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  • 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

  • A Memorial Day Message
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today is a special yet solemn day of honor and reverence as we recognize a basic truth that our country was forged, and then protected, by those who have served and by those who have indeed made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America and our freedoms. They were, and are, citizen soldiers. Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters – brought together in uncommon circumstances but sharing a common goal: To serve their country and then make it back home t... Read more

  • Holland Sentinel: Upton, Huizenga: Working together to strengthen our military
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Economy & Jobs, Veterans Affairs

    Working together to strengthen our military By U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Bill Huizenga Holland Sentinel The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation: To “provide for the common defense” of our country. Last week, the House of Representatives advanced H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 277-147. This is an important step toward strengthening our military and k... Read more

  • ICYMI: Working together to strengthen Medicaid for the most vulnerable
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Spending

    Last year, the Medicaid program celebrated its golden anniversary. A lot has changed over the last 50 years. Originally created in 1965 as a joint federal-state program to provide health care coverage for low-income, vulnerable Americans, it is now the world’s largest health insurance program. Today Medicaid is an important lifeline for so many in Michigan and across the country. It is estimated the program will expand to cover 83 million people this year – that’s one in four Americans. Given it... Read more

  • ICYMI: Keeping America's Grid Safe
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, National Security, Economy & Jobs

    The world we live in today is rapidly changing, highly interconnected, and uniquely threatened in ways not thought possible when our electric grid first came online. When it comes to keeping our country safe, nothing is more under-the-radar yet crucial to the nation’s well-being than our electric grid infrastructure. Everything from cyber-attacks to electromagnetic pulse waves, severe weather to seismic events has the potential to shut down or disrupt parts of the grid. The results of these disr... Read more

  • Upton in Detroit News: We can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph took to the pages of The Detroit News this week to highlight the work the Energy and Commerce Committee is doing to address the growing opioid abuse epidemic. During the past year, the committee has held a number of hearings with experts, stakeholders, law inforcement, individuals in recovery, and family members of opioid abuse victims in order to identify problems with how opioid addiction is treated and ways we can help those in need. Upton discusses result... Read more

  • Upton in USA TODAY: Safety Provisions Protect the Public
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to improve the nation’s ailing transportation infrastructure, improve vehicle safety, and ensure America’s energy security. Ahead of the vote on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Congressman Upton took to USA TODAY to highlight the important safety provisions included in the legislation and what they mean for drivers in Southwest Michigan and across the country. You can read the piece below. December 3, 2015 Safety Provisions Pro... Read more