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  • Upton introduces Pipeline Safety Act of 2019 to better protect nation’s pipeline infrastructure
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today introduced H.R. 4700, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2019, to reauthorize the nation’s pipeline safety program for two years and provide the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the states with additional resources and new authorities to accelerate the hiring of pipeline inspectors. The legislation aims to better protect the nation’s 2.7 million miles of pipeline infrastructure. The federal pipeline safety prog... Read more

  • We're making progress in the opioid crisis, but there's more to do
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Published by: The Herald Palladium By: Fred Upton No community is immune and all too many of us have experienced the devastation and loss firsthand caused by the opioid epidemic. Make no mistake. The opioid crisis cuts through all demographics, races and socioeconomic statuses. Many of us know somebody who’s died. My family too. It’s hard to talk about, but it’s important we do. This is a national issue that will have a lasting impact on so many of us for generations to come. Just look at the nu... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks at Full Committee Markup
    Posted in Committee Statements on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a full committee markup, highlighting his concerns over HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “MR CHAIRMAN. Every member in this room has been hearing from our constituents about the high cost of drugs. We passed legislation earlier this year to address several major causes of high prices, including increasing transparency and ending pra... Read more

  • Upton: Democrats need to stop playing politics with our nation’s pipeline safety
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Published by: Roll Call By: Fred Upton OPINION — In 2012, as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I worked with my good friend and fellow Michigander, the late Rep. John Dingell, to reauthorize our nation’s pipeline safety laws. This was in response to a pipeline burst that spilled 20,000 barrels of oil into the Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River near my district. It didn’t matter that I had an ‘R’ next to my name and John had a ‘D’ next to his. What mattered was ... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after President Trump signs Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Upton introduced the House-version of the bill in January as H.R. 500 with more than 300 cosponsors. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 will mint a $1 silver coin – at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer - in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and ... Read more

  • ICYMI: Washington Post reports that NIH awards nearly $1 billion in research grants to battle addiction, chronic pain
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today celebrated the National Institute of Health’s announcement that it is funding $945 million in research to combat the national opioid crisis. That funding will be provided to nearly 375 projects in 41 states, including a project at Western Michigan University. “I’m proud to see the NIH continue its efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic that has ravaged a number of communities here in southwest Michigan and across our nation,” Upton ... Read more

  • Upton: CDC providing $1 million to study impact of PFAS in southwest Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this week that $1 million will be provided to the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services to look at the relationship between PFAS exposure and certain health outcomes in Parchment and Cooper Township, Michigan. “This funding from the CDC will help expand the knowledge and understanding of the effects that PFAS has ... Read more

  • Upton’s office accepting applications for U.S. Service Academy nominations
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today that his office is accepting applications for nominations to a U.S. service academy. Students interested in applying for a nomination have until 5 PM on November 1, 2019. Upton’s office is also hosting an Academy Day event on Saturday, October 19 at Western Michigan University at the College of Health and Human Services Room 4010 from 9 AM – 12 PM where students, parents, and educators can learn more about the nomination proces... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after U.S. House passes Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Upton introduced the House-version of the bill in January as H.R. 500 with more than 300 cosponsors. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 will mint a $1 silver coin in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and astronaut who perished in... Read more

  • Upton launches Congressional App Challenge
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today that students from the Sixth Congressional District are invited to participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a coding competition for students in middle and high school. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform, such as desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, or other devices. “This is an exciting opportunity for students in southwest Michigan to get involved i... Read more

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