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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

  • 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

  • We need to reauthorize the nation's pipeline safety law
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Click here to read the op-ed in the Washington Times. Before I was elected to Congress in 1986, I worked for President Reagan and learned the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing the nation. President Reagan worked across the aisle with the Democrats who held the House throughout his entire presidency. He always fought for what was right — regardless the party. And when the people of southwest Michigan sent me to Congress, I vowed to practice the lessons I learned ... Read more

  • Upton and Walden Statement on Full Committee Passage of Energy Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Subcommittee on Energy Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) released the following statement on the passage of energy bills through the Energy and Commerce Committee. "These bills reflect this Committee’s commitment to strengthening energy delivery, security, and reliability for Americans. We are advancing legislation to bolster our protections against cybersecurity threats to energy infrastructure, which is k... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks on cybersecurity threats to the electric grid
    Posted in Committee Statements on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Subcommittee on Energy hearing on “Keeping The Lights On: Addressing Cyber Threats To The Grid.” Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Today’s hearing continues the Subcommittee’s ongoing oversight of cybersecurity threats to the electric grid. While this is the first hearing specifically on that topic this year, the Subcommittee has been raising questions about persistent and eme... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks at Markup on “H.R. 3432, the Safer Pipelines Act of 2019”
    Posted in Committee Statements on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Subcommittee on Energy markup on “H.R. 3432, the Safer Pipelines Act of 2019.” Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Today we are marking up the Majority’s bill, H.R. 3432, the “Safer Pipelines Act of 2019.” As I expressed at the legislative hearing last week, I was concerned that we were moving a little bit too quickly, but I want to compliment you and yo... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks at a Subcommittee on Energy hearing
    Posted in Committee Statements on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Subcommittee on Energy hearing on “Legislative Solutions to Make Our Nation’s Pipelines Safer.” Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing to continue our work on pipeline safety reauthorization. Pipeline safety has always been one of my highest priorities in Congress, and I had hoped we could work on this bill together, as we have in th... Read more

  • Upton’s opening remarks at a Subcommittee on Energy hearing
    Posted in Committee Statements on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Subcommittee on Energy hearing on “Oversight of FERC: Ensuring Its Actions Benefit Consumers and the Environment.” Remarks as Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing to examine FERC’s budget and priorities for fiscal year 2020. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our FERC Commissioners. It has been about a year since FERC testified be... Read more

  • Upton’s Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Markup of 10 Energy Bills
    Posted in Committee Statements on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Subcommittee on Energy markup of 10 energy related bills. “Today’s markup will cover ten bills. Six of these address energy workforce and energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy, and four address the Department’s energy cybersecurity and emergency programs. I am pleased to see that many of these bills reflect close, bi-partisan work—a hallmark of this Subcommittee’s succes... Read more

  • Upton Statement after Energy Subcommittee Passes Bipartisan Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Subcommittee on Energy favorably reported to the full committee his bill, H.R. 370, the Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act. “This is important legislation that will strengthen the Department of Energy’s ability to respond to physical and cyber-threats to our nation’s pipelines and LNG facilities,” Upton said. “We know that Russian agents and other nation states are... Read more

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