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10.31.19

WEYI NBC 25 Flint: $9 Million increase secured in funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced today that he successfully secured an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for Fiscal Year 2020. The funding - which is an increase from the current proposed level of $301 million - passed the Senate as part of a government funding bill. Peters worked with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to secure the funding. "For Michiganders, the Great Lakes are simply part of our DNA. But protecting them needs to be a n… Continue Reading


10.29.19

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Senator Gary Peters’ bill addresses threat of deepfakes

by Megan Schellong

WASHINGTON, DC - Amid national security threats of forged video content, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation spearheaded by Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The Deepfake Reports Act will prevent the spread of online misinformation disseminated by hyper-realistic digital manipulations of audio and video known as deepfakes, according to Peters' office. Part of the legislation mandates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conduct an annual study of deepfakes… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Michigan Advance: Peters joins senators in questioning Trump’s G-7 plans at his resort

by Susan J. Demas

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has joined with two other senators to express concern about possible self-dealing with the President Trump administration's announcement this week that the 2020 G-7 Summit will be held at his Florida resort. Peters, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Treasury asking how Trump's National Doral Miami property was selected… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Southgate News Herald: Peters brings prescription cost listening tour to Southgate; promises event won't be a 'one and done'

by Zach Russell

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) continued his statewide listening tour on lowering prescription drug costs Thursday morning with a visit to Southgate. The event was hosted at The Guidance Center, a non-profit that provides health services to the Downriver community. There, Peters met with an array of health professionals as well as patients for a discussion about the rising costs of drugs. "This is a critical issue in our country," he said. "Prescription prices keep going up at rates that a… Continue Reading


10.12.19

Detroit Free Press: The stories behind historic vehicles get their due in proposed law

by Mark Phelan

Historic cars, trucks and motorcycles could soon have the same official recognition as some of America's most significant planes, boats and buildings. Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman have introduced a bill to create a national register of information, photos, documents, engineering records and more for vehicles with unique and significant stories. "Vehicles are central to our history," Peters said. "It's important to have a dedicated central register t… Continue Reading


10.11.19

ABC News/Yahoo News: Democrat rejects Pence response to questions about trip to Trump's Ireland resort

by Ben Gittleson

A Senate Democrat on Friday criticized Vice President Mike Pence's office for not sharing information about the vice president's recent trip to Ireland, during which he stayed at a golf resort owned by the president's company. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reached out to Pence's office on Sept. 5 asking for specific information on the costs of the vice president's stay at Trump International Golf Club in Doonb… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Interlochen Public Radio: New federal rules target Michigan's Line 5 safety concerns

by Max Johnston

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines. Several of the new rules seem to be in response to safety concerns over the Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Last April, an anchor struck and damaged the pipelines. In … Continue Reading


10.01.19

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: U.S. Senator Gary Peters visits GM workers in Lansing

by Brittany Flowers

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, made his was to Lansing this afternoon to show his support of UAW workers standing on the picket lines. "This is an important effort on their part to make sure that they can have fair wages, fair benefits for the hard work that they put in," Senator Peters said. It's day 16 of the UAW Strike, and Senator Peters, like most others, said he hopes it wraps up quickly, but so far there's doesn't seem to be an end in sight. He added that a lot of employees sacr… Continue Reading


09.25.19

WKZO 106.9 FM Kalamazoo: Peters' resolution to phase out PFAS in fire fighting foam passes Senate

by Will Kriss

WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO AM/FM) -- Senator Gary Peters has announced that his resolution to phase out firefighting foam containing PFAS in the National Defense Bill has been unanimously passed. Peters spoke on the Senate floor yesterday (Wednesday) to explain the resolution. "Today, our water and our health is at risk from highly fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS," Peters said. "These chemicals have been widely used commercially, and they are also concentrated in firefighting foams used by the … Continue Reading


09.23.19

Detroit News: Peters wants Trump to use hostage negotiator to free Whelan from Moscow prison

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is urging President Donald Trump to secure the release of Michigan resident Paul Whelan from Russia by involving his top hostage negotiator. Peters, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Friday to Trump asking him to direct his new national security adviser to work on freeing Whelan, who has been in prison in Moscow for nearly nine months. "In particular, I request that you direct your new National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien to prioritize resolving this situation a… Continue Reading


09.19.19

WJRT ABC 12 Flint: U.S. Sen. Gary Peters pledges full support for UAW members on strike

WASHINGTON (WJRT) (9/19/2019) - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is pledging his support to thousands of UAW members currently on strike from General Motors. About 49,000 UAW members walked the picket lines for a fourth straight day. They went on strike from GM at midnight on Monday, seeking a contract with better pay, benefits, job security and a path for temporary workers to gain full positions. "There is no question that I stand in solidarity with the UAW workers that are now on strike," Peters said f… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Detroit Free Press: Lawmakers to Russia: Show us evidence Paul Whelan is a spy or let him go

by Kristen Jordan Shamus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - If Paul Whelan really is a spy, show us the evidence or let him go, a contingent of lawmakers demanded of the Russian government Thursday on Capitol Hill. Whelan, 49, of Novi, was arrested in December at Moscow's Metropol Hotel, accused of espionage. For nearly nine months, he's been detained without a trial at the notorious Stalin-era Lefortovo Prison. "We believe that the Russians need to release Paul unless they can come up with some sort of concrete evidence to keep hi… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Detroit News: Peters wants details on Pence's stay at Trump hotel in Ireland

by Beth LeBlanc

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is demanding answers from Vice President Mike Pence's office after the former Indiana governor chose to stay at a Trump-owned hotel during an official visit to Ireland, despite the hotel's distance from the location of the event. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Bloomfield Township Democrat sent a letter to the Republican vice president Thursday requesting details on the cost of travel, security and accommodations r… Continue Reading


09.05.19

Detroit Free Press: Peters demands answers from Pence about stay at Trump resort in Ireland

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is demanding to know how much President Donald Trump's resort in Ireland is making off a recent stay by Vice President Mike Pence and his entourage. Peters, who is the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, sent a letter Thursday to Pence with a series of questions about the cost of the stay. He wants to know: The total cost of the travel to Ireland, including that for his personal guests, security … Continue Reading


08.27.19

C&G Newspapers: Senators unveil bill to increase support for Great Lakes projects

by Brendan Losinski

DETROIT - Both U.S. senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, came together on Belle Isle Aug. 22 to formally announce a bill to renew the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and increase its funding. Since 2009, the GLRI has provided funds to projects that help clean, maintain and otherwise improve the Great Lakes and other bodies of water that connect to them. "In Michigan alone, since (2009), we have been able to fund 880 different projects - $762 million we've been able to b… Continue Reading


08.22.19

Detroit News: Michigan's senators push for hike in Great Lakes cleanup aid

by Leonard N. Fleming

Detroit - Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Thursday pushed to renew and expand the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding they contend is needed to keep Michigan's waterways clean and vibrant for the public. At a news conference on Belle Isle, Peters and Stabenow touted the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 as a bipartisan effort to reauthorize the legislation for another five years. The initiative's funding authorization is set to expire in fiscal year… Continue Reading


08.09.19

WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan: Sen. Peters calls for more CBP officers at Ford Intl. Airport during motorcycle tour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich, addressed the need for more Customs and Border Patrol officers at the airport in Grand Rapids Friday morning dur his annual statewide motorcycle tour. Peters, a ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, described his efforts to increase federal resources at places like Gerald R. Ford International Airport. "When you look at what's been happening right now, as well, with the increased flow of folks on the southern b… Continue Reading


08.08.19

Marquette Mining Journal: Peters stops at Ishpeming Senior Center during annual motorcycle tour

by Cecilia Brown

ISHPEMING - Many people want to stay at home safely and independently as they age, but there can be barriers to aging in place, especially in rural areas. For this reason, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, made a stop at the Ishpeming Senior Center along Pine Street in Ishpeming Wednesday morning during his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. He discussed his legislative efforts to help seniors age in place and learned more about the challenges and successes the Ishpeming Senior … Continue Reading


08.07.19

WNMU Public Radio 90: Senator stops in Escanaba as part of Michigan tour

by Nicole Walton

ESCANABA, MI-- U.S. Senator Gary Peters is making his way around the U.P. this week as part of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters stopped in Escanaba Tuesday to visit Engineered Machined Products. He toured the manufacturing and advanced products facilities, where he watched Escanaba High School's FIRST ROBOTICS team give a demonstration. "EMP is proud to be based in Escanaba and expanding our capabilities into different sectors of the economy," said Paul … Continue Reading


08.07.19

Escanaba Daily Press: Sen. Peters visits Esky, talks issues

by Jordan Beck

ESCANABA - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., visited Engineered Machined Products (EMP) in Escanaba during his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan Tuesday. While visiting EMP, Peters took a brief tour of the business' advanced products building. There, he had an opportunity to see some of the products worked on at the facility, including electric cooling systems, electric water pumps, electric fans and electric oil pumps. "It's great to be here at EMP - this is really a cutting-e… Continue Reading

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