U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) outlined his key priorities as the new chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Peter said he would continue to focus on bolstering the federal government’s Coronavirus pandemic response, strengthening national security, including combating the rising threats of domestic terrorism and cyberattacks, and ensuring the government is working efficiently.
“From cyber-attacks and the rise of domestic terrorism to a deadly pandemic – there is no question that the American people continue to face persistent and pernicious threats,” Peters said. “As the Chairman, I am committed to bringing this committee’s stature and resources to take on wide-ranging threats at a national level and address their local impact on Michigan’s diverse communities. From securing our Northern Border and boosting Michigan’s role as a hub for international commerce to shoring up cybersecurity vulnerabilities and addressing the rise of white supremacist and anti-government violence – I’ll continue my efforts to ensure the federal government is fulfilling its top mission to keep Americans safe.”
One of the major priorities is securing communities against rising domestic terrorism and violence. Peters said he will conduct an investigation and convene hearings on the threat of domestic terrorism, like the January 6 attack on the capitol. Other priorities are to ensure strong coronavirus pandemic response and oversight; promote secure borders; strengthen cybersecurity at all levels; and ensure the government is working efficiently and saving taxpayer dollars.
“Congress has a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and that the government is providing high quality services to people in Michigan and across the country. Whether it’s working to preserve the U.S. Postal Service’s longstanding tradition of reliable delivery, cutting wasteful spending or conducting thorough oversight of government programs, I will continue working to make government more efficient and effective for all of the people it serves,” Peter added.