Senator Gary Peters

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican businessman John James of Michigan says he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump's re-election chances. 

James is the 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an automotive logistics company in Detroit. He lost to longtime Sen. Debbie Stabenow last year but did better than expected, considering he started as a political unknown and the race was never prioritized as a battleground by the national GOP in a successful year for Michigan Democrats.

Ars Technica

Undated - Michigan U-S Senators have introduced legislation to overturn net neutrality rules. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters’ bill - “Save The Internet Act” – would ensure all Americans have access to a free and open internet. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. Stabenow says access to the internet is not a luxury but a necessity.

The Senate passed legislation reinstating net neutrality in the last Congress, but it was not taken up by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The following was released by the offices of Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters:

Peters holds hearing on Line 5

Aug 21, 2018
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   Representatives from federal agencies, Enbridge, and industry and environmental groups testified about Line 5, oil spill prevention, and preparedness at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City Monday. 

Michigan Senator Gary Peters grilled panelists for two hours in a packed auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan Community College.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters will convene a field hearing titled “Pipeline Safety in the Great Lakes: Incident Prevention and Response Efforts at the Straits of Mackinac” Monday at 10:00 AM in Traverse City, Michigan. 

The hearing will focus on enhancing federal oil spill prevention efforts, preparedness and response capability in the event of an oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5, the 65-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac, has been the subject of multiple safety concerns, including damage from anchor strikes.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   FEMA has denied individual assistance for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee county residents whose homes were damaged in June flooding.

Last week FEMA declared the areas eligible to receive assistance through its Public Assistance Program, but the program offers financial help for infrastructure like roads and water systems—not individual homes. FEMA officials say the impact of the flooding to individuals and households was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant federal assistance.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is getting nearly $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the funding Tuesday. The money will be used for improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation.

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the grants will allow Marquette County to complete long-overdue projects. He says at the same time it will reduce operating expenses and let Sawyer International continue to offer service to the central U.P. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would continue a federal program that helps remove tons of trash from the Great Lakes and ocean coastal waters each year.

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is co-sponsoring the bill with seven other senators from both parties.

It would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program, which targets solid waste ranging from plastic bits to fishing nets and even abandoned vessels that wash up on U.S. shores.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is visiting Lansing to promote legislation he introduced in February to make it easier for high school students to earn college credit.  

The Michigan Democrat spoke Monday during an event at Lansing Community College. His office says the bill would offer grants to colleges for high school dual and concurrent enrollment programs.

Peters' office says about 1.9 million high school students across the U.S. enrolled in a college course in the 2014-2015 school year.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Eight U.S. senators from the Great Lakes region are pushing for federal funding of a new icebreaking vessel to clear paths for winter cargo shipping.  

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and six colleagues from neighboring states have sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security requesting money to design and build the craft.

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