2017

2017 Legislative Accomplishments

Fred remains focused on the issues that matter to folks in Southwest Michigan. Jobs, economic growth, taking care of our military and veterans, education, and protecting our Great Lakes.

Below are some highlights from this Congress:

The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

This bipartisan legislation, championed by Fred, will improve public health and protect Southwest Michigan jobs. More information available here.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

This bipartisan legislation creates real accountability for the Veterans Affairs employees, ensuring our veterans receive the highest quality care they deserve. More information available here.

The Forever G.I. Bill (Signed into law)

This bipartisan legislation is a transformational expansion of GI bill benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses, and dependents. It is critical to give our veterans the tools to transition into civilian life and have long, prosperous careers. More information available here.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Signed into law)

This bipartisan legislation will hold Russia, Iran, and North Korea accountable for their destabilizing actions and hit them where it hurts the most: their wallets. More information available here.

The Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017 (Passed House unanimously)

This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Fred, will strengthen Michigan’s energy security and infrastructure. More information available here.

The National Defense Authorization Act (Passed House 344-81)

This bipartisan legislation will improve military readiness, reform the Pentagon, and support our troops. More information available here.

Kate’s Law (Passed the House 257-167)

This legislation will toughen the punishment for illegal immigrants who re-enter our country.

No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (Passed House 288-195)

This legislation cracks down on dangerous sanctuary cities.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Passed House unanimously)

This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Act to help prepare high school students for a wide-variety of careers. More information available here.

Additionally…

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of anti-human trafficking legislation.

This bipartisan legislation will give our law enforcement more tools and resources to fight this heinous crime. More information available here.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed ten pieces of energy construction, infrastructure, and efficiency legislation.

These bipartisan energy bills will reduce emissions, lower costs, and create jobs. More information available here.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced legislation, sponsored by Fred, to spur self-driving car innovations.

This bipartisan legislation would help spur self-driving car innovations without sacrificing safety. More information available here.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced legislation to modernize the nation’s water infrastructure.

Bipartisan legislation will authorize funding for the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. More information available here.

Fred and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, introduced STEM education legislation.

This bipartisan legislation would help support Michigan FIRST Robotics teams. More information here.

Fred and Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, introduced legislation to improve cancer care.

This bipartisan legislation would fix “prompt pay” rates, ensuring efficient distribution of life-saving cancer care drugs. More information available here.

Fred introduced legislation for Ibrahim Parlak.

This legislation would prevent Parlak from being unjustly deported. More information available here and here.

Fred is fighting the opioid epidemic.

The first round of grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epedemic, made available from Fred’s 21st Century Cures Act, are to be used towards the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse. Michigan received more than $16 million. More information available here.

Fred is working together to fix our healthcare system.

Fred has a long record of bipartisan achievements in healthcare. He will continue to work with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of his colleagues evenly split between Republican and Democrat, to find consensus on ways to improve our healthcare system and insurance markets.

Fred applauded $100 million emergency grant awarded to the city of Flint, Michigan, to fund drinking-water infrastructure improvements.

The grant, made available as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act – championed by Fred, provides much needed funds to the people of Flint. More information available here.

Fred joined his Michigan colleagues in taking action to protect our Great Lakes.

Action to prevent nuclear waste from being stored on the Great Lakes

Action to prevent the spread of Asian Carp

Action to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Action for continued vigilance of the Line 5 pipeline

Action on the Soo Locks jobs and economic development project