Michigan Republicans elect former lawmaker Cox state chair
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will lead the Michigan Republican Party while it seeks to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020.
New law expands protections for pets of abuse survivors
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A new bipartisan legislation signed into law last month is expanding existing federal protections for the pets of domestic violence survivors.
Air Force pledges cooperation over toxins near former base
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pledging cooperation with the state of Michigan over toxic chemical pollution near a former military installation, despite a continuing dispute about cleanup responsibilities.
Wilson made the promise in a letter to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who released it Thursday.
Federal grant to help repair dock near Soo Locks
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A roughly $21 million federal grant will go toward repairing a dock near the Soo Locks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Carbide Dock Port in Sault Ste. Marie is a staging area for vessels requiring assistance. The money would pay for rehabilitating the dock and reconstructing truck routes to it.
The grant was announced this week by Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.
ICE head denounces political vitriol, apologizes for tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told senators Thursday that employees' morale has suffered because of the bitter political climate, and he apologized for sending a tweet in 2015 that suggested renaming the Democratic Party as the "NeoKlanist" party.
Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking for a federal investigation into a company that manages the Sunpass toll system in Florida, accusing the company of mismanagement.
Nelson and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan on Monday requested the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Conduent State & Local Solutions.
State transportation officials in Florida blame the company for an upgrade to the system that resulted in delayed and inaccurate charges.
Land, husband settle campaign complaint for $66,000
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has accepted a $66,000 fine to settle allegations that the husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land contributed too much money to her 2014 campaign.
The FEC said Dan Hibma made $700,000 in excessive contributions. Hibma, Land and her campaign agreed to settle the case without contesting the allegations.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Friday their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, saying Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record clearly shows that he would limit access to health care and curtail environmental protections.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The city of Flint is getting $30 million to replace some public housing, move some current residents to new homes and improve services.
Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on Friday announced the funding will help replace public housing at Atherton East under a Choice Neighborhoods Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It also seeks to improve access to basic services and job opportunities.
Congress members offer help after Michigan flooding
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from Michigan say they'll support any state request for federal disaster aid in the wake of flooding in the Upper Peninsula.
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in offering their help to Gov. Rick Snyder.
State and local agencies are assessing damage from last weekend's heavy rains in Houghton and Menominee counties. Floodwaters severely damaged roads and created dozens of sinkholes.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A metropolitan Detroit road whose crumbling condition is a social media joke is getting a $98 million fix.
The Ann Arbor News reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the money for the Mound Road Industrial Corridor Technology and Innovation Project. It targets the eight-lane, 30-year-old thoroughfare between M-59 and Interstate 696.
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — Three members of Congress are asking the U.S. Air Force to move faster on removing chemical contamination around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.
Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and Rep. Dan Kildee made the request in a letter, noting that Congress recently boosted funding for cleaning up military installations tainted with chemicals commonly known as PFAS.
Oil flow resumes through damaged Great Lakes pipelines
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Enbridge Inc. announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.
Washington — Enbridge Energy is temporarily shutting down the recently damaged Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac during a severe storm.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables.
Washington — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters called Friday for the shutdown of the recently damaged Line 5 pipeline because of the threat posed by high winds and other imminent stormy weather expected as a blizzard descends on the Straits of Mackinac.
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As a fishing tackle business owner and recreational fisherman, I offer my sincere thanks to Sen. Gary Peters for his support of the Modern Fish Act (S. 1520), which was approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation last month. This particular piece of legislation is...
Feds award $750K for loop trail on Detroit’s Belle Isle
DETROIT (AP) — Federal funds will help pay for a 6-mile, multi-use loop trail around Belle Isle Park in Detroit.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan say $750,000 is being provided by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program.
The program provides grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries.
In wake of Penn State, Michigan scandals, senators want college presidents held accountable
A trio of U.S. senators has introduced a bill to hold college presidents accountable for certifying that reports of sexual abuse that threaten the safety of students and others on campus have received proper attention.
Washington — The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to advance legislation that rolls back some of the restrictions adopted eight years ago after the financial crisis.
The bill has split Senate Democrats, who almost all backed the reforms put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.
Washington — Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is pressing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain how it decided to spend more than $31,000 for a custom-made hardwood dining set for Secretary Ben Carson's office.
Duggan endorses Whitmer after seeking alternatives
Detroit — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan endorsed on Wednesday gubernatorial hopeful Gretchen Whitmer, a move aimed at bolstering the East Lansing Democrat's front-runner status and improving her support in the city.
Michigan lawmakers want study of water-tainting chemicals
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from Michigan are seeking money for a study of the health effects of chemicals that have turned up at many military installations.
The chemicals are known as PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
Bill seeks university accountability for abuse cases
Washington — Legislation to be introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate would require the leadership of universities and colleges that receive federal funds to personally review sexual abuse investigations of campus employees.
Washington — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is introducing a bipartisan bill to force the U.S. Commerce Department to initiate trade enforcement actions on behalf of smaller industries in an effort to combat dumping of products at below-market prices by foreign makers.
Sen. Peters warns Trump of impact of tariffs on cars
Washington — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters warned President Donald Trump about the harmful impact tariffs would have on the auto industry during a White House meeting on trade Tuesday.
Former Michigan Congressman Joe Knollenberg died Tuesday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, a family friend confirmed.
Michigan has made progress to lead the development of robotic technology that will drastically change transportation. But lawmakers and business leaders need to ready for what comes after self-driving cars hit the road, according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.
Washington — Michigan lawmakers are seeking congressional probes into the sexual abuse of collegiate and amateur athletes in the wake of Wednesday's sentencing of Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.
Washington — Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters voted to end the government shutdown impasse Monday after Republican leadership pledged to soon take up immigration legislation.
Washington — As the federal government appeared headed for a partial closing at midnight Friday, Michigan's Republican and Democratic lawmakers debated who would be to blame for a shutdown.
Members of Michigan's congressional delegation toured the Detroit auto show Tuesday morning, touting their legislative efforts to clear the way for self-driving cars as automakers took turns showing them models with semi-autonomous features.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Tuesday he has no intention to run for governor this year despite urging by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and others who have not yet backed Democratic primary frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer.
Washington — After a whirlwind 2017, the Michigan congressional delegation was asked to share their resolutions for the new year, with the condition that it couldn't be political.
Air Force passes over Selfridge for F-35A fighter jets
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit has lost out on a bid for F-35A Lightning, the nation's newest fighter aircraft.
The Air Force announced Thursday it has selected Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Alabama as the preferred locations for the next two Air National Guard F-35A bases. It said F-35As should arrive at those bases in 2023.
The Air Force also passed over bases in Idaho and Florida.
A recent piece in Politico Magazine suggested that Democrats need a generic candidate who is "bland and inoffensive" to beat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Senators complain about slow pace of Asian carp study
DETROIT (AP) — A group of U.S. senators is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not to fall behind on a study of how a key waterway chokepoint could be used to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
The corps is considering ways to strengthen defenses against the invasive carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. An August report estimated the upgrades could cost $275 million and take until 2025 to finish.
Michigan senators seek federal investigation of pipelines
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's U.S. senators want federal regulators to determine whether the company operating twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes waterway has violated safety requirements.
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters asked the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Tuesday to investigate recent disclosures about damage to protective coating on the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.
Federal funds awarded for 3 Grand Traverse Bay projects
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than $1.5 million in federal funding will support three projects intended to protect against invasive species and boost water quality in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say the grants were awarded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a wide-ranging environmental cleanup program.
The Nature Conservancy is getting $550,000 to remove invasive species that harm native fish such as lake trout, cisco and whitefish.
Washington — The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen's lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in a 60-38 vote.
Washington — The U.S. Senate could confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to serve on a federal appellate court as early as Wednesday, after she cleared a Tuesday afternoon procedural vote.
Gary Peters says trip to Nigeria made him more aware of West Africa situation
Sen. Gary Peters said Tuesday that his trip to Nigeria this summer gave him insight into the situation in West Africa.
2 Michigan airports get federal funds for runway work
KINGSFORD, Mich. (AP) — Airports in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the southern portion of the state are getting millions of dollars in federal funds for improvements.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan recently announced $4.8 million is going to Ford Airport in Kingsford and nearly $2.5 million will help fund work at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
DETROIT (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.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Nearly three dozen professors at University of Michigan law school are urging Michigan's U.S. senators to support Joan Larsen for a seat on a federal appeals court.
Larsen is a former Michigan law professor who's now a justice on the state Supreme Court. President Donald Trump said Monday he's nominating her for the 6th Circuit appeals court in Cincinnati. The job requires approval by the Senate.
DETROIT (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.
Homeland Security secretary stresses keeping US safe
DETROIT (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday that he told members of the Detroit area's Arab-American and Latino communities that he is committed to keeping the country safe without targeting anyone based on a person's ethnicity or religious affiliation.