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Gary Peters Must Finally Explain Why He Ignored The China Accountability Committee

Peters failed to hold himself accountable when he dodged WXYZ-TV, just like he failed to hold China accountable despite promising Michigan otherwise

Gary Peters must finally explain to Michigan families why he broke his promise to hold China accountable for economic and human rights abuses when he failed to show up for a special Congressional committee dedicated to holding China accountable, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox said today.

Asked about the missed meetings over the weekend by WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Peters dodged the question in a cloud of words only a 30-year politician could spin.

‘Honored to serve’— unless it means showing up 

In Congress, Peters has repeatedly promised families that he would stop China from illegal and immoral practices that are damaging Michigan’s economy and America’s security.

In fact, when he was appointed to the Congressional Executive Commission on China in 2015, Peters promised Michigan workers that he would be the Senator to finally hold China accountable for its economic misdeeds:


“I am honored to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where I will work to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, so that American companies and American workers can compete on a level playing field,” said Senator Peters. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Commission from both parties to make sure that China plays by the rules and meets their commitments to follow international trade agreements and make progress on protecting human rights.”


Peters breaks his promise to Michigan

But when it came time to actually do the work, Peters vanished, skipping 89% of hearings (16 of 18) about Chinese economic issues, human rights abuses and more.

Peters has a track record of choosing press releases over doing committee work. Peters also skipped the Congressional Small Business Committee 43 times, including one entire year he never showed up. Not. One. Single. Time. (2012)

“Gary Peters failed to hold China accountable and now Peters himself is avoiding accountability. It is behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator,” said Cox.

“Gary, just tell the truth already. You did not miss a meeting or two, you made a choice to abandon the hard work of holding China accountable. I challenge you to explain to any member of the media why you did not make time to attend the China accountability hearings, despite getting two paychecks every month from Michigan taxpayers,” Cox concluded.