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  • ICYMI: Herald Palladium highlights new Upton/Dingell FIRST Robotics bill
    Posted in Fred in the News on May 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Economy & Jobs

    The coin of the robotics realm By Louise Wrege Herald Palladium WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, are working to raise money for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics through the sale of a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe is a science teacher who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster Jan. 28, 1986. The bipartisan legislation, HR 5168, seeks to issue the coin to support FIRST’s... Read more

  • ICYMI: Trying to get ahead of the opioid crisis
    Posted in Fred in the News on May 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    Trying to get ahead of the opioid crisis By Jim Dalgleish Herald Palladium ST. JOSEPH — For all its squabbles, there appears one thing Congress can agree on: America needs to get a handle on opioid abuse. Furthermore, the old impulse to make it a law-and-order issue appears to have faded. “We need to get away from incarceration,” U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said in a phone interview Friday. The House last week by wide margins passed an 18-bill package designed to tackle the issue. Eleven... Read more

  • ICYMI: Area officials stress economic importance of harbor dredging
    Posted in Fred in the News on May 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    Area officials stress economic importance of harbor dredging By Andrew Lersten Herald Palladium BENTON HARBOR — When we think of Southwest Michigan’s ties to Lake Michigan, we often think first of sandy beaches, tourism and marinas filled with sailboats. But its history is deeply connected to the commercial shipping industry that relies heavily on Southwest Michigan’s only commercial port – the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor harbor. In the 19th century, commercial shipping was critical to the fruit an... Read more

  • VIDEO: Proposal for new dollar coin to honor astronaut; raise funds for high school robotics programs
    Posted in Fred in the News on May 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    Two Michigan lawmakers are hoping a new dollar coin can mean big money for high school robotics teams. Congressman Fred Upton has signed onto a proposed bill to mint a one dollar coin in honor of teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe. She and six others were killed in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion. Upton says sales of the coins would help fund "FIRST" high school robotics programs. Michigan Republican Fred Upton says, “Once the money is recouped by the Treasury for the cost of mi... Read more

  • AUDIO ICYMI: The Myth of Partisanship in Congress
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Energy & Commerce Committee

    True or false: Congress is stalled by a volatile, partisan, polarized climate that prevents any significant work from getting done for American citizens. False, say three members of Michigan’s delegation, at least on several issues. The idea that Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t work together is a myth, say three members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), and Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) speak with Det... Read more

  • ICYMI: Grand Rapids Business Journal on 21st Century Cures
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    VAI scientists advocate for biomedical research improvements Congressman visits GR in support of 21st Century Cures Act. The National Institutes of Health could get an injection of $2 billion per year for the next five years if the 21st Century Cures Act makes it to President Barack Obama’s desk in the coming months. U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was in Grand Rapids recently meeting with researchers at Van Andel Institute to build support for the bill, which has already passed th... Read more

  • Detroit News: Senate inches closer to companion disease ‘Cures’ bill
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    A Senate committee approved a legislative package Wednesday that lawmakers say will become part of its response to House legislation by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton that is designed to deliver cash and reforms that would expedite treatment and cures of chronic diseases like cancer. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed five bills that the panel’s chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said would allow researchers at federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration ... Read more

  • VIDEO: Upton Talks ‘21st Century Cures’ at Van Andel Institute
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    U.S. Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, yesterday joined research leaders at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with research leaders from Spectrum Health, Michigan State University Medical School, Mercy Health, and Western Michigan University Medical School for a roundtable discussion on “The Medical Mile as it Relates to 21st Century Cures.” Upton also toured the institute and met with young scientists to discuss their research and perspectives. WOOD TV 8’s Rick Albin has the stor... Read more

  • ICYMI: Fennville Fifth Grade Hosts Congressman Fred Upton
    Posted in Fred in the News on February 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Most days, Fennville seems a long way from the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.; but during a recent visit, Congressman Fred Upton made it feel a whole lot closer to home for fifth grade students at Fennville Elementary School. Upton visited the school to share stories and details of his work over the years to represent the citizens of Southwest Michigan, and to deliver a special message about the role of young people in politics. Upton encouraged the students to go ahead and get involve... Read more

  • VIDEO: World War II vet awarded Purple Heart after 70 years
    Posted in Fred in the News on February 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Health Care, Veterans Affairs

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Seventy years after serving in World War II, veteran John Butler, 89, received the Purple Heart. He sat with family as Congressman Fred Upton presented the award to him in front of 60 friends and neighbors. “I can’t believe it really,” said Butler. “Keep thinking it’s kind of a dream. But I sure appreciate everybody that showed up.” Butler said he didn’t want a ceremony but Upton insisted on celebrating his accomplishments. Upton stated that Butler enlisted in the Navy when he w... Read more