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Upton applauds passage of Water Resources Development Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) commended the U.S. House of Representatives for its unanimous passage of H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, vital legislation that will support southwest Michigan’s water infrastructure. As part of the bill, Upton was able to successfully include three key priorities: 1) Authorization of the construction of the Bran...

U.S. House passes historic conservation bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act – which Upton cosponsored – and it now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. This landmark conservation bill would help ensure public lands are preserved and protected by providing full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conserva...

Upton: Full steam ahead for Michigan boaters

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton today commended Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she announced her decision to relax restrictions on motorized boating in Michigan. “Michigan is the Great Lakes State, and boating is a way of life for so many Michiganders. I’m glad to see Governor Whitmer was on board with my suggestion to relax the restrictions on motorized boating here in Michigan. As boat...

Upton urges Whitmer to scale back restrictions on motorized boating

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer urging her to scale back restrictions on motorized boating. “With boating season quickly approaching, we believe that motorized boating can be done safely and responsibility while following social distancing and the CDC’s guidelines and for COVID19,” Upton wrote. “Michiganders can get on a small...

Upton backs legislation to support recreational harbors in the Great Lakes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week helped introduce the bipartisan Safer Harbors for Our Recreational Economy (SHORE) Act, legislation that would benefit a number of recreational harbors in the Sixth Congressional District. If passed, the legislation would require the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to account for recreati...

Upton applauds full funding for the Great Lakes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2021 budget included full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). “This is exciting news for the Great Lakes and for everyone who calls southwest Michigan home, and I commend the Administration for proposing significant resources for the Great Lakes ...

Upton: Department of Energy awards Western Michigan University with nearly $9.6 million grant

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today celebrated the announcement that the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has awarded a nearly $9.6 million grant to Western Michigan University for a project titled, “Enabling Advanced Electrode Architecture through Printing Technique.” In November 2019, Upton penned a letter to the Department of Energ...

Upton-backed legislation to protect the Great Lakes passes the U.S. House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Reauthorization Act. The legislation – H.R. 4031 - reauthorizes the GLRI for another five years when it expires at the end of FY 2021. It passed 373 to 45. Upton was an original co-sponsor of the GLRI Reauthorization Act. “Today is a huge victory for ...

Upton’s opening remarks at a joint subcommittee hearing on the impact of wildfires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today delivered the following opening remarks at a joint Subcommittee on Energy and Environment and Climate Change hearing on “Out of Control: The Impact of Wildfires on our Power Sector and the Environment.” Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today’s hearing to examine ...

Upton, Huizenga, Bergman call for action to address erosion on Great Lakes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (MI-6), Bill Huizenga (MI-2), and Jack Bergman (MI-1) released the following statement after meeting on Friday with representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District about rising lake levels and erosion along the Great Lakes shoreline. “On Friday, we had a productive discussion with the Army Corps and represen...

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