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Upton, GOP members unveil proposed immigration reforms

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) and other Congressional Republicans to offer new solutions to reform our broken immigration system and address the crisis at our southern border. The effort aims to lead and convene a coalition to fix the issue of illegal immigration once and for all. At a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Upton, Sala...

Upton announces nearly $7 million project for high-speed broadband in southwest Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a $3.3 million federal grant to help provide high-speed broadband service in southwest Michigan. The funding is part of the ReConnect Program that Upton and Congress supported in 2018. The grants recipient - Southwest Michigan Communications, Inc. – will also re...

Upton receives agriculture award for efforts to support southwest Michigan farmers and producer

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today accepted the 2020 Friend of Farm Bureau award from the American Farm Bureau for his efforts to support southwest Michigan’s agriculture community during the 116th Congress. “Agriculture is the backbone of southwest Michigan, and I am so honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau recognition,” Upton said. “Our farmers, growers, and prod...

USDA approves Upton’s request to extend waivers to help feed students in need

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U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, last Thursday sent an urgent letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the department extend waivers to help feed students during the COVID-19 crisis, and today Perdue announced he has approved the request. By extending the waivers, summer meal program operators will be able to continue serving free healthy and nutritious meals for studen...

Upton urges USDA to extend waivers to help feed students

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the Administration extend waivers that are needed to help feed students who participate in school meal programs. Specifically, Upton is asking USDA to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Waivers as well as the Afte...

Upton announces $10.7 million in federal funding to provide rural broadband service to nearly 7,700 residents

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing nearly $11 million for broadband service in unserved and underserved rural communities across Southwest Michigan. Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive a $10.7 million loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren a...

Upton Calls on USDA to Provide Direct Support to Specialty Crop Producers

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-06), along with U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Jim Costa (D-CA-16), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), led 108 members of the House of Representatives in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for the Administration to provide direct support to specialty crop producers as the Coronaviru...

Upton Helps Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Aggressive Use of the Defense Production Act for COVID-19 Response

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) today helped lead the bipartisan effort to secure more Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers by cosponsoring legislation urging the President to make quick and effective use of the Defense Production Act during the greatest public health crisis in a century. Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) introduced the legislation earlier today. "I have said ...

Upton speaks on House floor in support of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today delivered remarks on the House floor in support of bipartisan legislation, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This landmark legislation aims to address the shortage of workers available in the U.S. agriculture industry by helping build a legal and reliable workforce. Upton is an original co-sponsor, and the final vote will happen this...

Upton celebrates passage of bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed bipartisan legislation that aims to help build a legal and reliable workforce for our nation’s agriculture community. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide agricultural workers an opportunity to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment, improve the H-2A visa program, and esta...

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