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  • Upton Urges Army Corps to Fund SW MI Recreational Harbor Dredging
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James asking to include critical operation and maintenance funding for dredging of harbors in Southwest Michigan. As the U.S. Army Corps has already provided robust funding for commercial harbors such as St. Joseph Harbor for its dredging in Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019, the letter focused on allocating funds for recreational harbors in Saugatuck, South Haven, and New Buffalo Harbor... Read more

  • Upton, House Vote to Improve IRS
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House in voting for H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act and H.R. 5444, the Taxpayer First Act. Both pieces of bipartisan legislation reform and revamp the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the heels of the Tax Day tech meltdown. “On the heels of yesterday’s Tax Day meltdown at the IRS, it’s clear we need to revamp, modernize, and fix what ails the IRS,” said Upton. “These two bipartisan bills will strengt... Read more

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act leads to private investment targets across Michigan
    Posted in Fred in the News on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Tax Cuts and Jobs Act leads to private investment targets across Michigan By Chris Galford April 12, 2018 The Peninsula With approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), new Opportunity Zones have been designated throughout Michigan. Opportunity Zones are a designation created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. They are meant to encourage private investment, economic growth and spur jobs in downtrodden areas with tax incentives tied to investments.... Read more

  • Upton on Recent Line 5 Issues: ‘We Are All Watching’
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after discovery of three small dents – likely caused by a ship’s dragging anchor – in the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. “There is no excuse for this ship’s action and no excuse for not protecting the straits and our Great Lakes. Today I had the opportunity to discuss this issue directly with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry during a Subcommittee on Energy hearing. I’ve also raised my concer... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Michigan Opportunity Zone Approval
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved the State of Michigan’s application for Opportunity Zones. The recently signed into law Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, of which Upton was a conferee, established Opportunity Zones – areas eligible for tax benefits aimed at spurring private investment, economic growth, and jobs in distressed communities. Learn more about tax reform here and more about Opportunity Zo... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Passage of Omnibus
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018: “This bill contains many wins for Southwest Michigan; Full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, funding to continue addressing the opioid crisis, funding for mental health initiatives made possible through our 21st Century Cures Act, and new funding for innovative medical research. It also includes commo... Read more

  • Upton, Michigan Members Support Snyder SBA Request for Flood-Stricken Counties
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today spearheaded a bipartisan letter to U.S. Small Businesses Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon urging support for Governor Rick Snyder’s disaster declaration request. If approved, the SBA disaster assistance program would make low-interest loans available to residents and businesses affected by recent, historic flooding. In addition to Upton, the letter was signed by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell; Tim Walberg; Paul Mitchell; Bill Huizenga; Dave Tr... Read more

  • Upton on Rural Development Announcements in SW MI
    Posted in Press Releases on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two new investments in Van Buren County totaling $1.55 million. “These new rural development loans will directly help Southwest Michigan families. Affordable housing is critical for those looking to put down roots in our region. More than just basic shelter, the interior and exterior of the residential units will be beautified and made energy efficient – a... Read more

  • Upton Urges Trump to Target Tariffs to Bad Actors
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined 107 members of Congress in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump reinforcing the need to take action against China and other unfair trading partners while expressing concerns that broad tariffs could harm the Michigan economy. “We should have targeted tariffs to address specific unfair trading practices in a way that minimizes negative consequences for Michigan jobs, manufacturers, and consumers,” said Upton. You can read the full letter online ... Read more

  • Detroit News: Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives
    Posted in Fred in the News on February 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives Melissa Burke February 15, 2018 Detroit News A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House introduced Thursday by a pair of Michigan lawmakers aims to spur research at the National Institutes of Health that could develop a painkiller that isn’t addictive. The effort by Reps. Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell would give the NIH more flexibility in its authority to collaborate with companies to do “high impact cutting-edge” research on ways to prevent, treat ... Read more

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