Gary Peters promised Michigan he would hold China accountable economically but prioritized something else 89% of the time
Gary Peters made time for a campaign fundraiser to benefit himself on the day he skipped a China accountability hearing, despite promising Michigan families that he would stop China from practices that are damaging Michigan’s economy and America’s security.
Upon joining the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) in 2015, Peters promised Michigan workers he would hold China accountablefor its economic misdeeds:
- “I am honored to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China”
- “I will work to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices
- “American companies and American workers can compete on a level playing field”
- “Make sure that China plays by the rules”
After the press releases were distributed, Peters vanished. He skipped 89% of the hearings (16 of 18) about Chinese economic issues, human rights abuses and more.
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On June 28, 2017, Peters did not make time to attend a CECC hearing, letting China off the hook and breaking his promise to Michigan workers.
But Peters did make time for a campaign fundraiser that day, which helped him profit personally in his quest for reelection. Peters managed to hold the campaign fundraiser at a Washington, D.C. restaurant described in online reviews as “exclusive and intimate”, and “a super sexy discreet stop.”
“Being a U.S. Senator is a tough job. Every day, senators must prioritize their schedules, fitting in committee hearings, speaking to important issues on the Senate floor and fulfilling the responsibilities they owe their constituents back home. On this day, which was busy for every senator, Gary Peters didn’t hold China accountable but did make time to hold a campaign fundraiser,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “His priority is clear: himself.”