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12.16.20

Huron Daily Tribune: Sen. Peters sponsors legislation helping shoreline communities

by Robert Creenan

WASHINGTON - Legislation sponsored by Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow that would help shoreline communities address rising water levels and erosion passed the Senate this past week. The Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund and help states establish revolving loan funds that local governments can use to carry out mitigation projects and reduce natural disaster risk. The bill is also co-sponsored b… Continue Reading


11.30.20

The Morning Sun: Peters and colleagues introduce bill to address PPE shortages facing health care workers

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped introduce the Protect Our Heroes Act of 2020, a bill that will increase the domestic production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 masks and improve the transparency of the supply and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "Providing personal protective equipment to frontline workers like doctors, nurses, first responders, g… Continue Reading


11.17.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Peters Bill to update Great Lakes environmental sensitivity index maps passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC (WLNS) - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes. The legislation, which he introduced with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), would require the Great Lakes Region ESI maps to be updated for the first time in over two decades, joining maps for the East coast, West coast, and Gulf coast that have been updated more recently. It would additionally require peri… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Detroit News: Mail delays continue to dog Detroit area, Peters report finds

by Melissa Nann Burke

Timely mail delivery has improved since a slowdown in midsummer, but the Detroit area has experienced increasing delays since September, according to a new report by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. The Bloomfield Township Democrat's analysis cites Postal Service data showing that 71% of mail in the Detroit District was delivered on time during the first week in October - the worst rate for any district in the country - and the fourth consecutive week that on-time delivery declined in the Detroit area. … Continue Reading


10.07.20

Stars and Stripes: ‘Thousands’ of veterans with bad paper discharges might not know they can upgrade

by Steve Beynon

WASHINGTON - Veterans kicked out of the military due to negative behavior related to post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and sexual trauma have been upgrading their discharges after a 2017 law change, but there are potentially thousands of others left without access to care or benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges. The landmark Fairness for Veterans Act, included in the 2017 military funding bill, aimed to help veterans upgrade their discharges. It requires a rev… Continue Reading


10.02.20

Government Executive: President Signs Bill to Allow Electric Vehicle Charges on Government Purchase Cards

by Courtney Buble

On Thursday, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill that will allow federal employees to use their government purchase cards to charge government-owned electric vehicles, which can save taxpayer dollars and improve energy efficiency. The General Services Administration manages the "fleet service cards" that agencies use for repairs and refueling of government leased and owned vehicles. The "Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act" requires that GSA issue guidance tha… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Huron Daily Tribune: Michigan senators pushing for federal PFAS funding

by Robert Creenan

WASHINGTON - Michigan senator Gary Peters is one of many U.S. Senators calling for more federal funding to fight PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the county. In a letter addressed to Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, 21 senators, including Peters and Debbie Stabenow, ask for funding to expand PFAS monitoring, standards development, and cleanup capabilities. Among the proposed funding for PFAS cleanup include: • $2.5 million for supp… Continue Reading


09.18.20

Michigan Business Network: Two More Peters Bills Headed To President To Be Signed Into Law, Building On Bipartisanship

Since 2015, Peters Has Passed and Sent Most Standalone Bills to White House to Be Signed into Law of Any Democratic Senator & Most of Any Democratic Senator During Trump's Presidency; Peters Has Passed Nine Bills Through the Senate Since 2019, Most by a Single Senator This Congress WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives passed two more bills written by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week that are headed to the President's desk, building on Peters' strong record of bipartisan… Continue Reading


09.14.20

Federal News Network: New data proves some federal management laws do work

by Jason Miller

Here's a thought to ponder: Has there ever been a federal management law that has been as successful as the MEGABYTE Act of 2016? Stop for a moment and think back over the last, say 20 or 25 years. I'll wait … While you are going through the old Rolodex of laws whether it was the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) or the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) or the E-Government Act or even go back to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, have agencies successfully impl… Continue Reading


08.25.20

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Sen. Gary Peters tours Grand Rapids USPS facility

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Senator Gary Peters - (D) Michigan demands transparency from the United States Postal Service (USPS). "All we need are answers," says Peters. "Without answers, its hard for us to figure out exactly what's happening." After launching an investigation into the USPS delays and operational changes earlier this month, the senator still doesn't feel like hes being cooperated with. To get a better look at the system, he took a tour of the Patterson Avenue USPS proc… Continue Reading


08.21.20

Michigan Advance: Peters lays into postmaster general over 1000s of complaints

by Allison Stevens

WASHINGTON - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile U.S. Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the President Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service "outrageous." DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic, but said the agency is fully capable of delivering election mail on time. He added that successful elections are his "sacred duty" and main priority t… Continue Reading


08.21.20

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Sen. Gary Peters wants answers from USPS, concerned about GR sorting machine dismantling

by Alana Holland

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Images of broken pieces of machinery outside the Grand Rapids Post Office on Patterson Avenue sparked many questions Wednesday. This came a day after US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced a pause on new initiatives, such as removing sorting equipment from post offices. 13 ON YOUR SIDE is working to find out when the sorting machine was taken apart. We also do not know if its removal was due to changes within the postal service, or if the machine was broken. The … Continue Reading


08.16.20

WNEM CBS 5 Flint: Senator Gary Peters wants answer from postmaster, other postal officials

by Jason Fielder, Markie Heideman

"It's absolutely critical that we have a hearing and hear from the Postmaster as well as the Chairman of the Board," said United States Senator Gary Peters. Peters wants answers from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors Robert Duncan. "We have seen in the last couple of weeks, the performance in terms of on-time delivery of the mail has gone down dramatically," said Peters. "We understand it's the result of new procedures that have been put in pl… Continue Reading


08.16.20

WDIV NBC 4 Detroit: Gary Peters calls for urgent Senate hearing on postal service changes and delivery delays

DETROIT - On Sunday, US Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for an urgent hearing on Aug. 21. The hearing is to address recent changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has directed that have left Americans in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries. In a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson, Peters pressed for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has oversight of the U.S. … Continue Reading


08.12.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Stabenow, Peters call for federal response after Michigan households receive packages of seeds in mail

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are calling for a federal response after households in Michigan and across the country received unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. The packages may be a part of a "brushing" scam, which is an exploit by a vendor used to bolster product ratings and increase visibility online by shipping the product to people without their knowledge. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says not to open or plant the seeds, which come… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Marquette Mining Journal: Sen. Peters asks Michiganders to submit stories of recent mail delays

by Garrett Neese

HOUGHTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is asking Michigan residents to relay their experience with delayed mail as part of his investigation into service slowdowns after changes initiated by the new postmaster general. "Mail delivery is too important for every American, particularly those folks in our rural areas that count on mail, and small businesses that are moving online and need to have postal services to carry their business forward," Peters said. Peters, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence and pos… Continue Reading


08.11.20

WOOD NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters hears from postal workers amid USPS investigation

by Emily Linnert

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has launched an investigation into recent changes with the U.S. Postal Service. All eyes are on the U.S. Postal Service leading up to November's election as many across the country are expected to vote absentee. Peters says under President Donald Trump's new Post Master General appointee Louis DeJoy, there have been unexplained mail delays and mail is piling up due t… Continue Reading


08.10.20

WDET 101.9 FM Detroit: Sen. Peters Opens Investigation Into Postal Service Cost-Cutting, Election Concerns

by Russ McNamara

Changes at the U.S. Postal Service are drawing concerns over mail-in voting ahead of the November election. Tens of millions of ballots are expected to be mailed due to the pandemic. U.S. Senator Gary Peters has opened an investigation into changes in policy at the United States Postal Service. "Unfortunately, [President Trump] has made it part of his platform to attack the postal service." - Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) Peters is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security… Continue Reading


08.10.20

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Sen. Peters says 'hundreds' of Michiganders experience mail delays, calls for answers

by Alana Holland

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Senator Gary Peters, (D-Mich.), said in a media update Monday he has heard from "hundreds" of people experiencing a delay in their mail. Last week, Peters announced he opened an investigation into the United States Postal Service (USPS), in light of changes from a newly appointed Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy. "When we think of the postal service, and how important it is to every day life," said Peters, "not just prescription medicine, but getting payroll ch… Continue Reading


08.07.20

Dearborn Press & Guide: Peters introduces bipartisan bill to strengthen reentry opportunities through skills trainings and apprenticeships

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation that strengthens reentry programs that provide workforce training, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship. The Reentry Employment Opportunities Act, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would codify into law the U.S. Department of Labor's Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Program, which supports national, regional and local organizations that administer skills training programs. The REO program pro… Continue Reading

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