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  • ICYMI: Michigan deserves tax reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Michigan deserves tax reform Detroit News By Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, Mike Bishop, Jack Bergman, and Paul Mitchell October 14, 2017 The last time our tax code was updated was 1986. Since then, it has become a complicated mess with too many special-interest loopholes. We have all heard countless stories from constituents impacted by a tax code that is outdated, unwieldy, and too often rewards special interests at the cost of regular folks. It has become ... Read more

  • ICYMI: In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, National Security, Results for Southwest Michigan

    In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Valerie Brader, Executive Director, Michigan Agency for Energy September 6, 2017 The Hill Bipartisanship has been rare in Congress lately, but one shining example of it has been on increasing our efforts on energy security issues. That needs to continue. In July, the U.S. House passed with overwhelming Republican and Democratic support H.R. 3050, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Em... Read more

  • ICYMI: FDA user fees support medicine and Michigan jobs
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ICYMI: FDA user fees support medicine and Michigan jobs By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton August 25, 2017 Detroit News Every five years, Congress must reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee programs for generic drugs, prescription drugs, biosimilar biological products, and medical devices. These programs are critical to patients, drug and device manufacturers, and the millions of Americans who work hard every single day to deliver new treatments and cures. At its core, reauthorizati... Read more

  • ICYMI: Upholding our Constitutional Duty: Providing for the Common Defense
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Economy & Jobs, Veterans Affairs

    Upholding our Constitutional Duty: Providing for the Common Defense By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga July 17, 2017 Holland Sentinel For the last 56 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been the primary way in which Congress executes its Article I constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.” Just this week, we joined our colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in advancing this year’s NDAA, H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorizat... Read more

  • ICYMI: Republicans and Democrats Unite on Landmark Veterans Bill
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    You might not have seen it on the nightly news or in the local papers, but recently, Republicans and Democrats came together to take real action to help our veterans. Most agree that our veterans here in Michigan and across the country deserve the highest quality medical care. The Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 is a direct response to the scandals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of the past three years. This bipartisan legislation was pas... Read more

  • ICYMI: As Asian Carp discovery raises stakes, White House must release study
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    As Asian Carp discovery raises stakes, White House must release study By U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, Jack Bergman, Justin Amash, John Moolenaar, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Paul Mitchell and Dave Trott MLive June 30, 2017 As Michiganders, we have a fundamental understanding of the links between our state's economic health and the environmental health of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes region provides drinking water, jobs, nearly endless recreational opportunities and, of course, countle... Read more

  • National Police Week Honors Those Who Protect Us
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Over the years, National Police Week has become an opportunity to reflect and thank those who protect and serve us every single day. During Police Week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. As p... Read more

  • ICYMI: Amey Upton in the Holland Sentinel: Skin Cancer Awareness Month a Timely Reminder before Beach Season
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Skin Cancer Awareness Month a Timely Reminder before Beach Season By Amey Upton Holland Sentinel An estimated 87,110 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Here in Michigan, there was an estimated 2,560 new diagnoses of Melanoma in 2016 and more than 300 deaths. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined number of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases. These statistics are even more tragic because, in many cases, skin cancer is preventabl... Read more

  • ICYMI: Upton in South Bend Tribune: Addressing the Opioid Crisis
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    July 27, 2016 Addressing the Opioid Crisis By Fred Upton The simple truth is that we’re in the middle of an opioid abuse epidemic. Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in America dies of a drug overdose and the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than a quarter billion opioid prescriptions were written in 2012 alone. Abuse of opioids has impacted every community. In my home state of Michigan, we are enduring 10 times as many deaths today as there were 15 years ago. Indiana was ranked 16th ... Read more

  • The Energy and Commerce Committee: Getting the Job Done
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    The Energy and Commerce Committee: Getting the Job Done By Rep. Fred Upton The Hill Legislation to protect seniors’ access to their Medicare doctors, to strengthen and improve chemical and pipeline safety, to reform our nation’s mental health system, and to revolutionize our healthcare ecosystem to facilitate 21st Century Cures. What do all of these have in common? One thing: Big, bipartisan votes in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to help usher these critical pieces of legislation throu... Read more