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  • Readout of Upton’s Meeting with Enbridge
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, today met with Enbridge Vice President Guy Jarvis to discuss the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The meeting focused on the two public letters Upton had previously sent the company. Upton again expressed alarm and deep concern regarding recent reports on gaps in the protective coating on several portions of the pipeline. He also reiterated that a spill would be catastrophic to the Great Lakes ... Read more

  • Upton: ‘Lack of transparency from Enbridge completely unacceptable'
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Enbridge as it relates to the company knowing of damage to portions of the enamel coating on the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac as far back as 2014. Upton is requesting both documents not provided after a previous request and a meeting with the highest-ranking official Enbridge can provide within two weeks. In addition to the letter, which can be found here or below, Upton released the following statement: “The lack of tra... Read more

  • Upton Introduces Fuel Economy Harmonization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4011, that would harmonize separate sets of fuel economy regulations at the state and federal level into one consistent standard. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Ann Arbor, is the lead co-sponsor and similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. “The most important aspect of this bill: Affordable autos for all Americans,” said Upton. “The high cost of the current conflicting regulatory requirements automakers a... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Palisades
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Entergy Corporation announced that the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant will remain operational until 2022: “As Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, I am delighted to hear the news. This is a welcome announcement for the workers and the community. As a long-time supporter of safe, reliable, and secure nuclear energy, my goal all along was to make certain there was never any political interference with the operations of... 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

  • ICYMI: In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, National Security, Results for Southwest Michigan

    In Harvey’s wake, energy security legislation needed now more than ever By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Valerie Brader, Executive Director, Michigan Agency for Energy September 6, 2017 The Hill Bipartisanship has been rare in Congress lately, but one shining example of it has been on increasing our efforts on energy security issues. That needs to continue. In July, the U.S. House passed with overwhelming Republican and Democratic support H.R. 3050, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Em... Read more

  • House Approves Upton Energy Security Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 3050, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017. Upton sponsored the bill. “Here in Michigan our energy infrastructure must be prepared for a wide variety of hazards including floods, tornadoes, storms, snow, fuel supply disruptions, physical and cyber threats, and other catastrophic events. It’s been 25 years since we’ve properl... Read more

  • Upton Energy Security Legislation Gains Subcommittee Approval
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues on the Subcommittee on Energy and voted to advance five pieces of bipartisan energy security and infrastructure legislation. Among the bills advanced was Upton’s legislation, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017. “In the face of ever-evolving physical and cyber threats, today’s vote is a positive step towards modernizing our nation’s energy security and infrastructure,” said Upton. “It ... 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, Committee Advance Critical Public Health Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Health Care, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, by a 54 to 0 vote. H.R. 2430 updates and reauthorizes the FDA user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products. Additionally, the committee approved 11 energy infrastructure and efficiency bills. “Here in Southwest Michigan we have thousands of jobs th... Read more