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Debbie Dingell
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

The number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 4.5 million.  COVID-19 deaths now top 154,000.  At the same time, extra unemployment benefits expire today, and an expiration of moratoriums on evictions could lead to much higher levels of homelessness.  Yet, there is still no agreement in Congress on the next relief and stimulus package.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell discussed those topics and the uncertainty about the start of a new school year in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

The number of coronavirus cases has jumped dramatically across the state of Michigan and across the country.  This scenario has caused more hardships for business owners and low-income residents.  The HEROES bill was passed by the U.S. House two months ago, but the U.S. Senate has yet to present its version of the next relief package.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss community need and congressional response. 

Gary Peters
Gary Peters / peters.senate.gov

The back and forth over the state’s desire to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac continues in the courts and in the court of public opinion.  Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters joins WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to discuss that and other environmental issues on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment." 


Debbie Dingell
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On Thursday,  the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "George Floyd Justice and Policing Act."  It aims to create higher accountability in policing and create standards and oversight to protect from discrimination and brutality.  As written, it will not pass in the Senate.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss that legislation and the prospects of another coronavirus relief package. 


Jimena Loveluck
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

From contact tracing to continuing to social distance, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about where we are now in the battle with COVID-19 and what we will need to do to try to move back into some sense of "normalcy."


Gary Peters
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Calling it the "COVID-19 Hero's Fund,” Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters is trying to get a boost in pay for essential workers on the front lines across the state during the current health pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with one of Michigan's U.S. senators about the idea.


Gary Peters
U.S. Senate / senate.gov

President Donald Trump delivered the second State of the Union address of his tenure on Tuesday night.  Michigan Democrat, Senator Gary Peters attended then joined WEMU's David Fair Wednesday morning to discuss  trade, immigration, water protections and infrastructure in the post-address Congress. 


John Engler
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan State University’s interim president will appear before a US Senate subcommittee today.


United States Senate

US Senator Gary Peters was on Eastern Michigan University’s campus on Saturday to speak with his constituents and answer questions about public policy.


Lou Anna Simon
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon delivered her first public comments since resigning in January under the hot lights of a US Senate hearing room. 


WiFi
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says getting high speed internet to rural communities in Michigan is a priority for her.


Tim Kelly
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

A state Representative could be headed to the White House. 


Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate Wednesday as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.  Larsen said she’s beholden to the rule of law and not the president who nominated her.


Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


Betsy DeVos
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A controversial appointment to President Trump’s Cabinet is drawing near.  The full Senate is expected vote Tuesday to confirm Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education


Debbie Stabenow
US Senate / senate.gov

With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just days away, some Michigan Congress members are speaking out about his latest Twitter feud. 


Tara Vales

Michigan US Senator Gary Peters has been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager.

This week, he has been on a cross-state motorcycle tour of Michigan visiting 26 counties over 5 days and making 12 stops for official business.

I spoke with him about his journey...


Peters Hopeful For Cooperation In U.S. Senate

Nov 5, 2014
Michigan Public Radio Network

Peters sees greater chance for bipartisanship as he enters Senate in minority

Democrat Gary Peters is optimistic he will be able to work with Senate Republicans to pass measures he has championed as a candidate. That's despite the fact that he will be entering the U.S. Senate in the minority party after Republicans seized control in Tuesday's election.

Peters believes he will get bipartisan support for some of his priorities. Those include opening up more loans for small businesses and helping people burdened with student loans.