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  • Upton Statement on Administration’s Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Spending, Government Reform & Oversight

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Trump administration released their proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget: “As I’ve said before, the president’s budget proposal is just that: A proposal. Many of the proposed cuts to important domestic programs that many Michiganders rely on are, frankly, non-starters. Of particular concern is funding for our Great Lakes and the National Institutes of Health. This process is only beginning. I will continue to advoca... Read more

  • Upton Praises Government Funding Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Spending, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the release of a government funding bill for the remainder of the current fiscal year: “Avoiding a costly government shutdown and funding bipartisan priorities most Americans agree on is great news. I’m particularly pleased to see funding stay level for our Great Lakes and a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health. This NIH funding boost shows a deep commitment to our nation’s best and brightest r... Read more

  • Upton Votes to Keep Government Open
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Economy & Jobs, Spending

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 382 to 30 in favor of a Continuing Resolution that maintains appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017 and keeps the government open. “Today’s vote ensures essential federal services remain open and operational and that our armed services continue to receive the support they deserve. This short-term Continuing Resolution also allows us more time to come to consensus on future approp... Read more

  • ICYMI: Fighting for our Great Lakes
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Spending, Environment & Great Lakes

    Fighting for our Great Lakes By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton Holland Sentinel Whether it's a lazy Sunday on the lake with family, fishing with friends, enjoying a sunset pontoon boat cruise or any number of activities — Michiganders all have a deep, personal connection to our lakes. This is why it was so alarming to learn of a proposed drastic funding cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a budget proposal from the White House last week. Having grown up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I'v... Read more

  • Upton and Peters Applaud Senate Passage of RPA Operation Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Economy & Jobs, Spending

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 5944. This bipartisan legislation would update and modernize the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek has enjoyed a close relationship with the Michigan Nati... Read more

  • ICYMI: Working together to strengthen Medicaid for the most vulnerable
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Spending

    Last year, the Medicaid program celebrated its golden anniversary. A lot has changed over the last 50 years. Originally created in 1965 as a joint federal-state program to provide health care coverage for low-income, vulnerable Americans, it is now the world’s largest health insurance program. Today Medicaid is an important lifeline for so many in Michigan and across the country. It is estimated the program will expand to cover 83 million people this year – that’s one in four Americans. Given it... Read more

  • Upton Helps Usher Long Term Highway Legislation Through the House
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Spending

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to advance the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which authorizes federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2020. The legislation was approved by an overwhelming 359-65 bipartisan vote. “You don’t have to look both ways to see that this is a big time win for Southwest Michigan drivers, businesses, and families,... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Passage of Highway Program Extension
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Spending

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House of Representatives advanced legislation by a bipartisan 312-119 vote to authorize and finance our highway and transit programs through the end of the year. “This extension brings us one step closer to a final agreement. It provides the House more time to negotiate a multi-year agreement to finance our highway and transit programs. Without it, current projects would be stopped in their tracks... Read more

  • Say Goodbye to the SGR
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Spending, Government Reform & Oversight

    There is no shortage of complex policy acronyms in Washington, but last week, we took a bold step to finally erase one from our vocabulary. Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) has plagued seniors, Medicare physicians, and Congress for nearly two decades. The SGR is a flawed formula that places quantity ahead of quality in seniors’ health care. Its price controls would wreak havoc on Medicare, and Congress finds itself in crisis mode every time the SGR looms. To date, the solution has been t... Read more

  • Upton Helps Broker “Major Breakthrough” Bipartisan Deal to Strengthen Medicare for Seniors
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Spending, Government Reform & Oversight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined by the majority of his House colleagues advanced H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation will permanently fix the broken Medicare payment formula. It will also strengthen the program in the long term, and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly 45,000 children in Michigan (MIChild). Upton helped broker a deal with bipartisan leaders of the House Energy a... Read more