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Upton, House Advance All 12 Appropriations Funding Bills
September 15, 2017
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his House colleagues in advancing H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018 by a 211 to 198 vote. Passage of this legislation marks the first instance since 2009 that the House advanced all 12 appropriation funding bills on time. “The passage of all 12 appropriations funding bills mark a big win for Michigan taxpayers,” said Upton. “It funds priorities important to Michigan such as full funding of the Great Lakes... More
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Upton Statement on Vote Against Cutting EPA
September 13, 2017
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after voting against an amendment before the U.S. House of Representatives that would have reduced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by nearly $2 billion – almost a quarter of the current budget. The amendment, had it been adopted, would have also made drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The amendment failed by a 260 to 151 vote. “The passage of this amendment would have made dras... More
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Upton Urges Action on Line 5
September 11, 2017
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Enbridge urging action and improved transparency as it relates to the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The letter comes after the news that the State of Michigan had ordered Enbridge to restore a protective coating on parts of Line 5. “I am deeply concerned by recent information confirming gaps in the protective coating on a portion of the pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac, especially given your c... More
Opinion Pieces
ICYMI: In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever
September 7, 2017
In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Valerie Brader, Executive Director, Michigan Agency for Energy September 6, 2017 The Hill Bipartisanship has been rare in Congress lately, but one shining example of it has been on increasing our efforts on energy security issues. That needs to continue. In July, the U.S. House passed with overwhelming Republican and Democratic support H.R. 3050, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Em... More
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Upton Co-Sponsors Save Local Business Act
September 7, 2017
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week co-sponsored H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. This bipartisan legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the common-sense definition of what it means to be an employer. “This bipartisan legislation will fix misguided Obama-era policy that pits the big guys versus the little guys,” said Upton. “Under our solution, workers, and the businesses they work for, will receive much needed certai... More
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