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04.29.20

WEYI NBC 66 Flint: Senator Gary Peters calls for oversight on stimulus payouts

United States Senator Gary Peters spoke to Mid-Michigan NOW anchor Dave Bondy about everything from establishing federal grants for non-profit & faith-based organizations providing resources for underserved communities during public health emergencies to oversight on the stimulus money going to businesses and residents in the State of Michigan.… Continue Reading


04.24.20

WDET 101.9 FM Detroit: Sen. Gary Peters: Michigan’s Small Businesses Need More Help

Michigan's Sen. Gary Peters says Michigan small businesses are not getting their fair share of federal stimulus money. Congress has approved a $484 billion spending bill to help stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a majority of these funds allocated to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. Most small businesses in Michigan did not receive any money from the previous stimulus package. "You need to have this money distributed equitably, … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Detroit News: Peters seeks probe of federal small business loan effort

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is calling on federal officials to investigate how funds are distributed through a small-business loan program aimed at helping lessen the impact of the COVID-19 crisis amid concerns the funding isn't going to enough businesses in need. In a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Bloomfield Township Democrat discussed issues with the the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Rel… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Detroit News: Peters wants ‘essential workers’ to get up to $25k in hazard pay amid pandemic

by Melissa Nann Burke

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters on Wednesday detailed a proposal to give "essential workers" a government-funded boost in pay of up to $25,000 during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new "Heroes Fund" plan, essential workers would include not only front-line medical personnel like doctors and nurses but also pharmacists, grocery store workers, truck drivers, building cleaners, letter carriers, Transportation Security Administration and transit workers who interface with the public daily. The pay… Continue Reading


04.05.20

MLive: Stabenow, Peters call on Trump administration to ensure veterans, SSI beneficiaries receive stimulus automatically

by Ryan Boldrey

Michigan's two U.S. senators are calling on the Trump administration to ensure veterans, as well as those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, receive their stimulus checks automatically. In an April 3 letter to the administration, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said those recipients should not be required to file a tax return. They asked for the checks to be issued automatically through the Department of Veteran Affairs a… Continue Reading


04.04.20

WLNS CBS 6 Lansing: Senators announce more than $2 million in funding for Mid-Michigan

For local governments doing their part to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, help is on the way.Today Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters announced new funding to assist cities in Mid-Michigan. Nearly $3 million in total funding is on the way. The city of Lansing is set to receive $1.8 million. Jackson will receive $756,020, and East Lansing will receive $289,484. The goal of the money is to give a big boost to local governments as they respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. Lansing Mayor… Continue Reading


04.04.20

MLive: Stabenow, Peters sponsor bill seeking $500 coronavirus payments for older dependents

by Melissa Frick

Michigan's two U.S. senators have announced legislation that would make all dependents - including older children and adult dependents - count toward what a family receives in federal COVID-19 relief payments. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, are behind the bill, which aims to include dependents ages 17 and older in the coronavirus relief packages, according to a news release issued Saturday, April 4. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security… Continue Reading


04.03.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Sens. Stabenow, Peters announce $53M in funding for SE Michigan amid COVID-19 emergency

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $53,823,765 in funding to help local governments in Southeast Michigan respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that was signed into law on March 27. "Local governments are on the front lines of this battle. This funding will give them additional resources to respond to this unprecedented threat. Communities can use these funds to meet the unique and growing needs … Continue Reading


03.31.20

WPBN NBC 7 Traverse City: U.S. Senator Gary Peters holds telephone town halls to answer coronavirus questions

by Devon Mahieu

Residents will be able to get their questions answered about the coronavirus during two telephone town halls being held by U.S. Senator Gary Peters. During the town halls, Peters will discuss the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and resources available to workers, families, small businesses and medical professionals. "As Michiganders face unprecedented challenges because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I'm doing everything possible to help support famili… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Michigan Advance: U.S. Senate COVID-19 aid package passes with Peters’ unemployment extension

by Robin Bravender & Susan J. Demas

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship, with both of Michigan's U.S. senators, Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) voting yes. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who tested positive for COVID-19, was among the four Republican sen… Continue Reading


03.26.20

MLive: Michigan senators say help for hospitals should follow $2T coronavirus aid packag

by Malachi Barrett

Michigan's senators said a historic $2.2 trillion economic aid package to blunt the impact of COVID-19 needs should be quickly followed with action to secure more resources for hospitals facing shortages of basic medical equipment. The Senate unanimously approved the economic resuce bill Wednesday, which provides unprecedented aid to businesses, workers and health care systems dealing with the coronavirus pandemic nationwide. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield … Continue Reading


03.23.20

WNEM CBS 5 Flint: Sen Peters introduces bill to ensure medical supplies for health care workers, hospitals

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters introduced a bill to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It would help make sure the federal government is helping public health systems prepare to handle an influx of patients. The three-step plan would provide respirators, ventilators, and other critical equipment. "As we continue to combat the spread of COVID-19, we must ensure the federal government is helping our nation's public health system handle a drastic increase in patients," Peters said. "I've heard firsthand f… Continue Reading


03.20.20

WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Sen. Gary Peters introduces bill to extend REAL-ID deadline to October 2021

U.S. Senator Gary Peters introduced legislation that would extend the upcoming deadline for obtaining REAL-ID licenses. The original deadline has been set for October 1, 2020; the new deadline would be October 1, 2021. "As we continue to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in Michigan and across the country, we must do everything we can to limit large gatherings that could accelerate the spread of this deadly virus," Senator Peters said in a press release. "Extending the rapidly approaching REAL I… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Monroe News: Peters introduces STORM Act to address lakeshore flooding

by Blake Bacho

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters held a conference call with local media on Thursday to discuss the bipartisan legislation he and fellow senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently introduced to provide support for local communities along the Great Lakes that are facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding. The full senate will soon consider the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act, a bill that would establish loans accessible by local governments to help mitigate the im… Continue Reading


03.17.20

WOOD TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids: Peters calls on fed government to speed up virus response

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The response to the coronavirus has government at all levels scrambling to do what they can as soon as they can. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., says at the federal level action needs to be even more rapid. He says from utilizing military medical services to reducing barriers for quicker testing - the government must streamline the processes. Keeping people isolated is a good first step, but he says testing must ramp up. "Right now, the fact that we are seeing acr… Continue Reading


03.15.20

Holland Sentinel: Peters bill aims at giving local communities financial options for erosion damage

by Arpan Lobo

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, would give local governments the ability to apply for low interest loans to finance projects related to preventing coastline erosion. Peters said during a conference call with media on Thursday that the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020" or STORM Act is designed to give local governments some "flexibility" when it comes to addressing the impacts of high water levels and coastal erosion. "High … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Port Huron Times-Herald: Peters proposes $300 million in erosion control funding

by Jeremy Ervin

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is proposing an erosion mitigation program that could distribute up to $300 million in low-interest loans over three years to help local communities deal with erosion. The Great Lakes are expected to see record-high water levels this year, and currently sit above their long-term monthly average, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Levels are starting off high, left over from the past year, and some communities have already seen widespread damage from the high wat… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Keweenaw Report: Legislation Introduced By Senator Peters Signed Into Law

Bipartisan Legislation introduced by Senator Gary Peters, has been signed into law. The payment Integrity Act of 2019, was passed in hopes of eliminating wasteful government spending and improperly documented payments. Senator Peters said this regarding the new law, "Michiganders work hard for their money - and they deserve to know that the federal government is using their taxpayer dollars responsibly, I am pleased that the President has signed into law this commonsense, bipartisan bill which… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Michigan Advance: Peters ‘proud’ of Senate vote axing DeVos student loan policy

by Robin Bravender

WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they're finalized. The U.S. House in January also approved a resolution to reject the so-called borrower defense rule from DeVos. The Senate voted 53-42 … Continue Reading


03.06.20

Keweenaw Report: Senator Peters Helps Pass Bipartisan Funding Bill For Coronavirus

Michigan Senator Gary Peters has announced he has helped pass a bipartisan funding bill which addresses the growing concerns around the Coronavirus, which includes $14.5 Million in resources for Michigan. The funding includes personal protective gear such as masks and gloves. Reimbursement for state and local governments for detection and prevention efforts were also included. Peters pushed for the funding, after a series of calls to various public health officials and hospitals throughout Mi… Continue Reading

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