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Skip Work, Double Dip, Travel For Free: The World According To Gary Peters

Profiteering Gary Peters has had a good run in Congress. It’s been nice, for him anyway. Peters has skipped work and traveled the world on the taxpayer dime, even as he double-dips with a state pension and federal paycheck.  Congressional records revealed this week that Peters has profited handsomely while in Washington, D.C., taking good care of himself when he was supposed to be taking care of his constituents. Peters traveled in 39 countries on multiple continents, while taxpayers footed most of the cost. Peters’ official travel cost Michigan taxpayers a cool $125,643.02.  While most Michigan families dream of even one family trip to Washington, D.C., Peters got bored there and spent a hundred-grand traveling the globe. While Peters made time for 39 trips, he didn’t make time to show up for work. Peters repeatedly failed to show up for work at manufacturing committee hearings (skipped 84%) and China economic accountability hearings (skipped 89%). All the while, profiteering Peters not only collected his $174,000 Senate paycheck and related benefits, he also double-dipped by collecting a state pension at the same time. “Gary Peters profits like no other. If there is a way to benefit himself, Gary does it,” said Michigan Republican Chairman Laura Cox. “Even when he had the chance to take a symbolic pay cut while his constituents face record unemployment, Gary refused. But he never refuses a few extra taxpayer dollars while serving Michigan in the Senate.” More >

ICYMI – Michigan Senate Race Set to Be Closest in the Nation

James Out-Raised Peters 4 Consecutive Quarters Last night, FEC reports were filed with the second quarter of fundraising hauls now in the books. Combat veteran and Detroit businessman John James reported $6.45 million raised in Q2, for a total of $19.5 million for the cycle – outraising Gary Peters by $1.3 million. James has now outraised Peters for four consecutive quarters. The campaign reported having $9.3 million cash on hand, making the difference in cash on hand between James and his opponent one of the closest in the country. The Michigan Senate race has become one of the most highly anticipated Senate races in the nation. The Detroit News: “Republican challenger John James has raised more money than Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters for the fourth straight fundraising quarter, according to information released Friday by the two campaigns.” USA Today: “In Michigan, another state where Republicans are playing offense, the GOP has a rare fundraising advantage. Challenger John James outraised Democratic Sen. Gary Peters for the second quarter in a row” The Daily Beast: “Michigan provided perhaps the only bright spot for Republicans in second-quarter fundraising numbers. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters reported raising a respectable $5.2 million, but Republican challenger John James bested him with a haul of nearly $6.5 million…James’ fundraising may suggest momentum in that contest.” WILX: “Republican challenger John James raised $6.4 million over three months in his campaign in Michigan for the U.S. Senate, again topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, who collected $5.2 million. It was the fourth straight quarter in which the businessman and Army veteran outraised the... More >

The Headlines Say It All: China Is Not Afraid Of Gary Peters

Peters claims “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” Does China even know who he is? China is getting tough on U.S. Senators who are aggressively holding China accountable.  But not Gary Peters.  China this week sanctioned Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for being critical of their policies.  They don’t even seem to know Gary Peters exists.  The headlines say it all: THE GUARDIAN: China announces retaliatory sanctions against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz LA TIMES: China bans Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio from entry  FORTUNE: Why China’s new sanctions single out Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio BUSINESS INSIDER: China has imposed retaliatory sanctions on its US critics, including senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio NEW YORK POST: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio among US officials sanctioned by China In ads run earlier this year, Peters claimed, “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” And, when he was appointed to the Congressional Executive Commission on China, Peters told Michigan residents that he would “make sure that China plays by the rules.”  Peters proceeded to skip 89% of the hearings. Peters also traveled in 39 countries while in Congress on the taxpayer dime— ostensibly for national security purposes— but never made time to visit China and tell them he would be holding them accountable. “China did not retaliate against Gary Peters because they don’t even know he exists. To be fair, maybe we need to re-check the sanctions list for Jerry Peters instead,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Joking aside, Gary Peters did not... More >

Whitmer and Her Administration Continue to Skirt Transparency

Yesterday, MIRS reported that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said that it could take a year to respond to all of the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Oversight Committee inquires. These inquiries include correspondence between MDHHS and Governor Whitmer’s office on the handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes, among other issues. Three weeks ago, leaders of the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic sent a letter to Governor Whitmer requesting documents pertaining to her office’s handling of the outbreak – seeking to get answers for their constituents who have been affected by the virus’ spread in nursing homes. MDDHS Director Robert Gordon wrote back to the committee stating, "we request a follow-up conversation aimed at identifying the committee's priority needs and establishing a mutually agreeable schedule,” and that "responding to the volume of requests in the committee's letter, it could take more than a year." “It is not surprising that Governor Whitmer and her administration continue to seek any route possible in skirting transparency and accountability to the people of this state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “It is clear there were errors and lapses in judgement when addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in nursing homes. The people whose lives have been affected by those decisions deserve answers, and it’s time the governor and her administration provide them.”   More >

On Tax Day, Remember That Gary Peters Voted For Increased Taxes And Fees 103 Times

Gary Peters refused a “No New Taxes” pledge...and he kept his word! As Michigan residents reach the Tax Day deadline to file their tax returns, voters should remember that U.S. Senator Gary Peters voted to raise taxes and fees at least 103 times while “serving them” in Congress. This should not be surprising. Before getting to Washington, D.C., Peters refused to take a “No New Taxes” pledge while running for one of many, many offices in his 30-year career— on this occasion, when he ran for governor. (Peters has also run for city council, State Senate, Attorney General, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.)  Among his 100-plus votes for tax and fee hikes, Peters has: voted against the 2017 Senate tax reform bill that lowered individual tax rates (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #284, 11/29/17); voted against ending a tax on employer-provided healthcare insurance (H.R. 1628, Roll Call Vote #177, 7/27/17); and even voted to stop an effort to eliminate the federal “Death Tax” (S. Con. Res. 11, Roll Call Vote #114, 3/26/15). Peters also opposed a balanced budget amendment that would have kept taxes and spending under control. (H.R. 3877, Roll Call Vote #260, 8/1/19) During his time in the U.S. Senate, Peters has voted at least 54 times in favor of higher taxes and fees: During the 116TH Congress, Peters has voted at least 3 times in favor of higher taxes and fees. During the 115TH Congress, Peters voted at least 32 times in favor... More >

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Skip Work, Double Dip, Travel For Free: The World According To Gary Peters

Profiteering Gary Peters has had a good run in Congress. It’s been nice, for him anyway. Peters has skipped work and traveled the world on the taxpayer dime, even as he double-dips with a state pension and federal paycheck.  Congressional records revealed this week that Peters has profited handsomely while in Washington, D.C., taking good care of himself when he was supposed to be taking care of his constituents. Peters traveled in 39 countries on multiple continents, while taxpayers footed most of the cost. Peters’ official travel cost Michigan taxpayers a cool $125,643.02.  While most Michigan families dream of even one family trip to Washington, D.C., Peters got bored there and spent a hundred-grand traveling the globe. While Peters made time for 39 trips, he didn’t make time to show up for work. Peters repeatedly failed to show up for work at manufacturing committee hearings (skipped 84%) and China economic accountability hearings (skipped 89%). All the while, profiteering Peters not only collected his $174,000 Senate paycheck and related benefits, he also double-dipped by collecting a state pension at the same time. “Gary Peters profits like no other. If there is a way to benefit himself, Gary does it,” said Michigan Republican Chairman Laura Cox. “Even when he had the chance to take a symbolic pay cut while his constituents face record unemployment, Gary refused. But he never refuses a few extra taxpayer dollars while serving Michigan in the Senate.” More >

ICYMI – Michigan Senate Race Set to Be Closest in the Nation

James Out-Raised Peters 4 Consecutive Quarters Last night, FEC reports were filed with the second quarter of fundraising hauls now in the books. Combat veteran and Detroit businessman John James reported $6.45 million raised in Q2, for a total of $19.5 million for the cycle – outraising Gary Peters by $1.3 million. James has now outraised Peters for four consecutive quarters. The campaign reported having $9.3 million cash on hand, making the difference in cash on hand between James and his opponent one of the closest in the country. The Michigan Senate race has become one of the most highly anticipated Senate races in the nation. The Detroit News: “Republican challenger John James has raised more money than Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters for the fourth straight fundraising quarter, according to information released Friday by the two campaigns.” USA Today: “In Michigan, another state where Republicans are playing offense, the GOP has a rare fundraising advantage. Challenger John James outraised Democratic Sen. Gary Peters for the second quarter in a row” The Daily Beast: “Michigan provided perhaps the only bright spot for Republicans in second-quarter fundraising numbers. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters reported raising a respectable $5.2 million, but Republican challenger John James bested him with a haul of nearly $6.5 million…James’ fundraising may suggest momentum in that contest.” WILX: “Republican challenger John James raised $6.4 million over three months in his campaign in Michigan for the U.S. Senate, again topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, who collected $5.2 million. It was the fourth straight quarter in which the businessman and Army veteran outraised the... More >

The Headlines Say It All: China Is Not Afraid Of Gary Peters

Peters claims “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” Does China even know who he is? China is getting tough on U.S. Senators who are aggressively holding China accountable.  But not Gary Peters.  China this week sanctioned Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for being critical of their policies.  They don’t even seem to know Gary Peters exists.  The headlines say it all: THE GUARDIAN: China announces retaliatory sanctions against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz LA TIMES: China bans Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio from entry  FORTUNE: Why China’s new sanctions single out Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio BUSINESS INSIDER: China has imposed retaliatory sanctions on its US critics, including senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio NEW YORK POST: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio among US officials sanctioned by China In ads run earlier this year, Peters claimed, “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” And, when he was appointed to the Congressional Executive Commission on China, Peters told Michigan residents that he would “make sure that China plays by the rules.”  Peters proceeded to skip 89% of the hearings. Peters also traveled in 39 countries while in Congress on the taxpayer dime— ostensibly for national security purposes— but never made time to visit China and tell them he would be holding them accountable. “China did not retaliate against Gary Peters because they don’t even know he exists. To be fair, maybe we need to re-check the sanctions list for Jerry Peters instead,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Joking aside, Gary Peters did not... More >

Whitmer and Her Administration Continue to Skirt Transparency

Yesterday, MIRS reported that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said that it could take a year to respond to all of the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Oversight Committee inquires. These inquiries include correspondence between MDHHS and Governor Whitmer’s office on the handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes, among other issues. Three weeks ago, leaders of the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic sent a letter to Governor Whitmer requesting documents pertaining to her office’s handling of the outbreak – seeking to get answers for their constituents who have been affected by the virus’ spread in nursing homes. MDDHS Director Robert Gordon wrote back to the committee stating, "we request a follow-up conversation aimed at identifying the committee's priority needs and establishing a mutually agreeable schedule,” and that "responding to the volume of requests in the committee's letter, it could take more than a year." “It is not surprising that Governor Whitmer and her administration continue to seek any route possible in skirting transparency and accountability to the people of this state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “It is clear there were errors and lapses in judgement when addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in nursing homes. The people whose lives have been affected by those decisions deserve answers, and it’s time the governor and her administration provide them.”   More >

On Tax Day, Remember That Gary Peters Voted For Increased Taxes And Fees 103 Times

Gary Peters refused a “No New Taxes” pledge...and he kept his word! As Michigan residents reach the Tax Day deadline to file their tax returns, voters should remember that U.S. Senator Gary Peters voted to raise taxes and fees at least 103 times while “serving them” in Congress. This should not be surprising. Before getting to Washington, D.C., Peters refused to take a “No New Taxes” pledge while running for one of many, many offices in his 30-year career— on this occasion, when he ran for governor. (Peters has also run for city council, State Senate, Attorney General, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.)  Among his 100-plus votes for tax and fee hikes, Peters has: voted against the 2017 Senate tax reform bill that lowered individual tax rates (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #284, 11/29/17); voted against ending a tax on employer-provided healthcare insurance (H.R. 1628, Roll Call Vote #177, 7/27/17); and even voted to stop an effort to eliminate the federal “Death Tax” (S. Con. Res. 11, Roll Call Vote #114, 3/26/15). Peters also opposed a balanced budget amendment that would have kept taxes and spending under control. (H.R. 3877, Roll Call Vote #260, 8/1/19) During his time in the U.S. Senate, Peters has voted at least 54 times in favor of higher taxes and fees: During the 116TH Congress, Peters has voted at least 3 times in favor of higher taxes and fees. During the 115TH Congress, Peters voted at least 32 times in favor... More >

Gary Peters Traveled To Every Country Except The One He Promised To Hold Accountable: China

Profiteering Peters spent $125,000 of taxpayer money traveling in 40 countries, but not China. They forgot he existed. Profiteering Gary Peters spent $125,000 in taxpayer funds traveling in 40 different countries – some more than once – but never went to the country he said he was so dedicated to protecting Michigan jobs from: China. Peters has bragged repeatedly in television ads that he held China accountable. However, despite traveling the world on the taxpayer dime, Peters never went to China to hold them accountable. Nor did he show up for congressional hearings in Washington, D.C. to make China play by the rules. That is why China this week forgot about Peters when they sanctioned leading Senate voices like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have aggressively held China accountable. Peters is so ineffective at holding China accountable that they did not bother to single him out for punishment. China also sanctioned the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC), but Peters skipped almost every one of its hearings. After saying he would “make sure that China plays by the rules,” Peters skipped 89% of CECC hearings. Information filed with the Congressional Record and Clerk of the House of Representatives shows that profiteering Peters’ travels cost taxpayers at least $125,634.02. And, Peters and his wife took privately-paid trips to the tune of $17,353.76. “With all of the promises he’s made, I figured Gary Peters would have traveled to China to tell them he would hold them accountable,” said Michigan Republican Party... More >

Cox Statement on State of Emergency Extension

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that she will yet again extend her order for a State of Emergency. Such an order allows the governor to act unilaterally without input from the peoples’ elected representatives in the state legislature. “While it is clear that Michigan is still under threat from COVID-19, it’s time for Governor Whitmer to start working again with the peoples’ elected representatives to end this crisis. By continually extending her State of Emergency order, she has intentionally circumvented the checks and balances our system of government is built on and given the cold shoulder to our legislative leaders who represent nearly 10 million Michiganders.  Michigan is stronger when our leaders work together, not unilaterally.” More >

Peters On Health Care: “You’re Going To Have Medicare For All Down The Road”

30-year politician Gary Peters tries to have it both ways but told MFA advocate: “We have to go where you’re going” Thirty-year politician Gary Peters tries to have it both ways on health care, but was heard in a video saying America’s next step beyond the ACA is Medicare for All, telling an MFA advocate that, “We have to go where you’re going.”  Peters has claimed he does not support MFA. Instead, he claims he supports the ACA while adding more and more people to Medicaid. This includes his own legislation to lower the age at which people can be added to Medicaid health coverage. However, questioned on stage by an MFA advocate in 2018, Peters waffled big time and indicated support of MFA coming into place at a later time. In politician-speak, that means he can tell people who support MFA that he supports it… without upsetting other voters who oppose it. During intense questioning in which Peters becomes almost hostile under pressure, Peters said about MFA: “I don't disagree at all. The path forward is where you're going to have a ‘Medicare for All’ down the road, that's probably where we're going to go, but we’ve got to deal with the problem that we have right now, and that is that the Affordable Care Act is under attack.” (Gary Peters Town Hall, 6/01/18) “Well, sir, I agree. And we have to go to where you're going.” (Gary Peters Town Hall, 6/01/18) “I’m not disagreeing with you. I'm not... More >

Peters Profits: Treated To Travel In 40 Countries While In Congress

Gary Peters has traversed the planet on the taxpayer dime Profiteering Gary Peters has traveled to so many countries on the taxpayer dime that he may be recognized by more people outside of the United States than he is in Michigan, where he currently serves as a U.S. Senator. Recent polling showed that Peters was so unknown in his home state of Michigan that only 19% of voters said he deserved reelection. Part of that reason may be that Peters has traveled in a whopping 40 countries while a Member of Congress. Peters took the trips even as one survey showed only half of Americans could afford a summer travel break last summer. Here is the running list of Gary Peters’ travels— let’s get ready to scroll! GuatemalaHondurasCubaAustriaTurkeyUkraineEstoniaIcelandCzech RepublicGermanyLatviaLithuaniaIrelandUnited StatesAfghanistanAzerbaijanSouth KoreaKosovoAlbaniaOmanUAE ** OK, take a break ** QatarIraqJordanIsraelSaudi ArabiaTunisia ** Almost there! ** ChadKenyaSenegalMoroccoGhanaNigeriaCote d'IvoireNigerLiberiaSouth AfricaZimbabweBurkina Faso ** You made it! ** Information filed with the Congressional Record and Clerk of the House of Representatives shows that Profiteering Peters cost taxpayers at least $125,634.02. Peters and his wife also took privately paid trips to the tune of $17,353.76. “Gary Peters profits like no other. If there is a way to benefit himself, Gary does it,” said Michigan Republican Chairman Laura Cox. “Even when he had the chance to take a symbolic pay cut while his constituents face record unemployment, Gary refused. But he never refuses a few extra taxpayer dollars while serving Michigan in the Senate.” More >

Whitmer Continues to Place Focus in Political Career

While thousands across Michigan are still struggling to receive benefits from the state or to hold onto their businesses, Governor Whitmer is cashing in on the COVID crisis by releasing a new line of political gear. This morning in an email to supporters, Gretchen Whitmer shamelessly asked people to donate to her re-election campaign, which is more than two years away, even though Michiganders continue to struggle from the health and economic effects of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, Whitmer used her platform to raise her political profile, becoming a fixture on cable TV, late night talk shows, and in fashion magazines. “Yet again, Governor Whitmer is putting her political career ahead of the best interests of the people of Michigan. And this time, she’s stuffing her campaign coffers while Michiganders suffer,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people of Michigan deserve solutions to this crisis, not campaign t-shirts and silly slogans.” More >

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