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  • 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

  • Upton, Kildee Lead Bipartisan Letter to EPA Opposing Closure of Great Lakes Regional Office
    Posted in Press Releases on April 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. Dan Kildee (MI-05) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging the federal agency to not close a regional office serving the Great Lakes region. The letter, signed by Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s congressional delegation, highlights how the EPA’s Region 5 office currently helps protect the Great Lakes from real threats, including combatting invasive species like Asian carp, as... Read more

  • “Don’t mess with the Great Lakes:” GOP Rep. Upton opposes rumored EPA Region 5 closure
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Listen via Michigan Radio HERE. Michigan's lawmakers are reacting to an unconfirmed report that the EPA is thinking of shutting down its Region 5 office in Chicago. Under the plan, the Chicago office would merge with the Region 7 office in Kansas. Republican Congressman Fred Upton represents Michigan’s 6th District, located in the southwest corner of the state along the shore of Lake Michigan. He spoke with Stateside about the potential proposal, which he said was “not a wise move.” Read more

  • Upton Statement on Potential Closing of EPA Region 5 Office
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on a report that the federal government is considering closing the Chicago-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 office: “If true, this report is shocking and I would strongly oppose the closing of the Region 5 office. We must not turn our backs on the safety, health, and future of the Great Lakes. Whatever the deficiencies of the Region 5 office, the folks there do play a critical role in protecting human ... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Chemical Spill on the Shores of Lake Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responding to a chemical spill at the U.S. Steel facility in Portage, Indiana. “This must be an all-hands-on-deck effort. If there is one thing that unites us it’s the need to protect our Great Lakes. Any chemical spill so close to Lake Michigan is cause for great concern. As we’ve seen with BP and Flint before, we must ensure clean water for everyone. We have ... Read more

  • ICYMI: Fighting for our Great Lakes
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Spending, Environment & Great Lakes

    Fighting for our Great Lakes By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton Holland Sentinel Whether it's a lazy Sunday on the lake with family, fishing with friends, enjoying a sunset pontoon boat cruise or any number of activities — Michiganders all have a deep, personal connection to our lakes. This is why it was so alarming to learn of a proposed drastic funding cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a budget proposal from the White House last week. Having grown up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I'v... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Federal Funds for Flint
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on news that the city of Flint, Michigan has been awarded a $100 million emergency grant to fund drinking-water infrastructure: “These much-needed funds will provide a huge benefit to the people of Flint. We worked extremely hard, on a bipartisan basis, to make sure this funding was included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. From the start of this crisis, I have been an outspoken proponent of ai... Read more