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  • Upton: Get back to the table and find the bipartisan sweet spot
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan, Coronavirus

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement on the latest COVID-19 relief negotiations. Tonight’s bill passed 214-207, with 18 Democrats voting no, and all Republicans voting against the partisan measure. “Folks need help. I hear from so many across southwest Michigan that this pandemic has presented one challenge after another. As much as we all wanted this over by Easter, it wasn’t, and we need to do everything we can to improve it by Thanksgiving and ... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - September 30, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    @MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 "The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham Here’s who’s working on a COVID-19 relief deal - the Problem Solvers Caucus. We ALL wanted the COVID-19 crisis over by Easter -- but it wasn’t, and we need to take action immediately so we’re not facing the same dire challenges at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today we’re making progress on a deal to provide relief to families, schools, and sm... Read more

  • Upton named one of the most bipartisan elected officials in the country
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Common Ground Committee – a national nonpartisan, citizen-led organization – named U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) a “Common Ground Champion” today for his commitment to working with both sides of the aisle to find solutions. Upton’s ‘Common Ground’ score of 70 was the eleventh highest among elected officials nationwide, and was the highest among Michigan elected officials. The average score was 26. “We can't hope to solve the issues facing our nation if we stand divid... Read more

  • Upton announces additional federal grant dollars for Western Michigan University
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Western Michigan University is receiving a $249,460 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funding will be used for a project titled, “Preparing Qualified Personnel from Two Master’s Degree Programs.” “Once again Western Michigan University is recognized on the national stage as one of the premier research institutions in the country. WMU continues to make Kalamazoo and all of southwest Michigan p... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - September 24, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on September 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: So, they often say legislation is like sausage....you really don’t always want to know how it is made. Over the years I have always valued the network of friendships, keeping your word, honesty, civility, hard work -- basic “Boy Scout” values. That’s why the bipartisan Problem Solver’s Caucus (PSC) has been such a breath of fresh air as we deal with traditional government dysfunction. At the end of August, our group of 50 came to the rapid conclusion that we simply could not wait fo... Read more

  • @MyKitchenTable - September 23, 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend: Writer and public speaker Claire Cook said: “If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters." Plan A was to have the COVID-19 crisis over by Easter, but we all know that didn’t happen. We must act now so folks won’t still be hurting at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Leaving D.C. with the nation’s work undone is simply not acceptable. On Tuesday, I joined a number of my colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Speaker Pelosi and GOP Leader McCarthy urging them to keep the H... Read more

  • Upton, bipartisan group sends letter to House leadership urging them to pass COVID relief before leaving Capitol Hill
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: 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 House leadership urging them to pass a COVID-19 relief package before recessing from Capitol Hill. In total, 34 members signed onto the letter. Last week, the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled the “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table. The package a... Read more

  • Upton announces federal public safety grants for Berrien County and Kalamazoo
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Berrien County and the city of Kalamazoo are receiving federal grant resources to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the justice system. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – administered by the Department of Justice – is providing $28,024 to the county of Berrien and $87,499 to the city of Kalamazoo. “At a time when there’s so much uncertainty in ... Read more

  • Upton announces state has released federal housing funds to Kalamazoo
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan, Coronavirus

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is releasing more than $400,000 in federal grant funds to Housing Resources Inc. (HRI) in Kalamazoo. The announcement comes after Upton last week called on MSHDA to expedite the release of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) relief funds to help folks in southwest Michigan facing homelessness. “This welcome news will provide immediate help to the most vulnerable in our commun... Read more

  • Upton: The House should stay in Washington D.C. until we pass COVID relief
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan, Coronavirus

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling on House leadership to pass a COVID-19 relief package before recessing from Capitol Hill. The group is sending a letter making their position clear to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday, and it is expected to be signed by a broad bipartisan group. “As much as we all wanted this over by Easter, we have to act now so folks won’t still be hurting at Thanksgiving o... Read more

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