Gary Peters on Government Reform



Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees

[Peters spoke] at an event held by the Progressive Democratic Women's Caucus of Muskegon. Peters said he supported the senate's Democratic-led rule change to weaken the power of the filibuster [which has blocked all Obama nominees]. "I support the changes in the rules," he said. "I support the old filibuster." He explained that he thinks the old rules have been abused. "Nominees have been stopped simply for politics. I think it's a big reason the American public are frustrated with Congress."
Source: Muskegon Chronicle on 2014 Michigan Senate race , Nov 23, 2013

In Michigan Senate, returned operating budget to state

In the Michigan Senate, Gary Peters ran his office so efficiently, that he was able to return the equivalent of a full-year’s operating budget back to the state--saving the taxpayers money. As the Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery, Gary again cut administrative costs, came in under budget every year, resulting in increased revenues for public schools. As a member of the Rochester Hills City Council, Gary used his financial expertise to help uncover an overcharge by the city of nearly $400,000.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, petersforcongress.com, “Issues” , Nov 4, 2008

Voted YES on Senate pay raise.

Congressional Summary:
    Makes appropriations to the Senate for FY2010 for:
  1. expense allowances;
  2. representation allowances for the Majority and Minority Leaders;
  3. salaries of specified officers, employees, and committees (including the Committee on Appropriations);
  4. agency contributions for employee benefits;
  5. inquiries and investigations;
  6. the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control;
  7. the Offices of the Secretary and of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate;
  8. miscellaneous items;
  9. the Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account; and
  10. official mail costs.
Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act of 1968 to increase by $50,000 the gross compensation paid all employees in the office of a Senator. Increases by $96,000 per year the aggregate amount authorized for the offices of the Majority and Minority Whip.

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D, FL-20): We, as Members of Congress, have responsibility not just for the institution, but for the staff that work for this institution, and to preserve the facilities that help support this institution. We have endeavored to do that responsibly, and I believe we have accomplished that goal.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. SCALISE (R, LA-1): It's a sad day when someone attempts to cut spending in a bill that grows government by the size of 7%, and it's not allowed to be debated on this House floor. Some of their Members actually used the term "nonsense" and "foolishness" when describing our amendments to cut spending; they call that a delaying tactic. Well, I think Americans all across this country want more of those types of delaying tactics to slow down this runaway train of massive Federal spending. Every dollar we spend from today all the way through the end of this year is borrowed money. We don't have that money. We need to control what we're spending.

Reference: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act; Bill HR2918&S1294 ; vote number 2009-H413 on Jun 19, 2009

Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge.

Peters co-sponsored STOCK Act

Congressional Summary:Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act): Amends the Securities Exchange Act and the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit purchase or sale of either securities or commodities by a person in possession of material nonpublic information regarding pending or prospective legislative action.

Bill explanation (ProCon.org, "Insider Trading by Congress", Feb. 3, 2012):

Source: H1148/S1871 11-S1871 on Nov 15, 2011

Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures.

Peters co-sponsored DISCLOSE Act

Congressional Summary:

Wikipedia & OnTheIssue Summary: