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  • 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

  • ICYMI: Upton & Peters in The Hill: Self-driving cars are the next frontier of innovation and safety
    Posted in Fred in the News on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    Self-driving cars are the next frontier of innovation and safety By Rep. Fred Upton and Sen. Gary Peters The Hill Forget about “The Jetsons.” The future of the automobile is here and the automotive industry is completely revolutionizing how we will get around for decades to come. Thanks to the 75th Washington Auto Show, which closed on Sunday, consumers have had the opportunity to see new technological leaps and bounds from automakers that are making today’s vehicles bolder, more fuel-efficient,... Read more

  • ICYMI: Fred Upton’s 21st Century Cures Act a big win for job growth
    Posted in Fred in the News on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    When speaking about his 21st Century Cures Act, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, was not only excited about the future of research and medical devices, but the jobs that would come with them. "For Southwest Michigan, the pharmaceutical industry is pretty big," Upton said. "My largest employers are Pfizer, Stryker (Medical). If you see a yellow stretcher in an ambulance, that was made (by Stryker)." Upton has no concerns about the status of his Cures Act, or jobs in general, under a Presiden... Read more

  • ICYMI: Saving lives through legislation
    Posted in Fred in the News on January 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    Saving Lives through legislation: New law pushed by Fred Upton aims to help find cures for various diseases By Jordan Climie Holland Sentinel Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, had a simple idea: More could be done to foster the next era of medical innovations here in America. Patients needed a game-changer. "We worked on this for a lot of years, three years in the running," Upton said. "We asked ourselves 'what could we do to find a cure for all these diseases that ail almost everybody?'" Th... Read more

  • ICYMI: ‘Cures’ Act ‘momentous’ for cancer research
    Posted in Fred in the News on January 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on Dec. 13. The legislation aims to provide additional funding to the NIH and FDA while streamlining the development of new drugs. A revised version of the bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 392-to-26 vote on Nov. 30. It was then passed by the Senate in a 94-to-5 vote on Dec. 7. “Working together, we got the job done,” Upton and De... Read more

  • WSW: Upton Says New Law Means Faster Cures
    Posted in Fred in the News on December 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the 21st Century Cures Act means “we will find cures for these diseases…years before we otherwise would have.” Upton was the lead sponsor of the bill that was signed into law last week by President Obama. The Saint Joseph Republican says it accelerates approval of drugs and devices that can lead to cures for diseases like cancer. Upton sat down with WMUK’s Gordon Evans to discuss the Cures Act and other issues. 21st Century Cures Act Some patient advocac... Read more

  • Speaker Ryan Signs Bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act
    Posted in Fred in the News on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    Following the Senate’s passage of the 21st Century Cures Act on Wednesday by a vote of 94 to 5, the bill was sent today to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) before moving to the White House for the president’s signature. The House passed the game-changing medical innovation bill on November 30, by a vote of 392-26. Both Speaker Ryan and Senate Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch (R-UT) officially signed the bill at this morning’s Enrollment Ceremony. “This effort has always been about the patients, and I’m so glad t... Read more

  • ICYMI: It’s time for Congress to erase party lines and deliver a fix for Flint water
    Posted in Fred in the News on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Government Reform & Oversight

    It’s time for Congress to erase party lines and deliver a fix for Flint water By U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee and Fred Upton Before the 114th Congress comes to an end in less than a month, we in Congress need to come together, Republicans and Democrats, to step up and help the people of Flint. Families in Flint have not been able to trust the drinking water coming out of their tap in more than two years. A federal judge recently ruled that the state of Michigan must deliver bottled water to Flint resid... Read more

  • Holland Sentinel: Congress aims at opioid crisis with legislation to reform treatment, increase funding
    Posted in Fred in the News on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    The problem of opioid abuse extends far beyond West Michigan. Recognizing the need for a national response, Congress recently passed legislation aimed at curtailing what the Department of Health and Human Services labels “an unprecedented opioid epidemic.” On average, nearly 80 Americans die each day from overdoses involving prescription or illicit opioids, such as heroin. It is estimated more than 2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers and another 470,000 to hero... Read more

  • ABC 57: National Night Out helps Berrien County heal weeks after deadly shooting
    Posted in Fred in the News on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Please click HERE to watch the news report from ABC 57. National Night Out helps Berrien County heal weeks after deadly shooting By Vahid Sadrzadeh BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - Three weeks ago, tragedy struck Berrien County, taking the lives of two court bailiffs and wounding two others. On Tuesday night, another chance to heal and celebrate those who put their lives on the line every day. “We’re still sad, we’re still missing our friends. We will for quite some time,” said Berrien County Sherriff Pa... Read more