U.S. Senator Gary Peters

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. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Michigan's senators are asking the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are classified as "offshore" so that owners would have to pay the full costs of cleaning a spill.  

Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, sent U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx a letter on Tuesday urging him to make sure underwater pipeline segments in and around the Great Lakes are classified as separate "offshore" facilities.


SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters will tour the Soo Locks on Thursday afternoon. 

The Michigan Democrat is a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.  He’ll be in Sault Ste. Marie Thursday to draw attention to efforts to replace the Davis and Sabin Locks. Only the Poe Lock is large enough to handle the ships that carry 70 percent of the cargo moving through the complex.

Peters says the Soo Locks play a critical role in Michigan’s economy and national security. 


ESCANABA, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is in the U.P. to do some work and watch some dogs run. 

Friday morning Peters will tour Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad and talk about his efforts to support short line railroads.  He’s cosponsored the Short Line Railroad and Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015, which seeks to refurbish old railroad cars and promote reinvestment in the lines.