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  • Upton Statement on Vote Against Cutting EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after voting against an amendment before the U.S. House of Representatives that would have reduced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by nearly $2 billion – almost a quarter of the current budget. The amendment, had it been adopted, would have also made drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The amendment failed by a 260 to 151 vote. “The passage of this amendment would have made dras... Read more

  • Upton Urges Action on Line 5
    Posted in Press Releases on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Enbridge urging action and improved transparency as it relates to the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The letter comes after the news that the State of Michigan had ordered Enbridge to restore a protective coating on parts of Line 5. “I am deeply concerned by recent information confirming gaps in the protective coating on a portion of the pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac, especially given your c... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Release of Brandon Road Study
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers released the long-awaited Brandon Road Study. “This draft study provides important guidance on how to best protect our Great Lakes from invasive species such as Asian Carp. Republicans and Democrats must continue working together on solutions that protect the Great Lakes economy and environment. This is a solid first step, but more work remains." 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

  • Michigan House Delegation to Administration: Time for Action on Asian Carp
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, led a bipartisan letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to immediately release the Brandon Road Lock and Dam study. The letter, signed by all 14 members of Michigan’s House Delegation, highlights the study as being the best way to learn how to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. The letter comes on the heels of the discovery of an 8-pound, 28-inch adult silver carp less than 10 miles fr... Read more

  • House Committee Approves Upton-Dingell Amendment Protecting Great Lakes from Nuclear Waste
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bipartisan amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) expressing the sense of the Congress that the governments of the United States and Canada should not allow permanent or long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel or other radioactive waste near the Great Lakes. The amendment comes as Ontario Power Generation (OPG) seeks approval to construct a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste less t... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Discovery of Asian Carp near Lake Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after reports that Asian Carp have been discovered beyond the electric barrier and only nine miles from Lake Michigan: “The time to act is now. I am calling on the Trump administration to immediately release the Brandon Road Study so that we can have a full grasp of our options to stop this destructive force. Asian Carp have the potential to decimate the Great Lakes we all love and depend on. It is absolutely imperative w... Read more

  • Upton Calls for Continued Vigilance of Line 5
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Enbridge completed a successful pressure test over the weekend: “A spill on our Great Lakes would be catastrophic with immediate and long-term harm. This test is a step forward but we must remain vigilant as this is high stakes for our Great Lakes. It is of the utmost importance that Enbridge fully complies with the tough standards we mandated under law. This testing took place thanks in part to bipartisan pipeline ... Read more

  • Upton, House Advance Ten Bipartisan Energy Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, tonight released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced ten bipartisan energy construction, infrastructure, and efficiency bills. “These ten common-sense, bipartisan bills put job creators first and will boost our economy here in Michigan and across the country. They will also lower costs for ratepayers, reduce emissions, and allow for more domestic energy production. Here in the House we will continue to advance an ‘all-of-th... Read more

  • Upton Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Soo Locks Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in co-sponsoring legislation, authored by U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, and U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, to authorize construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. “This is about Michigan jobs and our economy. During our bipartisan delegation trip to the Soo Locks we discussed the critical need to upgrade and build a replacement lock, ensuring ... Read more