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08.06.20

Associated Press/Detroit News: Peters launches investigation into Postal Service delays

by Matthew Daly

Washington - A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting. A plan imposed by Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser who took over the top job at the Postal Service in June, eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and orders that mail be kept until the next day if distribution cente… Continue Reading


08.03.20

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


07.30.20

WEYI NBC 25 Flint: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters backs veteran workforce development plan amid COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. - As negotiations continue in Washington for the next COVID-19 relief stimulus package, one of Michigan's U.S. senators wants another group of Americans to get some help. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, backed a plan with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Arkansas, to extend GI Bill benefits for veterans whose registered apprenticeships were cut short or paused due to COVID-19. Peters said currently, veterans need to meet minimum number of hours to get their full benefits, but some … Continue Reading


07.27.20

MLive: Michigan senator asks FEMA to help school districts buy masks, cover costs related to reopening

by Malachi Barrett

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is pressing FEMA to provide school districts reopening this fall with emergency pandemic funding. Peters, who serves as the ranking member on a committee that supervises FEMA, sent a letter to Administrator Peter Gaynor Monday urging him to open a federal disaster relief fund for schools. The funding could be used to cover costs related to training, reconfiguring classrooms and providing masks and other personal protective equipment, Peters wrote. … Continue Reading


07.23.20

Huron Daily Tribune: Sen. Gary Peters supports child care funding

by Robert Creenan

Michigan Senator Gary Peters announced his support for new legislation aimed at ensuring that child care providers would have resources to maintain safe operations. The Child Care is Essential Act would provide $50 billion in a new Child Care stabilization fund within the already existing Child Care and Development Block Grant program. It would be included in a future coronavirus relief package if passed. This new fund would provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child … Continue Reading


07.22.20

WEYI NBC 66 Flint: Peters announces proposal to support students, families, teachers for coming school year

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced a proposal to support an eventual safe return to school by ensuring local communities have the resources and supplies needed to keep students connected to a quality education. As Senate negotiations begin on the next Coronavirus package and schools begin considering steps to return in the fall, Peters' proposal would help ensure communities have the flexibility and support to continue students' education and development while protecting the health… Continue Reading


07.17.20

WILX NBC 10 Lansing: Senator Peters requests details on reported changes to USPS

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is requesting more information on reported changes to the delivery service provided by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is the only entity that provides delivery to every address in the United States. Changes to the service could affect those who depend on it. "It is essential that the Postal Service not slow down mail or in any way compromise service for small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail," Peters wr… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Marquette Mining Journal: Peters’ bill will support business

by Jackie Jahfetson

MARQUETTE - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, introduced legislation last week that would help strengthen the manufacturing industry by creating a National Institute of Manufacturing. Peters was joined by Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center President Mike Coast and Piston Automotive Bob Holloway during a Zoom video call July 8 to discuss the new National Institute of Manufacturing Act. The National Institute of Manufacturing, or NIM, would "streamline the dozens of federal ma… Continue Reading


07.15.20

WWTV CBS 9&10 Traverse City: Sen. Gary Peters Visits Traverse City to Meet Beneficiary of Paycheck Protection Program

by Chloe Kiple & Josh Monroe

Senator Gary Peters stopped in Traverse City on Wednesday to visit TentCraft, a local business that benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program. Sen. Peters helped pass the legislation which made the PPP possible for businesses who needed a safety net through the quarantine. TentCraft got the PPP in secondary rounds of the program and helped keep 70+ workers on staff. The TC company normally makes marketing materials, like tents, for businesses and major events like concerts, sports and fe… Continue Reading


07.08.20

WWMT CBS 3 West Michigan: Sen. Peters says new legislation would support federal manufacturing programs

by Samantha May

U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced a new legislation Wednesday that aims to support Michigan manufacturers. He said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed short-term supply chain issues, as well as long-term problems, due to the lack of national manufacturing strategy. New legislation introduced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, focused on streamlining dozens of federal manufacturing programs from the National Institute of Manufacturing. Peters said his goal is to keep small businesses alive and bring jobs bac… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Detroit News: Sen. Peters introduces legislation to create National Institute of Manufacturing

by Candice Williams

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has introduced legislation to create the National Institute of Manufacturing, which would streamline national manufacturing programs. The Michigan senator said during a press conference Wednesday that the new federal agency would be modeled after the National Institutes of Health. Peters said there are federal 58 programs spread across 11 agencies that deal with manufacturing. "They're not coordinated, it's not efficient, taxpayer money is being wasted," he said. "We nee… Continue Reading


07.08.20

WLUC TV 6 Marquette: Sen. Peters announces legislation to create National Institute of Manufacturing

by Doug Lindblom

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) has announced new legislation that would establish a National Institute of Manufacturing. Peters, rolled out the plan during a video call Wednesday, July 8, joined by Michigan manufacturing leaders. The NIM is modeled after the National Institutes of Health, and would be used to enhance manufacturing jobs across the country. The hope is this legislation would create a more cohesive and centralized approach to job creation across the country. "We have 58 program… Continue Reading


07.06.20

WNEM CBS 5 Flint: Senator introduces bill to increase awareness, understanding of African American history in schools

by Whitney Bryan

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced a bill to increase awareness and understanding of African American history across Michigan schools through expanded access to programming from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Peters said the 1619 Act would provide federal funding to support African American History educational programs through workshops and professional development activities for educators. According to Peters, the bill is co-sponsored by 15 Senators, includ… Continue Reading


06.27.20

WSJM 94.9 FM St. Joseph: Peters Preparing For Next Wave Of COVID

With Coronavirus numbers on the rise, there is ongoing effort to make sure the government is better prepared if or when a second wave of the outbreak comes. Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters sits on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which overseas the National Stockpile of Emergency Supplies. "They are basically warehouses for critical supplies that you would need in an emergency, and that's exactly what happens," Peters said. "You have big stockpiles of equipment, and w… Continue Reading


06.19.20

MLive: Michigan Sen. Gary Peters working on congressional bipartisan action in wake of George Floyd’s death

by Malachi Barrett

Michigan U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said George Floyd's death is spurring Congress to take concrete steps toward policing reforms. A haunting video of Floyd slowly dying while a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes sparked protests against police brutality in all 50 states and several Michigan cities in the last month. Floyd's death also inspired a variety of bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing future incidents and providing more equit… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Gongwer: Peters Introduces Community Policing Proposal

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said this week a good way to improve trust between members of law enforcement and those in the communities they serve is to have them work in the very communities in which they live. With that in mind, Mr. Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) introduced Wednesday a bill that he said would encourage law enforcement recruits to work in the communities they live in through grants. The proposed legislation, called the Strong Communities Act, would provide federal grants to law enfo… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Marquette Mining Journal: Sen. Peters proposes ‘community policing’

by Jackie Jahfetson

MARQUETTE - Legislation to reform police agencies, improve training and boost accountability between law enforcement and communities is currently being discussed on the Senate floor. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, hosted a Zoom video call with Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Rev. Dr. Steve Bland Jr. Wednesday to discuss proposed legislation that will address the critical issues facing the nation's criminal justice system. Peters remarked his support for several Senate bills and is w… Continue Reading


06.17.20

WLUC TV 6 Marquette: Sen. Gary Peters introduces Strong Communities Act

by Jerry Tudor

Michigan Senator Gary Peters Wednesday, introduced new legislation aimed at improving relations and trust between police and their communities. The new proposal, which Peters has called the Strong Communities Act, looks to help recruiting efforts within racially diverse communities. One way it would do that is providing federal grants for recruits to attend an academy if they agree to work in their community for four years. "It's an opportunity for us to give law enforcement another tool, anot… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Detroit News: Peters introduces bipartisan Senate community policing bill

by Melissa Nann Burke

Michigan Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has introduced legislation in the Republican-controlled Senate aiming to boost trust between police and the neighborhoods they serve by encouraging law enforcement officers to work in the community where they live. The measure, co-sponsored by Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, is an effort to help departments struggling to attract and retain recruits who intimately understand their community and who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the ne… Continue Reading


06.17.20

WWTV CBS 9&10 Traverse City: Sen. Peters Announces New Legislation Aimed at Building Trust Between Police, Communities

Michigan Senator Gary peters announced new legislation on Wednesday aimed at building trust between police and the communities they serve. The Strong Communities Act would help departments recruit officers from the nearby areas. The goal is to have police that know and understand the people they protect. The legislation would give financial assistance for local recruits to go through the police academy and related higher education. It would also require the recruits to live within five miles… Continue Reading

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