Gary Peters

Selfridge’s F-35 fighter plane bid grounded again 

BY: - June 4, 2021

The U.S. Air Force announced Thursday that it has selected a site in Arkansas over Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County and several other candidates for its planned international F-35 training center. Ebbing Air National Guard Base has been chosen to house up to 36 F-35 fighter planes at its base. The news […]

Senate GOP filibuster blocks bipartisan commission to probe U.S. Capitol insurrection

BY: - May 28, 2021

Updated, 1:51 p.m. with comments from Peters WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 pro-Trump attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives […]

Advocates want citizenship for immigrants who are essential workers

BY: - April 16, 2021

A small group of immigration reform advocates and supporters gathered on the Michigan Capitol steps Friday morning to urge Democrats to do more for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adopting immigration reforms and granting citizenship to essential workers who are immigrants. According to estimates from the pro-immigrant group, FWD.us, about 5.2 million undocumented immigrants […]

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United […]

All Michiganders 16+ are eligible for COVID shots starting April 5

BY: - March 12, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday said that every Michigander 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine starting April 5. Michiganders 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID will be eligible earlier on March 22. DHHS announced last week that Michiganders 50 […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief, bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and […]

U.S. Senate confirms Granholm as Energy secretary

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 6:02 p.m., 2/25/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday in a 64-35 vote confirmed former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to run the Department of Energy. She is the second woman to lead the $35 billion agency. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Granholm several hours after the Senate confirmation vote. Her husband, daughter […]

Peters to lead panel overseeing Line 5 regulators

BY: - February 25, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has come out in favor of shutting down the Canadian Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, has been selected to lead the Senate panel responsible for overseeing the pipeline’s federal regulators. Peters was named chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and […]

Buttigieg puts greenhouse gas reduction at center of Biden transportation policy

BY: - January 22, 2021

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg offered an unapologetic defense of President Joe Biden’s vision for improved transportation and greenhouse gas reductions during a Senate hearing to consider Buttigieg’s nomination for U.S. transportation secretary on Thursday. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central […]

Hawley to delay Senate confirmation of Biden Homeland Security pick

BY: - January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley will object to the rapid confirmation vote planned for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, part of the national security team that was expected to be confirmed Wednesday. Hawley, a Missouri Republican, announced his opposition to Alejandro Mayorkas following Tuesday’s hearing on the DHS […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump insurrection

BY: - January 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

Democrats unveil resolution to impeach Trump, fearing self-pardon

BY: and - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Among the factors undergirding the new effort by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump again is a controversial legal theory that doing so could bar him from pardoning himself, according to those involved. The theory is among the many reasons — and there are many, as tempers still flare after an violent […]