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Peters, Conyers, Dingell Meet with Detroit Entrepreneurs at USPTO Patent and Innovation Forum

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Reps. John Conyers (MI) and Debbie Dingell (MI) today met with local entrepreneurs and small business owners at a patent and innovation forum at the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Detroit. They were joined by Michelle Lee, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, and A. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Office in Detroit. During the forum, the parti… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Legislation to Promote Investments in Short Line Railroads

Bill Extends Tax Credit to Support Infrastructure Investments and Economic Growth WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today announced that he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Short Line Railroad and Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015 to extend the Short Line Tax Credit, which helps small, local freight railroads maintain, upgrade and expand their railroad infrastructure. “Whether they are moving fin… Continue Reading


Members of Michigan Delegation Meet with Advocates to Address Issue of Untested Rape Kits

Wayne County Prosecutor, Michigan Women’s Foundation Leaders Seek Support to End Excessive Rape Kit Backlog WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) today met with Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, Carolyn Cassin, President and CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, and Peg Tallet, Chief of Community Engagement for the Michigan Women’s Foundation to jointly address the thousands o… Continue Reading


Peters Applauds $200,000 Investment in Flint Veteran Business Outreach Center

Funding From Small Business Administration Will Assist Service Members in Starting Small Businesses in Michigan WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today applauded the announcement by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to fund 14 Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) across the country, including VetBiz Central Inc. in Flint. The $200,000 award to VetBiz Central Inc. will provide counseling, traini… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Paycheck Fairness Act

Today Marks Equal Pay Day, Highlighting Wage Disparity between Men and Women WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act to help give women in Michigan and across the country the tools they need to get equal pay for equal work. Today, April 14th marks Equal Pay Day, the date by which women have made up for the wage discrimination they suffered during the previous year. Women working full-time in the U.S. earn on average 7… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Spending and Improve Government Efficiency

Peters, Gardner Legislation Would Save Taxpayer Dollars and Reduce the Deficit WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), today called on Congress to act swiftly to cut wasteful spending and improve government efficiency by eliminating duplicative federal programs. Last month, Peters and Gardner introduced the Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Resolution (COST Savings Resolution), which helps save taxpayer dollars and makes government more … Continue Reading


Peters, Stabenow Introduce Resolution Opposing Storage of Nuclear Waste in Great Lakes Basin

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced a Senate resolution urging the administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. The measure is a companion resolution to one introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) last week. "Canada's proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron puts our Great Lakes at risk of radioactive contamination that could have devastating cons… Continue Reading


Peters Calls For Continued Funding to End Veteran Homelessness

Peters Joins Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Supporting Veterans WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined 14 of his colleagues in calling for robust funding to support at-risk veterans and their families and end veteran homelessness. In a bipartisan letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Peters and his colleagues requested that the Supporting Services for Vete… Continue Reading


Peters Cosponsors Bill to Strengthen Monitoring and Enforcement of Trade Rules

Peters Leads Letter Urging Full Funding for the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is cosponsoring the Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 to strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of U.S. rights under international and domestic trade rules. This legislation is critical to ensuring that U.S. workers, businesses, farmers, and ranchers can compete fairly and successfully in a global marketplace. “We need tougher enfor… Continue Reading


Peters, Rounds, Carper and Isakson Announce New Senate Payments Innovation Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Payments Innovation Caucus. The Senate Payments Innovation Caucus will explore new and innovative technologies in the payments industry and address issues concerning data security, consumer protection and electronic payments. “Electronic payments like credit cards and mobile transactions are driving economic growth in Michiga… Continue Reading


Peters Visits Genesys Health System, Discusses Growing Human Trafficking Problem in Michigan

Peters Introduced Legislation to Help Identify and Prevent Human Trafficking FLINT, MI -Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke at Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center to discuss the growing human trafficking problem in Michigan and bipartisan legislation he introduced to better train health care professionals to recognize the signs of trafficking in their patients. Peters was joined by Dr. Alan Janssen, Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency program at the Genesys Regional Medi… Continue Reading


Peters Cuts Ribbon on Triumph Gear Systems Building Expansion

Macomb Company Nearly Doubles its Manufacturing Floor Space, Plans to Hire 40 Additional Workers MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) joined Triumph Gear Systems in Macomb today for a ribbon cutting ceremony as the manufacturer and supplier for the aerospace industry opens a new building at its existing facility, nearly doubling its manufacturing floor space to 112,000 square feet. The Macomb facility currently employs 240 workers, and the expansion will allow the company … Continue Reading


Peters Tours Volunteers of America in Lansing

Peters Highlighted Legislation to Support Michigan Veterans and Servicemembers LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Volunteers of America (VOA) in Lansing, where he saw firsthand the work VOA is doing to support Michigan’s homeless veterans. Peters also discussed his work on behalf of veterans and service members in the Senate, including a bill he cosponsored to improve mental health care and suicide prevention programs for veterans and bipartisan legislation he intr… Continue Reading


Peters Tours Fort Custer, Space for Potential Missile Defense Site

AUGUSTA, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today toured the Fort Custer Training Center, where he was briefed on the latest activities and learned more about the potential site for the Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency (MDA)’s new missile defense system. Fort Custer is a finalist among three locations nationwide to host the MDA’s next missile defense system, and if selected, the project would bring over 2,000 jobs to Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties and boost economic productivity i… Continue Reading


Peters Visits Grand Rapids Auto Parts Remanufacturer to Highlight Growing Industry

Peters Discusses Legislation to Support Remanufacturers and Reduce Wasteful Spending WASHINGTON, DC -Today U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) visited North America Fuel Systems Remanufacturing in Grand Rapids to highlight Michigan’s growing remanufacturing industry and discuss bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The legislation, which recently advanced in the Senate, would support remanufacturing suppliers and reduce wasteful government spending. Peters was… Continue Reading


Peters Discusses Growing Human Trafficking Problem in Michigan

DETROIT, MI - Today U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke at Wayne State University Medical School to discuss the growing human trafficking problem in Michigan and bipartisan legislation he introduced to better train health care professionals to recognize the signs of trafficking in their patients. Peters was joined by Wayne State University Vice President of Government and Community Affairs Patrick Lindsey, Interim Medical School Dean Dr. Jack Sobel and Angela Aufdemberge, President and CEO of Vi… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Urge Full Funding for Selfridge Air National Guard Base’s A-10 Program

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today urged Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL) to fully fund the A-10 program, which is located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Senators Stabenow and Peters highlighted the importance of the A-10 fleet in military combat and requested a suitable alternative be found before a decision is made to retire the fighter jets. The letter reads in part: "At this time, no ot… Continue Reading


Peters Statement on Senator Harry Reid’s Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the announcement of Senator Harry Reid’s retirement: “Senator Harry Reid has been a champion for the people of Nevada throughout his long career in public service. Whether it was working nights as a Capitol police officer to support his family, or shepherding historic legislation through the Senate, Senator Reid has shown true leadership and dedication that will be remembered for years to come. I want to thank … Continue Reading


Peters Introduces Budget Amendments to Boost Michigan’s Economy

Amendments Would Promote Investments in Infrastructure, Eliminate the Patent Backlog and Promote Scientific Research WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, introduced three amendments to the budget resolution currently being debated in the Senate to build support for efforts to boost Michigan’s economy and lay the groundwork for critical investments to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Peters’ first a… Continue Reading


Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Great Lakes Investment in Saginaw Bay Watershed

The Nature Conservancy is among seven projects in Michigan receiving a total of more than $5.7 million WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force, today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $2,558,853 to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion in Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative fundi… Continue Reading

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