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  • Upton Recognized for Supporting Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Upon receiving the award, Upton commented: “This is a big honor,” said Upton. “Small businesses are leading the way in job-creation, economic growth, and incredible innovations. Here in Southwest Michigan I regularly meet with our local small business owners to hear what’s on their mind. My goal is to always champion bipartisan policies that sp... Read more

  • Upton Announces $2.8 Million Grant for Kalamazoo
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced a new Department of Transportation (DOT) Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program Grant has been awarded to the Central County Transportation Authority in Kalamazoo. The grant is worth $2,808,796.69 and will go towards modernizing the Central County Transportation Authority’s fleet of fixed-route buses which provides nearly 3 million rides annually. In August, Upton wrote a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao expressing “unfet... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell, Walberg, Kildee Introduce PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Reps Fred Upton, (MI-6), Debbie Dingell, (MI-12), Tim Walberg, (MI-7), and Dan Kildee, (MI-5), today introduced bipartisan legislation, the PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2018, that urges federal agencies to cooperate with States as PFAS contamination is detected in communities near federal installations such as active military installations, former military installations, or National Guard facilities. The bill will facilitate testing, monitoring, removal, and remediation when ... Read more

  • Upton Votes to Reauthorize Safe Drinking Water Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance S. 3021 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Included in this package is H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act. H.R. 3387 seeks to bring greater investment in the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure. “Safe drinking water for our families is something we should all agree on. And this bipartisan bill delivers for communities, li... Read more

  • Upton Announces Workforce Development Grant in Van Buren County
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 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 a new investment in Van Buren County totaling $41,000: “This new rural development investment will help Van Buren County thrive and grow. By bringing local leaders together on a county-wide economic development plan, we can chart the course for a brighter, more prosperous future. I’m particularly pleased the grant will focus on improving Internet connectiv... Read more

  • Upton: Tariff Reversal a ‘Victory for Local Journalism’
    Posted in Press Releases on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today reacted to the news that tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated ground wood paper had been reversed by a unanimous 5 to 0 vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission. “These misguided tariffs were harmful to local journalism – the lifeblood of our communities,” said Upton. “They were already significantly raising costs for local newspapers, threatening jobs and the delivery of the news. We worked hard to remove them and must remain vigilant they don... Read more

  • Upton Announces New Community Development Block Grant for Portage
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced a new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Portage, Michigan. The grant, allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is worth $237,119 and is to be used for housing assistance programs, homebuyer down payment assistance programs, neighborhood improvements, human/public services, and administration. “This community development block grant will improve lives right here in Portage,” said Upton. “Affordable housing ... Read more

  • Upton Announces Great Lakes Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the Allegan Conservation District has been awarded an $180,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC). The Allegan Conservation District Project will encourage the implementation of best management practices to reduce sedimentation in the Gun River Watershed through a performance-based incentive program. “This is a significant recognition of the Allegan Conservation District’s work to protect th... Read more

  • Upton on Recent Rural Development Grants in Southwest Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 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 the Village of Baroda and Van Buren County totaling $136,000: “These new rural development investments will have a positive impact on Southwest Michigan. They will directly help boost our local economy and create local jobs. We’re excited to see these projects and investments move forward for the betterment of all in our communities.... Read more

  • Upton Champions Bipartisan “Break the Gridlock” Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus in introducing a package of changes to the House Rules to make Congress work better for the American people. The proposed rule changes reward transparency, encourage a willingness to reach across the aisle, create debate on divisive issues, and empower lawmakers to find real solutions concerning our nation’s most pressing matters. “It’s time to make Washington more accountable to the A... Read more

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