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06.14.19

WNEM CBS 5 Lansing: Two Michigan lawmakers looking for help for farmers after historic rainfall

by Denyse Shannon

Many Michigan farmers have had to delay planting crops this spring after historic rainfall and two lawmakers are looking to get them some relief. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to step in. "Consistent rain and wet weather have created challenging planting conditions for farmers across Michigan this spring," wrote the Senators. "We urge the USDA to provide flexibility and equitable treatment for Michigan farmers who have had to delay … Continue Reading


06.13.19

WXMI Fox 17 West Michigan: Sen. Peters sponsors bill to place sanctions on Chinese fentanyl

by Ahtra Elnashar

WASHINGTON - Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, is introducing bipartisan legislation to crack down on Chinese fentanyl producers. Peters and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, are cosponsoring the legislation called "Fentanyl Sanctions Act," which would be the first of its kind to target fentanyl sanctions. They would be placed on Chinese drug manufacturers, trafficking organizations and financial groups that work with them. Last year, Chinese regulators started classifying a wide range of fentanyl produc… Continue Reading


06.13.19

WWTV 9&10 News Traverse City: Sen. Peters Calls On FCC To Expand Rural Broadband Access

by Charlie Tinker

Whether you're trying to run a business, doing your shopping online or just trying to get by and stay connected in this digital age, the internet is increasingly something we cannot do without. Yet, many rural communities in Northern Michigan still lack critical access to broadband internet. US Senator Gary Peters introduced a bi-partisan effort to make it happen. This new bill, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, would require the FCC to collect data it woul… Continue Reading


06.08.19

WPBN Traverse City: U.S. International Trade Commission to continue to investigate cherry imports

by Rachael Schuit

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northern Michigan cherry growers say their businesses are in danger because of cherries being imported from other companies that are undercutting the market. Growers had previously filed a lawsuit, and this week they got a big win. The US International Trade Commission has decided to keep investigating claims that dried tart cherry imports from places like Turkey are hurting the U.S. market. "We need to preserve the markets here that we've used our… Continue Reading


06.06.19

WBKB 11 Alpena: Peters introduces legislation to crack down on Chinese fentanyl

by Michael Beiermeister

Washington D.C. - The opioid epidemic has harmed families all over the state and right here in northeast Michigan. One of the most lethal opioids is fentanyl, a synthetic drug where one kilogram contains as many as 500,000 lethal doses. Just this past March, three people were arrested in connection to numerous fentanyl overdoses throughout Alpena. New national legislation looks to put a dent in the production of this deadly drug. This week, Senator Gary Peters and Republican Senator Shelley Mo… Continue Reading


06.03.19

WOOD TV 8 NBC Grand Rapids: Peters: MI primed for more defense manufacturing

by Rick Albin

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan's junior senator says he wants to encourage bipartisan cooperation to bring more defense manufacturing to Michigan. "We're from Michigan. We know how to make stuff here. We've got skilled workers we know how to get things done," U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said on Mackinac Island last week. On the island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, he was attending a Thursday panel hosted by 24 Hour News 8 politi… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Michigan Advance: Peters sponsors PFAS provisions in defense bill

by Michael Gerstein

A provision to decrease the amount of toxic chemicals at military sites has been added to the National Defense Bill, at the insistence of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.). Peters' office said last week that measures were added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to stop the Department of Defense (DoD) from buying firefighting foam that contains a class of toxic substances known as PFAS, along with provisions that would aid computer modeling efforts and ease coordination … Continue Reading


05.29.19

Bridge MI: Michigan leads nation in PFAS. It will lead cleanups, too, U.S. reps say

by Joel Kurth

MACKINAC ISLAND - A report this month found Michigan leads the nation in sites contaminated with toxic chemicals known as PFAS, and the state's bipartisan delegation in Congress has introduced a flurry of legislation to increase testing. Among the federal bills: one to provide the U.S. Geological Survey with $45 million to develop new standards to detect PFAS, and another would test for at least 30 strains of the chemicals. PFAS, shorthand for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, was used for… Continue Reading


05.25.19

WZZM ABC 13 Grand Rapids: Sen. Gary Peters examines security, humanitarian challenges at U.S.-Mexico border

Sen. Gary Peters, a democrat from Michigan, visited the U.S.-Mexico border over the Memorial Day weekend. The bipartisan visit gave the senator the opportunity to assess the security needs and humanitarian challenges at the southern border. "I was grateful to have the opportunity to hear directly from the men and women on the ground about the new set of challenges they face in securing our Southern border," said Peters. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) also went on the… Continue Reading


05.23.19

WOOD TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters bill would support age-friendly communities

by Rick Albin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and a Republican senator have introduced legislation that would update the Older Americans Act. The idea of Senate Bill 1536 is to make aging in America more convenient and comfortable by making services easier to access. "What this legislation does is make sure that we have age-friendly communities," Peters told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday. "These are communities that are designed so that folks can age in place (and) have … Continue Reading


05.22.19

WLUC Marquette: Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLUC) - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent motorists from passing school buses stopped at loading zones. The Stop for School Buses Act of 2019 commissions a comprehensive review of best practices to prevent vehicles from illegally passing school buses that are loading or unloading students. The legislation comes as a number of incidents have threatened students in Michigan and across the country. Last year in Mon… Continue Reading


05.15.19

Port Huron Times-Herald: Senator Peters releases Line 5 damage footage

by Jeremy Ervin

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has said residents of Michigan should know the "full extent of damage" Enbrdige's Line 5 pipeline sustained last year. So he released footage of the pipeline taken after an anchor strike on the pipeline in April 2018. "An oil spill in the Great Lakes would have catastrophic consequences to Michigan's environment and economy," Peters said in a written statement. "Michiganders deserve to know the full extent of the damage to Line 5 from last year's anchor strike - beca… Continue Reading


05.13.19

Detroit Free Press: Federal government pays millions to the dead every year. Sen. Peters is trying to end that.

by Todd Spangler

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is backing legislation that could help stop millions of dollars in federal payments to the dead. Every year, said Peters, millions of dollars in federal benefits continue to get sent out in the names of the deceased because the most accurate records regarding deaths - the list kept by the Social Security Administration - isn't shared among federal agencies. The legislation Peters is cosponsoring would: Allow all appropriate federal agencies to h… Continue Reading


05.10.19

WLNS 6 Lansing: Michigan Senator leading inquiry into federal response to rise of white supremacist violence

by Ronnie Das

WASHINGTON (WLNS) - Senator Gary Peters is looking into the federal government's response to evolving domestic terrorism threats and the rise of white supremacist violence. "Just days ago, a white supremacist terrorist murdered one woman and injured three others at a synagogue in San Diego, exactly six months to the day after the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh," said Senator Peters. Peters is a ranking member of the Sena… Continue Reading


05.09.19

WJMN Marquette: Peters and Stabenow announce bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "The la… Continue Reading


05.08.19

9&10 News Traverse City: Sen. Gary Peters Introduces Legislation to Help National Guard And Reserve Military Members

by David Lyden and Jeff Blakeman

U.S Senator Gary Peters has just helped introduced legislation aimed at helping members of the National Guard and reserved Armed Forces. The goal of the bill is to help get those members of the military important documents once they've retired or completed their service. Reserve members of the Armed Forces currently don't get a separation document that details their service. Guardsmen also do not receive the same form as active duty service members after their time in the service ends. It's … Continue Reading


05.08.19

WWMT CBS 3 West Michigan: Sen. Peters part of bipartisan push in D.C. to streamline veteran benefit documentation

by Mikenzie Frost

LANSING, Mich. - Some military members get different proof of service depending on the branch and a new bipartisan proposal in Washington aims to streamline the process. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, and Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, introduced a proposal to give military reserve and National Guard members the same proof of service form that active duty members receive. The form Peters wants to give the other military members is known as a DD-214, which is used to show the history of service for ve… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Detroit News: Report: Michigan has most PFAS sites in nation

by Leonard N. Fleming

Michigan has the most PFAS sites in the nation, but state officials are improving testing and accountability for the harmful substances, according to report released Monday by a national environmental advocacy group. The report finds that Michigan has 192 PFAS sites, much higher than the state's 49 official contamination sites. The report's number is much higher because the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group includes sites like schools or apartment buildings where testing found … Continue Reading


05.05.19

Detroit News: Peters tours Wayne County communities hit by flooding

by Christine Ferretti

Detroit - For the second time in a few years, Megan and Mark Buchanan are picking up the pieces after flood waters destroyed basement cabinets, furniture and priceless keepsakes made by their two young children. The Allen Park couple paid $2,300 for restoration crews to help clear out and sanitize the area.The family has some insurance, but it won't help to rebuild after the damage. That, they expect, could be thousands of dollars more. The Buchanans shared their story Sunday with U.S. Sen. Ga… Continue Reading


04.30.19

WWMT CBS 3 West Michigan: Lawmakers call on congress to pass ALERT Act to protect college, university students

by Callie Rainey

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Several United States senators and representatives are calling on Congress to pass the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act, which is a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that lawmakers said would protect college students from sexual assault. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Lansing; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Kalamazoo; and U.S. … Continue Reading

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