press Release U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced $4,884,500 in funding to help health centers in the Upper Peninsula respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding can be used by health centers for staffing, personal protective equipment, screening, testing, or other needs for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in the American Rescue Plan that was sig… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Detroit News: Who was most effective U.S. senator? Hint: He's from Michigan

by Melissa Nann Burke

Researchers have ranked U.S. Sen. Gary Peters as the "most effective" senator at lawmaking for the last Congress, citing his coalition-building with GOP colleagues. The nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, at the top of its Senate list overall, despite his being a freshman in the minority party and engaged in a bitter reelection fight last term. The center scores lawmakers based on metrics having to do with the number of bills they introduce… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Holland Sentinel: Peters reintroduces bill to evaluate national school bus safety

WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters would order a national evaluation over school bus safety at loading zones where children get on the bus. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, introduced the Stop for School Buses Act in the Senate Wednesday, March 17. The bill would require the National Highway Transportation Safety (NHTSA) to review and report on existing school bus passing laws and current school bus safety technology to prevent illegal passing. NHTSA would be required to… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Detroit News: Federal, state officials get a look at Ford Field vaccination site ahead of Wednesday opening

Detroit - State and federal officials got a look Monday at the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Ford Field that will open Wednesday with the capability of distributing 6,000 doses a day. Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole Singh led the tour with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin, Haley Stevens, Andy Levin, Brenda Lawrence, Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib. Other officials on hand included Federal Emergency … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Federal News Network: Bill to let anyone who served get a vaccine at VA passes Senate

by Eric White

The Senate has passed legislation that would let VA vaccinate anyone who's ever served in the military, plus their spouses. The measure still needs House approval and the president's signature before it becomes law. As of now, VA facilities are generally only allowed to provide shots to veterans who are enrolled in VA health care. The "Save Lives Act" would expand eligibility to all veterans, their spouses, their caregivers, and in some cases, their children. Congress and the Biden administrati… Continue Reading


03.17.21

WSYM FOX 17 Lansing: Senator Peters reintroduces 'Stop for School Buses Act'

WASHINGTON - Sen. Gary Peters, joined by Sen. Todd Young from Indiana, has reintroduced the Stop for School Buses Act, according to a representative of Peters. We're told the bipartisan plan would require a rigorous evaluation of strategies to prevent vehicles from passing school buses at loading zones. "We need to do everything we can to help keep kids safe on their way to and from school, and that's why it's time for a much-needed review of safety laws surrounding school buses," says Peters… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Marquette Mining Journal: Sen. Gary Peters recognized for Washington work

While most of officialdom in the nation's capital and elsewhere has descended into partisan hell, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, seems to have found a better way to do business. The understated lawmaker who was elected to his second six-year term in office last November, has been named the top senator in terms of enacting and advancing legislation. The recognition came from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, which bestows such honors on an annual basis. Peters' good w… Continue Reading


03.15.21

MIRS: Peters Ranked 'Most Effective Senator'

U.S. Sen. Gary PETERS (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was ranked the most effective Senator for the 116th session of Congress according to a biannual ranking done by the Center for Effective Lawmaking at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. According to the report, Peters has the rare distinction of being the most effective Senator despite being in the minority. In fact, the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) couldn't find another example of any member of the minority party having more b… Continue Reading


03.12.21

WBUP ABC 10 Marquette: Federal Funding to Further Optimize Michigan Technological University Intelligently Operating Vehicles Research

by Neydja Petithomme

U.S. Senator Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow welcomed $4,000,000 in federal funding awarded to the Michigan Technological University to continue their ongoing effects in further advancing self-driving and self-operating vehicles. According to Senator Peters, Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee of Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports, "Michigan workers, manufacturers and universities are the best in the world and continue to lead the development of next generation vehicles." M… Continue Reading


03.11.21

WNMU 90.1 FM Marquette: Peters statement on American Rescue Plan heading to President’s desk

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The following is a press release from Senator Gary Peters' office: U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after final House passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law: "A year into this pandemic, it's clear that Michiganders and Americans still need additional support to put food on the table, pay their bills and make ends meet. I have heard gut-wrenching personal stories from c… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Keweenaw Report: Senator Gary Peters touts new stimulus bill

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, federal lawmakers are working to inform Michiganders about how the bill will help them. United States Senator Gary Peters spoke to Keweenaw Report Thursday morning, tucked into a ten-minute window in a hectic media blitz, before he was off to the next interview. Peters stresses that the bill is a continuation of work that was done last year. It has components to help alleviate difficulties on the healthcare and economic fronts. Peters highlighte… Continue Reading


03.11.21

MiTechNews.com: Peters, Stebenow Help Michigan Technological University Land $4.5 Million DOE Grant To Research Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON DC - Michigan U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D) and Debbie Stabenow (D) helped Michigan Technological University land a $4.5 million federal grant for self-driving vehicle research and development. The funds - awarded through the Department of Energy - will support ongoing projects to enhance connected and automated vehicle technologies that improve driver safety by eliminating risk found in human error. Led by the University and in partnership with General Motors, the American Center of… Continue Reading


03.08.21

WJBK FOX 2 Detroit: Addressing racial disparities in Michigan during COVID-19

by Hilary Golston

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Black Michigan residents make up only 13.7% of the state's entire population but accounted for approximately 40% of all coronavirus-related deaths in the state. Michigan Sen. Peters proposing legislation to improve racial equity within CDC With COVID-19 shining a spotlight on the racial inequities of the country and Michigan, a renewed focus has been placed on improving the health outcomes of communities of color Few recent events as big as the 2020 pandemic have shown suc… Continue Reading


03.08.21

WEYI NBC 25 Flint: Sen. Peters visits National Guard members deployed at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after joining Governor Whitmer in meeting and eating lunch with the Michigan National Guardsmen who have been deployed to Washington, DC to protect the U.S. Capitol: It was an honor to again thank the Michigan National Guard for their service in protecting the Capitol: the very symbol of our democracy. During my interactions with our Michigan Guardsmen throughout their deployment, they demonstrated their commi… Continue Reading


03.08.21

Transport Topics: US Senators Introduce Flood Detection Bill

A group of senators recently introduced legislation that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System. The system would be designed to enhance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's forecasting of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. The bill also would link higher education institutions and federal agencies to work on water predictions. And, it would create a committee designed to evaluate the coordination of federal departments with overlapping jurisdiction over… Continue Reading


03.08.21

National Law Review: Bipartisan Bill Would Increase Penalties for Caller ID Spoofed Robocalls

Four U.S. Senators - two from each side of the aisle - have introduced S. 594, the Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021. The lead sponsor - Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) - is joined by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Josh Hawley (R- MO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) (https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/bill-crack-down-deceptive-tactic-used-robocallers-introduced-senators-collins-sinema-0). The proposal would double the penalties currently permitted under Section 227(e)(5) of the Telep… Continue Reading


03.05.21

WWMT CBS 3 Grand Rapids: US Sen. Gary Peters says American Rescue Plan would give urgent relief to Michiganders

by Samantha May

LANSING, Mich. - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a meeting Thursday to highlight the American Rescue Plan and how it will deliver COVID-19 relief to Michiganders Peters was joined with Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Herman and Jessalynn Johnson, a mother of two from Grand Rapids, for the briefing at 2 p.m. March 4, 2021. During the news conference Peters said the bill would extend unemployment benefits until August and enhance payments by $400… Continue Reading


03.04.21

MLive: Michigan Sen. Gary Peters questions why National Guard response to Capitol riot took hours

by Malachi Barrett

Restrictions placed on the National Guard by Department of Defense officials contributed to a delayed response as the U.S. Capitol was under attack on Jan. 6, according to testimony presented at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, testified that he was denied authority to deploy a quick reaction force and was required to seek approval before moving Guardsmen supporting Capitol police. Walker said he received… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Deadline Detroit: 'Outrageous And Unacceptable:' Sen. Peters Reacts To Food Complaints By Michiganians Guarding U.S. Capitol

About 1,000 Army National Guard members from Taylor and Marquette reportedly are being served gross food while on security duty in Washington, D.C. A staff sergeant who spoke confidentially to WXYZ says nearly 75 meals were thrown out Sunday after metal shavings were found and some entrees had "raw beef." The station adds: Quantity is an issue as well. Breakfast is an example. "You were getting maybe a Danish and some sort of juice," the sergeant said. "And then we had certain days where it w… Continue Reading

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