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  • House votes to send legislation to stop illegal robocalls to the President’s desk
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan TRACED Act, an effort to put an end to illegal robocalls in southwest Michigan and across the country. The legislation – S. 151 - now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. “I have been part of the effort to stop illegal, pesky, and annoying robocalls all year because enough is enough,” Upton said. “It’s an issue that impacts families, hospitals, seniors, and American... Read more

  • Upton, DeGette call for ideas on Cures 2.0
    Posted in Press Releases on November 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) today released their initial vision for their landmark Cures 2.0 legislation and issued a call to action for ideas and other feedback. The first installment of 21st Century Cures was signed into law nearly three years ago, and already, there are better ways to prevent and screen cancer, an improved understanding of the human brain, and improvements in the field of regenerative medicine. A record number of new drug... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 passes Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on November 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the full Energy and Commerce Committee voted by voice to advance H.R. 2699 - the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 - which would assist in the resolution of the pending permanent repository license. The NWPAA would restart the long-stalled process of licensing the repository at Yucca Mountain. Upton is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) also... Read more

  • Upton: “Lives are at stake. Let’s stop playing politics with pipelines.”
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a full committee markup, expressing his disappointment in the new PHMSA reauthorization bill that Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman DeFazio and Chairman Pallone just released late Friday night. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Today, we have a number of bills before us, but I would like to focus my comments on the new PHMSA reauthorization b... Read more

  • Upton presents Purple Heart to Vietnam Veteran Philip Damico
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, on Sunday presented a Purple Heart Medal to U.S. Army Specialist Philip Damico of Benton Harbor, Mich. Damico was drafted in 1967 and served in the Army in Vietnam until 1969 when he was injured by an explosive. “It was such an honor to share this moment with a Patriot and a real American hero – Philip Damico, as well as several members of his family,” Upton said. “Specialist Damico served his country with distinction, risked his life to protect our freedoms, ... Read more

  • Upton cosponsors Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today cosponsored the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act – originally introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX). The TAPS Act – H.R. 838 - is bipartisan legislation that aims to create safer communities by providing states and local entities the resources needed to utilize behavioral threat assessment and management units. “Those who commit violent acts often show some sort of warning or pattern of concerning behavior. Thi... Read more

  • Upton: USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation provides vital assistance for farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced 43 Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and 31 additional counties as contiguous disaster counties, including Kalamazoo and Van Buren. Following excessive rain, flooding, and extreme temperatures earlier this year, Upton spearheaded a bipartisan letter urging support for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitm... Read more

  • Upton, lawmakers address letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Protecting Michigan Shorelines
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) signed onto a letter led by U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, to the Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers about the imminent threat Michigan residents are facing along the shores of the Great Lakes due to high water levels and erosion. The letter reinforces the need to streamline the permitting process at both the state and federal level to ensure property owners can implement safety measures to p... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after opposing House Res. 660
    Posted in Press Releases on October 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) issued the following statement after opposing House Res. 660: “After closely reviewing the text of House Resolution 660 and listening to my constituents, I voted no on today’s resolution. The resolution itself is a little inside baseball, but as I view it, the Democrats appear to be trying to put the genie back in the bottle after they already started this investigation which has only featured closed-door hearings and testimonies available t... Read more

  • Upton, lawmakers introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, landmark legislation which aims to address the shortage of workers available in the U.S. agriculture industry by helping build a legal and reliable workforce. This bipartisan bill - introduced by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA)– would provide agricultural workers an opportunity to earn legal status through continued agri... Read more

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