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  • 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

  • H.R. 8 Will Equip Energy Laws for the 21st Century
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs

    The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution like we’ve never seen before. Thanks to technological advances and American ingenuity, we have unlocked a wealth of new energy resources and are now one of the world’s leading energy producers. However, more can, and should, be done to capitalize on our newfound energy abundance. The Energy and Commerce Committee has worked over the last year and a half on a vision I call the Architecture of Abundance. It’s a plan that seeks to usher Amer... Read more

  • Bipartisanship key in working to protect Great Lakes
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the beauty of our wildlife and natural resources. I spent springs and summers swimming in the lake, autumn hiking trails around Southwest Michigan, and winters building snow forts and playing pick-up hockey on frozen ponds. Anyone who grew up in Michigan, or in the Great Lakes region, can probably relate to these idyllic pastimes. That is why protecting and preserving our Great Lakes for future generations to e... Read more

  • President Obama’s shameful veto of bipartisan legislation to fund our military
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans Affairs

    The National Defense Authorization Act is part of Congress’ most basic and sacred duties, providing for a common defense as outlined under the U.S. Constitution. This year’s NDAA is the product of consistent bipartisan cooperation. House and Senate leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, put politics aside to do what is best for our troops, their families and our military’s best interest. The legislation was advanced in both chambers with bipartisan votes of 270-156 and 70-27, respectively, in ... Read more