2016: Working Hard. Achieving Results.
A note from Fred: As a member of Congress, I strive to always be open, transparent, and accountable to all of my constituents across Southwest Michigan. This year was a busy one, with great focus on important legislative issues as well as serving the community I love.
All told, I was able to respond to 31,255 constituent letters and emails this year, and took part in 463 meetings with constituents. We were also able to help 1,196 constituents through casework and gave 172 U.S. Capitol tours. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with a federal agency please do not hesitate to contact one of my district offices to see if we can help. In 2017, this same focus on building, supporting, and leading our Southwest Michigan community will continue.
On the legislative front, we were able to garner major accomplishments such as a national defense bill that aims to provide the largest pay-raise to our troops in six years, water infrastructure improvements and updates that specifically helps the residents of Flint, meaningful mental health reforms, and I was proud to have 17 additional legislative initiatives signed into law.
Finally, 2016 finally saw the culmination of the groundbreaking 21st Century Cures Act that will bring faster cures to patients in need. Simply put, patients needed a game-changer – and it is our hope that history will look back at our efforts as the moment in time when the tide finally turned against disease.
Whether on the home-front, or in the halls of Congress, we worked together in 2016 to accomplish tremendous things for the American people.
Please see below for more information:
REPORT: 2016: The Year in Review and A Look Ahead
Upton chronicles the Energy and Commerce Committee's sweeping bipartisan record of success in the 114th Congress
To see the best photos of the year, see our End-of-the-Year Roundup: Photos of the Year
To read the best op-ed pieces of the year, see our End-of-the-Year Roundup: Top 6 Must-Read Op-Eds
End-of-the-Year Roundup: Top 16 Success Stories