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Gary Peters Said No To Arlington National Cemetery

When talking about his military reserves status, Peters leaves out his repeated efforts against funding for America’s veterans 

Lansing, MI – Americans know of Arlington National Cemetery as the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a place for America to show its respect for those who have honorably served our nation in war and peace. 

It’s a place above politics, for most. 

But not for Gary Peters. 

In 2016, Peters voted against funding for Arlington National Cemetery that was appropriated to make “additional land available for ground burials”, according to the United States Senate website. 

On that day, Peters refused to join the 72 other U.S. Senators who voted yes to support and honor those who served our country. (H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #151, 9/28/16)

From his earliest days in Washington, Gary Peters has maintained a track record of touting his status in the military reserves but then playing politics with funding for key veterans programs.

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 fundingfor veterans’ housing. (Politico, 7/30/10)

“Gary Peters has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug makers and doubled his personal wealth while in Washington. He finds it easy to serve himself, and finds it even easier to play politics with funding for our military veterans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. 

"John James has served our country in combat and knows the importance of supporting our military and veterans. He will always stand up for them in the U.S. Senate."