U.S. Senator Gary Peters

MI senators block Trump US attorney pick

Jan 7, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s two US senators have effectively blocked President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the US attorney for Western Michigan. 

Tom Leonard is a former Republican legislator. He lost his bid last year to become state attorney general before he was nominated by Trump. But Leonard says his nomination was stopped by Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters without a meeting or a hearing.

Medical Xpress

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Sen. Gary Peters says federal agencies that use certain animals for research should help find safe homes for them afterward.
Peters is co-sponsoring a bill that would require government laboratories to develop adoption or retirement policies for laboratory animals.
More than 50,000 animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act were used in federal labs in the 2018 fiscal year — mostly dogs, cats, monkeys and rabbits.
Many animals are killed after they are no longer needed for research.

Senator Gary Peters

ISHPEMING, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters spent the third day of his Michigan motorcycle tour at the Ishpeming Senior Center Wednesday.

The Democrat met with local seniors and toured renovation projects underway at the center.

Peters says bipartisan legislation he’s cosponsored would amend the Older Americans Act by requiring departments across the federal government to develop a set of goals on healthy-aging and age-friendly communities. It would establish a public-private coordinating body to provide recommendations for implementing those goals.

Senator Gary Peters

ESCANABA, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is making his way around the U.P. this week as part of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. 

Peters stopped in Escanaba Tuesday to visit Engineered Machined Products. He toured the manufacturing and advanced products facilities, where he watched Escanaba High School’s FIRST ROBOTICS team give a demonstration.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says she would back House Democrats if they launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
     The fourth-term Democrat said in a written statement Monday that former special counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian interference in the 2016 election "describes extremely serious instances of the president of the United States trying to obstruct justice." She says "no one is above the law."
     Politico first reported Stabenow's position.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans and Democrats in Michigan’s Congressional delegation say they are working to put money into the federal budget to deal with two critical environmental issues. 

Both deal with water and the Great Lakes.

Michigan’s House members and two US Senators delivered their report on the porch of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel – with the sun-speckled Straits of Mackinac as a backdrop.

The congressional delegation said they have identified money to pay for PFAS cleanup, and to combat the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species.

Enbridge releases Line 5 images

May 15, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Newly released video and photos show damage to the Line 5 oil pipelines in the straits of Mackinac.

The damage was from an anchor strike last year.

The photos and videos show gashes and scrapes along both pipelines. Enbridge says they found three dents from the anchor strike—the longest more than 23 inches.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy wouldn’t talk on tape but said the damage has “all been repaired at this point."

They say the anchor strike is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is considered to be “confidential.”

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.