Peters talks about his military reserve status but voted against veterans and military funding six different times as he started his first term in the U.S. Senate
The Michigan Republican Party today revealed that U.S. Senator Gary Peters repeatedly voted to cut veterans and military funding during the 2016 election cycle— something he is not talking about as he runs for reelection this time around.
During the 2015-2016 budget negotiations, fresh after being sent to Washington, D.C. by Michigan voters, Gary Peters voted six different times against veterans and military funding. That’s including his vote to cut $82 billion in funding for Veterans Affairs and military programs, despite overwhelming bipartisan support. (H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #150: Passed 72-21, 9/28/16)
Research shows that Gary Peters has a track record of touting his military reserves status in the U.S. Navy, but then playing politics with funding for key veteran and military programs.
For example, while a member of the U.S. House in 2010, Peters was forced by Democrat leadership to pull a “politically unpalatable” amendment he introduced which would have slashed funding for veterans housing. (Politico, 7/30/10)
“Gary Peters talks about signing up for the military reserves, but he has repeatedly sought to slash key veterans and military funding that Michigan voters entrusted him with. Gary Peters has a record of cutting our military and not supporting Michigan veterans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. "John James understands the importance of supporting our military and veterans and will always stand up for them in the U.S. Senate."
Voting Against Funding For Veterans
Peters voted six times against funding for the Veterans Affairs Department. (H.R. 2029, Roll Call Vote #273: Rejected 50-44, 10/1/15, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary,; H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #151: Passed 72-26, 9/28/16, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary; H.R. 2577, Roll Call Vote #112, Rejected 52-48, 6/28/16, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary,; H.R. 2577, Roll Call Vote #134, Rejected 52-44, 7/14/16, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary; H.R. 2577, Roll Call Vote #135: Rejected 52-44, 9/6/16, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary; H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #150: Passed 72-21, 9/28/16, Peters Voted Nay; CQ Summary)