U.S. Senator Gary Peters

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) yesterday urged President Trump to approve Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley’s request for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) as well as Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) offered support of any request by the State of Michigan for federal assistance in responding to the widespread flooding that occurred following the heavy rainfall in Houghton and Menominee Counties. On Monday, Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster in Houghton and 

Menominee counties to make state resources available in the response and recovery effort.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Enbridge suspended operation of its Line 5 oil pipeline Sunday due to severe weather.

US Senator Gary Peters pressed the company to take the action after lake swells in the Straits of Mackinac topped 12 feet. Under an agreement with Governor Snyder, Enbridge reportedly said it would shut down the line if waves exceeded 8 feet.

Last week Enbridge said three dents were discovered in Line 5. Officials wonder if they were caused by whatever damaged an American Transmission Company utility line and dumped 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the water.

MARQUETTE, MI--   On day one of his #RideMI motorcycle tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters honored those at Marquette’s Jacobetti Home for Veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

A former lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, Peters presented Vietnam vets from the U.P. with commemorative lapel pins in recognition of their service. The ceremony was held with the assistance of Vietnam Veterans of America Post 380.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is taking a five-day, seven-county motorcycle tour across the U.P. and Western Michigan next week.

It’s the second such #RideMI trip for the avid motorcyclist, who says he will meet with constituents to discuss his efforts to help grow Michigan’s small businesses, bolster the manufacturing sector, and expand critical infrastructure.

The tour begins Monday in Marquette County. He’ll make additional stops throughout the week in Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic, Iron, and Dickinson counties.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited Schoolcraft and Alger counties Monday.

The Michigan Democrat made a stop in Manistique in the morning to tour the UP Paper mill. The facility uses recycled material to make lightweight paper for bags. Peters said he wanted to hear about issues facing manufacturers in the state.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. 

The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of pipelines in and near the lakes. That includes Line 5 operated by Enbridge and running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters has introduced legislation to encourage economic development through expanding the federal Historic Tax Credit. 

Peters says projects that receive credits help revitalize communities and encourage private investment.  They were created in 1976 to promote voluntary, private-sector investment in preserving historic buildings.

His changes include expanding the types of buildings eligible for the credit, eliminating the taxation of state credits, and creating a 30 percent credit for smaller deals. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Congress has ordered stronger safety measures for pipelines carrying oil and other fuels in the Great Lakes region. 

The requirement is contained in a bill that cleared the Senate on Monday and the House last week. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The measure reauthorizes a federal program that regulates 2.6 million miles of pipelines nationwide.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quickly complete its Economic Reevaluation Report so the process of upgrading the Soo Locks can begin. 

Last year the Obama administration approved $1.35 million for the Corps’ request to review upgrades and to replace the Davis and Sabin locks with one similar in size to the Poe Lock.