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  • Kitchen Table Update - Friday, April 3, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: I must confess it is hard to believe that less than a week has gone by since I made the drive back and forth to D.C. to ensure that the Congress passed the 3rd bill dealing with Coronavirus. As I talk with literally hundreds of colleagues — many here in Michigan — with the Administration, with national health experts, and with so many small and large businesses with very legitimate questions on how to survive this pandemic — especially for their employees — I know we made the right... Read more

  • Kitchen Table Update - Thursday, April 2, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: It's been a busy and full day of several calls from my kitchen table. I joined State Rep. Pauline Wendzel on her teletown hall tonight. Several important questions! A few weeks ago, as my office started to figure out how we all could be connected both in Michigan and DC from our homes, we had a number of staff discussions on how we could provide service to our district, state, and, nation. Our concern for those most vulnerable and those often left behind stirred emotions. The Subst... Read more

  • Kitchen Table Update - Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on April 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: With all the continuing bad news with numbers spinning out of control in terms of infected folks, mortality rates, and Michigan being the next bullseye, let me at least report some positive news. The FDA announced the creation of the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program to expedite the development of potentially safe and effective life-saving treatments. Currently ten therapeutic agents are in active trials and another 15 therapeutic agents are in planning stages. Click here t... Read more

  • Kitchen Table Update - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    Dear Friend: I wrote Sunday regarding the sad news of a WMU student who passed away over the weekend and remarked then that we would all know someone who will most likely be infected with this cruel disease. And even though the stats will show that probably 98 percent of those infected will survive, the death toll will be likely in the tens of thousands by even the most conservative estimates. For me, it hit home even harder yesterday when I learned that a long-time good friend and, frankly a h... Read more

  • Upton issues statement on the passing of Walter “Bud” Baker
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement on the passing of Walter “Bud” Baker: “Today many a tear will be shed for our beloved Walter “Bud” Baker. He represented the very best of our community and our nation. During the Vietnam War, despite being shot 13 times in the chest, arm, and leg during action in Bien Hoa in 1968, he fearlessly fought to save the lives of his fellow patriots. He was rightly awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. His incredible courage, selfless... Read more

  • Kitchen Table Reflections - Sunday, March 29, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: I woke up this Sunday morning to the sad news of a WMU Engineering student who passed away with coronavirus. He had a ventilator and, likely, other members of his immediate family are also impacted along with perhaps his roommates at WMU. Our condolences are with them. And yes, the sad reality is we will all soon know folks who are infected or die of this pandemic. I had a number of colleagues who did not make the trip back to D.C. for the debate and voice vote Friday because they h... Read more

  • Coronavirus Crisis Update - Saturday, March 28, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    Dear Friend: This morning I left Washington, D.C. to drive back to Michigan after we passed the historic CARES Act yesterday afternoon. There were some bad storms on the drive, and I even called 911 after seeing a car that flipped and was turned around on the highway. But I made it back to St. Joe safely early this evening. There have been a few updates since last night that I want to share with you. Last night, the head of a large company contacted me about donating personal protective equipme... Read more

  • Upton: Don’t be a disrupter. Be a leader
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. You can watch his full remarks, here, and read the transcript below. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Let's face it. Coronavirus has totally disrupted our lives - across the country in every community and certainly around the globe. To all of us, it's frightening. It's a nightmare. This bill is a partial respon... Read more

  • Upton: House passes bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the U.S. House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will now advance to be signed by President Donald Trump into law. “Last night, I drove from Michigan to Washington, D.C. to ensure I was there in person to advocate for this historic bill and make sure it got done. Despite one colleague who tried to delay this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation - and therefore disrupt when Ameri... Read more

  • Coronavirus Crisis Update - Friday, March 27, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    Dear Friend: Today was a historic day in our effort to defeat the coronavirus crisis. After driving from Michigan to Washington, D.C. last night, I spoke this morning on the floor of the U.S. House and encouraged my colleagues who may oppose the legislation to stand down. The country is facing enough disruption. We don't need disrupters in the Congress - we need leaders. If you missed my remarks, you can watch them here. Despite one colleague who tried to delay this overwhelmingly bipartisan leg... Read more

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