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  • ICYMI: ‘Opportunity Zones’ on their way
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    'Opportunity Zones' on their way By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton April 30, 2018 Detroit News As part of the landmark reform of our outdated tax code, a bipartisan provision was included that I championed known as Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones are economically distressed rural and urban areas eligible for tax benefits aimed at spurring private investment, economic growth and local jobs. The goal of this bipartisan economic development program is to bring long-term, private-sector investment to the... Read more

  • ICYMI: Celebrating our Great Lakes
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Celebrating our Great Lakes By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton March 10, 2018 Holland Sentinel Whether it’s a lazy weekend on the beach with loved ones, enjoying a sunset pontoon boat cruise, or any number of activities – Michiganders all enjoy a deep, personal connection with our Great Lakes. I’m no different from anyone else who has grown up along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and share these same fond memories. This week we celebrated Great Lakes Day, a chance to bring together stakeholders from across... Read more

  • ICYMI: Economic progress, thanks to tax reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Economic progress, thanks to tax reform By: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton March 3, 2018 Detroit News At the end of 2017, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was signed into law. This historic re-write of our outdated tax code was met with derision by some, but the truth is that tax reform is working. Across the country, more than 370 companies have announced new investments in their employees and their communities. It’s no different here in Michigan with families benefiting from higher paychecks and lower energy bil... Read more

  • ICYMI: Prioritize alternatives to addictive painkillers to fight opioid crisis
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Prioritize alternatives to addictive painkillers to fight opioid crisis By: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell March 2, 2018 Detroit Free Press The numbers are shocking. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 men and women are treated in emergency rooms daily for misusing prescription painkillers; and as a nation, we’re spending more than $500 billion annually in health and social costs to combat this epidemic. While opioid abuse and addiction continues to damage the lives of million... Read more

  • ICYMI: Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ICYMI: Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month By U.S. Fred Upton February 13, 2018 Tri City Record February marks Career and Technical Education month. Career and technical education programs, or CTE, help prepare high school and community college students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in careers in a broad range of industries. We know that in a globally competitive economy, workers must be prepared for skilled professions. Yet, according to the Manufa... Read more

  • ICYMI: Self-driving cars are coming. This legislation will help ensure they’re safe.
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Self-driving cars are coming. This legislation will help ensure they're safe By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell January 15, 2018 Detroit Free Press As the North American International Auto Show kicks off this week at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, there will be the usual parade of new models, world debuts, panels and press conferences. But there will also be something new in the air. Attendees this year will have the opportunity to experience the latest mobility-focused technologie... Read more

  • ICYMI: Bipartisanship a 2018 priority
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Bipartisanship a 2018 priority By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton January 6, 2018 Detroit News Last year was a transformational year for American politics — that’s for sure. But one thing was missing: Major bipartisan policy wins for the American people. While Congress did flirt around the edges on some bipartisan goals, I’m hopeful that as we set out on 2018 we can come together and deliver real, bipartisan results for folks here in Michigan and across the country. On the issue of infrastructure, Michigan... Read more

  • ICYMI: One Year Later — Why 21st Century Cures Still Matters
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    One Year Later — Why 21st Century Cures Still Matters By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Dianna DeGette December 12, 2017 Roll Call One year ago this week, President Obama signed into law one of the most consequential bills passed by the 114th Congress: the landmark, bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. He took the occasion of his final public bill-signing to praise the measure as a prime example of how important legislation should be passed: through consultation with stakeholders, deliberation... Read more

  • ICYMI: Why a fix for DACA is imperative
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Why a fix for DACA is imperative By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton December 4, 2017 Herald Palladium Over the last number of months there has been a deluge of interest in a small but important immigration program called DACA. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is a policy that allows a number of individuals – approximately 800,000 across the country and thousands here in Michigan – who entered our country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from depo... Read more

  • ICYMI: Multi-Pronged Approach Needed in Opioid Fight
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Multi-Pronged Approach Needed in Opioid Fight By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg October 31, 2017 Morning Consult The opioid crisis is one that truly knows no bounds. It affects so many of us in different and profound ways. Whether it’s a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, or a family member. Most of us know someone hurt or hurting. The numbers are truly startling: 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose and our home state of Michigan has more annual opioid prescriptions t... Read more

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