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  • Upton, Clyburn Introduce “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act” to Speed Up Access to High-Speed Internet in Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) today announced the introduction of the “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act,” bipartisan legislation that directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fund shovel-ready, high-speed internet projects immediately, so consumers can access broadband within a year. Roughly one in four rural households cannot connect to the internet, and it is often too slow and too expensive for the households who d... Read more

  • Upton, U.S. House pass Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the U.S. House passed the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, of which Upton was an original co-sponsor. The bill passed 417-1. This bipartisan legislation extends loan forgiveness beyond the original 8-week timeline, eliminate restrictions limiting non-payroll expenses to 25% of loan proceeds, extends the 2-year limit on loan repayment, ensure full access to payroll tax deferment, and expand the rehir... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - May 28, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Thursday, May 28, 2020 Dear Friend: The day never quit. I was very glad for the “mute” button because I was on multiple conference calls at the same time! Today’s KT report coming to you from D.C., where we just passed our bipartisan bill to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Remember this program provided a real lifeline to our small businesses, without a doubt. If you’re a small business and you allocated 75% of the loan money that you received for employees’ salar... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Dear Friend: Today’s constituent pics/videos certainly mark the start of summer. As most of us hunkered down for a different Memorial Day without large community parades and distinguished cemetery events, this solo “Taps” coming from Paw Paw certainly is relevant and marks the national 3 PM playing of Taps yesterday. Click here to watch his video. Also, Ken from St. Joseph highlights a beautiful flower in his neighborhood. If you would like to submit a phot... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - May 27, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Dear Friend: Back in Washington today for votes this week, including on our bipartisan bill to improve the PPP, which should pass and extend the lifeline to our small businesses. More tomorrow. Today’s quote from Henry David Thoreau is for all of the recent 2020 graduates, like the one from Otsego in today’s KT photo: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." An Otsego neighborhood held a socially distanced parade ... Read more

  • Upton introduces legislation to assess international data localization laws
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today introduced H.B. 7005 – the Showing How Isolationism Effects Long-term Development (SHIELD) ACT – to assess how international data localization laws impact each country’s economy, our economy, and cross-border commerce. The SHIELD Act will require the Secretary of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission to conduct an assessment and analysis of regulations regarding data localization and to establish a list of such laws and develop a means... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - May 22, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Friday, May 22, 2020 Dear Friend: "Gentlemen....Start your engines!” That is usually the roar from Indy that traditionally starts our summer season. This year, it is the slow door opening up across the country as we try and ease into some sense of normalcy. For me, this is one of the few times I did not participate in the St. Joseph Memorial Day parade with a salute to our veterans at the band shell. It is there in this photo - taken by Pat Moody - of my now 96 year old Dad in h... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - May 21, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Thursday, May 21, 2020 Dear Friend: All of us must remember our common values as we face today’s common challenges. Our inspiration this evening is a quote that I keep in mind from Desmond Tutu, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights leader that I had the honor of meeting… “My father always used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.’ Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large unruly crowd is always the bes... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - May 20, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Dear Friend: Today’s inspiration is from Henry Ford as the President comes to Michigan tomorrow to visit the Ford F-150 plant in Ypsilanti..."Don’t find fault. Find a remedy." The two pictures today are from the twin cities. Yes, the Baltimore Orioles are back in SW Michigan as a Benton Harbor constituent has photographed this one at their feeder...I also spotted for the first time an indigo bunting who made it up from the winter in the Caribbean. The sec... Read more

  • Upton receives high mark for bipartisanship in 2019
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, received the highest score of bipartisanship among the Michigan congressional delegation in 2019 from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and the Lugar Center. With a Bipartisan Index score of 1.15241, Upton ranked as the 14th most bipartisan Republican member in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 24th most bipartisan among all members. “When members work together across the aisle, the American people win,” Up... Read more

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