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06.12.20

Holland Sentinel: Upton, Peters receive bipartisanship award

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship on Monday, June 9, given to the members of Congress who work with their opposite party to craft legislation. Upton, Peters and 28 other members of Congress were given the award. The Chamber gave Upton a 97 percent bipartisanship score and Peters a 91 percent bipartisanship score. Upton is a member of the bipartisan Problem Solv… Continue Reading


06.05.20

WSJM News Talk 94.9 FM Houghton: Peters Backs Legislation To Review Justice System

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, U.S. Senator Gary Peters has introduced legislation to create the National Criminal Justice Commission. He says it would have a top to bottom review of the criminal justice system. "It's important for us to get our arms around this and do it in a comprehensive way," Peters said. "We have to stop talking, we have to start doing something positive and we have to take action, and this is a way to bring people together … Continue Reading


06.05.20

Iosco City News: Peters calls on Air Force to prioritize PFAS cleanup in Oscoda

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) - member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee - called on the Air Force to expedite per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup efforts at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (WAFB) in Oscoda. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, John Henderson, Peters expressed his concern that the Air Force does not yet inten… Continue Reading


05.29.20

WWTV CBS 9&10 Traverse City: Sen. Gary Peters Says Federal Government Must Help Support Michigan’s State Budget 3

by Chloe Kiple & Josh Monroe

9&10 News caught up with one of Michigan's senators Friday about how coronavirus is impacting the state's budget. Senator Gary Peters says he's worried about how COVID-19 funding and resources may cut into monies for other things like schools. He wants the federal government to step in and provide more resources for state and local governments. He says the House has already passed a funding bill and now he wants to fight to get his colleagues in the Senate to do the same. "The original C… Continue Reading


05.27.20

Arab-American News: Sen. Peters proposes bills to bring medical manufacturing back to U.S., track and address future shortages

by Hassan Abbas

The shortage of medical supplies and protective equipment to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. became apparent early on in the pandemic. In Wayne County alone, workers at a prominent hospital spoke of under 100 masks at the beginning of the disease's spread. The country's national strategic reserve of ventilators proved to be woefully inadequate and the unavailability of proper protective masks for health care workers is now a widely known issue. Manufacturers in states began switching ov… Continue Reading


05.27.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Bill introduced to increase access to capital for financial institutions that support small business owners

Senator Gary Peters has introduced a bill that would increase access to capital for community investment institutions working to support small business owners and consumers through the Coronavirus pandemic in minority communities. The Community Capital Investment Act would establish a Treasury Department program to provide community investment institutions, such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), community banks and credit unions, i… Continue Reading


05.27.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Peters introduces bill to slow the spread of Coronavirus in nursing homes

U.S. Senator Gary Peters introduced a bill to provide $20 billion to help states, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities contain the spread of the Coronavirus. T To date, more than 20,000 nursing home residents and workers have been killed by the virus. The Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act would help states implement strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, purchase desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing kits, and support nursing home w… Continue Reading


05.26.20

Holland Sentinel: MI senators introduce act giving National Guard members full time benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, Gary Peters, D-Michigan, were among those introducing legislation that would provide full time benefits to National Guard members throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The National Guard COVID-19 Response Stability Act was introduced by Stabenow, Peters and others on Friday, May 22. The legislation would require the federal government to extend Title 32 authority for National Guard members, meaning the federal government would cover costs of … Continue Reading


05.23.20

Detroit Free Press: Peters, Stabenow blast private ownership of major infrastructure in wake of Midland flood

by Chris Solari

MIDLAND - The private ownership and a lack of required repairs of two dams that caused massive flooding of Wixom and Sanford lakes is a significant frustration of Michigan's two U.S. senators. Both Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow issued strong rebukes Saturday for the owners of the Edenville and Stanford dams, whose failures earlier this week caused water from the Tittabawassee River to flood neighboring communities and render two man-made lakes nothing more than mud pits. "I think most peopl… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Politico: Under pressure, Trump administration weighs extending National Guard deployments

by ALICE MIRANDA OLLSTEIN and DANIEL LIPPMAN

Trump administration officials are preparing plans to extend the federal deployment of more than 40,000 National Guard members performing coronavirus relief work across the country, after scores of lawmakers moved to pressure President Donald Trump to keep the Guards in place past June. Four people familiar with the matter said the administration is prepared to extend the deployments through July, which would maintain federal funding for troops administering Covid-19 tests, disinfecting nursing… Continue Reading


05.16.20

MLive: Michigan receives $315 million in federal funds for coronavirus testing

by Marie Weidmayer

Federal funding will help expand testing for the novel coronavirus in Michigan. A total of $315 million in federal funds is coming to the state of Michigan from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a news release from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. "Widespread testing is absolutely critical to keeping us and our loved ones safe as we reopen our economy," Stabenow said in the release. "This is a good start but the Administration must provid… Continue Reading


05.13.20

WOOD TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters: Next stimulus must include aid for state government

by Rick Albin

Among the unanswered questions linked to the coronavirus pandemic is what the economy will look like on the other side and what the gap in tax revenue will mean for the state government's ability to continue to offer vital services. Michigan is looking at an estimated $3 billion hole in this year's budget. Without some type of federal help, that could mean cuts to a broad swath of services, including K-12 school funding. A new federal stimulus bill could help address some of that. While a plan… Continue Reading


05.13.20

The Hill: Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments

by Maggie Miller

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cyber agency on Wednesday warned that Chinese government-backed hackers are targeting U.S. organizations developing vaccines and treatments for the COVID-19 virus. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI said in a joint alert that the agencies hoped to "raise awareness" of threats posed to research groups by Chinese malicious actors. "These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain va… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Detroit News: Michigan lawmakers request COVID-19 relief funds go to auto suppliers

by Breana Noble

Members of Michigan's congressional delegation are calling on U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to direct existing COVID-19 relief funds toward auto suppliers in need of cash. Many auto components manufacturers are resuming production this week. But following at least six weeks of downtime and a payday coming up to 45 days after the delivery of goods, many are at a loss of working capital for start-up costs, 14 lawmakers led by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Reps. Fred Upton and Haley Stevens w… Continue Reading


05.11.20

WLUC NBC 6 Marquette: Sen. Peters introduces bipartisan bill to improve housing financial literacy

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) Monday announced he introduced a bipartisan bill that would aim to bolster financial literacy among prospective first-time homeowners. The Housing Financial Literacy Act, which Peters introduced with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), would provide those who complete a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified housing counseling course the opportunity to claim a 0.25 percent deduction on their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premi… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Detroit News: Michigan hospitals getting $900M in fed COVID-19 aid

by Gregg Krupa

More than $900 million in federal funding is on its way to Michigan to help 28 of the state's hospitals cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It's among $12 billion being distributed nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to hospitals in areas where the COVID-19 outbreak is significant. The amounts for Michigan medical facilities range from $11.7 million to Covenant Medical Center in Harrison Township to $71.2 million to Henry Ford Hospital on West Grand Boulevard in Detr… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Huron County View: Peters helps lead bipartisan push to include funeral benefits increase for veterans’ survivors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) today called for the inclusion of their bipartisan bill to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans in the next phase of Coronavirus relief legislation. With COVID-19 posing serious risks among elderly veterans and those with service-related health conditions, the B… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Alpena News: Peters: ‘Time for action’ on PFAS cleanup

by Steve Schulwitz

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is fed up with the lack of haste the U.S. Air Force has exhibited in cleaning up and mitigating PFAS contamination at military installations around Michigan, including Northeast Michigan. He recently wrote a letter to the military, urging officials to utilize the $13.5 million allocated for cleanup to be more proactive iat the former Wurtsmith Air Force base in Oscoda, where residents and businesses have been dealing with significant contamination since 2010. PFAS stands … Continue Reading


05.06.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Peters, Stabenow introduce legislation to address racial and ethnic disparities in Coronavirus pandemic

Plans to introduce an interagency task force to identify and address disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities in Michigan is in the works. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have proposed the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act to address inequities in the American health care system, particularly for minority communities who have struggled to access high-quality, affordable health care. The Act would bring together health care and oth… Continue Reading


05.06.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Peters calls on Air Force to expedite PFAS cleanup at former Air Force Base in Michigan

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters today asked the U.S. Air Force to expedite PFAS cleanup at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Peters, who is on the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy John Henderson. According to Peters, he has concerns that the Air Force doesn't yet intend to spend $13.5 million in funding on additional tangible cleanup projects. "It is abundantly clear that contamination is spread… Continue Reading

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