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ICYMI: Peters Failed to Hold China Accountable

Senator claimed he would hold China accountable but skipped 89% of Congressional hearings on committee that holds China accountable


Peters ad makes false claim that he has been tough on China


Despite promising Michigan residents in 2014 that he would hold China accountable and repeating the claim in a recent television ad, U.S. Senator Gary Peters skipped 16 of 18 hearings (89%) held by the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC). 

The CECC, to which Peters was appointed in 2015, seeks to “monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress.” 

Peters attended only two meetings.

“After making campaign promises in an election year, Gary Peters failed to do his job.  Gary Peters was entrusted to help lead a committee that holds China accountable but failed to protect Michigan residents because he skipped 89% of the hearings,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Gary Peters is not holding China accountable and his promises to do so are nothing more than an election year lie to the people of Michigan meant to cover up his record.”

“In the real world, people who don’t show up for work get fired, and that is what Michigan voters will do to Gary Peters this November.”

After being elected to the U.S. Senate, Peters was appointed to the Congressional Executive Commission on China and has missed 89% of the meetings. Congress created the CECC to hold China accountable on issues of law, human rights, economic regulations, and commercial disputes. Commission membership includes nine U.S. Senators, nine U.S. House members and five senior administration officials appointed by the President of the United States.