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Peters Travels The World As Half Of American Families Can’t Afford A Summer Vacation

Peters profits again, this time taking at least $125,000 of taxpayers’ money Half of Americans could not afford to travel last year, but profiteering Gary Peters again found a way to benefit from his office by taking at least $125,000 in taxpayer-funded trips around the globe since joining Congress. A 2019 survey by Bankrate.com found that only half of the respondents were planning to take a summer break on their own dime. Why didn’t they plan to travel last year? Sixty-percent said they simply couldn’t afford it due to day-to-day bills and concerns about paying down debt. Even those planning to travel expected to spend an average of only $1,979. (There’s no word if Peters paid for any of his own travel escapades.) Peters has traveled the globe as a Member of Congress in the House of Representatives and Senate. As listed in the Congressional Record, Gary Peters took trips to Asia, Europe, Central America and the Middle East. Total cost to tax payers? $125,634.02 – enough money for one unemployed Michigan worker to receive a pandemic-maximum unemployment check for two-and-a-half years. “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 >

MIGOP Applauds President Donald Trump’s Approval of Michigan Disaster Declaration

Rep. Moolenaar Secures 43 Million Dollars of Federal Funding to Aide With Midland’s Recovery Yesterday evening, at the request of Congressman John Moolenaar who worked extensively with the White House to secure funding for the Great Lakes State, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan. The $43 million in federal funding will aide those effected by the historic flooding in Midland – assisting with home repairs, loans for uninsured property losses, and other recovery efforts. “I would like to express the Michigan Republican Party’s gratitude to Michigan’s Republican Congressional Delegation and to President Trump for stepping up to support the people of Midland. Throughout the past four years, President Trump has consistently stood by our state, and as the people of mid-Michigan begin the re-building, I know his support will ensure the region emerges stronger than ever.” More >

Peters Doubles His Personal Wealth While In Washington

30-year politician Gary Peters may be bad at impressing voters but he is good at looking out for himself 30-year politician Gary Peters hasn’t made much of a name for himself with Michigan voters. But he sure has made himself wealthy. Records provided by Congress show that Peters doubled his wealth while in Washington, D.C. According to his financial disclosurestatement, Peters’ wealth increased from $1,752,562 when he arrived in Congress to a whopping $3,864,093 in 2018. While Peters has been very successful at getting rich while serving in elected office, he has not been as good at achieving enough for voters to believe he is worthy of their support. Only 19% of Michigan voters said in a recent poll that Peters deserves to be reelected. A massive majority of 81% said either that it is time for someone new or that they were unsure. This may be because when Peters does make news, it is clear he is serving himself: Peters promised to hold China accountable but skipped hearings on the topic 89% of the time. On at least on occasion, Peters made time for a campaign fundraiser at a “sexy” restaurant but did not make the time to attend the China hearings. Michigan’s jobs and small businesses cratered after the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, but Gary Peters missed his chance to make them stronger when he skipped Congressional Small Business Committee hearings 43 times— including every single one in 2012. And, as record unemployment hits his constituents, Peters is still... More >

When Nursing Homes and Businesses Were Desperate, Whitmer Ignored Offers for Viable PPE

Yesterday, The Detroit Newsreported on the dire situation in nursing homes across the state of Michigan – shortages of gowns, face shields and masks, and poor staff and resident isolation policies. The reporting comes despite the fact that multiple companies have contacted Whitmer’s office and the state's procurement office with additional PPE and swabs to be distributed. Testifying before the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday, Ken Williamson of Platinum Global Sourcing, and William Mathis of Med Source both said they reached out to the state, ready to offer up medical grade PPE but never heard back. These stories closely mirror that of Al Siblani of Envisiontec, who could produce hundreds of thousands of testing swabs, but never heard back from the state to take him up on his offer to help increase Michigan’s testing capacity. Siblani had been shipping swabs all across the country. For months, Governor Whitmer criticized the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19 in Michigan – even as going as far to lie about supplies being diverted from the state. While she joined cable TV show after cable TV show, viable PPE and testing supplies were ready to be put to use right in her own backyard. “It’s no surprise that Gretchen Whitmer has yet again been caught red-handed, grossly mishandling the COVID-19 crisis in Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The governor is willing to do anything or say anything to make herself look better – even if it comes at our detriment.... More >

Profiteering Peters Protects His Own Paycheck

In the middle of record unemployment, Gary Peters refuses to cut his own pay despite double dipping with state pension, Senate salary Michigan citizens face record levels of unemployment and income losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but profiteering U.S. Senator Gary Peters sees no reason to slash his multiple government checks. Peters double dips when it comes to taxpayer funding. He has collected about $250,000 from taxpayers in the form of a State of Michigan pension even though he is also vacuuming up $174,000 and other government perks from the United States Senate. (Source: Financial Disclosure Reports Database, Office of The Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives). Peters refused to cut his own pay after being questioned by Detroit’s WXYZduring a virtual town hall meeting about the difficulties facing Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, including historically high unemployment. “While Michiganders struggle, Gary Peters refuses a pay cut despite profiting off of multiple government checks each month,” said Cox. “Peters skips committee hearings but never misses a government paycheck. That’s one more reason Michigan voters won’t miss him after November.” More >

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Peters Travels The World As Half Of American Families Can’t Afford A Summer Vacation

Peters profits again, this time taking at least $125,000 of taxpayers’ money Half of Americans could not afford to travel last year, but profiteering Gary Peters again found a way to benefit from his office by taking at least $125,000 in taxpayer-funded trips around the globe since joining Congress. A 2019 survey by Bankrate.com found that only half of the respondents were planning to take a summer break on their own dime. Why didn’t they plan to travel last year? Sixty-percent said they simply couldn’t afford it due to day-to-day bills and concerns about paying down debt. Even those planning to travel expected to spend an average of only $1,979. (There’s no word if Peters paid for any of his own travel escapades.) Peters has traveled the globe as a Member of Congress in the House of Representatives and Senate. As listed in the Congressional Record, Gary Peters took trips to Asia, Europe, Central America and the Middle East. Total cost to tax payers? $125,634.02 – enough money for one unemployed Michigan worker to receive a pandemic-maximum unemployment check for two-and-a-half years. “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 >

MIGOP Applauds President Donald Trump’s Approval of Michigan Disaster Declaration

Rep. Moolenaar Secures 43 Million Dollars of Federal Funding to Aide With Midland’s Recovery Yesterday evening, at the request of Congressman John Moolenaar who worked extensively with the White House to secure funding for the Great Lakes State, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan. The $43 million in federal funding will aide those effected by the historic flooding in Midland – assisting with home repairs, loans for uninsured property losses, and other recovery efforts. “I would like to express the Michigan Republican Party’s gratitude to Michigan’s Republican Congressional Delegation and to President Trump for stepping up to support the people of Midland. Throughout the past four years, President Trump has consistently stood by our state, and as the people of mid-Michigan begin the re-building, I know his support will ensure the region emerges stronger than ever.” More >

Peters Doubles His Personal Wealth While In Washington

30-year politician Gary Peters may be bad at impressing voters but he is good at looking out for himself 30-year politician Gary Peters hasn’t made much of a name for himself with Michigan voters. But he sure has made himself wealthy. Records provided by Congress show that Peters doubled his wealth while in Washington, D.C. According to his financial disclosurestatement, Peters’ wealth increased from $1,752,562 when he arrived in Congress to a whopping $3,864,093 in 2018. While Peters has been very successful at getting rich while serving in elected office, he has not been as good at achieving enough for voters to believe he is worthy of their support. Only 19% of Michigan voters said in a recent poll that Peters deserves to be reelected. A massive majority of 81% said either that it is time for someone new or that they were unsure. This may be because when Peters does make news, it is clear he is serving himself: Peters promised to hold China accountable but skipped hearings on the topic 89% of the time. On at least on occasion, Peters made time for a campaign fundraiser at a “sexy” restaurant but did not make the time to attend the China hearings. Michigan’s jobs and small businesses cratered after the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, but Gary Peters missed his chance to make them stronger when he skipped Congressional Small Business Committee hearings 43 times— including every single one in 2012. And, as record unemployment hits his constituents, Peters is still... More >

When Nursing Homes and Businesses Were Desperate, Whitmer Ignored Offers for Viable PPE

Yesterday, The Detroit Newsreported on the dire situation in nursing homes across the state of Michigan – shortages of gowns, face shields and masks, and poor staff and resident isolation policies. The reporting comes despite the fact that multiple companies have contacted Whitmer’s office and the state's procurement office with additional PPE and swabs to be distributed. Testifying before the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday, Ken Williamson of Platinum Global Sourcing, and William Mathis of Med Source both said they reached out to the state, ready to offer up medical grade PPE but never heard back. These stories closely mirror that of Al Siblani of Envisiontec, who could produce hundreds of thousands of testing swabs, but never heard back from the state to take him up on his offer to help increase Michigan’s testing capacity. Siblani had been shipping swabs all across the country. For months, Governor Whitmer criticized the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19 in Michigan – even as going as far to lie about supplies being diverted from the state. While she joined cable TV show after cable TV show, viable PPE and testing supplies were ready to be put to use right in her own backyard. “It’s no surprise that Gretchen Whitmer has yet again been caught red-handed, grossly mishandling the COVID-19 crisis in Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The governor is willing to do anything or say anything to make herself look better – even if it comes at our detriment.... More >

Profiteering Peters Protects His Own Paycheck

In the middle of record unemployment, Gary Peters refuses to cut his own pay despite double dipping with state pension, Senate salary Michigan citizens face record levels of unemployment and income losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but profiteering U.S. Senator Gary Peters sees no reason to slash his multiple government checks. Peters double dips when it comes to taxpayer funding. He has collected about $250,000 from taxpayers in the form of a State of Michigan pension even though he is also vacuuming up $174,000 and other government perks from the United States Senate. (Source: Financial Disclosure Reports Database, Office of The Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives). Peters refused to cut his own pay after being questioned by Detroit’s WXYZduring a virtual town hall meeting about the difficulties facing Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, including historically high unemployment. “While Michiganders struggle, Gary Peters refuses a pay cut despite profiting off of multiple government checks each month,” said Cox. “Peters skips committee hearings but never misses a government paycheck. That’s one more reason Michigan voters won’t miss him after November.” More >

Peters: One Pension For Me, (N)one For You!

Profiteering Gary Peters doesn’t mind threatening other peoples’ pensions even as he collects a cool quarter million himself from the State of Michigan Double dipping Gary Peters is profiting off the backs of taxpayers as he collects a State of Michigan pension while pulling down a U.S. Senate paycheck, but he doesn’t mind threatening other peoples’ pensions while he does. Peters has vacuumed up about a quarter million dollars from the Michigan Legislative Retirement System as he collects $174,000 each year from his U.S. Senate salary. (Source: Financial Disclosure Reports Database, Office of The Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives). Despite his own pension double-dipping during record high unemployment in Michigan, Peters has threatened the pensions of others many times during his 30-year political career: Peters voted against Veterans Affairs appropriations legislation that funded veterans’ pensions. The bill then passed and became law. (Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017H.R. 5325, Roll Call Vote #151: Passed 72-26, 9/28/16, Peters Voted Nay) Peters supported the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan to help balance the federal budget by reducing military and federal pensions. Peters said in July 2012 that “Simpson-Bowles gives us that framework to do it [deal with the deficit]. And we need to take a look at that framework and move forward.” (YouTube, “2012 14th Congressional District Candidates Forum,” 7/1/12) Peters said a pension fund that stood to lose millions in the 2009 Chrysler bankruptcy was wrong to resist the terms of the offer. “The creditors... More >

Peters Likes Press Conferences But Vanished When It Was Time To Work On China & Small Business Committees

Only 1.9% of Gary Peters’ bills become law as he holds yet another press conference today seeking to distract from record of failure Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox said in advance of today’s Gary Peters press conference, that Peters likes press conferences because they distract from his inability to pass legislation and bad habit of skipping committee work that could have strengthened Michigan’s manufacturing base.  Peters has been unsuccessful in creating effective bi-partisan working relationships in Congress, with only 1.9% of his bills passed into law. Worse yet, when it came time to protect Michigan manufacturing and jobs, Peters didn’t bother to show up. Peters skipped 89% of China accountability hearings and 84% of Small Business Committee hearings. “Every time Michigan has needed Gary Peters to be a leader, he’s been MIA. Peters likes press conferences but abandoned Michigan manufacturing when it was time to roll up his sleeves in committee and he can’t get legislation passed. Michigan’s manufacturers and workers continue to suffer the consequences,” Cox said.  More >

Cox: DeVos Protecting All Michigan Students

The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s announcement by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel that the state will be joining a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos regarding the distribution of COVID-19 funds to schools.  “While Secretary DeVos fights to ensure all schools can safely reopen, it’s sad to see that Dana Nessel and Gretchen Whitmer seek to intentionally leave thousands of Michigan children unprotected from a disease that does not care if a child attends a public or private school.” “Politics has no place in the fight against COVID-19, so Whitmer and Nessel should stop bowing down to the whims of the teacher’s union bosses who fund their campaigns and stop using schoolchildren like pawns in their well-documented war on Secretary DeVos.” More >

When Michigan’s Small Businesses Needed Support, Gary Peters Skipped out on them 43 Times

Peters skipped 84% of the Small Business Committee hearings that could have made Michigan jobs more resilient prior to COVID-19 When Michigan businesses needed support the most, Gary Peters skipped out on Small Business committee hearings that could’ve helped them prepare before crisis hit. When Peters had the opportunity to better prepare Michigan for a crisis, he skipped 43 of 51 House Small Business Committee hearings from 2011-2012— an appalling 84% of the time. Even worse, in 2012 Peters didn’t bother to show up a single time. (23 of 23) “Every time Michigan small businesses have needed strong leadership to show up for them in Washington, Gary Peters couldn’t be bothered.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The bottom line is that Peters is no ally to small businesses. These businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and deserve better air support than a part-time Senator.” More >

MIGOP Files FOIA After Whitmer Fails To Reveal How Much Taxpayer Money She Spent On Veep Candidacy

By failing to subject herself to FOIA and using executive orders to extend FOIA deadlines, Governor Whitmer is the least transparent governor in modern history Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox announced today that the Michigan Republican Party filed a FOIA request seeking documents from Governor Whitmer’s office showing how much taxpayer money was spent on her failed quest to obtain the Democratic vice-presidential nomination through an unprecedented national media blitz that began after she hired a presidential campaign communications guru on the state payroll. Cox called on Whitmer to be transparent and voluntarily release the information last week. Despite Whitmer recently announcing a state budget deal requiring layoffs and a hiring freeze to balance the current fiscal year budget, she previously found public funds to hire a presidential campaign operative. Strangely, Whitmer’s office never publicly announced the high-profile hire. During this time, roughly March to June, Whitmer’s national media appearances exploded and her name rocketed up the V.P. speculation list. While the COVID-19 crisis contributed, the unprecedented reach of Whitmer’s appearances into far-flung national media platforms was likely boosted by special efforts in her office. The culmination of those efforts came on May 19th, when The Hill reported “that she has had an “opening conversation” with Joe Biden’s campaign about her potential as a running mate pick.” However, by June 12th, WWJ reported that “Biden's VP List Narrows — And Gretchen Whitmer Isn't On It.” After collecting many state paychecks, Whitmer’s personal vice-presidential hype man then parachuted out of her... More >

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