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  • Upton, EPA Administrator Wheeler Announces $5.6 Million Grant to Remove Lead Service Lines in Benton Harbor
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede, and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today that the City of Benton Harbor was selected to receive a $5.6 million grant to remove lead service lines and support a study to optimize the city’s lead corrosion control treatment to improve public health in Benton Harbor. “In these unprecedented times with so much uncertainty, families should be able to be certa... Read more

  • Upton announces nearly $7 million project for high-speed broadband in southwest Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a $3.3 million federal grant to help provide high-speed broadband service in southwest Michigan. The funding is part of the ReConnect Program that Upton and Congress supported in 2018. The grants recipient - Southwest Michigan Communications, Inc. – will also received a $3.3 million loan to help fund the $6.7 million project. The funding will be used to deploy... Read more

  • Upton, Problem Solvers Caucus encourage Trump, Congressional leaders to continue COVID-19 relief negotiations
    Posted in Press Releases on October 20, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan, Coronavirus

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and his Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) colleagues sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders encouraging them to continue negotiating on a COVID-19 relief package that includes immediate assistance to support families, small businesses, and schools as well as a resolution for a national testing strategy. “We are only 14 days away from the election, after which the prospect of moving stimulus legislation forward is very ... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - October 14, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on October 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Dear Friend: While the D.C. scene is dominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee SCOTUS hearings, the discussions continued on a COVID relief package that have been stalled for months. The former Chrysler CEO, Lee Iacocca, said, “We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” That is, in essence, the current state of affairs as discussions continue between the White House and Congressional leaders. We’re ... Read more

  • Upton pushes for Brandon Road Lock and Dam, other Great Lakes priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership asking that they include the Brandon Road Lock and Dam construction be authorized at an 80 percent federal cost share – among other Great Lakes priorities - in the final agreement on this year’s Water Resources Development Act. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system and serv... Read more

  • Upton statement on COVID-19 outbreak at a west Michigan mink farm
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today penned letters to U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Gregory Ibach and CDC Director Robert Redfield after learning about cases of minks infected with SARS-CoV-2 at a west Michigan farm. Upton is concerned about how the outbreak at the farm could impact the public health and safety as well as the impact it could have Michigan’s agriculture community. Upton is requesting the CDC to deploy a CDC One Health field team to suppor... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - October 9, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: Walt Disney said, “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.” One could certainly say that about our bipartisan Problem Solver’s Caucus (PSC) efforts for a COVID relief package. We have not given up and after I filed my Kitchen Table report on Tuesday when the president told Secretary Mnuchin to back off on negotiations, I spent much of the night communicating with the White House and fellow colleagues on the need to still move forward... Read more

  • Upton receives agriculture award for efforts to support southwest Michigan farmers and producer
    Posted in Press Releases on October 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today accepted the 2020 Friend of Farm Bureau award from the American Farm Bureau for his efforts to support southwest Michigan’s agriculture community during the 116th Congress. “Agriculture is the backbone of southwest Michigan, and I am so honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau recognition,” Upton said. “Our farmers, growers, and producers literally help feed the world. In these tough times with such uncertainty, we know we can cert... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - October 6, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on October 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    October 6, 2020 @MyKitchenTable: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Dear Friend: My friend and fellow Energy and Commerce Committee member, Mike Doyle (D-PA), spoke at last week’s congressional prayer breakfast in the Capitol. His scripture reading was 2 Corinthians 4:18. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. Since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” Let’s hope that some unseen work occurs in the next day or two to make sure that there is a lifeline for recov... Read more

  • Upton: Take action to protect drinking water in schools
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Upton: Take action to protect drinking water in schools WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging them to take comprehensive and urgent measures to identify and remediate PFAS chemicals in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities across the country. The lawmakers provid... Read more

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