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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


03.01.21

Holland Sentinel: Stabenow, Peters introduce bill to incentivize federal agencies to 'Buy American'

WASHINGTON - Legislation reintroduced in Congress would make it harder for federal agencies to receive waivers to buy non-American manufactured products. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, were among the lawmakers to introduce the Make it in America Act in the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The bill would amend the 1933 Buy American Act - bumping the percentage of American-manufactured products purchased by federal agencies from 50 percent to 75 percent… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Michigan Advance: Peters to lead panel overseeing Line 5 regulators

by Laina G. Stebbins

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has come out in favor of shutting down the Canadian Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, has been selected to lead the Senate panel responsible for overseeing the pipeline's federal regulators. Peters was named chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports on Friday. The panel primarily oversees national agencies governing pipeline, vehicle and traffic safety. One of those agencies is the … Continue Reading


02.25.21

WLKM 95.9 FM Three Rivers: Sen Peters working to pass rescue plan

U.S. Sen Gary Peters said getting COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of Michiganders and Americans is an essential part of getting through the public health and economic crisis. Peters said he is pushing to pass critical, additional resources to aid those efforts, and working closely with President Biden to ensure every Michigander can be vaccinated. Peters said he is encouraged that the Biden Administration is taking significant action to increase the availability of vaccines. Peters indicated … Continue Reading


02.23.21

WNEM CBS 5 Flint: Peters, Stabenow introduce bill to strengthen Buy American laws

by Stephen Borowy

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen Buy American laws. The Make it in American Act will make it harder for federal agencies to use waivers to bypass Buy American requirements, according to the senators. This would require the federal government to favor American companies and spend taxpayer dollars on American-made products and American jobs. Stabenow released her Buy American report in September 2018. It found exceptions and waivers to the … Continue Reading


02.23.21

MLive: Police expected violence at U.S. Capitol but weren’t ready for ‘coordinated attack.’ Michigan senator leads probe to learn why.

by Malachi Barrett

Security officials tasked with protecting Washington, D.C. testified before a U.S. Senate panel that they knew extremist groups were poised to commit violence on Jan. 6, but said information suggesting a planned attack on the U.S. Capitol wasn't shared with police. Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, co-chaired a joint hearing of two Senate committees investigating failures that allowed a mob of Trump supporters and far-right agitators to delay the certification of the presidentia… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Detroit News: Michigan senators move to tighten Buy American rules

by Riley Beggin

Washington - Michigan's senators plan to reintroduce bipartisan legislation that would close loopholes in a law that requires the government to buy American-made products when possible, the senators' offices announced Tuesday. The bill would make changes to a nearly 70-year-old law that prioritizes American companies in government purchasing. The law includes exceptions and waivers for when there's limited availability and quality of U.S.-made products, it's in the public interest, the goods w… Continue Reading


02.22.21

WWTV CBS 9&10 Traverse City: Senator Peters Visits Pfizer, Reacts to Distribution of Vaccine

by Madison Schlegel

President Biden stopped to visit the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Portage on Friday. He was joined by U.S Senator Gary Peters. Peters has been calling for a more strategic distribution plan for the vaccine. Senator Peters says on Friday Pfizer announced to double production at the facility. Right now, they are producing 5 millions doses a week.Acb3b408 6822 4ff0 9c58 3355aa6fe46a They hope to be producing 10 million doses a week within the next two weeks. "The goal for Pfizer is to del… Continue Reading


02.19.21

MLive: After Biden visits Pfizer, Sen. Gary Peters calls for mobile vaccine stations to reach rural residents

by John Tunison

PORTAGE, MI -- After accompanying President Joe Biden on a tour of the Pfizer vaccine plant in Portage, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said getting the vaccine into rural areas will be an important step for Michigan and the nation. He is advocating for mobile vaccine stations to reach people who might not be able to make it to centers. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, spoke about the issue with media in a Zoom call following the president's visit to Pfizer. Peters and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were among a g… Continue Reading


02.19.21

Detroit News: Peters to lead panel overseeing pipeline safety, auto regulation

by Melissa Nann Burke & Riley Beggin

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has been selected to chair the Senate subcommittee that oversees the federal agencies responsible for pipeline safety and for crafting guidance for self-driving vehicles and technology. Peters of Bloomfield Township will be the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports. The senator's office noted the panel oversees several key areas for Michigan, including the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safet… Continue Reading


02.17.21

WLUC NBC 6 Lansing: Senator Gary Peters is urging Michiganders to enroll in healthcare using the Biden Administration’s special enrollment extension

by Maci Cosmore

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders currently do not have health insurance. According to The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, in 2019 an estimated 600,000 people in the state were uninsured. The department estimates tens of thousands more lost coverage during the pandemic. "Particularly now that we continue to be in the midst of a pandemic, it's absolutely essential that folks have the healthcare that they need to provide the security for their… Continue Reading


02.17.21

WBKB ABC 11 Alpena: Senator Gary Peters encourages Michiganders to sign up for health insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senator Gary Peters (D, MI.) hosted a virtual press conference with reporters Tuesday morning, urging Michiganders without health care to find insurance during the pandemic. Peters, who won his re-election attempt in 2020, recommends that Michiganders who need health insurance take advantage of the Affordable Care Act and get covered under the new special open enrollment period established under the Biden Administration. The special enrollment period opened yesterday and … Continue Reading


02.16.21

Detroit News: Peters to convene hearing on security breakdown that led to Jan. 6 attack

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters announced Tuesday that his committee will convene an oversight hearing next week with former Capitol security and police officials to examine the security failures during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Invited to testify at the Feb. 23 hearing are former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police Steven Sund; former House sergeant at arms Paul D. Irving; former Senate sergeant at arms Michael Stenger; and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee. S… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Holland Sentinel: Peters leads group to tackle domestic terrorism

by Arpan Lobo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters told media members Wednesday as chair of the Senate committee tasked with matters of national security, he plans on taking the threat of domestic terrorism seriously moving forward. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, will chair the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during the 2021-22 congressional session. Peters said HSGAC will examine how to combat the "growing" threat of domestic terrorism Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bur… Continue Reading


02.05.21

Detroit News: Peters, Stabenow seek federal action as auto plants idled by microchip shortage

by Breana Noble

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on Friday joined 13 other senators from autos-producing states calling on the director of the National Economic Council to engage with countries and companies producing microchips that are in short supply and causing auto plants to idle. The call came after U.S. and Taiwan government officials held a conference call about the chip crunch Thursday night. The global shortage of the semiconductors used to power automated and electronic features in vehicle… Continue Reading


02.03.21

WWMT CBS 3 Grand Rapids: U.S. Senator Gary Peters discusses his new role as Chairman of Homeland Security Committee

by Lora Painter

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a Zoom video conference Feb. 3, 2021, to discuss his efforts to fight for Michigan in his new leadership role as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Peters' points of focus in the day's discussions in keeping Americans safe included: A better COVID-19 response, enhanced cybersecurity and finding and stopping threats of domestic terrorism. "We've seen domestic terrorism threats firsthand in Michigan. We saw t… Continue Reading

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